I became a Michael Jackson fan in the 1990s when MJ released the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1. I was always waiting for the Book 2 and up until now, I’m still wondering why there was no Book 2. Haha.
I was in high school then and my friends were not much of an MJ fan. In fact, I think there were only two of us in our class of 30 that were MJ fans. The fact, that one of the two of us, Jennifer Dumaguing, was the best singer in the class, I felt like, being an MJ fan was all that mattered during that tender years. I always remember Jennifer singing so soulfully MJ’s “You are not alone” in our high school’s grandstand while waiting for the Maverick’s students to practice our cheer leading.
During that decade, MJ was beleaguered by allegations that Tom Sneddon passionately pursued on. I always believed the allegations were not true. In my youthful mind, I always thought MJ was such a gentle soul that he wouldn’t do the things he was being prosecuted on.
My favorite song in that album was of course the album title: History. The song was upbeat, a lyrical genius, a musical treat, and powerful song that motivates me to conquer my fears and achieve my dreams.
Don’t let no one get you down
Keep movin’ on higher ground
Keep flying until
You are the king of the hill
No force of nature can break
Your will to self motivate
She say this face that you see
Is destined for history
Michael Jackson was a creative genius. He totally dominated the concert stage. He turned the concert scene into a total spectacle only he can do. He was a mesmerizing man no other artist has ever done. He was a total performer.
I was one of the millions of fans who cried when the news of MJ’s passing broke on TV. I couldn’t believe it. I was totally in shock. June 25, 2009 was a gloomy day for all of us Michael Jackson fans.
For all the music Michael Jackson made, for all the videos he created, for all the concerts he did, I thank the man.
Thank you Michael Jackson for making the entertainment industry what it is supposed to be: ENTERTAINING.