I grew up with this kid who in a way became my strange but incredibly talented little brother. I admired his successes and was disappointed with his mistakes the way I would with my own brother. I was always hoping he would get his life together and was looking forward to his tour as a possible avenue toward that end. Instead, it possibly was his end.
Michael was connected to all of us that were born in the late 50's. We created him and he was our collective reflection. Part of us passes away with him, as it does with anyone who touches our lives. I felt much the same way when George Harrison passed away from us. Michael and George were us. They reflected our passions, dreams, and love of life in their music.