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Tom Bahler’s soulful memories with Michael Jackson


DAYTON, Ohio – Electrifying sell-out crowds, with distinguished vocals and mind-blowing dance routines is one way fans remember Michael Jackson. For Tom Bahler, memories of Jackson are meaningful, filled with harmonies, laughter and Motown soul.

As a songwriter, studio singer, arranger and producer, Bahler has worked with a variety of artists, including the Temptations, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley and Smokey Robinson. Among his list of seasoned performers is Michael Jackson, dating back to the early 1970s. “Back in the day when I first met Michael, he was warm, and at the same time, inside of himself,” Bahler said. “He knew there was a fire inside of himself.”

Bahler, along with his brother John Bahler began working at Motown Records in 1972. They were given multiple tasks, including background singing and vocal arranging. Together, they worked with the Jackson 5. “We use to start around 4:30 p.m., after school let out,” Tom said. “They’d arrive in a limousine from school and go straight into the studio.”

According to Tom, he and John treasure their memories at Motown because of the music. “It was a wonderful chapter in our lives,” he said. “It was the greatest experience ever. I think it was spiritually fulfilling.”


Tom reminisces about Jackson and considers his memories to be priceless. He said it’s hard to pinpoint specific memories because there are many, but said he will never forget what Jackson did one day in Motown’s studio. “Being the youngest of the Jackson 5, everybody was always telling Michael where to stand,” he said. “It wasn’t because he was ‘Michael Jackson,’ but because he was the youngest. One day, Michael walked over and leaned against a piano and just started singing. I was thinking, ‘A kid this young with this much soul.’ It was just extraordinary.”

In 1973, Tom began working with Quincy Jones. (He arranged Jones’ album “Body Heat.”) The two became fast friends and enjoyed working together. At the same time, Tom and John continued working with a variety of artists, including the Jackson 5. Jones knew who the group was, but never worked with them musically.


Both Tom and Jones remained busy with music-related projects, but stayed connected. In 1977, Jones began directing the 1978-released film “The Wiz.” Tom worked behind the cameras as the film’s vocal arranger. The cast featured a star-studded lineup, including Diana Ross as “Dorothy,” Nipsey Russell as the “Tin Man,” Ted Ross as the “Cowardly Lion,” Lena Horn as “Glinda the Good Witch,” Richard Pryor as “The Wiz” and Jackson as the “Scarecrow.” “When we did ‘The Wiz’ I knew Michael, but Quincy was just getting better acquainted with him,” Tom said. “It was fun seeing that relationship grow. It shows you what can happen when you have the right combination of mind and spirit.”

The same year, 1977, Tom wrote a ballad describing emotional heartbreak, detailing what was currently going on in his life.
The song was called “She’s Out of My Life.” ”I was going with a wonderful woman and woke up with her, and she wanted to get married, and I wasn’t ready,” he said. ”These thoughts were going through my mind on the freeway one night. I said to myself, ‘Hey man, you made a choice. Face it. She’s out of your life.’ I was like ‘Wow’ at what I was thinking. By the time I got home, the song was written in 13 minutes.”


Tom’s ballad is featured on Jackson’s 1979 solo album Off the Wall.

According to him, Jackson wasn’t his original choice to sing the track. “But Michael understood drama,” he said. Jackson was moved by the song and tearful toward the end of every recording he made. Tom said Jones had Jackson record the song 12 times before deciding to keep the emotional ending. The version released on Off the Wall is the first recording Jackson made. “When he sang ‘She’s Out of My Life,” he cried,” Tom said. “People don’t hear how he apologized at the end of every take. I asked Michael on a break if he was alright. I said, ‘Hey man, sorry if I hit a chord.’ Michael said, ‘No man, I was just getting into the lyrics.”

Throughout his career, Tom and John remained connected with Jackson, becoming his vocal arrangers. “Any time he’d do something on voices, he’d call us,” Tom said. “Michael was great. He was always open to our comments. But at the same time, he was an incredible singer.”

Tom said he can’t remember every song he worked on with Jackson while at Motown, but said he has beautiful memories, filled with “funny moments.” “There were so many songs, that if I hear them, then I can remember them,” he said. Still, one song stands out in his mind: Jackson’s version of “Rockin’ Robin.” Tom remembers helping him practice his vocals for the song. Another reason the track is important to him is because of a memory he has with Jackson years later. “John and I met with Michael at Neverland Ranch, and when he came into the room and sat down, John and I got on each side of him and started singing, ‘Tweedly-deedly-dee. Tweedly-deedly-dee.’ Michael was a fun guy. He had such a bright spirit.”


Memories of music fill Tom’s head when thinking of Jackson, and are close to his heart. “Michael was an amazing spirit and had a real gift for singing,” he said. “Everything he did, I found to be unique, funky, hip and tasteful. He was one of the greatest entertainers I’ve ever encountered and I’ll never forget him.”



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Right Here Beside Me


If you were here with me now,
what would I say?
Would I have the nerve to ask for a hug?
Would I be so bold as to ask you to stay?

How are things in heaven, Mike?
Is it all that you dreamed, all that you expected?
Can you talk to me now,
can you tell me how you&#8217;re doin&#8217;?
I really wanna know what it&#8217;s like for you in heaven.
Can you feel all our love, is it enough to see you through?
Does it feed your soul, nourish and make you whole,
or is it just another part of you?


I bet you miss your kids almost more than you can bear.
When they go to sleep at night,
do they know that you are there?
Can they feel your touch when you tuck them into bed?
Do you hold them close when their tears are being shed?
Can they feel your caress as you kiss their tears away?
Do they hear your voice when you whisper,
&#8220;I Love You so much more, dear ones.
You know I&#8217;m here to stay,
I haven't really gone away.&#8221;

Do you have any regrets of anything you&#8217;ve done?
Perhaps something you didn&#8217;t do while you lived here under the sun?
What do you feel toward those who betrayed you?
Is forgiveness just that easy when you're an angel of virtue?
How do you atone for things you may have done wrong?
And how do you love the ones who can&#8217;t bear that you are gone?

So many around the world have cried a million tears.
I don&#8217;t think we&#8217;ll ever heal.
We miss you so much, my dear!


If you really are right here with us all along,
I wanna know&#8230;
Do you ever walk on the beach alone
and wish you could connect?
Share a love you&#8217;ve never known
with someone you respect?
Do you dream about a love you lost,
or one you never had?
Is it one of those things you never get over,
or do you just accept that it wasn&#8217;t all that?

They say that heaven is right here on earth,
that we don&#8217;t even see it right before our eyes!
Is that true, Michael?
Is it just a different kind of birth?
Are you right here beside me whenever I imagine?
Can I reach out and touch you whenever I want?
And when I do&#8230;
Will I be in heaven too?

Copyright © 2011 by Charlene Burgess



Heaven is Here - Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson Inspired Me To....

Today I was searching again for nice articles about Michael. And I found so many good ones. They have one thing in common: how Michael Jackson inspired someone to become a better artist, a better person, to believe in the impossible and every story in between. There are accounts from very famous people and from people we haven't heard of, but maybe the world will get to know them in due time, who knows. There is no secret recipe for success. It is all about hard work, dedication, perseverance and doggedly moving forward even when you're made fun of. Visionaries see things that ordinary people do not (yet) see so clearly, so they are often misunderstood, as was Michael. He was inspired by the great and wanted to become greater and I think he did, oh yes he did!

The text you are about to read is from a Michael Jackson fan who was inspired by Michael to paint. Let him explain this in his own words what that was like for him, followed by a video of his work, which I am totally awed by. The text has been left intact. "That's It" probably refers to Cirque du Soleil Immortality Show......

