I'm not sure what it is about the passing of Michael Jackson that has affected me so.
Maybe it was his talent. The way he could sing and dance and literally become one with the music. I would watch him dance and I could SEE the music in him. He seemed so completely intertwined with the music he performed that to watch him move, to watch him defy gravity with his dance was just ... well just so magical.
I will miss that.
But I've missed that for some time really. It's kind of like the Beatles in a way. When they broke up, when they stopped, that was it. All talk of reunion shows were eventually discredited, their legacy was sealed by the music they made for a certain period of time and that was it.
I think the same is true of Jackson. I longed to see him dance again,to float with music being his only tether to the stage. But that will never happen. And maybe it's better that it won't.
Yes, his legacy will always be accompanied by the turmoil he endured after his years performing. But we'll always have Michael Jackson at his best. We will always see and hear him at the peak of his game.
I am sad today. But I will remember him at his best. And one of his best is featured in the clip below.
Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace.