Michael means a lot to me. I grew up listening to his music and I've always appreciated him as a person. Michael reminds me of my childhood memories. When I was a kid, I was a big fan. I remember how I was keen on collecting his photos and searching for his albums which were released before I was born. I used to keep any magazine articles written about him. His posters were hung on every wall in my room and I used attack people giving negative comments about him.
Concerning the way his songs affected me, "Earth Song" has affected me to great extent. This song motivated me to try do anything to participate in protecting the environment . So, as a kid, I refused to throw any garbage in the street, unlike many other kids, just because Michael was an idol to me, though "Earth Song" is not about environmental problems of that sort. I just wanted to have any positive contribution to the environment out of my love for Michael. Now, as an adult, I am still keen on protecting the environment as much as I can just because it has become a habit thanks to Michael and because I am convinced that I am doing the right thing.
I almost stopped listening to Michael about five years ago and started to become interested in rock music though he was still one of my favourite singers. However, I don't know why I remembered him suddenly a few days before his death. I just felt that I have this urge to listen to him and kept on replaying "Give In to Me" again and again. I also watched many other songs like "They Don't Care About Us," "Man in the Mirror," "One Day in Your Life" and "Billie Jean." Such strange coincidence makes it harder for me to overcome the sadness I feel. Michael was and will always be a great artist. May his soul rest in peace.