November 29, 2009

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here (part three)

I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched
Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Spin Magazine)

Millions will forever remember where they were the day Michael Jackson transcended this world. The fact that I was in a recording studio laying the final guitar solo and preparing to mix the following track with the same man that mixed sister Janet's mega-hit "Black Cat" can be no accident... just as Michael Jackson's unending and unprecedented contributions to the world of music, dance, film & racial unity are no accident.

More than any musician in history, his god given gifts were revealed in ways that reached into our souls with a gloved hand, touching the very core of everything that is humanity. Although the "music world" will forever mourn his passing and suffer the loss of his innate creativity, Michael Jackson - the man and his music are forever "Eternal".

Jeff Young

We all know this is not just an American icon, this is a world icon," he said. "This is someone who affected change in the whole world, not just America. So Americans might now realize in some capacity how huge this is.

Robin Thicke

I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words...he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever.
I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.

Quincy Jones

My mind...are broken.
I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him

Dame Elizabeth Taylor

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here.

Teddy Riley

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here (part two)

I am really shocked; as I’m sure the world is, to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Michael on ‘Beat It’ back in ‘83 — one of my fondest memories in my career.
Michael will be missed and may he rest in peace.
Eddie Van Halen

I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible.
I am heartbroken for his children, who I know were everything to him, and for his family.
This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.
Lisa Marie Presley

We lost a great entertainer and a pop icon.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans.

My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael.
He was an extraordinary friend, artist and contributor to the world.
I join his family and his fans in celebrating his incredible life and mourning his untimely passing.

His music is just as relevant now as it was the day they pressed record,
I’m sure it will remain so for generations to come.
R.I.P. Mr Jackson.

I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson.
The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever!
My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.

I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael Jackson, he said, he transcended the culture.
He broke barriers, he changed radio formats. With music, he made it possible for people like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama to impact the mainstream world. His legacy is unparalleled Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.

 This is a moment that I wish that I didn’t live to see come. But as much as I can say that and mean it, I do know that God is good and I do know that as much as we may feel — and we do — that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more.
Stevie Wonder
When he did his iconic moonwalk, I was shocked. It was magic.
Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down.
Though it ended way too soon, Michael’s life was beautiful.
Berry Gordy (Motown Records founder)
Samantha Ronson
Brooke Shields
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat.
He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic.

Michael Jackson will be missed in physical form, but real talk he was/still is the soundtrack for all human beings who enjoy great music.

RIP to the King of Pop. The one black man that brought the world together through his music. We will always love you, Michael.
Dame Grease


Michael Jackson lived his "Life in musical notes. Every song was a story.
Cultural trendsetter.
Chase N. Cashe

Michael Jackson's music meant to me that there was somebody out there who cared.
Avery Storm

I'm upset that my future kids and grandchildren will live in a world Post-Michael Jackson.

He had magic! It was by chance that I recorded and rearranged his song 'Billie Jean' and have been amazed at the response it gets when I perform it every night. He was amazingly talented and largely misunderstood. I hope that the media will be kind and celebrate the genius instead of cashing in on the tabloid angles that made him a prisoner. I think he deserves that.
Chris Cornell (Former Soundgarden frontman)

He was just a fabulous guy. Phenomenal. I watched him as a kid and I was like, 'Man, he works very hard.' His music was incredible. Everybody from Chris Brown to everybody who started dancing -- he influenced all of that.
Timbaland (Spin Magazine)

I feel like his music will never die and his spirit will never die, because he influenced so many of us. He gave us a lot of hope that we feel like we can be big. He was very inspiring and up close and personal with his fans. That to me was special. That's one of the things that I loved about Mike. When I got a chance to meet him, that's the feeling and spirit that I got from him.

Snoop Dogg

I am heartbroken. My prayers go out to the Jackson family and my heart goes out to his children. Let us remember him for his unparalleled contribution to the world of music, his generosity of spirit in his quest to heal the world and the joy he brought to his millions of devoted fans throughout the world. I feel blessed to have performed with him several times and to call him my friend. No artist will ever take his place. His star will shine forever.
Mariah Carey

Michael, you are, and will forever be the thread of velvety voice, so intricately woven into the fabric of the soundtrack of my life. Your music, talent, heart and soul has touched every cell of my being. More than enough to last a lifetime. You are magic. And I will miss you.

May your vibrant soul rest in eternal peace.
You changed my life, and for that I will love you forever.
AKA "Miss Gayree"

to be continued ...

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here.

Teddy Riley

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here (part one)

Michael Jackson's death, like his life and art created a strong bond between people from around the world and proved what millions of fans knew already -
his message of love was and is the driving force behind his success.

When you are born, you cry and the world rejoices.
Live so that when you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.
– Tibetan Buddhist saying

On the days after Michael Jackson's passing the entertainment world payed their respects to the man who reshaped musical landscape and empowered artists and broke race barriers.

