“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. Some musicians ~Springsteen and U2~ may feel they got their education from the streets. I’m a performer at heart, I got mine from the stage.”
“It always surprises me when people assume that something an artist has created is based on a true experience or reflects his or her own lifestyle. Often, nothing could be farther from the truth. I know I draw on my experiences at times, but I also hear and read things that trigger an idea for a song. An artist’s imagination is his greatest tool. It can create a mood or feeling that people want to have, as well as transport you to a different place altogether.”
There is within our hearts a powerful need, gut-wrenching in its depths, to tell Michael Jackson’s story, thereby obliterating abusive lies and myth. Each day we rise, the dream of lifting others with an artistry that is potent with love resonating in our hearts…going forward to make ripples that wash across the entire planet. ~The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is! Those words from Winston Churchill move us away from silence. With education rippling, we surround Michael’s legacy with people who honor and respect him. We are determined to increase the numbers of those enlightened.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS…Robert Ingersoll
Michael’s courage gives foundation to his integrity and inspires us to take our leap…and, although struck by the constant din of the dubious and abusive, we will not allow ourselves to be blocked. Instead, we simply look for another door. The depth of discovery comes as layer upon layer upon layer of timeless art is peeled away, communicating: ~Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength~ S. Francis de Sales The strength of Michael’s character proves that it is not in his DNA to harm. ~Rotten hearts are indeed unable to create the wonderful and uplifting music and lyrics benefitting mankind like Michael did. It’s not in their DNA. Music is a gift from the heavens and this is where they never enter and cannot get a glimpse…while Michael Jackson’s mind and heart were residing there. But those who don’t even have a concept of it, will never understand.
~BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY WILL SEE GOD~
“I read this passage in my hotel room before the Memorial Service. I thought about Michael. I thought about how pure his heart was, and how he was able to bless so many people with that purity. And yet ridiculed, accused and abused, he still managed to maintain the pureness of heart, so that everyone who crossed paths with him felt his love. He warmly welcomed all of us on the TII Tour. His disposition was so genuinely sincere. That’s what I focused on during HEAL THE WORLD. Looking into the faces of the children, I remembered Michael’s love for them. A King of Pop as a legend of our time, and as the first and last of his kind, Michael’s message was even greater…”There are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me.” This message gets right down to the truth.”
TII Tour Backup Singer
“In addition to the humor of Michael Jackson, he was the embodiment of love. I’ve never met anyone who loved you more than Michael. When Michael said ‘I love you!’ you felt that it was true.”
John Bahler Composer, Producer, Arranger Motown Records
In being true to who we are, we have discovered the opening of our natural channels. We no longer grapple with vagueness, allowing fate to control our souls. Expecting every need to be met, an answer to every problem, an abundance on every level, and growth in spiritually…Michael’s artistry empowers: ~I am the moonlight, you are the spring, our love’s a sacred thing, you know I always will love you~ we have found our true north. How we really use our lives determines who we are. Michael has offered us a wide range of possibility. His creativity blesses us. God’s energy flows through Michael and into us, providing oxygen for our souls. The act of soul is never finished…holding us as a lover, rocking us as a child. Wishing we had taken better care of Michael when he was cold and sick, holding onto him with so much strength that even God couldn’t have pulled him away, we are now here to stay. Our message to Michael…our prayer…is that his life~ shaped and planned, perfect as a circle~ has taught us great truth. We write our own stories now, making them up as we go along, figuring it out as we go…not an hour in our lives without Michael. Some days, our anger is a map, showing us the next step. We try to remember that despair is a sin, that no one is cut off from God. Using our gifts more creatively, realizing that nothing dies harder than a bad idea, we actively fight on in defending Michael Jackson. Our faith in him gives us sight. We move with waves of hope and resistance, sending ripples into the world. Our meditation with Michael leads us to light and change, a wisdom strengthened by doing.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
Michael Jackson offers a continuous thread of revelation. We are devoted to sharing each thread with the world thereby creating a tapestry of people who KNOW. ~Nobody loves what they do not know, nobody defends what they do not love~ Liz Johnson Our determination is to educate, knowing that when that happens, love happens…and, the collective grows.
~Take away this never-ending sorrow
~Take this lonely feeling from my soul
~Michael…we gather strength from our love memories~
Thank you, Michael Jackson.
“I wanna take this time to say Thank You to Michael Jackson.
Thank you for coming into my life with such beautiful music.
Thank you for bringing me joy and bringing the planet joy.
Thank you for giving me escape.
Thank you for helping me define me and my dreams. When you’re in the Ghetto, surrounded by crime and violence, you gave me escape. I escaped from all the drama around me listening to your music.
Thank you for your dreams.
I used to dance and I wanted to dance like you.
I used to draw pictures of you.
Thank you for letting me work with you.
Thank you for reaching out to me and trying to teach me things about the music industry and how cool people can be, but at the end of the day, loving and appreciating the craft.
And, appreciating the Fans.
Thank you for flying me to Ireland to work with you.
Thank you for coming to the show and talking to me on the telephone and answering phone calls.
And calling me on Father’s Day knowing that I don’t have a Dad. Thank you so much.
Thank you for being a friend. You didn’t have to wanna know me, but you got to know me.
We have all lost a great artist and a light to the world, a true talent. I will always remember you. You are the strongest person I have ever met.
You’ve undergone so much scrutiny, so much criticism from either wicked journalists who have nothing better but to criticize. You have seen the music industry rise and fall.
You were not just the King of Pop, you were the King of the Industry.
There will never be another artist to impact the world the way you have.
There will never be an artist who sells as many records as you…NEVER.
There will always be MJ copycats.
Thank you so much…you made the world a wonderful place. You brought us joy…and, we thank you for that.
Will. I. Am
We all have a passion to enlighten the world with what we know.
Fate will not control our souls.
~My life has taken me beyond the planets
and the stars
And you’re the only one
that could take me this far
I’ll be forever searching for your love
We love you, Michael…we are forever.