As you all know on June 25th 2009 we lost one of the most influential people let alone recording artists of all time in the legendary king of pop Michael Jackson. The passing of M.J. is a shock felt by millions as his music was such a huge part in the memories of peoples lives for decades. I’ve read comments and blogs all over the internet of people feeling a piece of their childhood is gone with Michael Jackson.

 His influence over pop culture is unquestionable as you see many pop stars and wannabes shamelessly trying to emulate the best to ever do it. I can speak for myself and many others when I say his albums served as a soundtrack to the ’80’s and early ’90’s for many events that occurred as an adolescent. Songs like “Beat It”, “Thriller”, “Smooth Criminal” (some of my favorites) still bring back memories when you hear them like a familiar smell that takes you back to a certain time or place.

I can remember exactly what I was doing when I heard his iconic songs and they even heightened the happenings of life when I heard them somehow. For me it was the days of Nintendo, riding bikes around the neighborhood with friends, and practicing the moonwalk on the kitchen floor in my socks hoping to get it down to impress girls at school. (which never worked). Not to mention his immaculate dancing ability which was contributed to by the drilling of discipline to perfection by his father during his Jackson 5 days. That constant drive his father put in him made him be the best effortlessly. He didn’t just influence music but ALL art.

 He recreated mediums like the music video, art direction IN music video and artistic expression even to the arenas of visual art. . . which is why I decided to drop everything and do this painting. This is my first piece in a long time in watercolor and I thought the timing was right to venture off again. I was going to submit this to the reality show but decided not to. This is my way of showing my appreciation for music that played along side the events of my young life and paying tribute to . . . the legendary king of pop. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

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