Then there was the time I was in line at the frame section of Michael's store and in front of me was Michael. When the line moved I said,"Ahhh. Excuse me. I was next…" teasingly…Michael kept looking ahead, sighed and there was a moment I thought he was going to take my head off so just as he gruffed...I blurted out, "I am just kidding…Michael!" He continued to look ahead and then out of the corner of his eye, then kind of smirked. At the same time I was putting my picture of LeBron James with his signature on the counter and of course he triple took and then said, "How did such a pretty woman get a hold of that picture?" He went from crabby to complimentary admirer of my picture in such a short time I didn't know how to respond. 😆 Luckily the cashier said to him may I help you sir? And it was a very young person who had no idea who he was...Whoa my rocker wanted my Lebron's pic! Not even the beloved MS could take that from me! What a memory for that adoring tween girl in me.
♥️ When I first heard Michael died I wanted to call my sister, Reina and tell her but I couldn't because my sister died too. It made me miss her and her daughter, my niece Hayley who also passed away. I had a rush of nostalgia mixed with painstaking grief...I also thought about all the fun wonderful times I had in Cleveland with my family and friends. I really miss that. I haven't lived in Cleveland for 12 years.
Shortly, after Michael passed away there was a 4-Hour dedication to him on WolfRock Radio. I thought I would listen for a little while but I was quickly sucked in and with each song came back wonderful memories of my childhood and teen years. And I cried and felt sort of foolish until the DJ finally broke down and cried. But I continued to be sad and read on the MSB Facebook I wasn't the only one still crying. It took me a while to figure out why his death hit me so hard. But I quickly was reminded how much I loved his music and it wasn't sad when one of my besties Michelle, also a BGSU alumi & grew up on Cleveland's West side came to visit. I told her prior we had to jam out to MSB. So we jammed on the balcony of her hotel as we sing along to MSB tunes. Just when I thought I knew the MSB lyrics, here's Michelle singing every song verbatim to the lyrics which quickly reminded me how much we all loved him and that I wasn't the only one w MSB issues.😁
Michael's death is a reminder that our youth is gone, along with many other music legends who made music we fell in love with. It is sad and stings. But I think about the eternal jam session Michael is now a part of. Damn! What a site and sound that gig must be! Michael's music is now forever among the stars in the sky AND down here on earth...Oh what a beautiful gift Micheal…left for all of us.