Michael Jackson

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein

Michael has the most beautiful sense of art.  Stretching and changing the rules of Pop Music, he was an artist who could completely dissolve himself into a song and translate artist at prayerits emotions to masses of people who both heard and saw his artistry.  Through pure feeling, the listener understands.  I remember listening to EARTH SONG, long before studying it with Joseph Vogel’s profound work, EARTH SONG Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus, and realizing the nonverbal sounds came from Earth HERSELF.  That revelation moved me so deeply, I literally ran to share what I had learned with my husband.  It was my first experience with a composer who could translate pain and power into artistry and activism, taking on the role of the victim…crying out in pain, with love.  Michael was pleading on behalf of a dying planet, deeply inside the pain.  The fifth track on Michael’s HISTORY Album, an album of pure genius, I found myself listening over and over again with seemingly endless tears.  Here was an artist who had broken every known imaginable record, won every imaginable award, selling more than SENSITIVITYany artist in history, being brutally attacked and thoroughly abused by extortionists and tabloid media who gleefully predicted his demise, the most famous and well-known human being on the planet…who could have quite easily and quite simply released compilations of his work…instead feeling aching moral responsibility, turned himself intosongbird the most influential global spokesperson for environmentalism.  He knew the backlash that would follow his efforts, but remained steadfastly true to preserving the physical energy of the music and the musical statement itself, never backing away from activism. Michael felt the turbulent emotions running through him, an unparalleled wave in the ocean of human expression. Always returning to the collective spirit and power of human beings, Michael’s CALL AND RESPONSE defined  its roots in musical tradition as a form of resistance to oppression, representative of the struggles of humankind, and energized into action.  Earth, herself, cries out against this human tragedy, against seemingly insurmountable  odds.  Harnessing the pain and tragedy into productive ends was always Michael’s modus operandi.  MICHAEL BELIEVED IN THE HUMANITY, POWER AND LOVE OF THE PEOPLE…depending on that energy to make changes in the human struggle.  This was not music for the small or narrow-minded…and, Michael was not one to deliver the expected, or be harnessed by media and critics.  The spectacles that he created in performance of EARTH SONG, left little doubt he was the most powerful artist of theBE STILL MY HEART TONIGHT TWO modern era.

“The gesture of passion embodied in Michael’s performances of Earth Song-ICONIC, TRANSCEND-burns itself into the collective consciousness of the 20th and 21st Centuries.”

