TRIUMPH AGAINST ALL ODDS Immersion into Smile

“That’s what makes greatness.  You have to have that tragedy, that pain to pull from.  That’s what makes a clown great.  You can see he’s hurting behind the masquerade.  He’s something else externally.  Chaplin did that so beautifully,smile of a lifetime better than anyone.  I can play off those moments, too.  I’ve been through the fire many times.”

Michael Jackson

USA Today 2001 Interview

April 16, 1983  Michael dons Charlie Chaplin costume to pay tribute to Chaplin on his birthday.

How could you not admire his genius.  He was the king of pathos…he knew how to make you laugh and cry at the same time.  I relate to him.  I sometimes feel like I am him.”

Michael Jacksonman in the mirror grammy

SMILE

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 WITH YOUR FEAR AND SORROW

SMILE AND MAYBE TOMORROWSmile two

YOU’LL FIND THAT LIFE IS STILL WORTHWHILEsincerity

IF YOU JUST SMILE

Michael Jackson personified Kenji Miyazawa’s view of what defines the journey of artistic vision when he said,  “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”  If we believe that healing only comes when we experience our suffering to its fullest, then great art harvests life experiences to the full…and, powerful visions are created from great injustice.  During dark times, the eyebeauty again four begins to see. (Theodore Roethke)  Michael’s vision quest had even a higher purpose.  It wasn’t only for a personal cathartic moment that he created art.  The affirmations of SENSUAL MANMichael’s soul stretched to mankind…a self-discovery for all humanity, realizing that all roots of living, suffering and loving are connected, one to another.  Michael was here to prevent our “soul loss.”  (Julia Cameron), creating to show us our role of responsibility, to each other and the natural world.  His personal narrative, lived out on a world stage, each event held under the microscope for all to analyze, did not embrace revenge. “I am fascinated by the concept of revenge.  It’s something I can’t understand.  The idea of making someone pay for something they’ve done to you or that you imagine they’ve done to you is totally alien to me.”  (Moonwalk)  Michael’s truedangerous beauty voice came from his heart, his dreams from the power of a creative source, whispered by angels in the form of children, animals and the natural world.  He internalized not only his own personal pain and suffering, but, the pain and suffering of a world headed for destruction, knowing that our togetherness of support was pivotal for our healing.

“Michael Jackson was no ordinary man.  He was an artist in the highest form, and he was a gift.  He left us with an indelible imprint of love, hope, faith and acceptance.  He gave of himself like no other, and he left us with a promise of a better tomorrow.  I feel that Michael understood the real value of truth.  Whatever he was feeling or expressing within himself he openly shared unconditionally, hoping to inspire, and touch others.  This was Michael’s art in its purest form and it enabled him to live and continue to grow as the greatest artist of our time.”

THE UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND THE “MICHAEL JACKSON SERIES”can i come down there

Donna Mass-Chappee

Michael’s spirituality gave power to his affect on people.  His credibility lay in his choices when the flames licked at his feet…seemingly insurmountable roadblocks turned into potential and infinite possibilities.  Michael’s autobiography, told in the artistry of his music, his dance, his performance, represented the life stories of us all.  Raamayan Ananda describes it as a hero’s journey taking a power that is unimaginable…when the whole world is condemning you, to stand up even more strongly and fight for your truth, your place in the world…it is a rebellious act…a hero’s journey.

Joseph Vogel calls Michael’s HIS tory album a tragedy…saying like the best tragedies, eyes of loveits protagonist beats on, against the current, in perpetual resistance to fate.  I find Michael’s HIS tory album to be a masterpiece of brilliant outcry against injustice…understanding that if the heart is wounded, it must be healed.  Rather than ending with skepticism…a chronic atrophy and disease of the soul…Michael chooses SMILE.  A genius at pathos, Michael moves us with his pain and saves us with his love…affirming our humanity, acknowledging our individual power and inspiring our creativity as a collective energy for good.  Michael’s album arc imbues our emotions, uplifting our souls and leaving us to ponder solutions together.  “During the recording of SMILE, the orchestra had been listening to Michael childrenn in russiasing through their individual microphones.  When Michael walked out into the studio, every member of the fifty piece orchestra stood up and tapped their music stands with their bows, as loud as they could.  Jeremy Lubbock stood on the conductor’s podium and also applauded as loud as he could.  I was applauding by myself in the control room as loud as I could.”  Bruce Swedien

IF YOU SMILE THROUGH YOUR FEAR AND SORROWpure love three

SMILE AND MAYBE TOMORROW

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 CRYINGemotional man

YOU’LL FIND THAT LIFE IS STILL WORTHWHILE

IF YOU JUST SMILE

Michael Jackson’s music awakens our souls.   He speaks to our hearts, setting our inner beings free…free to make our own music.  There is a truth in Vincent Van Gogh’s words, “It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper understanding.”  We in this massive community share something that Michael felt, that we feel, and that cannot be adequately understood by those who have not been enlightened.  It is a feeling, a believing, a KNOWING.  We have internalized it.  Through the joy and sorrow, with a promise of another tomorrow…we SMILE, knowing “I WILL NEVER LET YOU PART, FOR YOU’RE ALWAYS IN MY HEART.

I love you, Michael.a kiss

I love you, Dear Friends.

Jude

 

 

3 thoughts on “TRIUMPH AGAINST ALL ODDS Immersion into Smile

  1. Michael’s spirituality did give rise to the effect he had on people. No one could listen to him and not be moved by his music, his voice, the words…and the performance of all three. He was mesmerizing, truly he was. And he understood everything…had an inner knowing that powered him…and his performances. I never tire of listening to him….NEVER! In fact, if I don’t watch and listen to him at least once a day, I feel drprived somehow. Thank you, Michael…for being my friend and confidant. I miss you SO much….love from Dianne

  2. Let us join that 50 piece orchestra who helped Michael to record SMILE song and applaud Michael as loud as we can. For the catharsis through pain and healing he shared with us by opening his heart and leaving his soul bare in front of our eyes. To see the abundance of extraordinary gifts and many fruit his creative genius gave birth to. To marvel how lucky we are to witness and then share and spread this new prophesy of everlasting human values: LOVE, UNITY, EQUALITY, GLOBAL HARMONY and A CHOICE TO FLOURISH for ANY TALENT or GOODNESS in ANY PERSON. Thank you, Michael, deep bow and hurricane of applause to you! Always in our hearts! Thanks, Jude, for the sheer joy to read this, such a valuable piece of work!!! <3

  3. Today….August 18, 2016….and I am sitting in the lobby of WEIMAR INSTITUTE, listening to religious music and thinking about Michael. Of course, I think about him very often…..definitely every day! Especially this month….his birth month! That fabulous human being was such a huge gift to me and to everyone! There will not be another like him! Not in this lifetime! Bless you dearest Michael!

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