Michael Jackson performing Billie Jean during the 25th Anniversary of Motown in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. March 25, 1983.

Michael Jackson performing Rock with You from the Off the Wall Album. (Released November 3, 1979, Epic Records)

While walking to the BART last night, I played Michael Jackson's music on my ipod. I spent a good part of my morning today viewing his live performances on YouTube. He brought back memories of my past in Manila. There was a time when my siblings and I repeatedly watched taped episodes of MTV for an entire summer. While waiting for the rest of the class to converge in a classmates' home to go to a party, we listened to his Thriller album. I remember people collectively shrieked every time the first drumbeats of Rock with You played in clubs or parties. Boy, we sang at the top of our lungs while grooving to his music.

I really felt sad when I heard the news that he passed away. Although scandals, health problems and financial woes marred his career later in life, Michael Jackson, the artist, and the music he created will endure forever.