Michael Jackson Inspired Me To Do My Art

Michael Jackson and Cirque Du Soleil, Show '' That is it.'' Next year in Las Vegas
I ve created the big Oil paintig of Michael Jackson and Cirque Du Soleil and their incoming Show ''That's it'' . I have been working on it for couple months. Since I was laid of from my company where I worked as a Federal Contract Guard., I was looking for work and painting when I had time. I draw everything I like. I live here in Las Vegas. I keep working on Michael Jacksons paintings. My home exhebition also includes the other paintings of Michael Jackson. I have 5-10 sketches of Michael Jacksons portraits already on canvas, which I am going to start doing in Oil. My story is very simple: I started to draw in Oil 1 year ago. My wife made me to go take private classes when she noticed that I constantly have been drawing different sketches. Afere takeing 4 classes, I started drawing in Oil on Canvas. It was last year. Since than I cannot stop. My wife is my model, my hands somehow know what they are doing. One friend of mine told me that its very posibble that some of my Grand Grand Fathers was a talented Artist.The funny thing is that if somebody couple years ago whould tell me that all my house in one year will transform to the Gallery, I would only laugh. My first painting I devoted to my Favorite Singer Michael Jackson, after that I made 3 more paintings of Him. The latest one: '' Michael and Cirque Du Soleil '' was the most difficulte. I spent more than two weeks only thinking and sketching the plots. And after that I draw sketches of Michael. I think he inspires me. There is something very powefull in his emage. They aired my story about my naturally born talent on ABC Channel 13 Las Vegas Action News last year. Back than I had only 5 to 10 paintings. Now its about 50 oil paintings and sketches.

And by the way, you can see my other videos if you tipe: Alex Krasky on Yahoo or Google.
Whit Great respect Alex Krasky

Michael Jackson's Words of wisdom (Michael Jackson's SECRET TO SUCCESS)

The video is full of inspirational Michael quotes about his success and what he did ( and sacrficed) in order to achieve this success. It's also interesting to hear others talk about young Michael's curiosity about all aspects of the music business, and the creation of music. Even with his massive talent he practiced tirelessly for hours, that and his unique style made him an icon.
Yet, what I love most is that he always remained humble and kept his sense of humor.
There is just no one that comes close to Michael!

Human Nature


Looking Out
Across The Night-Time
The City Winks A Sleepless Eye
Hear Her Voice
Shake My Window
Sweet Seducing Sighs

Get Me Out
Into The Night-Time
Four Walls Won’t Hold Me Tonight
If This Town
Is Just An Apple
Then Let Me Take A Bite

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way

Reaching Out
To Touch A Stranger
Electric Eyes Are Ev’rywhere
See That Girl
She Knows I’m Watching
She Likes The Way I Stare

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin’ This Way
I Like Lovin’ This Way

Looking Out
Across The Morning
The City’s Heart Begins To Beat
Reaching Out
I Touch Her Shoulder
I’m Dreaming Of The Street

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin’ This Way


"Human Nature" was originally written by Steve Porcaro, keyboardist with the rock band Toto. "I had written the song for my daughter Heather. Something had happened at school and it just inspired me. I wrote the song while we were mixing "Africa" and was just tinkering on the piano and wrote 'Human Nature.' It was one of a batch of three songs I had written in a certain time period. I had written the lyrics, which were the same verse I was singing over and over again. I had the 'why, why' chorus with the slap echo. Like most of my songs it was an unfinished song."

Porcaro and fellow Toto member David Paich worked with producer Quincy Jones on the Thriller album, doing some synthesizer programming and playing. "Quincy had been asking David for songs and he was sending a messenger almost every day to David's house - where I was living at the time - to pick up anything David was working on. And so David was sending him stuff. One time, he had gotten a call that the messenger was on his way and he called down to me and told me to throw something we'd been working on onto a cassette. I didn't have any blank cassettes, so I took a cassette that had 'Human Nature' on one side and turned the B-side over, rewound it and put on these two songs of David's. and then gave them to the messenger," recalls Porcaro.
Jones played both sides of the cassette and was excited about "Human Nature." Quincy called David the next day and was raving about this tune that went 'why, why.' It took David half an hour to tell Quincy that it wasn't his song! But the song was incomplete lyric-wise and Jones asked Porcaro to finish them. Porcaro recalls: "I forced myself to write the lyrics and Quincy was less than thrilled with them and he asked me if I would mind if he brought in John Bettis to finish them. I was completely thrilled with what John did with the lyrics."


This was one of 7 US Top 10 hits off the Thriller album.

Some of the comments:

To me, this song will always be about Michael and the critics who didn't understand him in his life. The "why, why" are his fans asking him why people say these things about him and "tell them that it's human nature" is Michael responding that being afraid of things you don't understand is only human nature, and that it was ok. Michael was full of love.
- Joe, San Diego, CA

I liked this gentle and wistful song when it first came out, but I never REALLY listened to it until about 10 years ago. Now it is among my favorite songs of all time. I think the lyrics are silly, but Jackson's vocals are beyond exquisite; I don't know any vocal performance more perfectly suited to the music it was sung to. In fact, I don't know any musical moment more heart-achingly, heart-breakingly soulful and soaring than Jackson's "why, oh why" at 2:05-2:15. Smokey Robinson's Oooo, baby, baby" comes close. I get chills.
- Kevin, Syracuse, UT



Translating German's comment, rather roughly, into English.

I don't know why, but when I listen to this theme I seem to feel that it takes me to a large place, like a big amusement parts, or a space with large buildings, always in the beginning of the 80s, 1982, 1983, maybe 1984, when I was still young, imagining me also crossing Manhattan (the WTC, the Financial District, etc.) This tune makes me feel very calm. I wanted to share what I always felt."
- Molly, Niagara Falls, NY

Michael Jackson - Human Nature live, Bad Tour, Brisbane

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How "Beat It" Inspired Me to Pick Up the Guitar

It has been a week since Michael Jackson's passing, and I can't say that I was driven to tears at the news. I certainly felt a twinge of sadness, but none of the sort that would compare to my reaction to George Harrison's passing.

The music that came on the radio in the immediate hours following Michael's death started flooding my brain; it had been years since I had heard his earlier work, and when "Beat It" came on the radio, I was back in time as a twelve year old, totally amazed at the sound of this particular song. Of course, like any other kid, I was enamored by the music video, especially when it came to the fight scene between the two rival gangs. But the background music during this scene, and the spectacular guitar solo, also inspired me to pick up the guitar as my instrument of choice a few years later.

I came to know of Eddie Van Halen's guitar work on "Beat It" a couple of years after Thriller came out. I was reading an interview with him in Guitar Player magazine, and I was totally surprised when he mentioned this fact. The story goes that producer Quincy Jones had called Eddie one day; Eddie had thought it was a prank call, and promptly hung up on Jones. After a second call, Eddie realized that it wasn't a prank, that it was really Jones calling. Legend has it that Eddie came into the studio, listened to the backing tracks (which were supposedly laid down by Steve Lukather, Eddie's good friend), and did his solo in one take... pro bono. This was 1982, and according to Eddie, Van Halen wasn't really doing anything after the release of Diver Down, so he figured it was worth the effort.

The solo, in my opinion, remains one of Eddie's masterpieces, perhaps one of his best after "Eruption." It starts out with a long, deep whine and segues into his patented hammer-ons and tapping, almost jazz-like, and ends with amazing sweep picking. This solo is not in 4/4 time, although the backing track is, and this is the most astounding part of the solo. It sticks to Van Halen's credo of falling down the stairs but landing on your feet. It is definitive, it is on fire, and it is what gives the song its kick. It opened up the doors to collaborations between black and white artists (Run DMC and Aerosmith is an example). More importantly, and on a personal level, it is part of what inspired me to pick up the guitar. I had always wanted to play the guitar but felt limited by the hard rock/heavy metal genre, and "Beat It" proved that it was possible for a rock guitarist to play in a dance band.

I have by no means ever attempted to duplicate or cop the solo. It just gives me the shivers whenever I hear it, and these past few days, it has been the only significant piece of music I have been listening to.

Guitarist Jennifer Batten successfully duplicated Eddie's solo on Michael Jackson's subsequent tours, and Michael eventually collaborated with more rock guitarists such as Steve Stevens and Slash. Fall Out Boy covered "Beat it" recently, with John Mayer playing the solo, but I will always listen to the original version to get my musical kick. Listen to it on Youtube and tell me that you don't shivers down your spine.

