I'm remembering today ...
I first heard MJ in a coffeehouse concert at the University of Montana (Missoula) around 1976! I was mesmerized by his voice and songs ... but his mastery of the guitar was off the chart! I bought every album (LP, cassette, CD, now ITunes) he ever released. My most memorable encounter with MJ: I moved to Nashville in 1978, to pursue a career in music and recorded for Christian Record labels. I travelled out of Nashville (BNA) most weekends. One day I was on a flight to Chicago with MJ. I mustered the courage to approach him and express my appreciation for his contribution to my musical growth. He was so gracious and asked so many questions; I was in heaven. We sat together and talked "shop" the whole flight! He gave me his card and encouraged me! Final observation: Common among great artists is their acceptance of the responsibility for their gift and success by encouraging others! I'm going to miss this mans music! God bless his family ... may they know Michael had a huge impact on his world.