First things first, just watched the Michael Jackson memorial, weeping periodically throughout at how human the people who loved him made him seem to me. Especially Brooke Shields, who must have known how hard life was for him in many ways that others wouldn't have known.
I love his music, especially the early Motown stuff, Off the Wall, Bad, Thriller and a few songs from when he started to look REALLY weird -as opposed to pretty weird. My favourite songs are Black or White, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In the Mirror, She's Out of My Life and Human Nature.
I remember watching the Motown 25 celebration on TV when I was at University - all the old greats that I love were on - Diana, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas - and then Michael came out with his brothers, did a fantastic medley of their best songs, and then performed Billie Jean with that hat and the moonwalk. Thank God I recorded it and got to watch it over and over 'til the tape was knackered.
I saw him in concert for the HIStory tour in NZ back in the day. Still the best concert I've ever been to. He was simply electrifying.
He made some horrendous decisions sometimes and we'll never know what really went on but he had three little children that he loved and they loved him. He was their Dad and that's the bottom line really - all the rest is just static.
To paraphrase Pip from meetmeatmikes, RIP Michael Jackson, talented, fragile nutter. Thanks for being the backing vocalist in so many of my memories. X