“My main love is what I do for my fans. I love my fans. When I’m giving a concert and see my fans dancing and screaming excitedly, we’re bringing them joy, that’s what I love most.”
I feel I was chosen as an instrument to just give music and love and harmony to the world, to children of all ages, and adults and teenagers.”
Peter Pan, to me, represents something that is very special in my heart. It represents youth, childhood, never growing up, magic, flying, everything I think that children and wonderment and magic, what it’s all about.”
four spiritual teachings that Michael Jackson left behind as part of his legacy:
the lesson of oneness: We are all one; we are all connected.
the lesson of responsibility: Michael felt a sense of responsibility for the homeless,
sick, and hungry of this world.
the lesson of sameness: We are all souls in human ‘outerwear’.
the lesson of courage and vision: Michael Jackson thinks big; he had large visions.Give up fear, think above and beyond, and do not be afraid to let your light shine in its fullness.
“Michael knew and was genius at communicating not only lyrical and instrumental meaning, but with voice inflection, phrasing and emotion, he could send a message to that little light inside, triggering joy and connection with a primal ‘something’ that has no words or explanation of knowing and feeling that extends to other areas of life. The Creator used music as Michael’s microphone to the world.”
Michael Jackson possessed an inner force infused with originality, brilliantly colored by the fundamental…defining primal as what is of first importance. His heartbeat gained strength from all things magical.
for those who don’t believe in magic will never find it
Roald Dahl… Michael awakened people to the prospect of lustrous dreams, and to glorious possibilities as, collectively, dreams took shape. Using his gifts of voice and dance, he stood before us completely vulnerable, offering his soul.
every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul
W. Somerset Maugham Transferring color and texture, Michael was in constant pursuit of light while at the same time, reflecting back laser beams which soothed our own souls, igniting passion. Rediscovering magic, each passionate dream manifests an opportunity…a connectedness in a shower of sparks. We find
ourselves travelers on a life-altering course, intimate and personal, soulfully connected. And…here we are together…weaving dreams.
Although we arrive here from many different vantage points, the panorama of common experiences is astounding. In our attempts to silence the world’s cacophony of sounds, we reconnect in choices that reveal who we really are. Michael’s canvas delivers hope and inspiration no matter how often it is viewed, for with each return visit a sense of grace comes over us, and we rediscover the master teacher that is Michael Jackson…for we have learned that the greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. And, with Michael Jackson, there is unlimited work to revisit.
“He moves the temple of his
body and the chimes of his ego sound in the breeze of our awe. He is on fire…a panther in Astaire’s weightless heaven. Then, suddenly, that intergalactic smile. Jesus, what a smile. He wants us for his moonbeams.”
“As a producer, this is the song…ANOTHER PART OF ME. Just admire the instrumentation. It’s so funky and it’s got instruments doing these intricate patterns, and it doesn’t have a chorus-chorus. It’s the setup. That’s the best pre-chorus ever written. And then the pay off is ‘It’s just another part of me.’ The song shows why Michael is the King.”
the 44th Annual Event United Negro College Fund
Contributions for philanthropy and the humanities, an academic discipline that includes not only the arts and science, but literature, history and philosophy as well. Michael Jackson joined a long list of recipients which included: Maya Angelou, Hunter S. Thompson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Georgia O’Keefe, Prince Charles, Eudora Welty, Margaret Thatcher and the Rev. Billy Graham, to name a few.
and the Rev. Billy Graham, to name a few.
the true definition of a doctor…one who teaches and inspires.
Thank you, Esh Sundar
“Michael, I’m sorry that Nancy and I could not be with you for this very special day, but I want to congratulate you for the honors you are receiving tonight from the United Negro College and the honorary degree awarded by Fisk University. Let me be the first to call you…the new Dr. J.”
Ronald Reagan 1988
In the summer of 1990, Michael Jackson opened up his Neverland Valley Ranch to Dream Street Camp. He invited 45 campers, all of whom were suffering from life-threatening illnesses. They played video games, visited the amusement park and had lunch. Michael, himself, gave them a personal tour of the ranch.
Jet Magazine August 13, 1990
Looking back, while seeing what is in front of us, Michael is at the center… instrumental in our lives. Our sustainable loyalty comes from a commitment to the mantra:
when one person believes in something it’s a dream. When two (or more) persons share the same dream it’s the beginning of a new reality. MJ We have learned from Michael that love is our weapon, that with our voices singing as one we can accomplish the magic we believe in, turning away from silence, and turning toward his ever present words: What do you need and how can I help?
his poetry and prose
his Utopian Neverland totality of who he was
his compositions and songwriting
his social justice acts of civil rights for all
his inexhaustible efforts on behalf of the voiceless…the children and the ecology
his sense of childlike innocence, play and joy
his profound ability to speak to each of us through every human experience and struggle
his pure and unconditional love
MICHAEL…YOU ARE THE POWER OF OUR CREATIVE SOURCE. YOU KNOW OUR TRUTHS. YOU INTERPRET WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING. YOU HELP US HOLD ONTO OUR FAITH.
OUR TRUTHS. YOU INTERPRET WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING. YOU HELP US HOLD ONTO OUR FAITH.