i had the priviledge of attending Michael Jacksons memorial.
i am one of the few lucky ones who were inside the Staples Centre.
i was part of that group of people who were gathered there and we,
along with billions of people across the globe,
celebrated the life and music of the king.
what a great event.
the greatest memory of the memorial,
will forever remain when everyone stood up and sang we are the world and heal the world.
i promise you,
there was not a soul in that centre who didn’t have tears in their eyes.
what an extraordinary moment.
what a loss.
i had already bought tickets for his London concert.
the series of concerts were to start in 2 days from today.
i have the greatest of memories with MJ’s music.
i grew up listening to his album “off the wall” because dad had the album and he would play it all the time.
my dad attended one of his concert with his friends.
i remember he would say to me “if there is one artist you should see perform live, that’s Michael Jackson.”
and that is the reason i bought his concert ticket but it wasn’t meant to be i guess.
i will not be getting a refund on the ticket.
i have framed it and it’s on my wall.
sitting at the memorial,
listening to all the memories being shared of him by his friends and family,
i thought what a pity it is that we are paying tribute to this man after treating him like shit in his life.
it is sad that we realize the worth of someone the moment they leave us.
why can’t we honor,
pay tributes in their life time?
“He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.
His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.
And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.
In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England
We are missing Michael.
But we do know we had him, and we are the world.”