Welcome to ChosenVoices. I am happy you are here. I have a story to tell. It’s a story about exploring the life of the most inspiring person I have ever known. Michael Jackson’s life was nothing short of epic. I cannot wait for you to discover what I have learned about Michael’s musical and creative genius, his unparalleled performances, his love for people, for children, for the environment, his vision and imagination and his desire to use his gifts to help change the world. His life has been life-changing for me. Maybe it will be for you, too. So, here we go.
“I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories-make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that.” Moonwalk 1988
With those words, Michael Jackson opened his autobiography. I have always believed that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
2009 was a particularly difficult time for my family and me. On June 25, 2009, my heart was ready to receive what, in a word, I would call LOVE. Watching, with an estimated billion people around the globe, Michael Jackson, the man, the creative genius and inexhaustible voice for change, reappeared in my life. I had always adored Michael’s music and short films. I could listen and watch and never get enough of his magic. But, the journey that began for me on June 25th was deeper than that.
In the next months, I read and reread Moonwalk. I watched This Is It many times. I searched for all CD and DVD performances. I viewed wonderful Fan videos on YouTube. Then, I read Dancing the Dream. I WAS TRANSFORMED. Over the course of the next three and a half years, I have read, studied, listened to and viewed CDs, DVDs, books, speeches, interviews, rehearsals, public appearances and more. I transcribed thousands of words. Michael gave voice to everything I believe in. He lived out these values daily on a world stage. He inspired. He was a teacher.
During an Ebony Magazine interview in 1987, Michael was asked what interested him most about life. He replied, ” What interests me most about life is learning, finding out new things, exploring different worlds.”
Armed with an avalanche of research and a growing library, what was next for me? Have you ever had something happen that touches your heart so profoundly you want to climb to the rooftop of your house and scream out, “EVERYONE, LISTEN! THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!” Maybe not such a good idea. I began coming up with other avenues for sharing: adding a “Food for the Soul” postscript to all my emails, creating elaborate Michael Jackson artists’ dates with my husband. I found myself needing more. THERE IS A CHINESE PROVERB WHICH SAYS. “IF SOMEONE SHARES SOMETHING OF VALUE AND YOU BENEFIT FROM IT, YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS.”
Having read books written by MJFans, following postings on several justice project websites, reading comments beneath amazing YouTube videos, I hungered to be a part of that global community of kindred spirits. THIS BLOG puts MY heart on the line. Postings will focus on Michael’s creative and humanitarian genius…his heart and his unconditional love for the world. It is written to HONOR the artist and the man. I invite comments and dialog. Comments that dishonor Michael will be deleted.
Is it possible to love someone you have never met. ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I am inspired daily by Michael. If you, too, have been introduced to the gift of that inspiration, I hope you will share your journey with me. Together, we will feel the LOVE. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE! Jude