Most kids today may not realize it, and many rock and rollers may be too cool to admit it, but "Beat It" is a pretty rocking song. As a musician, I will always be indebted to Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones for collaborating with Eddie Van Halen. I guess this is the best gift that Michael Jackson, recording artist, ever gave me.

Source: http://blogcritics.org/music/article/how-beat-it-inspired-me-to/#ixzz1BJvsGaiF
A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr - Michael Jackson music

This video was recommended to me by a friend. I watched it and was very impressed by it.
It is my wish that people would start to focus more on that what binds us, than the superficialities that divide us, such as the color of our skin, social status. Beyond the form you can clearly see the essence. The form is temporary and changes all the time, while the essence stays, such as love, compassion, equality, freedom and justice.
Did you know that Martin Luther King own name was Michael Luther ? Another Michael with a special mission. Both were ahead of their time and therefore misunderstood and judged harshly by others. Following their dream they never gave up. Not on their ultimate dream and not on us, mankind.
"I have a dream....."

Does the American Dream have to Die With Michael Jackson ?

-The American Public Must Demand Honest Journalism.--

by Forbes Everett Landis

What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? Are we not forfeiting our children's future into the hands of bullies? Is it not time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture?

Last year, the news of pop-superstar Michael Jackson's premature death shocked the world. As I am a classical music fan, not a connoisseur of pop music or any of its stars, Jackson's death did not immediately evoke any particular emotion in me. I just let it go.

But as the days went by, and as I passively soaked in more and more news reports on Jackson's death, I began to feel increasingly uncomfortable.


A man had passed away: What need was there for the media to so eagerly show humiliating images of how Jackson would have looked on his death-bed? I was prompted to look into the case more thoroughly.

After more than a year, although I am not now nor ever will be a Michael Jackson fan, and despite my sometimes skeptical view of the frenzied remarks often made by Jackson's hard-core followers, I feel the need to say this:

To keep the American dream alive for our children, we should stop abusing our talented and creative spirits out of jealousy and misunderstanding.

Jackson had to deal with the media condemning him as strange, weird, and even labeling him a freak, both figuratively and literally. My opinion about this is clear: Though at times, to subjective eyes, Jackson might have looked ‘different,' half of this eccentricity was due to the fact that he was born to be an artist inevitably different from others because of his imaginative and creative nature, and half because he was forced into being so unconventional by a degree of media pressure few, if any, have ever experienced. Being different from others does not equate being harmful to others. As long as one does not violate others' human rights, one has the right to be him or herself. In a society that prioritizes human rights and freedom, I find no justification for attacks on people who are perceived to be ‘different.' These kinds of attacks are especially sordid when they involve the spreading of knowingly false rumors for financial gain. After Jackson's acquittal on alleged child related charges in 2005, several journalists, such as Aphrodite Jones, came forward to confess that most of the media in attendance intentionally put objectivity aside in covering the Michael Jackson case by fragmenting the facts divulged in court, reporting only anti-Jackson information.


The human race has quite often owed its scientific or artistic progress to the "weird" and the "eccentric." Let us consider, for example, Galileo Galilei, who was charged for openly discussing Copernican theory, a concept seen as sinful and roundly condemned at that time; later, of course, this theory went on to become the accepted standard of scientific understanding of the universe. We might also stop to consider how treasonable the very idea of democracy once was, how dangerous the aristocracy felt it to be; later, democracy became the world's prevailing political philosophy. We can also remember that the concept of equality between : women and men, different ethnicities, or diverse religions, was derided when it emerged. Also, had she not thought differently from others, might Mother Teresa not have been a stay-at-home mom instead of traveling to India and risking her life for humanity?

Keeping the history of these exceptional ideas and people in mind, I can almost guarantee that if one had killed all the "weirdoes" among our Australopithecine ancestors 3.5 million years ago, our species might not have made it to the 21st Century. We might very well have just remained a much more primitive species, one without the use of fire and the wheel, let alone an orchestra, democracy, or computers. Is it not, after all, diversity that allows for evolution?

In other words, "weirdness" is sometimes the inevitable result of an exceptional imaginative ability that sees no boundaries in search of all the creative possibilities. As long as such individuals do us no harm, we should let them be. It is our duty to be respectful of those who are different not only because every human being is entitled to freedom, but also because diversity is at the root of human survival.

To those who regard Jackson's soft voice altered skin tone or facial appearance as weird, I would simply say this: You are revealing your own nature, at best : narrow-minded or obtuse ; at worst - unkind and bigoted. Nobody's holy scripture deems it acceptable to criticize the physical appearance of people who have contributed so generously to the voiceless.


To those who think that the Jackson's spoken voice was peculiar, I would say that I see no significance in it. The spoken voice cannot be uncoupled from the singing voice that so many lauded. It might also be helpful for you to consider this information in order to broaden your understanding of the global context: there are countries where people respect those who speak softly, in a calm, non-aggressive manner. The American standard, where a loud voice seems necessary to assertiveness, is not the only standard in the world.


To those who criticize the 'King of Pop' for purchasing Neverland, I pose this question: Would you have survived without buying a Neverland-sized residential property if you were in reality never able to explore any place alone without being horded by an ensuing media and public frenzy whenever you stepped out of your front door? A huge residence with a vast garden might have been the only possible way for this worldwide megastar to relax and enjoy some fresh air without constant intrusion from the public. After all, Jackson earned his money though incredible hard work and a perfectionist work-ethic. In light of his Guinness record-making support of no less than 39 charities, it may very well be hypocritical to criticize his spending habits.


Having demonstrated that there is nothing inherently wrong with living unconventionally, the question now turns to whether or not Jackson ever harmed anyone with his behaviors. Here I will discuss the child related allegations leveled against him. ---

In discussing the two instances of allegations Jackson was faced with, I would like to focus my attention primarily on the 1993 case due to the fact that the more recent (2003-2005) accusations ended with Jackson receiving a full legal acquittal on all counts, the extremely low credibility of the accuser's mother playing a significant factor in this exoneration. In other words, Jackson was found not-guilty so I believe we must discount this case.

Considering that the laws of most U.S. states set down one's right to sue anyone without being counter-sued solely in retribution for one's lawsuit, this means that one can safely sue anyone they wants to sue. Thus, the extortion of popular and wealthy persons is an increasingly attractive ploy for those seeking a quick buck. Fast and easy money may once have come at a personal price, that being distrust from one's community. But, with cities growing ever larger and more impersonal, an individual's local reputation is of gradually thinning importance, resulting in more room for thievery. To some mischief minded, the risk of exposure as an extortionist might thus seem lower when compared to the potentially enormous financial benefits of a scam. As a result, a millionaire, especially one whose professional value is greatly magnified by popularity, is more vulnerable than ever. According to the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, in 1998, 71% of the abuse reports were revealed to be false or unfounded. The false accusation rate even rises to over 90% when a custody battle and money is involved (as was the case between the plaintiff's parents in the 1993 allegations against Jackson, who was a friend of the child's mother). In the 1993 case, the charges never went to trial but were settled out of court.


The record illustrates that the financially troubled accuser's father had previously approached Jackson's representatives with a monetary request well before he sued for the alleged molestation, demonstrating that he would have refrained from filing suit in exchange for money. Would any parent with real care for the well-being of his or her children make such a deal?

As evidence for my position, I present the recorded phone conversation in which the accuser's father is heard to say that everything [is] going "according to a certain plan," that he would win "big time" and that Jackson would be ruined forever. These words sounds far more like the words of a mercenary than those of a father concerned with justice for his son.

It should also be emphasized that Jackson was never indicted on the 1993 allegations, even after an intensive 13-month investigation including interviews with over 400 witnesses in and out of the country, extensive searches of his residential properties, and even a 25 minute full-body examination in which Jackson had every part of his body photographed, videotaped and examined. And in the six years before the statute of limitation had expired, no criminal charges were ever filed. After the District Attorney's office spent millions of tax payer dollars in hot pursuit of the singer, had they found any evidence of molestation, they would have been certain to indict Jackson. Civil settlement does not prevent criminal indictment. The 13-year-old boy at the center of the allegations refused to testify criminally and his father, the main individual behind the allegations, committed suicide within months of Jackson's death.


