I’ll bite, and post something legit.
I grew up in the 80’s, so of course I was overrun with Michael Jackson stuff all the time, to the point where I was ultimately done with him. By the time I was in high school I had completely moved on.
It was just recently (after the London shows were announced, and since my co-worker lost her mind about it) I started to watch old videos, download old Jackson 5 as well as his solo songs. So, I know I won’t ever consider myself a fanatic or anything like that. But when it comes down to it, that dude could DANCE man, and sing. And he surrounded himself with other talents that were at the top of their game as well. Listen to the music, not just his voice but the accompaning music and maybe you’ll appreciate how sonicaly tight all of his stuff was. He didn’t just get some studio guitarist to lay down the guitar solo on Beat It, he went outside his Genre and got Eddie Van Halen. Quincy Jones, in my mind probably one of the most influential producers in modern music, put together his older stuff. Etc.
I mean, Timbaland is trying, and he’s good, but he’s no Quincy Jones. Remixing One Republic songs and whatnot…
I now appreciate being able to look back and see him move and sing on stage, rather than move toward a court-house shrowded in drapes and masks.
I think it’s better to remember him like the picture above.