“The pain of life touches me, but the joy of life is much stronger.”
“We only live once, since we are given the gift of life it should be our persistent endeavor to immortalize ourselves no matter what field of endeavor we choose.”
“In many ways, the artist is his work. It’s difficult to separate the two.”
EVERY PATH YOU TAKE YOU’RE LEAVING YOUR LEGACY
Elizabeth Taylor spoke of Michael’s burning desire to understand people who last, and what it was that defined staying power. She innately knew Michael’s life would hold divinity…having attributes ranking below God, but above man. Frank Dileo talked of people flocking to Michael…and, it is true…Michael is a people magnet of perpetual strength. I remember as a child being warned: “You can fool some of the people all of the time; all of the people some of the time; but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. The truth of Michael Jackson is that he is AUTHENTIC ALL OF THE TIME…and, ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM, KNOW IT! Quite simply, he is the truth. Enduring fame requires constants…the person who possesses it is revealed time and time again without the slightest hint of tiredness or boredom. Of course, it is charisma to the tenth power and beyond…an attraction that is both physical and emotional, reaching deep inside to our most private places while ultimately taking hold of our hearts. Our bond with Michael Jackson begins with his unparalleled talents. He is a genius artist who possesses the full range of musical gifts. “His genius as a musician is that he thinks of sounds in terms of images; his genius as a singer is that he creates melodic lines that evoke body lines; his genius as a producer is that he imagines a song as a concert.” (MJJJusticeProject) The way Michael saw the world came through in his soundscapes and his movements. His creative mind skipped, jumped, circled and doubled back from one artistic vision to another. He could see art everywhere, hear music in everything. His photographic mind…musically and artistically, was like a sponge as he lived his life…HUGE…forgetting nothing. Deeply internalizing both joy and sorrow, pain and play, Michael was a beautiful story hero and a wounded warrior. His catalog of work offered his blood, sweat and God-given talents to people of every age, color and culture. Because he believed that a great artist touches EVERYONE, his work speaks to EVERYONE. It is lasting because we can find ourselves in it…we identify with Michael’s voice. We find in Michael’s work big thoughts…there is a universality of scope. It is vulnerability, tragedy, victimization, injustice, facing evils in the world…and, then, unearthing bravery, finding the courage to stand for justice…and, finally, holding onto one another in faith and love. No matter which of Michael’s pieces of art you choose on any given day, you will experience human drama. Lasting power requires it. Michael’s art is a perpetual flame of truth, a salvation of love. Michael’s truth lacks cynicism and hopelessness. It isn’t about seeing problems as insurmountable. Quite the contrary. It is all about Keeping the Faith. Only those who doubt, suspect and distrust mankind, sink into despair, quickly becoming the forgettable. The lasting are visionaries, trusting that when we all come together, change will happen…coals burn hot in a fire of love. Michael often said how much he loved people…with that love came innocent trust. And, even when faced with betrayal after betrayal, his messages remained firm…his art reflected. “It’s all about love. L.O.VE.” Michael had a magic that is translated into every creation he made. He had an authenticity that radiated from him in a glowing light. He had a calm, loving heart that he wore on his sleeve. He imagined a world where there would be no more hate, no more wars, no more hurting children, a healing planet. He took all of the world’s cares and put them into astounding music and performance that left tearful people asking what more they could do. His words, “WHAT DO YOU NEED AND HOW CAN I HELP?” live eternally in our hearts. Unlike others, Michael gave himself to his fans…being accessible, spending time, reaching out, offering himself, his home, his love. Unlike others, his public life was for the fans…creating wearable art for every occasion…accepting and enjoying everything Fans gave him. The bond created is lasting…EVERLASTING. It has been earned. Hard work and seeking perfection, Michael embraced his gift of life, attempting to immortalize himself. With unbelievable humility, he credited God for each treasure he created…channeling the music of the spheres. His enduring fame has its fingers and toes reaching both backward and forward…new discoverers of “a love affair for a lifetime” are born. Someone else finds themselves immersed in MICHAEL’S IMMORTALITY.
THE BLOOD INSIDE ME IS INSIDE OF YOU
Make it happen!
“I think he was simply The Greatest Entertainer That Ever Lived.”
“I think he IS The Greatest Artist That Has Ever Lived.”