Having discussed the mischaracterization of what people might dismiss as "weird," and having made plain the falsity of the allegations made against Jackson, accusations that in my view look suspiciously extortionate, I would now like to consider the moral impact that Jackson might have had on our society.

Regarding integrity, Jackson's deeds and lifestyle, apart from the media's fabricated stories, remained consistently appropriate. In fact, his decency made him look almost old-fashioned, even when he was young, when compared with many entertainers' indulgences in sex, alcohol, and drugs. Interviews with Jackson indicated that he felt it highly inappropriate to remark publicly on his sexual life. This, as far as I am concerned, is an example of his dignity and modesty. However, this very reserve may ironically have fueled baseless speculation about Jackson's sexual orientation. I wish to ask : is publicly questioning a person's sexual life not way more inappropriate than that person's choice of silence out of a desire for privacy regarding the same? The fact that Jackson was not involved in a multitude of sex scandals with women, a fact which should normally invite respect, seems unfairly to have been justification for the media to pathologize Jackson. It is beyond ridiculous to construct the lack of lasciviousness and scandal as itself scandalous and suspect.

Many people have also remarked that Jackson did not curse at all, especially when he was younger. Only after suffering numerous hate campaigns founded on falsehoods did he insert a very small amount of profanity into his songs, in response to a world which had betrayed him so deeply. Even then, his use of profanity stayed away from vitriolic attacks , but came across more as an artistic expression of deep anguish.


Jackson also faced many accusations regarding his appearance. But, turning this around, what might this suggest about those themselves who so scrutinized the way he looked? What does it say about their own biases ? And about the people who claimed to know details about every surgical procedure Jackson allegedly had, calling him a freak without even having seen him actually ?

After the 2003 allegations, the media repeatedly and mockingly displayed pictures of Jackson in an emaciated state, not out of concern for his well-being, but seemingly simply in order to label him a freak. It may very well be argued that Jackson was indeed beginning to look fairly thin, but doesn't taking somebody's tired physical appearance as direct evidence of inner abnormality only reveal our own superficiality ? Maybe , just maybe anyone else would have looked equally fatigued had they suffered the anguish of having to relentlessly fight vicious and false allegations.

On the topic of morality : Which is more admirable, giving people hope by regularly visiting and donating to hospitals and orphanages, or telling scandalous stories based on speculation or lies? Which is more despicable, pursuing an exceptionally rigorous dedication to artistic perfection, or giving in to jealousy and greed to bring down an artist? The tabloid press, of course, uses this strategy on most celebrities and public figures. One might argue that Michael Jackson had learned to use the press as cynically as it used him, that he , especially in the early days, once believed that "all publicity is good, even bad publicity," because it keeps their names in people's minds. One might even go so far as to say that Jackson purposely flaunted his eccentricities to generate press. He did, after all, have a fine artistic sense of the dramatic, with drama selling newspapers. And Jackson always managed to keep his fame burning bright, even when he was not producing any new songs. As elaborated below, my issue, however, is not with Jackson's handling of the media. Rather it is about what the media's handling of Jackson says about societal norms and ethics.

Critics have accused Jackson of not opposing false information adamantly enough. Pondering that charge, I suspect that having been abused by the media intrusiveness from his early days in the spotlight, Jackson might have come to feel vulnerable and victimized. Having been taught by his parent always to be nice to the media and to his fans, he might have felt he should not defend himself too vigorously for fear of losing his popularity. Furthermore, had Jackson taken the time to fight every rumor thrown his way, he would not have had time to be Michael Jackson, the artist as he did explain to a close friend. In the end ,we must ask ourselves, who is more faithful and true, a person who calls someone a freak without knowing him personally and without possessing any evidence of wrongdoing, or a person who shows patience and courage in the face of hostility and simply expresses who he really is by letting his work speak for itself?


Some might argue that the attacks Jackson had to suffer from the media and from consumers can be justified as a natural price to pay for the fame and fortune. No, I say. That is too high a price being charged from a human being. Those attacks had exceeded all justifiable limits, And I wish to note that he was not paid to endure pain, but for his relentless efforts and dedication to his craft.

We first explored "weirdness" as necessary and beneficial diversity, specifically addressing the fact that Jackson's physical appearance and spoken pitch seem irrelevant to his achievements. We then found that allegations of unethical behavior on Jackson's part were in truth baseless. Then we analyzed Jackson's non-aggressive stance during TV interviews, not as demonstration of guilt but as a sign of decorum. Lastly, we found that the cost of fame seems an insufficient justification for the extraordinary personal attacks Jackson went through.

We will now consider the implications of the behavior of the media and the public during the course of Michael Jackson's career. The American media have disgraced themselves by displaying to the world the schoolyard bullying of a talented and creative soul with great philanthropic achievements . Now consider how this public bullying of a legendary figure might present itself to a new generation of youth, how it might play out in their minds and affect their morale ... Might this type of public bullying not discourage the youngsters of today from pursuing their own creativity, their own inner diversity, for fear that they themselves might incur such abuse ?

The coverage of Michael Jackson's life poses among others, these questions to America: Does fulfilling the American Dream require that one subject oneself to unending media intrusion, to lies about oneself for the sake of selling newspapers, and where one unproven accusation is enough to be convicted in the court of national opinion ? Do you want your children to live in a world where pursuing the American Dream involves the risks of a nightmare of mistrust and abuse?


I refer again to the journalists who later admitted their purposely distorted biased reporting on the Michael Jackson child molestation cases. If we recall for a moment the enormous number of journalists who surrounded the Santa Barbara County courthouse, one can surmise that the handful of journalists who came clean about their deception make up only the tip of the iceberg.I suspect that there were hundreds more who remained silent and who knowingly bent the truth to sell papers.

I also suppose that there are thousands of people who, having received one-sided information, once believed Jackson to be a freakish criminal, but who, after his death and the revelation of new information, have come to see him just as one of us, a burdened human being and a caring parent, as well as a uniquely talented artist and a devoted philanthropist. Perhaps these now better-informed members of the public have come to doubt the veracity of the media itself, not just when it comes to Michael Jackson, but in general.

I speculate that there is a pervasive notion that it is safer to say nothing when it comes to Michael Jackson for fear of being promptly stigmatized. However, we need to address the implications of such silent behavior. What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? If we play it safe, we are forfeiting our children's future into the hands of bullies. It is time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture. As Edmund Burke once penned, "all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

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This is a great, wonderful thread!! i always read this thread, God bless & thank u so much&#9829; I wish many people will read this thread. LONG LIVE MJ'S LEGACY!!!

This was posted in MJJ-777.net from the lovely blog from Howard Bloom:

One Year Later &#8211; Remembering Michael (by Howard Bloom)

On the night of June 25th, when I was on my nightly mile-long 1 am walk that loops me up to Prospect Park then takes me back to my brownstone, I passed a pair of 18 year olds sitting on a stoop at this lonely hour when the streets and sidewalks are usually utterly devoid of human beings. The guy had long dark black curly hair and the girl had a short, blond haircut and was wearing shorts. The male said something to me as I passed. I walked back, took off my headphones, and asked him to repeat it. He said, &#8220;Michael Jackson is dead.&#8221;

I asked him why he said that to me. I wondered if he knew me from the Tea Lounge on Union Street, where I do my writing, or from the streets and if he knew my Michael Jackson connection. No, he didn&#8217;t. He was telling it to everyone. He wanted no one to ignore it.

He was particularly emphatic about making sure that no one over the age of 30 pass it by or dismiss it. Michael Jackson&#8217;s death, he felt, was a loss to all of us whether we realized it or not.

How did I get involved with Michael and his brothers?

It was Spring of 1983 and the Jacksons were getting together to go on the road for their Victory Tour. They were getting the whole family together for this tour, including their dad, who had originally managed the rise of the Jackson Five to the top. Their manager for the Victory Tour called me over and over again for four months, asking me to work with the Jacksons. I kept saying no. At this point I&#8217;d helped Amnesty International establish itself in North America, had worked with Simon and Garfunkel when they&#8217;d reunited for an audience of half a million in a free concert in Central Park, then when they&#8217;d gone out on tour, and I had done Queen&#8217;s massive tour of 110,000 seat soccer stadiums in South America.