Here are some of their words:

Michael Jackson is a giant personality. He was huge on every continent.
He transcended ethnic lines and color barriers with no sweat.
His music and spirit will never die; it will go on forever.
Now he has just moved on up a little higher.
Aretha Franklin

Michael Jackson was a survivor. His story is one of unparalleled triumph.
Rarely have we seen the promise of youth fulfilled so brilliantly.
Reverend Jesse Jackson (Ebony Tribute issue)

Michael Jackson 's entire life was an ever evolving work of art
Michaela Angela Davis (Ebony Tribute issue)

Michael Jackson had one of the greatest gospel shouts of the 20th Century,
quite possibly the last of it's kind
Jerry Dammers (The Specials)

Michael Jackson made me believe that all things are possible,
and through real and positive music, you can live forever!
Wyclef Jean

Michael Jackson you left such a legacy on this earth, have touched SO MANY!
We thank you for such a driving inspiration in music and our lives.
Kelly Rowland

He was a kind, genuine, and wonderful man.
He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived
Liza Minnelli

The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music
than any other artist in the history of music.
He was MAGIC.

Rest In Peace Mike. People can say what they want but you were 100% original.
We will always love , miss and remember your GREATNESS.
Ice T

Somehow when Michael Jackson sang and when he danced ... we felt he was right there. ...
He made you believe in yourself.
Queen Latifah

Peace to the King. ... He was one of my childhood idols. I salute you King of Pop.
You made the whole world moonwalk together.
LL Cool J

Michael Jackson was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice,
innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility.
Neil Portnow, NARAS

Michael Jackson was a gift to the world, he is a bright light and
I wouldn't be surprised if the world stopped spinning tomorrow.

Michael Jackson was extraordinary...
It was like watching quicksilver in motion...and a true artist.
Martin Scorsese

I was touched by his positive energy, his childlike delight at stuff we would show him, and his intensity for making it the best that it could ever possibly be. He always pushed the envelope. Look at any of the work he has done: It was always setting a bar.
The guy was so good.
Bruce Jones (visual effects supervisor for This Is It Tour)

Yes, there were some challenges in his life.
Yes, there was a great deal of controversy about him. But he's now passed on.
Let's celebrate his art.

Colin Powell (retired general and former US secretary of state)

to be continued ...

No one will ever be alright with Michael Jackson not being here.

Teddy Riley

Lisa Marie Presley´s touching statement

After June25, we were flooded through the mass media, by people talking about Michael Jackson  and how "close" they have been to him,  for how long they have been collaborating  and finally  became "best friends". What it all comes down to: I can not and do not have to judge whether or not someone has really been a good friend to Michael Jackson. Make up your own decision. In the end it seems that he has not  had many true friends! Do good friends sell tapes with conversations or publish private photos and films from a beloved person on the internet?
Thank God there have been persons in Michael Jackson´s  life who were not at all interested in monetizing their relationship with him  in any regards. Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor is one of those friends for lifetime.
A very special person who without any doubt was very, very close to him, is his former wife Lisa Marie Presley. She shared the upcoming awsome words on MySpace.

Dear Lisa Marie Presley, thank you for your words. Very much appreciated! I do hope that you have overcome  your sense of guilt and will at last be able to cherish the years you had and all your memories with L.O.V.E. You did not fail to help him - it´s more that no one was able to that. God bless to you and your family.

Friday, Juni 26, 2009

"He Knew.

Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

I can't recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my
Fathers Death.

At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, "I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did."

I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.

A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn't predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened.

The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.
All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.

I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.

Our relationship was not "a sham" as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a "Normal life" found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.

I wanted to "save him" I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.

His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn't know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.

At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.

He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.
When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.

Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson's being or actions.

I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.

I was in over my head while trying.

I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.

The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.

After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.

Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.

At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.

As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.

He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.

I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now.

He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.

I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.

The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right.

I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.


November 28, 2009

A Celebration of Michael Jackson´s Life -The Memorial Service

July, on tuesday7th,  family, friends and fans had to say goodbye to Michael Jackson. The Memorial Service took place at the "Staples Centre" - where MJ had spent so many hours of his last months of life with rehearsing for his tour "This Is It". On this day his golden coffin was placed  on front of the stage. More than 1.6 million fans applied via internet to attend the memorial event. About 8750 people were chosen and finally received a pair of tickets.

Millions of fans all over the world watched  the Memorial Service live on TV or the internet and cried an ocean full of tears.

I for mine have never seen anything like this before. The Memorial Service was perfectly organized and all the singers and speakers really payed tribute to MJ.  The Celebration was grand, in parts breathtaking - Michael will/would have liked it. The speakers brought some light as well as many  heartbreaking incedents  in mind and many, many people all around the world were breaking out in tears...  Michael connected people in his lifetime and let them share the same feeling - even after his passing. Getting very emotional and unable to hold back tears during the Memorial Service we will have felt what Michael Jackson once put: "We are all ONE."   Yes, we are - but we use to forget this time and time again and need dunning.

