..In the hearts of his fans as they remember him through his music on his third death anniversary
When Michael Jackson was once asked how he would like to be remembered, he had said: 'As a person who came and brought light to the world, some escapism.' Today marks the third death anniversary of the King of Pop. Fans across the globe are set to celebrate his life and music.
While some organise concerts to pay tribute to the Thriller star, others like city-based artiste Nikhil Gangavane are going a step further to connect with MJ fans. In 2003, Nikhil wrote and sang The Michael Jackson Anthem when the star needed it the most (during his infamous trial).
Nikhil will pay tribute to his idol once again. He is all set to re-record the song and invite MJ fans to send in their sample voices after which he will select and use their voices in the song. Nikhil says, "The song was sung by fans who were present at the trial. Two million people downloaded it before MJ passed away. After his demise, it was downloaded by 4.3 million people."
For keyboard player Leo Mathew, Michael Jackson was one of the finest musicians in the world. "He had the groove and the moves. He was a star from childhood. My favourite song is I want you back by Jackson 5," says Leo.
While a lot of fans will go back to listening to some great songs sung by MJ, musician Mihir Joshi is playing it a bit differently. He plans to dedicate his 140th episode on his blog to MJ. He will play some rare songs that Michael crooned along with other singers like Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Paul McCartney. He says, "It's a rare duets show. I searched a lot and found some gems! I have been constructing this one for a few weeks now." Some of the songs which he will feature include What More Can I Give, The Way You Make Me Feel and Say Say Say.
Remembering MJ through creativity seems like a good initiative, says singer-songwriter Lionnel Mascarenhas, who recently moved to New Jersey. An ardent MJ fan, he shares, "As a teen I used to listen to metal bands and Michael Jackson. In 1991, when I first saw the video of Black or White by MJ, I was totally amazed by the quality of the music video. My first MJ CD was Dangerous and I used to listen to it every night." Michael Jackson had the best sound engineers in the world, he adds. "Whenever you play a CD by other artists and then play an MJ CD, you can literally hear a huge difference in the sound and production," he says.
And thus, MJ's music will play on and he will live through it.