To me, the sadness surrounding Michael Jackson’s death is incomparable to the tragedy of his life. I honestly have mixed feelings about the wave of posthumous adoration he has received – part of me is unwilling to overlook the child molestation. But really, even that was the result of a strange and unhappy life – one that he didn’t deserve. This post is not one of mourning but one of celebration of his music and public persona, both of which will undoubtedly live on in the collective memory for a long time. And OK, even if he reminded me of Voldemort near the end, I will always adore his videos for Thriller and Beat It. He was a true icon.
A while ago, The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit) released a free-for-download CD that includes a killer choral mashup of Will You Be There (it’s the last track). The entire album is def worth the download.