As one of the millions (billions?) who grew up listening to Michael Jackson, and trying to moonwalk, I can't help but feel inspired by the worldwide outpouring in reaction to his sad death. It’s not often that the whole world comes together to honor something, but today is one of those days.
All over the globe, from the United States to England to Sweden to Russia to India to China and everywhere in between, people are celebrating the life and music of one of the all-time greats. It seems the whole planet is awash with memorials, online postings, and impromptu dance parties in the streets.
At the Glastonbury Festival (which I blogged about earlier in the week) many of the performers paid tribute to Michael onstage, and DJs incorporated his hits into their sets. And in London today, there was a mass moonwalk outside the Liverpool Street train station, organized on Twitter and Facebook.
Many have called Michael the most recognizable person on the planet, at least during his prime. Judging by the global reaction to his death, it would be hard to argue.