Sad Passing

Posted Fri, 06/26/09

No matter what one's personal opinion of Michael Jackson, there was no denying that the man had extraordinary talent.

I remember with almost vivid clarity the first time I saw the full-length video of Thriller in 1983. My first husband and I were living in a duplex in Taylorsville, Utah when we watched the video, spellbound, on the-then relatively young MTV. I was never a big fan of pop music (leaning toward heavy metal as I do), but there was something electric and mesmerizing about Michael Jackson that has yet to be duplicated by any other musical artist.

It was shocking and very sad to hear about his death yesterday. The tributes, rumors and stories will probably continue for years to come, but no matter what anyone says about Michael Jackson his musical legacy can never be tarnished or taken away.