As soon as I heard the sad news that Michael Jackson had passed away, his entire career started flashing through my mind. The music, the dancing — he's contributed so much to popular culture that trying to wrap my mind around it feels daunting. For many people of my generation, Michael Jackson was one of the first untouchable musical legends we knew. It seems like he's always been in my life one way or another.
I happened to see him in concert as a little kid. My mom took me, and the experience was mind-blowing. There was something so insanely charismatic about him — I never took my eyes off the stage. It was one of the most special evenings of my life at that point, and it's still a treasured memory. I keep thinking about that concert today, and I've also been singing "The Way You Make Me Feel," one of my favorite songs of his, which captured my imagination at a young age.
That's what's on my mind in the wake of his sudden death. I'd love it if you shared what's on yours. Rest in peace, Michael.