But I liked to do crusades&#8211;to fight for truths others didn&#8217;t see. The Jackson&#8217;s tour didn&#8217;t feel like a challenge. It already had it made. Michael had just sold 36 million copies of just one album&#8211;Thriller. That&#8217;s nearly three times as many as the previous record holder, Peter Frampton. I didn&#8217;t feel The Jacksons needed me. So I continued to turn them down. But I felt that if you&#8217;re going to say no to someone, at least you should have the courage to say it to their face. So when the Jacksons came into New York and asked me to meet with them at the Helmsley Palace hotel, I had to do it. Even though the meeting was at midnight on a Saturday night, and I worked from 9 am until I dropped during the weekends.

The minute I walked into the suite the Jacksons had set up for meetings, two things were obvious. One &#8230; from the body language of these brothers you could tell that The Jacksons were some of the most honest, ethical, open people you would ever meet. Two: They were in very big trouble. They didn&#8217;t know what it was. I didn&#8217;t know what it was. But what I did know was this: here was a challenge. There was a wrong to be righted. An invisible wrong. A wrong all of us could feel but none of us could name. I had to say yes.

My first meeting with Michael didn&#8217;t come until four months later. I was with Michael&#8217;s brothers at Marlon&#8217;s pool house in Encino&#8211;a tiny two-story building with one room per floor in the back yard next to Marlon&#8217;s pool. By then I&#8217;d done my homework. I&#8217;d read thousands of articles on Michael. I&#8217;d compiled a dossier on the Jackson&#8217;s lives. One thing all the articles agreed on was this: Michael was not a normal human being. The articles called him a bubble baby, described him as a person who would shrink from your touch.

But the fact is that neither Michael nor I had been raised in a conventionally normal childhood; neither of us had been raised among other kids. So I didn&#8217;t know the common rituals of normal life. I had to teach myself by watching other people as if they were specimens and I was a visitor from Mars. One of the rituals I&#8217;d seen was the handshake between strangers. You know, you see someone you&#8217;ve never met before but who others want you to meet. You walk up to him or her, you stick out your hand, and you say, &#8220;Hello, my name is ______.&#8221; This was a ritual I&#8217;d almost never used. But when Michael opened the pool house&#8217;s screen door, I walked up to him stuck out my hand and said &#8220;Hi I&#8217;m Howard.&#8221;

I knew what would happen. The articles had explained it. Michael would recoil from my touch. But that&#8217;s not what occurred. Michael put out his hand, shook mine, and replied &#8220;Hi I&#8217;m Michael.&#8221; It was as normal and as natural as could be. The media stories were false. But thousands of press people had parroted them as truths. Something strange was happening in Michael&#8217;s noosphere&#8211;in the sphere of press perception we are handed as reality. Eventually those mistakes would kill him. But that&#8217;s a story for another time.

A few minutes later Michael and I climbed the cramped stairs to the tiny room upstairs where Marlon kept his recording equipment. I&#8217;d written a press release and I wanted Michael&#8217;s approval. We found places to sit on the stacks of amps and keyboards. I read the press release out loud. And as I did, Michael&#8217;s body softened. &#8220;That&#8217;s beautiful,&#8221; he said when I was finished, &#8220;Did you write that?&#8221; The fact was, I had. And the fact was that writing press releases was not just a hack job for me, it was an art. I&#8217;d edited a literary magazine that had won two National Academy of Poets prizes. And in the decades since, the Washington Post has called the writing in my books &#8220;beautiful.&#8221; But no one else had ever seen the art hidden in the craft and the creativity hidden in the ordinary. Michael apparently had.

Album Cover

Album Cover

Once Michael had approved of the press release, we went back downstairs to the small single room on the first floor. Against the walls and lining the room were arcade videogame machines, machines only amusement arcades could afford in those days. And in the center of the room, hogging up most of the space, was a billiard table. The Jacksons were scheduled to have a meeting with an art director from CBS so the group could decide on the Victory Tour album cover. They wanted me to be in on it.

When the art director arrived, she bore the portfolios of five artists, portfolios she stacked at one end of the pool table&#8217;s green felt playing surface. These were not just the black vinyl portfolios most commercial artists use to display their work. Every one of these was a custom-made presentation case made of hand-tooled leather or rich cherry wood. And every one was from a legendary artist, an artist at the very top of his field.

We were all bunched together on the opposite side of the pool table from the art director. Michael was in the center. I stood next to him on his left. And the brothers were crowded around us on either side. The CBS art director slid the first of the portfolios toward Michael. He opened the first page, slowly &#8230; just enough to see perhaps an inch of the image. As he took in the artwork his knees began to buckle, his elbows bent, and all he could say was &#8220;oooohhhhh.&#8221; A soft, orgasmic &#8220;ooooh.&#8221; In that one syllable and in his body language, you could feel what he was seeing.

Do you know the poem by William Blake &#8211;
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour . . .

The intense ambition of that poem, the intense desire for wonder, was alive in Michael. More alive than anything of the sort I&#8217;d ever seen. Michael saw the infinite in an inch. As Michael opened the page further, inch by inch, his knees and elbows bent even more and his &#8221;ooohs,&#8221; his sounds of aesthetic orgasm, grew even more intense. Standing elbow to elbow and shoulder to shoulder with him, you could feel him discovering things in the brush and inkstrokes that even the artist never saw. By the time he&#8217;d opened the full page his body and voice expressed an ecstasy. An aesthetic epiphany. I&#8217;d never encountered anything like it. Michael felt the beauty of the page with every cell of his being.

I&#8217;ve worked with Prince, Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, and Bette Midler, some of the most talented people of our generation, and not one of them had the quality of wonder that came alive in Michael. He saw the wonder in everything. His quality of wonder was beyond anything most of us humans can conceive.

Look, above all other things I&#8217;m a scientist. Science is my religion. It&#8217;s been my religion since I was ten years old. The first two rules of science are 1) the truth at any price including the price of your life; and 2) Look at the things right under your nose as if you&#8217;ve never seen them before and then proceed from there. And that&#8217;s not just a rule of science. It&#8217;s a rule of art. And it&#8217;s a rule of life. Very few people know it. Even fewer people live it. But Michael was it, he incarnated it in every follicle of his being. Michael was the closest I&#8217;ve ever come to a secular angel. A secular saint.

Look, I&#8217;m an atheist, but Michael was not. He believed he was given a gift by God. He believed he was given talents and wonders and astonishments seldom granted to us very fragile human beings. Because God had given him this enormous gift, he felt he owed the experience of wonder, astonishment, awe, and Blake&#8217;s infinities to his fellow human beings. But unlike other generous humans&#8211;Bill and Melinda Gates, for example&#8211;with Michael giving to others was not just a part-time thing. The need to give to others was alive in every breath he took every single day.

Michael Jackson&#8217;s entire life was receiving and giving and the whole purpose of receiving was so he could give. He worked with every cell in his body to give the gift of that amazement, that astonishment to his fellow human beings. Needing the adulation of crowds WAS Michael&#8217;s connection to others, his most profound connection, far more profound than family and friends (though those are indispensable), and far more healing. That act of giving keeps an iconic person, a person who never knows normalness, alive.

I&#8217;d love to tell you the stories of how Michael made these things clear. But, again, those tales will have to wait for another day.

It seems strange to say this, but Michael will always be a part of me. No other superstar I worked with wound himself into the threads at my core the way he did. Michael opened a window to a quality of wonder unlike anything I&#8217;d ever been exposed to in my life. For that gift, I felt I owed him. I felt we all owed him. And we still do. We owe him an honest view of who he was. We will owe him that until we finally sweep away the crap of sensationalist headlines and clearly see why those who love him know more about him than any expert or journalist who claims to have probed his life. Those journalists and experts do not know Michael Jackson. But if you love him, there&#8217;s a good chance that you do.

Good Bye Michael

Good Bye Michael

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I love Reflections on the Dance website and Facebook page which someone has mentioned here already!

