“Without dreams, there is no creativity. The creative impulse comes from discontent…a divine discontent that seeks to change, transform, and fill the world with more magic. My priority in life is to make a difference, step on an uncharted and unknown territory, and leave a fingerprint.”
Michael Jackson Chicago Tribune Interview 1992
~The persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others~
“One day, I think I’d like to be a teacher or a social worker…anything, really, that involves children. It would be marvelous to be able to help foster kids who otherwise would only know poverty and despair in their lives. I guess that’s about the greatest thing you can do…to save someone from a bad life, and help to give it some meaning.”
“To me, Michael Jackson embodies passion, energy, mystery, compassion, complexity, brilliance, creativity, wonder, tragedy and love. His art wasn’t meant to only entertain (though that was part of it). He aimed broader and deeper than most artists. His artistic legacy to me has to do with how he tried to use his art to re-imagine the world…and, how he fused and stretched and reinvented so many forms to that end.”
Joseph Vogel The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies
The magical power of transmitting something common into a substance of value…a metamorphosis changing the nature of the ordinary into extraordinary…recovering something that was once thought to be lost…ALCHEMY!
“I’m an optimist. I think we can do a lot to shape the future and that we will accomplish our goals and make it a better world…a world free of war, hopefully, free of most major diseases, and if we can, free of cruelty between human beings. I hope I can live to see many of these goals accomplished. If I can’t, I certainly want to make my contribution towards accomplishing as much as possible while I can.”
Michael Jackson Heal the World Interview 1992
A gift of discovering the simple threads of potential in the fabric of humankind, Michael Jackson’s questions for the world led to a single answer…LOVE achieves all. It can create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. It can recover all that was once lost, giving life’s simplicity value. In a world plunged into chaos, Michael stirred the emotional soup, melding flavors and textures together, uniting with a powerful light so strong as to keep the lamps of hope illuminated seven years after his passing. A Michael Jackson Love Movement, powered by hundreds of millions, accepts what has been given us…a responsibility to get it right in Michael’s name.
~The Alchemy of Love~ a Rumi Poem
You come to us from another world
From beyond the stars and void of space
Transcendent, pure, of unimaginable beauty
Bringing with you the essence of love.
You transform all who are touched by you
Mundane concerns, troubles, sorrows dissolve in your presence, bringing joy to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king
You bewilder us with your grace
All evils transform into goodness
You are the Master Alchemist
You light the fire of love in earth and sky
In heart and soul of every being
Through your love, existence and nonexistence merge
All opposites unite
All that is profane becomes sacred again.
Michael Jackson is a Master Alchemist, able to inspire with his artistry and legacy profoundly, permanently, deep inside the soul. His influence transcends his passing from this earth in a way that few have ever done. “If I believed in God, then I would say Michael Jackson was the closest thing we had in recent times to a modern-day prophet. His followers and fans outnumber any other modern religious or public figure. He always spread his message of healing, love, peace and acceptance.” Chaz Harris
~He was like us. He was able to touch us, teach us and even nurture us in a way most strangers can never do…and, why? I believe he was in touch with his spirit, the soul, his source, our source. It is the one thing that connects us all to each other…to realize ourselves in a beautiful way…his way. The intrinsic thing we all have…Some call it love. Some call it God…Universe…Source~ ALL FOR LOVE
Michael provides the oxygen that keeps us alive in our efforts to educate the world. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer Our persistent, united voices are here to enlighten the ignorant. Reminded by MLK that ~injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere~ we hold information to the highest standard: BEFORE YOU SPEAK, LET YOUR WORDS PASS THROUGH 3 GATES: At the 1st gate ask yourself Is it true? At the second, ask Is it necessary? At the third gate, ask Is it kind? Sufi
Leonard Bernstein offers this: The point is: art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But, it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed, because people are changed by art in a way that may affect the course of events…by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.
With greatness comes the courage to overcome obstacles. (D. R. Hawkins) ~There is one thing we know for certain about Michael Jackson: He is an extraordinarily talented man with a gift for creating music that people all over the world love! (Rolling Stone 1992) Extraordinary talent and a world-class brain, Michael Jackson’s alchemy has been the powerful catalyst to our performance forte. The global choir he directs grows more beautiful everyday in its metamorphosis…transformed by great value.
~WHEN MY SOUL HAS LEFT THE EARTH, REMEMBER, I AM NOT FORGOTTEN. I AM STILL ALIVE INSIDE YOUR HEART~