Michael Jackson was an icon. Whether you loved him or hated him, he played a role in the lives of every modern pop musician and every modern music fan. I'm sure many of us can remember being little kids, listening to the Thriller album or trying to learn the dance moves from our favorite music videos. From Billie Jean to Dangerous to Black or White, there's no end to the hits or the memories or the moments that these songs bring to mind.
Putting aside the controversy and the eccentricity of his later life, we have to look at all the good things. All the pleasure brought to us by this mans music. He was a human being with a family, he was a father with children, he was an artist who's talent has been sampled a thousand times over. He was a lot of things, both good and bad, but I personally know that he will live on for many many years to come through his art. That is what is important. That is what is to be valued here. That is what we get to walk away with, and we should be thankful.
Talent never dies. Talent carries on, forever, infinitely. Through records, through videos, through fondness. So for anyone who grew up loving Michael Jackson, for anyone who owns a glittery white glove and a red zippered jacket, for anyone who likes to dance along to Beat It while alone in front of the bedroom mirror? Raise your glass and say a little toast to MJ, because without him? Music wouldn't have been half as fun.
Rest in peace, MJ, and all of you stay true, even through the hard times,