Also please take note of a new Facebook page entitled We Still Care for MJ. This has been started up in the last few days and has a stress on fans uniting together to show the media that they are wrong to assume that we, Michael Jackson's fans, do not care as much for Michael as we used to - yeah, in their dreams!

Anyways they have some great posts, videos etc too so just thought I'd put this out ok?
Remembering my friend Michael Jackson
By Al Bell


The last time I met with Michael, we saw each other from across the room and he made a point of coming over to say "hello." Instead of greeting me with something like, "Al - it's great to see you," he instead simply grinned at me and said, "By the time I get to Phoenix!"

He related to me by remembering the 18-minute song that I produced with others for Isaac Hayes' "Hot Buttered Soul" album.

Michael always had a great sense of humor and even more important, he had a great sense of love for all of his friends and family.

That, more than anything else, is what is important to remember about Michael Jackson -- The 'spirit of love' was at the forefront of all of his thoughts and of everything he did.


In order to understand Michael Jackson, we must examine not just what he said, but what he did. When we do that, we see that it all was about love. While on earth, that 'spirit of love' manifested itself through him and influenced how he dealt with people, whether it was adults, children, musicians, producers, business associates, family, or friends.

Of course, because he arguably was the greatest entertainer of all time, he was always targeted by people who sought to bring him down to their level. I find it interesting how a person like Michael Jackson could envelope this planet with so much love while "contrary spirits" were determined to cause this man irreparable psychological and emotional distress. He did not deserve any of that, but I guess if there weren't controversy, perhaps he wouldn't have been as renowned and legendary as he is.


I personally choose to remember the positive attributes of Michael, those things we all know to be true about him. For instance, Michael was an absolutely awesome athlete, for he was an indescribable dancer. I'm sure those people who danced with him, and the choreographers who worked with him, had never seen or worked with anyone like him before - or since.

He also was a student of the arts. He studied motion pictures, including the old silent movies and the old musicals. Everything he saw, everything he studied, influenced every step of his dance routines and the totality of his creative thought processes. He studied the great singers, dancers, and musicians, and was an appreciator of virtually all genres of music. He loved jazz, opera, soul, and gospel, and was particularly fond of and inspired by some of the truly great artists of our times, including James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and the penetrating soul of Isaac Hayes and Mavis Staples.


As an artistic leader within the recorded music industry, Michael Jackson always pushed the boundaries, innovating new sounds and images that had never before been heard or seen. When he created the "Thriller" phenomenon, he sought out one of the greatest creative and artistic arrangers of all time, Quincy Jones, to help him with the music and production. Then he went to director John Landis to co-write and direct the 14-minute video. Through this collaboration, he birthed his greatest audio and video work of art. The video has consistently been called the best music video of all time.

In an interview with Brian Monroe of Ebony/Jet magazine, Michael Jackson said, "You want what you create to live - whether it's sculpture or painting or music." He quoted Michelangelo by saying, "I know the creator will go, but his work survives." That is why, Michael said, "I attempt to bind my soul to my work - that's how I feel. I give my all to my work. I want it to just live."


Two months ago 'the spirit' that existed in that carnal body we called Michael Jackson transitioned from this plane to the next. But Michael Jackson's thoughts, his soul, and his spirit still live in his music, and thereby he lives through it - still among us.



Remembering with love - Michael Jackson - The great king of magic

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Michael Forgive Us


I&#8217;m so sorry I was not there
To lift you up, let you know I cared
When things got tough, the world so cruel
It wasn&#8217;t enough just to say &#8220;those fools!&#8221;

Your dignity was trampled
Your light snuffed out
Your faith in humanity
Was plagued with doubt

How could one so gentle and pure
Be tortured more than anyone could endure?

You always gave your love and kindness
Showing us how to be our best
For this they told the horrid lies
For money and greed, to claim the prize

Your soul did not matter
They held your heart on a platter
To be diced and sliced, chopped into bits
They were not nice, but you took the hits
Held yourself with dignity and grace
You stood tall, the demons to face

And even though you were found innocent
The light in your eyes would remain reticent
Never to quite fully recover
Its former brilliance went undercover

Safe and protected from the enemies of your heart
Cushioned from harm you made a new start
Healed a bit, but still not the same
Your light was beginning to burn through the shame
Peaking through the shield of pain
It started to shine from your soul once again


This Is It was the plan
A gift for the fans
We were thrilled beyond measure
Singing and dancing your dream, your adventure
You would give us such pleasure!

To us, your brilliance was never gone
We held you in our hearts all along
Waiting for your wounded soul to heal
Returning to the stage to make us feel
The heat and passion
of your love and affection
We would once again be wooed by your amazing perfection!


Then&#8230;.out of the blue
your life was taken from this world
On June twenty-fifth, our minds were in a whirl
Can it be true? Is this for real?
In shock and disbelief, we could not feel

Numbed by the news, the world went silent
The stage was now empty, your light stolen from it

Is there something we could&#8217;ve done to prevent it?
Loved you more? Healed the planet?
Would that have changed your story in the end?
Would sleep have been your friend?
Did we not do enough while you were here
To show appreciation for your gifts so dear?

For sacrifices made to deliver the message,
was our offering no more than a mere vestige?
A sample so small, you couldn&#8217;t see
That you were making a difference
How could this be?

We let you down, fell prey to the shadow
Apathy conveyed through our lives so shallow
Did you have to die for us to know
The importance of your life, your message, your show?


If we had only been
more like a true friend
Listened to your heart from the start
You knew all along that what you had to share
Was critical for the world to hear
You tried&#8230; gave us everything you had
Your joy, your anger, the good and the &#8220;Bad&#8221;

We heard your message, but didn&#8217;t respond
We just wanted a piece of you &#8217;cause we were so fond
Your love was pure, your beauty bright
Your sweetness made our hearts take flight

And even though you loved our adoration
It wasn&#8217;t enough to prevent your ultimate submission
The pain was too much, the darkness very real
It took you from us, I don&#8217;t think we&#8217;ll ever heal

I&#8217;m not sure what I could&#8217;ve done
Written a letter? Called you on the phone?
I am nobody&#8230; would you have known?
Could I have made a difference, kept you from goin&#8217;?


Put the light back in your eyes for the world to see?
Restored your faith in humanity?
Taken your pain? Kissed and made it all better?
Turned the rain into sunshine with just a letter?

Now that I know, now that you&#8217;re gone
I cannot change it, the past is said and done
But I can beg forgiveness for my apathy
Try to make a difference in your name&#8230; throughout eternity

The messages you worked so hard to impart
Continue to be real, still rendered from your heart
Now free of limitations
I can do my part
Heal the world, change human relations
What I should&#8217;ve done from the very start

Making amends to you in this way
Will not bring you back, but it will make &#8220;them&#8221; pay
Justice for you will take a new form
For love and kindness will become the norm


All who love you are joining hands
A gesture of unity among your fans
creating a new community
With love at the center of all we do
Your lessons remembered, this is our cue
To make the world a better place&#8230;for you!

Let us not forget, always respect
Your example was perfect
No need to change it&#8230;dissect it&#8230;or reject it

May the Force of Love continue in your name,
Dear Michael&#8230;
One who is most like God

Copyright © 2010 by Charlene Burgess




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With a Child's Heart


Do you ever get that feeling where you simply feel overwhelmed by the every day demands of life and you accidentally let your imagination roam free on what could wrong in which way.
I guess worry can be a part of everyone's life at some point. It costs a lot of energy and sleepless nights and it brings me nowhere.
So, this morning I was driving in my car with the "Music and Me" CD playing. "Too Young" is absolutely one of my favorite songs on that album. Not in the least because of Michael's angelic young, innocent voice singing about love with such conviction and deeprooted belief in the powers of love that I'm always touched by it, every time I hear it. But then, number 8 started playing "With a Child's Heart", also a wonderful song that I listened to many times before. This time I paid very close attention to the lyrics and it was as if that song was sung to me and I really needed to hear it, in all its wondrous ways:

With A Child's Heart
Go face the worries of the day
With a child's heart
Turn each problem into play
No need to worry no need to fear
Just being alive makes it all so very clear
With a child's heart
Nothing can ever get you down
With a child's heart
You've got no reason to frown
Love is as welcome
As a sunny sunny day
No grown-up thoughts
To lead our hearts astray
Take life easy, so easy nice and easy
Like a child so gay and so carefree
The whole world smiles with you
As you go your merry way
Oh with a child's heart
Nothing's gonna get me down



I'm convinced that Michael loved this song more than others and he totally believed in the lyrics. Being connected to the innocence of childhood kept his creativity running just like the river needs to flow through the landscape to bring life to nature.

