When Michael died, for months I would see the same phrase over and over- "music died on June 25th". And for a while, that rang very true to me. There were months and months I cried and waited for a morning when I would wake up and the nightmare of losing Michael would be over. I couldn't watch him on video, just seeing him in motion, seeing his smile, his laughter, his divine dance moves... All of that was much too painful. And forget about listening to the slow songs and ballads...
That was torture.
For so many of us MJ fans, Michael Jackson was somewhat of a comforting consistent figure in our lives. He was the definition of complete and true escapism. The first few months without him was a confusing and emotionally jarring period of time.
I had to wipe my iPod completely clean.
For those first few months, I could only manage to listen to one song without feeling sad.
That song was "Good Times" by the Jacksons.
Due to heavy rotation on quiet storm radio programs, it was one of the most popular album cuts from "The Jacksons" record. The song is more about the death of a relationship (as opposed to the death of a person) but, for some reason it comforted me. It was the only song that reminded me of happier moments.
It's funny things don't alwaysGo the way you want them toAlthough we're not togetherI treasure my experience with you
And it still does.
Whenever you get down and missing Michael, try listening to "Good Times". It helps me realize that being a fan for as many years as I have, is an experience to be treasured.
Here's a clip from my favorite performance of this song:
What do you all listen to when you are missing Michael?