Remembering Michael Jackson…3 Years On

Published: Monday 25th Jun 2012 by Sam

Today marks three years since the passing onto eternity of the late, great King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Ever tragic, in that his demise at age 50 was entirely premature, there’s also a certain sweetness to be sourced from the fact that his impact remains inescapable. Think about it: be it in a commercial, video game, blasting from a car, playing in a store, or even a reference from your favourite artist – the music of Michael Jackson is still a feature of our everyday lives. Literally.

Much ado is made about the words “icon” and “legend” – both of which are used these days with careless “flimsy”. Yet, one needn’t rely on the propaganda of PR spin to know what those words represent. For, put simply, Michael Jackson is the blueprint.

Longtime readers will know that it was Michael’s musicality, vision, and precision that birthed my love for music; and ultimately my desire to share that with the masses via the creation of That Grape Juice five years ago. As such, like millions the world over, MJ occupies a special place in my life personally.

And while classics such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Black or White’, and ‘Bad’ are etched in mass consciousness, it’s the lyrics from ‘Unbreakable’ – the opener on Jackson’s 2001 opus ‘Invincible’ – which resonate the most for yours truly:

“You can’t believe it, you can’t conceive it 
and you can’t touch me, ’cause I’m untouchable 
and I know you hate it, and you can’t take it 
You’ll never break me, ’cause I’m unbreakable 

While, in life, an emphatic response to his many critics, the song’s lyrics carry with them a potent new meaning now that he is no longer with us: love it or loathe it, the legacy of Michael Jackson is insurmountable. Indeed, unbreakable.

With that, there is little else to say than: Michael Joseph Jackson, we salute you. We thank you. As generations to come will learn, greatness lives beyond the body.

Michael Jackson: 1958 – Forever

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  1. Dancing On The Ceiling June 25, 2012

    Thank you to That Grape Juice writer for paying respect to Michael Jackson. His fans are grateful and appreciate your love and respect.

    Long Live The King

    • Os June 25, 2012

      Co-Sign.

  2. Nik June 25, 2012

    Thank u so much miss him dearly a true king

  3. GURL June 25, 2012

    MJ <3

  4. Blackman June 25, 2012

    RIP KING MJ, THE BEST EVER!!

  5. i’m not throwing shade, but… June 25, 2012

    Wow! Time really flies…

  6. TheresaB June 25, 2012

    Very simply and elegantly stated. Thank you!

  7. stony June 25, 2012

    Hello guys iam a singer songwriter who makes the same kind of music that michael jackson and trust me iam very serious about that for those who are sceptic please copy and paste this link below and listen to my snippet on itunes here:

    http://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/the-game-i-love-you-single/id535749673

    i think that the world is missing somebody like mj and i should replace him point blank period

    • soulmusiclover June 25, 2012

      are you f****** serious????? no offense but that song is crap!! you need to find another job!! jeezz! my ears are bleeding

    • Smh June 25, 2012

      GOOD F****** BYE !

  8. PYTFROMAL June 25, 2012

    Woo, haven’t started crying yet. LOL.

    6/25/12 marks three years since you’ve been gone. We, your fans, miss you terribly but I understand that your work here on Earth was completed and God wanted you back home. I truly want to thank you for all of the great music, memories and performances that you have given us over the years. You were the biggest star of your time and today you remain one of the most influential stars to ever touch a stage. Artists today from country to rock to hip hop to R&B still praise you til this day. Your body of work/success speaks for itself. We’ll be rocking to those timeless classics forever.

    My God, there will never be another like you.

  9. DIGGER BEY June 25, 2012

    There are times when im listening tol his music and cant believe he’s gone. MJ was just That Man n Music! He influenced more people n music than anyone! He changed the game! #R.I.P KING OF POP MICHAEL JACKSON

  10. Spunkypoop June 25, 2012

    Thank you Sam for this. I miss him sooo much and he will forever be the King! RIP Michael Jackson.

  11. Ugh June 25, 2012

    Thanks for this post. MJ will forever be the love of my life. We miss you ♥

  12. Nick June 25, 2012

    we miss you so much MJ
    your music will live on forever!

  13. Os June 25, 2012

    R.I.P king of pop,Micheal jackson the legendary both in life and death,you are immortalized in another way,through your music so you will live on.

  14. Essence June 25, 2012

    Words are so insignificant when you want to say anything about such genius like Michael Jackson … He is not only true Music King but also a wonderful person <3 I've loved Michael since I was 9 and saw him for the first time on TV… and I loved him all those years, also when he had to go through very hard times… and I will love him for ever <3 Michael Jackson is a true phenomenon, and – I'm not afraid to use this word – to me he always was and will be a perfect musician & human being <3

  15. PrettigurlrockD June 25, 2012

    Rest in peace! I was watching all his videos up til 2 am last night on YouTube. What a talent we’ve lost.

    Rip to all the legends we wont get back.

    Donna summers
    Whitney Houston
    Aaliyah
    2pac
    Biggie
    Left eye
    Don Cornelius

  16. Tru Voice June 25, 2012

    RIP to the king

  17. BLAK JIGGA June 25, 2012

    RIP Michael Jackson. You are THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!

  18. Suicide Blonde June 25, 2012

    June 25, 2009 my life changed forever, I can not describe in words what this Man meant to me, how his music touched me. I’ve been a fan since I have memory. There will never be anyone who can accomplish what this man achievement, the way he conquer the world with his music alone is worthy of a King, he was something unique, rare and extremely talented, his charisma on stage, the manner in which he expressed himself, he can tell you thousand words with his Body Language, he was a humble person, a King who didn’t know he was King, many Presidents, Kings, Princes and great figures in history have disappeared, but Michael Jackson will live for ever and ever, while the world is there, Michael Jackson will live forever.
    Long Live The king!

  19. army of queen aaliyah June 25, 2012

    I Cant Believe It’s Already Been 3 Years….I Remember About 2 Days Ago I Justin Bieber Stan Was So Delusional To Say Michael Was Copying Justina Bieber It’s So Sad When Talentless Flops Are Compared To The King, People Underrate Michael Vocally As A Child He Could Belt F#5 & G5 That Would Slay Justin’s One Note Vocal Range ! RIP Michael SMH

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