Thank you Michael for singing such great songs and bringing your message to us through song, a message that isn't childish but childlike. I pray that no matter how old I may get will get to keep a childlike quality as this is so very important in so many ways.
Michael knew and understood this fully, as you can hear in this video

Michael Jackson - With A Child's Heart

I Just Can't Stop Loving You

I Just Can't Stop Loving You or IJCSLY is a serious love song that Michael sang together with female singer Siedah Garrett. Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand were asked to sing this with Jackson, but they refused.


In an interview with Jet Magazine the interviewer asks Michael about the spoken introduction to IJCSLY. In the beginning of this video Michael explains how he got the intro on tape:

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Here are the words to the spoken intro:

I just want to lay next to you for a while
You look so beautiful tonight,
your eyes are so lovely,
your mouth is so sweet.
A lot of people misunderstand me,
that because they don't know me at all.
I just want to touch you and hold you,
I need you, God I need you.
I love you so much.

And here you can listen to the song with the intro:

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Garrett recalled in an interview with SongTalk magazine in the late 1980s how she came to duet with Jackson on this song. "It came as a total surprise. Quincy called me after I had worked with him doing the background vocals for 'Man In The Mirror' to come back to the studio to do more work, but when I got there, I was surprised to discover that there was nobody else in the studio but Quincy, Michael and me. And the song they were working on wasn't 'Man In The Mirror.' It was a song that Quincy had given me a tape to learn. But I had no idea – I do lots of vocals on demos for Quincy, so this was nothing unusual.
So Quincy said, 'You got the tape, right? Did you learn the song?' I said, 'Sure, I know the song.' He said, 'Well, go in there and sing it.'
I go into the booth: there's two music stands. Michael Jackson is standing at one of them in front of a microphone and there's another microphone for me. This is the first time I realized what was happening. On the sheet music it said, 'Michael, Siedah, Michael, Siedah, etc.' I said, 'Wow! I get it.'"


Jackson and Garrett didn't take the recording entirely seriously. Siedah recalled to SongTalk magazine: "Michael is funny. He has a real keen sense of humor. Which surprised me, because you hear all these stories about how strange he is. I guess he felt relaxed with me because I wasn't in awe of him when we met. I was kind of, 'Yo, Michael, what's up?' I think he found that refreshing."

She added: "If I was talking to Quincy and we were serious for some reason, Michael would toss cashews and peanuts at us. I would be talking to Quincy and these peanuts would fly by. [Laughs]
You know, the duet is a very serious love song. And when I was doing my verse, Michael was making these faces at me so that I would mess up. Quincy would say, 'Siedah – come on! You're holding up the whole album!' And I would get in trouble!"






Let's Harmonize All Around the World! January 25th Today/Tuesday


Hello, Lovely Ones! On Tuesday, January 25th at 2pm PST / 10pm GMT (time chart) we are uniting across the world to send out a major love!

As we join hearts worldwide, let us all focus on the MESSAGE. Our message is of healing and love. That's our mission together each 25th (and every day). Let any anger, sadness or frustration just drop away from your mind and heart. Let differences of opinion or belief fade from your mind as we focus on our common goal of spreading love to all the world. We can make a difference and we are making a difference. Reach deep into your soul, to that place in your heart that is love, where we know that we are all connected. Feel this and know it and allow it to grow and spread across the globe, to everything and everyone. "In this bliss we cannot feel fear or dread, we stop existing and start living." We have the power to bring our dreams into reality. To join us in this prayer/meditation there is no experience required, no prerequisite of any particular belief system... just a desire to heal the world and bring the awareness of oneness back. We are from all continents, all nations, all races, all religions and ways of living, joining together as ONE to give the GIFT OF LOVE. We are Michael's legacy of L.O.V.E., a living Monument of Love, working to create a brighter future for the planet and all our children. "Let's harmonize all around the world!" &#9829;

As we prepare for this month's Major Love Prayer, there are a couple of things we'd like to add. First, our friend Irina (aka ModulationAlert) has made a beautiful and moving video for everyone, with her song "Sparks of Silence". Please have a look and a listen! Lyrics are in the video description on youtube. Thank you so much! :)

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Also, Seven over at mjj-777 recently posted a link to a magnificent blog post by Howard Bloom on 'The Happiest Medium'. This is something everyone should read!

"Michael was the closest I’ve ever come to a secular angel. A secular saint. " - Howard Bloom

"Those journalists and experts do not know Michael Jackson. But if you love him, there’s a good chance that you do. " - Howard Bloom

"He worked with every cell in his body to give the gift of that amazement, that astonishment to his fellow human beings. Needing the adulation of crowds WAS Michael’s connection to others, his most profound connection, far more profound than family and friends (though those are indispensable), and far more healing." - Howard Bloom

Beautiful. The entire post is a work of art. (Quotes are from the full article, which you can read at: http://thehappiestmedium.com/2010/06/one-year-later-remembering-michael-by-howard-bloom) Thank you, Howard Bloom! Thank you, our dear Michael. We love you always and forever. The most! And thank you all, MJfam! L.O.V.E.:)


Thank you for sharing all these beautiful and inspirational posts with us about Michael! Very much appreciated!
I love this thread. Don't visit it near as often as I should. Tsk, tsk. Thanks for all the work you do on this, MJJLaugh, Ashtanga and everyone on the Legacy Team! :heart: :heart: :heart:
Michael Jackson Inspires Alicia Keys To Do Her Best


You never forget your first concert, especially when that first show happens to be Michael Jackson. Alicia Keys recalls attending one of the King of Pop’s legendary tours in the ’80s and the lasting impression it left on her as an artist.

“The first concert I ever attended was Michael Jackson,” Keys tells Rap-Up.com, “and I think it was like the reunion tour or something because he had all his brothers with him, and it was like a big, huge deal.”

The Grammy-winning songbird was barely old enough to realize that she was witnessing history in the making. “There were all these ambulances everywhere and I was like, ‘Mommy, who’s sick?’” she asked. “I didn’t understand the fact that in just a few hours grown men would be fainting at this concert. It was just incredible to see that level of performance so young. That was a great first concert to go to.”

The pop icon inspired Keys’ latest “Freedom” tour, which ends its North American run this weekend in Oakland, Calif. “I think Michael Jackson has influenced every performer on the face of the earth. What he really inspired me to do and influenced me to do is my best, and I feel like what he represented is quality and craftsmanship with his performance,” she says. “He was one of the best performers of all time and it was because he put in work, he put in time, he was creative, and he wanted to be the best. When I go up [on stage] and when I arrange my shows, that’s exactly the mind state that I have.”

Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson with Human Nature

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Michael Jackson on song Alicia Keys "Like you'll never see me again."

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MJJLaugh;3216037 said:
“There were all these ambulances everywhere and I was like, ‘Mommy, who’s sick?’” she asked. “I didn’t understand the fact that in just a few hours grown men would be fainting at this concert.
:hysterical: Oh, that's great! And so true, lol. :wub:
Michael Jackson and Charlie Chaplin

Michael felt a strong connection to Charlie Chaplin and when you read excerpts from Charlie Chaplins life below, you can easily understand this connection. Just read how 'music entered his soul' and how he first performed at the tender age of five.....

Chaplin & Music

A Music-Hall childhood

Charles Chaplin recalled that in his early childhood his mother, a music-hall singer, would take him with her to the theatre, where he would stand in the wings listening to her and the other acts that made up the show:

“Mother usually brought me to the theatre at night in preference to leaving me alone in rented rooms."

