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The unavoidable blog

February 4, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
All right. I have pushed this blog idea back so many times and tried every thing I could to hold this information until I had enough thoughts to build a blog that did the subject justice. I guess now is the time to finally let my opinion known. Since June, my life has taken a somewhat different turn. Yes, it is the month I got my first full-time job but on June 25, an pop icon left us that surged me back into the days of my youth that I haven’t pulled myself out of yet.
I am speaking of course about the death of Michael Jackson. I have touched on the subject in my earlier blog about the Dancing with the Stars tribute but that didn’t fully explain my thoughts on the subject.
To begin, I will say that I listened to his music as a kid and had several cassette tapes that I almost wore out for playing them so much. As I grew, my interests in music moved with the trends being pulled into the boy band era with NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, etc. along with other pop artists like the Spice Girls, Christina Aquilera and so on. In high school, I continued with the pop and hip-hop music then toward the end of my senior year settled back to my roots of country music. You can ask my college roommates what music was always first to play in my car or on my computer and the answer would be country.
Before June, I had just one CD from Michael Jackson, his Number Ones CD, which suited the fond memories of my youth but didn’t broadcast my being a fan. Through all of his legal troubles, I remained silently loyal to him and believed what he said and not the media's hyped up version. I am the first to admit that he was a different and strange guy, but maybe that’s why he was loved so much in his heyday. He wasn't just doing the same old thing but something new and exciting all the time.
Ever since the day of his passing, I have been enraptured in anything having to do with Michael Jackson, like most of the rest of the world. I thought that I would be into it for about a month or two and then go back to my music tastes prior to that day in June. But, I haven’t 'shaked' it yet. This it It coming out didn't help much.
One thing I want to mention is that I don’t listen to him exclusively. I still listen to country radio and CDs and keep up with the new hits. But I do listen to Michael a lot.
I now own Michael’s Ultimate Collection which includes his Live in Bucharest concert from the Dangerous World Tour and the HIStory DVDs of his music videos or as he called them, short films. My family has been good enough to supply me with the This is It DVD, the book Moonwalk (Michael’s Autobiography), Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous. I have filled out my J5, the Jacksons and Michael collections with mp3 downloads, and I have watched episodes of the Jackson Dynasty TV program on A&E (which should shock anyone who has read my blogs and knows just how many shows I watch, something that wouldn’t be possible without a DVR).
Now that I have blathered on and on about a seeming obsession, I will say it has been nice to reconnect with the part of my own music history. It gives me a chance to step back and truly realize the impact Michael had on the world. Whatever happened to taint his personal image, it has never taken away his entertainment skills. I am just sorry he had to die in order for it to be OK to admit you like him again.


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