The world lost one of the greatest artists to ever live this past Thursday, June 25th. I was shocked and saddened by the news of Michael Jackson's death. He was beyond a superstar. He was an icon. A pioneer. Original. Genius. The world seems less interesting, musically. There is a void without him.
Michael is the perfect example of what true artistry is and what my blog has been about over the past three months. He paid a price for his art form-tons of scrutiny and criticism from people all over the world.
Lots of artists are misunderstood, especially, the greats. The nobles became nervous about Amadeus' ideas toward the end of his career and when he eventually died, he was buried in an unmarked grave. It wasn't until his death that people truly realized his contribution to music and his impact on the world. Also, much like the speculation of MJ's cause of death, rumors spread that Amadeus' death was the result of poisoning. Additionally, much like Michael at the end of his life, Mozart spent his last days in isolation. These two inspirational men, much like other talents I consider genius, Jimmy Hendrix, John Lennon and many more left us too soon.
For those of us who create, and anyone in general who dares to dream, let there legacies live on in us and inspire us. And, on those days when we are broke, the phone isn't ringing and we feel all alone, remember those like Amadeus Mozart and Michael Jackson who were not afraid to be different and embraced their artistry and creative selves.
I think Michael's lyrics (which many have appropriately used over the past few days to describe his passing) from "Gone Too Soon" speak to his life and how life is too short not to pursue your passion. "Like the loss of sunlight on a cloudy afternoon, Gone too soon, Like a castle built upon a sandy beach, Gone too soon."