The Michael CD is a gift. A gift for his children, his fans and for the generations.
How could I not want to experience this ?
It is quite simply a masterpiece that should be honored and appreciated.
Not to be dismissed based on innuendo, speculation and apathy.
Michael Jackson deserves better than that!
His legacy certainly does.
Michael and his music - has always been part of life.
The memories are many... the time my father took me to the Apollo Theatre, it was exciting , it was my first time going to the legendary Apollo .
It was during that occasion, I experienced 5 brothers from Indiana.
That memory will last me a lifetime.
Then, there was that Saturday morning, when my childhood friends
( we called ourselves the Ebony Pearls)
- we did what we always did- hangout in my family's basement , listened to the radio, danced and fantasized about the voices behind the music.
Then one Saturday, the radio D.J - announced a new song from 5 brothers from Gary, Indiana.
I could not believe it - it was the same group that I had seen on the stage of the Apollo.
My friends and I went CRAZY! we were obsessed with the Jackson 5, we bought every record, we bought every magazine- we could not get enough of those brothers from Gary. Each of us, picked out favorite Jackson.
For 5 African American girls - who grew up with the music of the Beatles, The Monkees and my sisters "borrowed" Motown record.
This was the first time, we had heroes, who looked like us and we swore, they were singing just to us. Those 5 Beautiful Afro-headed brothers with those gorgeous smiles!
Then , it was announced that the Jackson 5 were coming to Madison Square Garden, and I just knew I had to be there and in the front row.
I proudly announced to my father- I would be spending the night- outside Madison Square Garden to get these Tickets!!! There was no Stopping ME!
Well my 6' 4" West Indian Father was not having any of that! "THERE WAS
NO WAY, HIS Daughter was going to be hanging out infront of Madison Square Garden! NO WAY"
Dad and I fought about this for days!
But he would not be persuaded and I told him " You are ruining my life"
Then , the next morning- I woke up still distraught and went downstairs for breakfast.
On the kitchen table were 6 tickets for the Jackson 5 concert, My dad , went , instead and stood online for hours to get me and my friends those tickets!
And they were in the front row!
A life lesson and a beautiful memory.
My friends and I went to that first concert- all of us dressed in the same outfit
and the same hairstyles! Sitting in the front row- so close, to the stage,
close enough for me to reach up and shake hands with Michael !
Another precious memory!
So, ask me again -why I will NEVER ignore Michael and his music?
It is because Michael , has always provided me with many,many wonderful and cherished memories . And It was Michael Jackson who , gave us over 40 years of himself - we owe him all we can give!
And that is to accept the generous gifts, he left for us...his music and our memories!
So, I thank god for this CD- as, I will always thank god for the gift of Michael Jackson!
Love Lives Forever!