June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson: MJ Was A Part of My Childhood

So, I couldn't think of any remote way to make the sad passing of Michael Jackson relevant to Twilight (Nikki Reed's crush? Meh), but I still want to pay personal tribute to the King of Pop.

Many of my most exciting, happy and funny childhood memories include Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson's album was the very first TAPE that I owned as a child (yes, I pre-date the CD, people). I think we bought it from Bradlee's, a retailer that no longer exists.

Also, one of my fondest MJ-related memories is one of my sister's first gifts to me as a kid, a Nylon-velcro Michael Jackson wallet, which she and my dad bought for me at a flea market when I was about 6 or 7 years old. (So excited that I found a pic of a similar one above!) I wish that I still had it. :-(

And, MJ was there for my first huge lie; I'm not sure what possessed me to tell my best friend in the 1st grade (Kari Frandsen - Are you out there? I haven't talked to you in years!) that Michael Jackson had come to my house and played checkers with me in the backseat of our family's Datsun (again, something that no longer exists), but I still kind of feel bad about my fib. :-)

I can't say that I was a devoted fan of MJ, but his gigantic presence is interwoven with my own personal history, and I too can't believe that I now live in a world where he doesn't exist...

R.I.P. Michael. Thanks for the memories.

22 comments:

  1. I am on the other side of 30 and also have lots of MJ memories from my childhood. I think he was my first crush at the age of 10.
    I'm choosing to celebrate and remember the amazing Thriller-era MJ instead of the tragic figure he was the last decade.
    Gonna go make my kids listen to a little Billie Jean on the Ipod now...

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  2. Very sad:(( I too grew up with him TCA!! I had/have tapes- Ahh Bradlee's (all the stores before walmart) I even had 8 tracks with (tony and Dawn!!) now who's dating themselves.
    I kinda like your statement at the end... Hard to live in a world where he doesn't exist!!.. That's twilight related after all!! we all know the book,page and who said it to who!!

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  4. I grew up on Michael too.
    When I was 7 years old - I proudly told my father that I was in love with Michael Jackson and he was to be my future husband.
    He made a huge contribution to music.
    "Say Say Say" is my favorite MJ song.
    But I can't mourn a man repeatedly accused of child molestation.
    The Michael I knew and loved died at the end of the 80s.

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  5. Mrs. TCA you aren't the only one who told fibs that MJ visited them there are plenty of us out there and most of don't know what possessed us to do it. For many us who lived in the era of cassettes his music was either the first we purchased or received. A generation of people tied to one person via similar experiences.

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  6. Great Tribute, TCA. Your sentiments mirror my own.

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  7. So Sad, I heard the news last night, cried in disbelief and woke up and still cant believe it. Every piece of his music marks my life "Got to be there", Human Nature, " Bad" etc. I wish the world would put away the hate and allow him to be. Too many us point a finger that we dont point at ourselves and he lived a difficult life in the spotlight under close scrutiny of money mongers and peope who wanted to latch onto his fame. RIP MJ

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  8. can't stop crying, we lost an icon. He was a part of my childhood too, he made me wanna dance, his songs are awesome! RIP MJ, we miss you :(

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  9. thriller, the videoclip... night, a young couple walks in the forest, he asks her if she loves him, she says yes and he asks if she is sure, she says yes again and he gives her a ring making it official and then he tells her that he's not an ordinary man and... as the moon shines he turns into, well.. not a vampire.. but i think that is close enough!!!!!!!! the first party i went to was all about his music, nice memories!!!!!

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  10. It is a sad day in music. His music really did cross boundaries. I liked a few of his songs from the albums Bad and Dangerous! I couldnt help growing up on his music b/c my mom was a fan from the J5 era. I remember when thriller came out and i wanted the jacket(she worked at Wiebolts..now extinct), but I got a t-shirt cause all the jackets were soul out! lol

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  11. His record (yes people, an actual record) was the very first one my parents ever bought me. I can't remember exactly which one, but it was before he released his Thriller album.

    Ahhh...the memories.

    RIP MJ!!!!!

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  12. i cant believe he is gone! i loved his music when i was a little girl! My mom and dad still have a video of me dancing to thriller when i was 8! rip mj :(

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  13. I'm so glad you posted this! I wanted someone to blog about it, but knew it wasn't twilight related! so thanks again!

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  14. I have to admit that when I heard the news yesterday I was shocked, but it took until this morning when I was bopping along to "Bus Stop" on my way into work to get a little teary as I really thought back and remembered how awesome his music was and how into his music I was as a kid (and TwiCrack, I am older than you, sadly...). My girlfriends and I used to have a dance that we all did to this song! And every new video (once we started getting videos - lol) was a national event! He was a consummate performer and he'll be missed, but his music will always live on. {{{sniffle}}}

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  15. @STY--I had a similar reaction. When I first heard the news yesterday it didn't really upset me that much but then I reflected on the brilliance of his early music and his music in the 80's. His early music transcended genre--I think he influenced us all in a way. By the end of yesterday I was feeling a bit weepy too and my girlfriends and I toasted him last night. He truly was a brilliant singer, dancer, and performer. I truly feel like a piece of my childhood died yesterday with Michael passing and Farrah too.

    Thanks for the nice tribute TCA! I am now going to go dig through my old cassette tapes (yes, cassette tapes you young ones) and look for the audio rendition my 8th grade friend and I did of "Thriller" in the style of Elmer Fudd.

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  16. I had Michael's songs on 45's if anyone even knows what those are! i was one of the J5 in my 8th grade talent show circa early 1970's! He was a pioneer and will be missed! I leaked when i found out-so sad.

    TCA you rock this 50+ twicrack fan every day with your site!

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  17. i too echo your sentiments. i remember as a child falling in love with him with his first solo album, "off the wall." and i will never forget watching the debut of his moon-walk and simply being captivated. granted, his behavior became more and more disturbing in his later years, but you cannot deny his influence on pop culture. he was an icon and it's sad to see him go -- another reminder of how quickly life goes by...

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  18. Thanks for the lovely tribute, TCA. I was a devoted fan and what you said about living in a world where there's no MJ anymore is my exact feeling. I'll miss him so much.
    Nana

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  19. THANK YOU SOO MUCH for posting his. i couldnt smile all yesterday because his death finally sank in and i was cring the whole day; but after i saw this it made me smile because i realized how muched he touched me and everyone. also made me realized how many boundaries he transended...including twilight boundaries :-)
    RIP MICHAEL JACKSON

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  20. I still can't believe he's gone...thanks for posting, Cheeky. The spontaneous outpouring of joy as people have dance parties to celebrate his life has brought me to tears..I hope MJ can see it, whereever he is!

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  21. Quite a loss, but at least we still have Lionel Richie. We need to guard him like a national treasure...

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