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Gloria Locke: More than just the King of Pop

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Posted: June 27, 2009 7:39 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Gloria Locke painted this portrait of Michael Jackson as a tribute to the artist who died Thursday.

Michael Jackson's music eased my pain more than anything else on earth.

When my mom and dad got divorced I was 8, and right at that time "I Want You Back" was released. I played it all the time to help me through the pain.

At 18, when my teenage love Marco died, I listened to Michael Jackson songs and decided to move to California because that's where Michael Jackson was.

I wanted to meet him - and I did. I even got to skate with him at Moonlight in Reseda.

Whenever I feel bad, I listen to Michael Jackson and I feel better. There has not been a week in my life when I didn't listen to Jackson's music, especially "Will You Be There" from "Free Willy."

We had a Father's Day tribute this year because my husband lost his dad in May. After that, I came home and watched Michael Jackson YouTube videos until 2 a.m.

I thought to myself, after Michael's trial he watched "Three Stooges" videos to make him feel better, and I watch Michael Jackson videos!

I've always listened to "You Are Not Alone," but I watched the video for the first time on Saturday after the Father's Day tribute. I watched it over and over and over again.

It was so beautiful - the desert to the mountains scenery and his face saying "you are not alone" by the waterfall. His eyes were so beautiful as his face faded into the waterfall.

I thought he looked liked an angel - and now he is.

My dad died before daybreak after my first daughter's ninth birthday. Michael Jackson died on my second daughter's 19th birthday.

Although I didn't know my dad, he caused me the most pain. Although I didn't know Michael Jackson, he brought me the most healing.

For 40 years, Michael Jackson has helped me through the trials of my life. May God help his dear family at this time.

He's way more than the King of Pop; he was a true artist, even as Van Gogh or Mozart.

My dad wanted me to get a studio. Three months after he died, I got a studio.

But Michael Jackson's music has helped me paint the pictures.

Gloria Locke is a Santa Clarita resident and the founder of SCV-Arts. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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