A song that has been on my brain quite often this week:
- “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson, from the blockbuster 1982 album “Thriller.”
It’s hard to imagine, but today marks one year since the King of Pop Michael Jackson died suddenly of a drug-induced cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old.
With all the turmoil and controversy that Jackson both created and endured in his lifetime, it’s not surprising that we still don’t have all the answers when it comes to his life and death.
Although my deep admiration of his talent had been eroded by his increasingly bizarre behavior in what turned out to be his later years, it would be a shame to let the first anniversary of his death slip by without a tribute to his music, the positive contribution to the world that he left behind.
In Jackson’s memory, I’m climbing into the wayback machine to the early 1980s, seemingly a simpler time in the personal history of the King of Pop, to spotlight my all-time favorite Jackson song: “Billie Jean.” When the single was released in 1983, I was far too young to understand the lyrics, I just knew that it sounded amazing and the now-iconic video was absolutely incredible. And so it remains today.