36. GOODBYE MICHAEL, GOODBYE CHILDHOOD
I can’t let my blog go this week without paying tribute to Michael Jackson. I’m not going to say much because I’m sure at this point – 48 or so hours after his death – we’ve heard almost everything about his life professionally, personally and financially to draw our own conclusions about this superstar’s tragic life.
All I can say is: It’s been one weird helluva 2 days. At some points, the news is still sinking in. At others, it’s already sunk and a sense of loss has set in.
One thing I know is that I’m sad because his passing marks an end of a chapter of my childhood and youth and I believe this is what a lot of people are feeling too.
I didn’t meet the man personally nor know him. I just attended his concert back in 1992 in Singapore (I’m glad I did coz it was an awesome concert) but he was a part of many of our generations youth, whether it was a X’Mas or birthday bash, an afternoon of listening to the Top 40 hits, buying his cassettes as our first musical purchase, or being part of the early MTV video generation watching Thriller on TV, Michael Jackson’s music provided the soundtrack to many of our fondest childhood/teenage memories.
As Cinderella, the heavy metal band from the 90s, sang on one of their songs ‘Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone’, I can safely say that in this case of ‘a little too little, a little too late’.