Joseph Vogel/Jude Ling

As Michael performs, he allows himself to become whatever the music is saying…crying in the wilderness, with civil disobedience placing him and his art firmly against powers of destruction. His performance art includes the recorded performance, the short film performance and the live performance.  Offering every bit of God given talent, blood and sweat, Michael’s music cries, his body as canvas offers energies and storytelling… theatre brings anguish and supplication, which reveal his belief that among the destruction there are pockets of humanity and beauty…and, a collective song brit awards RECORDED PERFORMANCE:  “I believe in its primordial form, all of creation is sound and that it’s not just random sound, that it’s music.”  Michael Jackson  Earth Song begins with nature’s music…the harp inspired from Michael’s knowledge of classical composers like Debussy and Tchaikovsky…evoking dreamlike worlds.  Then, the beautiful and hypnotic piano prefacing Michael’s melancholy, world-weary vocals.  Michael’s storytelling describes a world turned wasteland.  The non-verbal cries give Nature her solos…drama building.  Lyrics reveal anguish, queries and indignation.  The song builds to its massive civil rights demonstration set to music.  Joseph Vogel…in his book EARTH  SONG…Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus…walks us through each lyric and element of the composition…the depth of this work is phenomenal and important for the world to understand.  For me, the music is haunting.  Although many have tried, “it is impossible for other artists to sing Michael’s music…he breathes into his songs his intensity, his exquisite vocal colors, his phrasing, his rhythmic intricacy and his precision…all pointing to Michael Jackson’s musical genius, his singularity as an artist.”  Susan Fast  The climax of Earth Song pushes the song to another level.  Earth’s achingANGEL FOUR cries, Michael’s question to us all, “DO YOU GIVE A DAMN!”  Both Michael and the Andrae Crouch Choir give us what was, what is and what could be.  “Earth Song is an excellent illustration of how versatile Michael is vocally…it is a voice that conjures the human extremes, extreme heights and depths, extreme vulnerability and power, despair and rage.”  J.V. SHORT FILM PERFORMANCE:  Staking his beliefs in where we live and how we live, Michael walks through a burning forest, hangs onto a ravaged tree, he himself being battered by winds.  Joseph Vogel tells us it is not a crucifixion, nor a sacrifice, but a positioning.  Michael calls upon the collective from all around the world:  the Amazon rainforest, a field in Tanzania, a war zone in Croatia, a burned down forest in New York…cruelty, pollution, death…then dropping to his knees, digging his fists into the soil in supplication, the swirling destruction and the struggling collective affect a sudden change.  As if turning back time, the resistance to the status quo that is not only unjust, but unsustainable, seems to reverse the violence.  “Earth Song is a musical apocalypse taking the listener from anANGEL FROM HEAVEN imagined paradise of harmony and vitality to our present state of degradation and divisions.”  J.V.  The short film offers a light of hope as it ends with a return to what could be if we collectively make change.  By caring about the EARTH’S PAIN, and the pain of others, by understanding how connected we are, and by our COLLECTIVE WILL TO CHANGE,  can we hope to heal the world.  JV  A WORLD AS IT IS…A WORLD AS IT COULD BE.  Man in the Music Joseph Vogel PERFORMANCE ART:  Michael performed Earth Song for the first time in Royal EARTH SONG WMABrunei, in a concert that preceded his HISTORY WORLD TOUR.  It was a sultry evening, the performance lasting nearly three hours, his OUTRO was Earth Song… Michael, the mic and the music.  I am not a person to quantify or compare performances because each has its own brilliance.  But, I will say, I have shown it to many during our MICHAEL MARATHON EVENTS, and each and every time…those in attendance had two things in common: uncontrollable tears and the inability to speak.  It is quite simply…SUPERB!  In my lifetime, I have never experienced an artist who can evoke such emotion, both from himself and from others.  MICHAEL IN PERFORMANCE IS A MIRACLE.  His impromptu “TELL ME WHAT ABOUT IT!” is aSTUNNING AGAIN TWO moment in time when lives are changed. The HISTORY WORLD TOUR performance art for Earth Song represented theatre at its finest.  “It was a potent blend of entertainment and art, prophecy and activism, music and visuals carried out in a way that had never been done before.”  J. V.  Enormous jumbotrons presented a collage of EARTH’S sufferings.  The collective included all ages, cultures and colors.  Man’s inhumanity to man was brought to the stage in the form of a tank and an armed soldier.  Michael gave himself to the audience high above them on the cherry-picker by hanging full-length while crying out the lyrics…representing humanity and Earth, while stretched out below him was a sea of faces singing, WHAT ABOUT US?  Although many have tried to reach the heights of Michael’s Earth Song performances…all have fallen short of the mark.  Setting aside the unparalleled talent, the seven years of enormous effort to compose Earth Song, the countless hours recording, the creativity and inexhaustible commitment,earth song fifteen setting all that aside…one needs to remember Michael traveled the world seeing despair, hopelessness, poverty, disease, first hand. He held children in his arms as they left this earth.  Then, went out to perform. Giving hundreds of millions of dollars, composing and recording music and giving enormous energies to performance, donating his wages from that music and those performances…setting all that aside…Michael showed up for the world’s suffering…PERSONALLY.  He witnessed it.  All of that, he carried in his heart and, it informed the musician, vocalist, and performer he was.  You cannot duplicate that.  THERE IS ONLY ONE MICHAEL JACKSON. Michael took EARTH SONG to Wettan Das and World Music Award Shows.  Each was an emotional performance which included a collective outreach and emotionally- stunned audiences.  With arms lifted and candles lit, tears streaming down a kaleidoscope of the faces of people across the entire planet, Michael shared his artistry and activism.

HOW COULD ANYONE NOT BE CHANGED!the light of the world


I love you, My Dear Friends!

Thank you, Joseph Vogel, for your beautifully written EARTH SONG Michael Jackson’s Magnum OpusGITM THREE HIS tory MYstory YOURstory OURstory


Inside your heart sits a seer

Between his thoughts, he can hear

A melody simple but wondrously clearsongbird

The music of life, so precious, so dear.


