In my last post, I wrote about the death of Michael Jackson, and noted some of my favorite songs.
I live in Harlem and have been avoiding going down to the Apollo since Thursday – but I trekked down this afternoon to see what was going on.
Imagine this – a block of people hawking Michael Jackson (bootleg) CDs, t-shirts, posters, hats and more. And at least 100 people singing along to “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” (from one of my favorite albums, Thriller) in front of the Theater. I even joined in for the chorus. People of all races, white, black, Hispanic, Asian – ages, and types – short, tall, fat, skinny, all writing notes to Michael on the wall outside of the Apollo, singing to his music – songs from vendors overlapping each other, dancing, smiling, some crying. It was moving. I only got a few pictures because it was a bit tight and so many other people were trying to get to the Theater to get in to see memorabilia and listen to even more music.
I am still sad to hear of Michael’s death, but at least I know he’s up in Heaven moonwalking and can see how much people care about him, despite the events of the last few years.