I’m saddened by the death of my favorite childhood musician, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Since last week, MJ’s songs have been the only music played on my iPod and laptop, however, I always keep this tribute to myself and don’t force my love of Michael Jackson’s music on others.
On the CTA this morning I unwillingly became part of another person’s not-so-quiet tribute to Michael Jackson. This MJ fan was seated 6 rows behind me but I could hear every word of “Thriller” as if the song was coming from my own headphones. Are you kidding me?!? Beyond my concern for the health of his ear drums I couldn’t help but to shake my head at the utter lack of consideration for the other riders. People kept turning around and giving him the “turn down your (insert expletive) music” look but he didn’t seem to care. “Thriller” and then “Billie Jean” continued to blare from his headphones until he got off the bus too many stops later.
Michael Jackson was a humanitarian and believed in respecting and caring for people from all walks of life, all around the world. As we fondly remember the King of Pop and his contribution to the music industry, please be respectful of those around you and turn down the volume of your iPod, iPhone and car stereos.
To the Jackson Family – you are in my thoughts and prayers!