Michael Jackson

“I think about the generations and that we want to make it a better place for our children and our children’s children, so that they know it’s a better world for them.  I think they can make it a better place.”


Words spoken in the introduction by a child.

 My parents blessed me with the gift of life on 9/11.  For all my years, that date has represented only love…9/11/2001 brought with it something else.  It’s hard to believe more than a decade has passed since that shining September morning when the world stopped spinning for a time.  This week, I celebrated yet again…gifted with my Husband,BE STILL MY HEART FOR YOU Friends and Michael.  The morning began with memories of Michael’s 56th birthday in Gary, Indiana, as  told by my Dear Friend, Irina, who traveled all the way from Moscow.handsome at all ages  Through her eyes, ears and enormous heart, she shared tearful stories…telling me of Michael’s beautiful children…their humility, politeness, generosity, strength and love.  She looked into their eyes and saw Michael looking back.  My heart filled with joy.  I felt strengthened and more hopeful for their young lives.  I was then given Michael through the beautiful talent of Siren in her watercolor, SONGBIRD.  She has truly captured Michael’s soul as love pours out on the canvas.  Hanging in my little writing studio, I feel both Siren and Michael with me.  Sitting along the shores of Lake Superior, I drank in the beauty and power of crashing waves and my friend Donna’s creativity with words.  Donna is a BELIEVING MIRROR in my life.  She gives strength to my creative process.BAD REHEARSAL TWO

September 11, 2014 ended with MY SONGBIRD.  Tom and I sang and danced, smiled and cried our way through Michael’s HISTORY WORLD TOUR Copenhagen Performance.  “When an audience lights candles and sways to ‘HEAL THE WORLD’ a space is created where nobody is unholy, no religion can exercise its imaginary INJUREDexclusive patent on the true God.”  Deepak Chopra

As the day drew to a close, my mind swirled in thought.  My gratitude prayers given, I lay thinking about my meaning for the word SONGBIRD.  I laughed when I looked in the dictionary, discovering the narrowest of parameters for the word, having been written before the genius that is Michael Jackson.

Michael’s music takes on a life of its own.  His performances take on a life of their own. give in to me two Fans and scholars alike listen, analyze, and extol the work…artists draw inspiration, cover and copy from the work.  The myth-making media work round the clock to find fault, to accuse, to minimize…obsessed with taking it all down.  Those of us who have taken the time to really KNOW  the man, simply bask in the magic. We allow the SONGBIRD to give us an escape, teaching us who we are and how we should live.

DANGEROUS by Susan Fast was a birthday gift.  In reading her discussion of HEAL THE WORLD, I was reminded of the profoundness of Michael’s teachings about HWT PERFORMANCEchildren.

“What Jackson does not do in introducing children into his utopic visions, importantly, is buy into conventional ideas of normative futurity, i.e. that the future belongs to children, or: what we can’t achieve ourselves, our children will achieve on our behalf.  For him, there was a utopian impulse in children not because they represent the future, the hopes and dreams of adults, the continuation of a ‘normal’ progression of time and family, but because their honesty, simplicity and innocence center adults, bring us back to feeling, to good affect.”

Our SONGBIRD teaches.  Michael believed his music could affect world change.  He PHOTO SHOOT  FOURwas right.  It has…it is!  And, his inspiration for his music came from children and the child living inside.  “Now, when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, we need our children more than ever.  In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love.  If we allow them, they can teach us to BE STILL MY HEART PLEASE TWOsee ourselves the same way.”  Michael Jackson

A SONGBIRD of light and love…my birthday gift of the heart.  It has flown to me in a kaleidoscope of memories, words, paint, dance and song, THE MUSIC OF LIFE…woven in a tapestry of kindred spirits who share the same soul.  We have been given the exquisite, extraordinary gift of Michael Jackson…and, choosing to honor this priceless gift, we join him in recreating the world.

Thank you, Irina!

Thank you, Siren!

Thank you, Donna!

Thank you, Tom!

Thank you, Michael!twymmf again three

Thank you, all My Kindred Spirits in Michael!

I love you all.