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Saying goodbye to Michael Jackson….

This is an open letter to my old mentor and supervisor at Odyssey Records.  His name was Michael Jackson and he looked like someone from ELO.  He was the manager of Odyssey Records for years and years.

Dear Michael,

In December of 1987, you gave an 18 year old girl her dream job.  You hired her as seasonal help at your record store and ended up keeping her there for five years.  You opened up a world of wonder and music and things I never could have dreamed of.

You taught me so much about the music world, from the inside out.  You were fun and caring.  You were like our father figure.  When we had a problem, you were right there for us and did not let anyone treat us maliciously.

You showed me how to do product buying and placement so it would sell.  You taught me the love of music, which I carry with me to this day.  After you left the store, when Wherehouse took over, it just wasn’t the same and the love and family feeling was gone.

I missed you and your fun loving ways for months and months before I’d had enough and quit myself.

I thank you.  I thank you for introducing me to the love of my life in music.  Music is so important to me now and it’s because of you and Odyssey Records that I have this love.  Music never leaves me and music loves me unconditionally.   I thank you for that.  I thank you for everything you were and everything you are now.

I pray you rest in peace and know that there are so many of us from the Odyssey family mourning you right now.  My only wish is that I could be at your funeral on the 30th to show my respect to your family.  You were my mentor and my father figure for several years.

Rest in peace, my friend, you deserve it.

On Wednesday the 20th, Michael Jackson lost his several year battle with cancer.  He was an inspiration to many of us working at Odyssey Records.  My prayers and thoughts are with his children and his family at this time.  Rest in peace Michael.

2 Responses to “Saying goodbye to Michael Jackson….”

  • metalmom says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend. He left you an enduring gift in your love of music. I’m sorry that your heart hurts.

  • Sodapop says:

    Thank you, metalmom 🙂 he was very special and because of him, I have the love and knowledge of music I have today. I’ll never forget him.