He also recalled seeing his father, a well known vocalist also called Charles Chaplin, perform at the Canterbury Music Hall; and recounted how at home, in the happier times, his mother would regularly entertain him and his step-brother by singing, dancing, reciting and imitating other artists. His own very first appearance on the stage, at the age of five, was precipitated when his mother was performing before a tough audience, mostly made up of soldiers, at the Aldershot Canteen. When her voice cracked and she was unable to continue, Charlie was pushed on in her place. Already a natural performer, it seems, he sang two current song success, pausing in between to pick up the coins thrown by the surprised and amused audience.

Aside from the experience of growing up surrounded by the songs of the music hall, Chaplin later often told the story of the revelatory day that “music entered my soul”. Returning home from school to an empty house, he waited for hours for someone to arrive, then wandered off into the streets, where:

“Suddenly, there was music. Rapturous! It came from the vestibule of the White Hart corner pub, and resounded brilliantly in the empty square. The tune was The Honeysuckle and the Bee, played with radiant virtuosity on a harmonium and clarinet. I had never been conscious of melody before, but this one was beautiful and lyrical, so blithe and gay, so warm and reassuring. I forgot my despair and crossed the road to where the musicians were. . . .It was here that I first discovered music, or where I first learned its rare beauty, a beauty that has gladdened and haunted me from that moment…”

Chaplin himself recalled that:

“On this tour I carried my violin and cello. Since the age of sixteen I had practised from four to six hours a day in my bedroom. Each week I took lessons from the theatre conductor or from someone he recommended. As I played left handed, my violin was strung left handed with the bass bar and sounding post reversed. I had great ambitions to be a concert artist, or, failing that, to use it in a vaudeville act, but as time went on I realised that I could never achieve excellence, so I gave it up.”
In the book “My Life in Pictures” Chaplin wrote ironically:
“As for the cello, I could pose well with it but that’s about all.”

In Paris at the Folies Bergère, Debussy asked to meet Chaplin – still barely 20 years old – after seeing the Karno show, and told him : “You are instinctively a musician and a dancer”. At the time, Charlie had no idea who was paying him such a compliment, but in his autobiography remarked that it was the very year “Debussy introduced his Prélude à L’Après Midi d’un Faune to England, where it was booed and the audience walked out”.

The Charles Chaplin Music company

At the end of 1913, Chaplin left Karno to remain in America and work in moving pictures. At one point in his early career he went to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to see Tannhäuser.

“I had never seen grand opera, only excerpts of it in vaudeville – and I loathed it. But now I was in the humour for it. I bought a ticket and sat in the second circle. The opera was in German and I did not understand a word of it, nor did I know the story. But when the dead Queen was carried on to the music of the Pilgrim’s chorus, I wept bitterly. It seemed to sum up all the travail of my life. (…) I came away limp and emotionally shattered.”

In 1898, aged 9, Charlie began his own career in English music hall, with a troupe of juvenile clog dancers, “The Eight Lancashire Lads”.


Like Chaplin, Jackson went into show business at a very early age.


Chaplin in his first professional role as a child performer: he was a member of clog dancing troupe: THE EIGHT LANCASHIRE LADS.

Referring to the profound emotional impact of that experience, Chaplin observed “my childhood ended at the age of seven.” Undoubtedly, one aspect of Michael Jackson’s deep emotional identification with Charlie Chaplin was their shared experience(s) of pre-maturely terminated childhoods. They both can be seen as cases of arrested development.

Over and over again, Chaplin’s friends observed that even as a grown man in his thirties there still was a hurt little boy in Charlie that never grew up .

While the intimate personal details of Michael Jackson’s early childhood are not known (at least to this author), it takes no stretch of the imagination to see some of the ways in which Michael Jackson (the chronologically “grown” man) yearned to create and permanently relive a Peter Pan-like childhood existence on his Neverland Ranch. (Named of course for the land of the lost boys in James Barry’s masterpiece).

If Neverland was Michael’s Xanadu, Charlie Chaplin’s life-story apparently served as a Rosebud-like reminder to Jackson of his own prematurely interrupted childhood as a workaholic show business performer.

The worldwide fame that came to Jackson was also accompanied by powerful emotional longings to recapture vicariously a childlike state of lost innocence. Unfortunately, those longings led (in the case of both “grown” men) to problematic relationships with youngsters that in turn became the source of sensational controversy, scandal and lawsuits for financial damages.

Jackson saw himself in Chaplin.

Like Charlie , Michael also went on to literally become a world historical figure– iconically beloved by worshipful fans and admirers the world over. And also like Chaplin, Jackson eventually became enmeshed in scandals that nearly destroyed his career. The nature of those scandals stemmed from the fact that Chaplin and Jackson each suffered from cases of arrested emotional development . In Chaplin’s case it was expressed in his alleged obsession with young girls while in Jackson’s it was his alleged obsession with young boys.

It is scarcely surprising that Michael Jackson felt so profoundly identified with Charlie Chaplin’s life story and star image.
It was reported (today in the LONDON EVENING STANDARD) that Jackson was in the process of rehearsing Chaplin’s song SMILE at the time of his death. The lyrics are:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

The haunting melody was composed by Chaplin. The lyrics were not by him but gave verbal expression to the mood of the song (which is quintessenially Chaplinesque).



Both of these drawings by Michael of Charlie Chaplin were made around 1973.







These pictures were taken in London in front of the house where Charlie Chaplin used to live.


Photo Find: Michael Jackson dressed as Charlie Chaplin with Bruce Swedien and Quincy Jones

Michael Jackson - Smile

Michael sings Smile against the backdrop of Charlie Chaplin's movie "The Kid"

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Kellie Parker on MJ: (the girl from moonwalker)


"Michael was magic, pure and simple. He was a man who believed in the goodness of mankind and embodied pure unconditional love. I am so sad on so many levels. For the loss of an innovative genius and who was music and dance personified, for the loss of a man who loved the whole world and touched so many lives, but mostly, for me personally, the loss of a friend that I loved so dearly. Most people don't know about how close I was to Michael for many years following 'Moonwalker/Smooth Criminal' because I was never one to exploit that, even to this day I rarely talk about it, for that was a friendship that I honored and respected as private. I feel compelled at this time though, to speak of my amazing friend, as a witness to his life, and the gentleness of his soul.

He taught me so much, both as an actor and as a person, he continually inspired me to reach beyond my boundaries. He and I spent a great deal of time, one on one, while filming 'Moonwalker.' I remember that he told me once to never rush (an emotion), that everything in life has a rhythm, and that it is the pauses and silences that speak the truth. He understood this better than anyone, he had a way of quietly inspiring everyone around him to be better than ever thought they could be. He helped so many, and inspired us all.

Michael believed in Magic, he believed that we could change the world, and he had such unconditional love that when you were around him, you couldn't help but believe it too. He is intertwined in all of who I am, I became a dancer because of him, I became an artist because he inspired me to dream, and a writer because he taught me the power of moving people through words and actions. I love you my friend, and I know you are in a better place, we were blessed to have you for as long as we did."
Michael Jackson on Peace


Michael was all about spreading joy, love and peace through his music. I was reminded of his message, pure in its simplicity, yet when you look around in various countries, it is apparently hard to come by these days, as people stand up and fight for what they believe to be right, fair and just. If only we all had the same vision and our noses the same way, it would be much easier to reach peace, joy and harmony for all of us.
My thoughts go out to those who live in fear, without freedom, lacking in basic needs and lonely and afraid. May you find the inner strength to do the right thing and care for others around you. Like Michael sings

"Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me"



a thought
on unity in diversity


once there was
a source of the
purest water

people drank from it
but some thought
they had tasted
different flavours
and many believed that.

therefore people began forming
little groups
that grew into real movements
complete with leaders
and clanlike conduct
and soon there was
the first victim

yet still there is that source
and still blood is being shed
for still there are groups
that all claim
to be the only one
to know the right taste

taste for yourself
the source is in yourself

this source deep down inside you
is a spot of the eternal source

the spots of the eternal source
deep down within us
the unity in the diversity
of all people




Michael Jackson - Message of Peace


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