“When he said ‘I love you” he meant it, you felt it and it was very, very amazing to me because he could point to the left and say, ‘I love you’… even the people on the right said, ‘He pointed to me.’ He had that ability to connect, and even on that level, with everyone that was there that was open to it and wanted to receive it. I think it’s why he is so loved even now, because everything he did and everything he gave, it was genuine.”
DISCOVERING A SENSE OF AUTHENTICITY
“In the end, an artist’s life is grounded in integrity and the willingness to witness our version of truth. Defeat is transformed into experience by our willingness to start anew.”
WALKING IN THIS WORLD
The Practical Art of Creativity
So, what is it that not only draws hundreds of millions of people to Michael Jackson…but, keeps them? What defines the cosmic sustaining power? How is it possible that he created a collective energy spanning decades? To be sure, there are many entertainers who have succeeded with longevity, many with vitality, timelessness, underscoring humanity. Michael Jackson did more. In a world where violence is the rule, the ease with which our sensibilities numb, happens with regularity. There is only so much we can take in. Empathy turns to frustration, and then to hopelessness. We simply turn off. Michael Jackson was born without an OFF button. His connections were from a higher power, his chosen path a lifelong mission. He was here to bring love to the world through music. His ability to share unconditional love, his openness, sensitivity and vulnerability unified and gave purpose. Through performance, Michael soothed, embracing every facet of the human condition. It is impossible to remain neutral to Michael’s performances…be they recorded, filmed or live. The range of emotions spans all that human beings face in life. Michael offered audiences theatre and masterful storytelling. His vocals reach to the very core because his range of sound and rhythms, his ability to use his voice as an orchestral instrument, all meet us at the cellular level. Emotions are stirred: sexual passion, empathy, loneliness, abandonment, vulnerability, social activism, justice, humanity, love…Michael presented them all and more. He had so many gifts at his disposal…a voice that could go from angelic to seductive to gritty to sublime, the most beautiful background vocal choral music in the pop canon, an inner rhythm that revealed itself in sound and movement, storytelling that touched the heart, a dancer in his soul with a dancer’s body as canvas…singer, songwriter, composer, dancer, performer, director, producer, creator, musician, arranger. His storytelling brought joy, revealed needs, embraced color and culture, created visions for healing, inspired all to collectively reach for a better world. Believing in the POWER OF THE PEOPLE, Michael loved completely. His humility, lack of ego, generosity, charity, kindness, truthfulness, faith, and bravery showed a world how to live. “Even after the world accused him of molesting a child, something he said he would ‘rather slit his wrists’ than do, he did not do what a guilty person would do: run with his tail between his legs, hide. He went right back into the world to fight his fight of truth, love, and service. He continued to build Neverland, where he would bring sick kids with terminal cancer and other debilitating illnesses through and give them a pure experience of the inner child: pure creative expression, love, acceptance, and unabated joy.” (MICHAEL JACKSON MAN BEHIND THE MIRROR by Raamayan Ananda)
Michael offered new realms of possibilities…a solidarity of spirit. He talked the talk and he WALKED the talk. In every sense of the word, HE WAS GENIUNE…AN AUTHENTIC MAN!
“It was always about giving love. It was never about how much he got back. We feel a responsibility to really defend his honor, and really stand for what he stood for…he stood for love. Such a statement about someone as hounded and guerilla decontextualized as Michael Jackson so frequently was, should not be too quickly dismissed. It covers more territory than is immediately apparent. It speaks of the give-everything, hold-nothing back kind of love the singer expressed so fearlessly through his music and person, and which caused millions across the globe to feel an essential part of themselves had died when he did June 25, 2009. Love, after all, in Mr. Jackson’s world, was never anything less than a cosmic-scaled event. The recognition, anticipation and experience of L-O-V-E. (The Examiner…Aberjhani ALLTHINGSMICHAEL)
1. Michael was devotedly self-disciplined and willing to ceaselessly work to grow his skill-set to improve his career, life and performance.
2. He inspired others who worked alongside him to push to their own best performance and best selves, which often reflected well on Michael.
3. He was never about making money per se, but always about bringing a joyful experience to and sharing a meaningful message with his audiences…whether they were listening to studio recordings, attending live performances or benefiting from the expansive humanitarian efforts his earnings and fame afforded him the opportunity to pursue. (Rosalynn)
“ONCE THE MUSIC PLAYS, IT CREATES ME. THE INSTRUMENTS MOVE ME, THROUGH ME, THEY CONTROL ME. SOMETIMES I’M UNCONTROLLABLE…IT JUST HAPPENS, ONCE IT GETS INSIDE YOU.” Michael Jackson age 24
SOME WANT TO SEE YOU, FOR GREED OR FOR PRIDE
IT’S ALWAYS THE CASE WITH A SPIRITUAL GUIDE
MOST HEARD YOUR MUSIC, FEW KNEW WHY YOU CAME
A MESSENGER OF GOD ALWAYS COMES WITH AN AIM
SOME WANT TO MOULD YOU INTO A SELF-CLONE
TO TAKE YOUR IDENTITY, SHAPE IT TO THEIR OWN
SOME STAND IN JUDGMENT, RELISHING THE LIES
SOME SEE THE WORST; THERE’S NO CURE FOR BLIND EYES
THE ANSWER WAS IN YOUR LIFE, FOR ALL TO SEE
IT’S THERE IN YOUR SONG LYRICS, WORDS AND POETRY
IT’S IN EVERY TEAR AS WE LOOK UP ABOVE
THE ANSWER ENDURES IN YOUR LEGACY OF LOVE.
July 21, 2014
“Music is a very important and powerful substance, and all the planets in the universe make music. It’s called music of the spheres. They all make a different note; they make harmony. So there’s harmony even in the universe as we speak.” Michael Jackson
Michael created masterpieces for the ear and eye. He slipped into our psyche and stirred harmony and emotions. We feel and we think when in his company. He shared his soul and there is a permanency in that connection. We have found sincerity and truth, inspiration and hope. Deep inside every facet of Michael’s life there is authenticity. He loved us before we discovered our love for him. There is a divinity in the source of his genius which grows wider and stronger with each day. IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE AND THAT LOVE IS GENUINE. IT IS REAL.
Thank you, Michael, for giving everything you had to give…our actions will show our gratitude.
Dear Jude.. thankyou for yet another beautiful post,as always.. The word “authentic” is the most fantastic way to describe Michael.. I absolutely agree.. authentic and genuine in every sense of the word.. with love.. Sue
He was born without an OFF button. Yes! I love that sentence because that is the truth! He was so REAL and authentic…he could not lie or shut himself away from reality. What a man!
He had no way to stop himself from feeling….He was a true empath….and did not have an OFF button. Most of us do….He didn’t! And if you were in his presence, you KNEW what he was about! No mistaking it…not at all. I always loved being with him…because he was energizing…and life affirming. What else is there to say? Yes…his musical gifts, dance gifts, performing gifts were mindblowing…but most of all, he…the person…was the Most Fabulous! Bless you….I always say this…and will continue to say it. There was no one like him! And I adored him!