Letter to the Editor: MJ aftermath ripples through Northeastern

The world lost a music legend June 25. But I lost someone who meant much more to me than that. For the last 10 years, Michael Jackson played such a large role in my life; it is difficult to put it into words. So much in life changes, whether it be your close friends or your taste in clothing. The same held true for me. But the one thing that remained constant in my life for me was Michael Jackson. ‘ ‘
Ever since I was first introduced to his music in 1999 by VH1, I was a fan. And my admiration grew as I got older. I could not get enough of his music, his style and his dancing. I became known as the kid who loved Michael Jackson throughout my middle and high school years, much to the bewilderment of my classmates and teachers. How could someone who was not even alive during his prominent years be such a fan of his?’ But I felt it was my duty as a devoted fan to share with my peers the greatness that was MJ. ‘ ‘ ‘
While his popularity certainly peaked in the early ’80s with the release of Thriller, the quality of his music was consistent throughout his entire career, in my opinion. The last album of new material released during his lifetime was Invincible in 2001. While it sold poorly compared to his previous albums, and perhaps was not the masterpiece Thriller or Bad were, it was still better than any R&B album I have heard this decade.’
While other artists may compare to Michael Jackson vocally and lyrically, the one aspect of his career that is unrivaled was his live performances. They are what set him apart. The way he commanded the stage was something that still amazes me to this day.
In the days following his passing, I have been pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of love and support throughout the world. I only wish all of these supporters you are seeing today were there for him when he needed it during his recent, difficult years. I hope he will finally be appreciated for all he has done for the music industry.’ He pioneered music videos and also played a part in civil rights history, as he was the first African American artist to get prominent airtime on MTV.
When his comeback tour was announced in London on March 5 of this year, I was overjoyed that I would finally get the opportunity to see him in concert. Because much of this decade was spent dealing with his legal proceedings, he had not taken to the stage since 2002. I bought three tickets to his July 22 show at London’s O2 arena. I thought my dream had finally come true. Tragically, his life was cut short before this dream could become a reality. I am still traveling to Europe on July 16 with my mother and sister, both of whom were fans as well. Sadly, there is now a glaring hole in the middle of our itinerary.’
In closing, all I can say is thank you, Michael. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You will always be the man that introduced me to music and changed my life. I will forever be grateful.

‘- Jake Sutera is a sophomore jouralism major.

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