Reading and writing  about the Memorial Service made this event to me very present.

Michael Jackson Memorial

Performers and Speakers

Smokey Robinson opened the ceremony reading statements from Nelson Mandela and Diana Ross:

"It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Michael Jackson. Michael became close to us after he started visiting and performing in South Africa regularly. We grew fond of him, and he became close -- a close member of our family. We had great admiration for his talent and that he was able to triumph over tragedy on so many occasions in his life.

Michael was a giant and a legend in the music industry. And we mourn with the millions of fans worldwide. We also mourn with his family and his friends over the loss of our dear friend. He will be missed and memories about him cherished for a very long time. My wife and I, our family, our friends, send you our condolences during this time of mourning. Be strong."
~Nelson Mandela

"I'm trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center I am there in my heart. I've decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. [...] Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can't seem to find words to express."
~Diana Ross

Michael Jackson's golden casket was brought onto the stage

Pastor Lucious Smith spoke

"To millions around the world Michael Jackson was an idol, a hero, even a king. But first and foremost this man before us today was our brother, our son, our father and our friend. Michael Jackson was, and always shall be, a beloved part of the Jackson family and the family of man."
~Pastor Lucious Smith

Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz sang the Jackson 5 song " I'll Be There "

Queen Latifah read  a poem written by Maya Angelou

"I'm here representing millions of fans around the world who grew up listening to Michael, being inspired and loving Michael from a distance. Somehow when Michael Jackson sang and when he danced... we felt he was right there. He made you believe in yourself."
~Queen Latifah

Lionel Richie sang

Berry Gordy spoke of his memories of  MJ

"Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down. Though it ended way too soon, Michael's life was beautiful. [...] Sure there was some sad times and maybe some questionable decisions on his part, but Michael Jackson accomplished everything he dreamed of."
~Berry Gordy, Motown

 A video of clips of Michael Jackson played

 Stevie Wonder sang "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" at a piano

"This is a moment that I wish that I didn't live to see come. [...] But as much as I can say that and mean it, I do know that God is good and I do know that as much as we may feel - and we do - that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more."
~Stevie Wonder

National Basketball Association stars Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson spoke

„I met Jackie Jackson ( Michael’s brother) about 30 years ago and he was a season ticket holder for the Lakers as well as his brother Marlon. Jackie and I became friends and he began to invite me out to their home. Then I got to know the brothers and the sisters and his incredible mother and father. We love to play with fire crackers and just have fun. And Barry just like you lost to the Jackson’s in softball, so did I. And we had some incredible times together. Then Jackie invited me to go on tour with the brothers and then I got to see the genius of Michael Jackson. He was so incredible; he always had command of not only the band, his brothers but also the audience. I truly believe that Michael made me a better point guard and basketball player as I watched him be so great and be the greatest entertainer ever. From there, Michel called me one day and said I want to talk to you about being in a video Remember the Time. But I had to double check with Jackie to make sure it was really Michael because I was scared to death to go over to his house because this was my idol, he was everything to me. So I went over to his house to have dinner. The chef came out and said what would you like, I said some grilled chicken. So as we begin to talk about the video and what he wanted me to do, the chef brought me out the grilled chicken but he brought Michael out a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. And I went crazy like wait a minute Michael you eat Kentucky Fried Chicken? That made my day. That was the greatest moment of my life. We had such a good time sitting on the floor eating that bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and I want to say this. This is a celebration of his life, of his legacy. I want to thank Michael for opening up so many doors for African Americans to be on day time shows, late night shows. He allowed Kobe and I to have our jerseys in people’s homes across the world because he was already there. And he opened all those doors for us. His three children will have the most incredible grandmother that god has put on this earth to take care of them. Michael’s three children will have incredible uncles and aunts to take care of them as well and they will have plenty of cousins to play with. So may God continue to bless this incredible family. We say that we’re praying for you, remain strong. We want to thank the city of Los Angeles for putting this on, AEG for putting it on as well and may God continue to bless you Michael.”~Magic Johnson

Jennifer Hudson sang Jackson's "Will You Be There"

 Reverend Al Sharpton gave a powerful speech
"I first met Michael around 1970. From that day as a cute kid to this moment, he never gave up dreaming. It was that dream that changed culture all over the world. [...] When Michael started, it was a different world. But because Michael kept going, because he didn't accept limitations, because he refused to let people decide his boundaries, he opened up the whole world. [...] He put on one glove, pulled his pants up and broke down the colour curtain. When now our videos are shown and magazines put us on the cover, it was Michael Jackson that brought blacks and whites and Asians and Latinos together. Michael made us love each other. [...]I want his three children to know, there wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. He dealt with it anyway. He dealt with it for us."
~Reverent Al Sharpton

John Mayer played a guitar and performed  M. Jackson's "Human Nature"

Brooke Shields spoke about her friendship with MJ

„Michael was one of a kind. I was thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together and whenever we were out together and there would be a picture taken there would be a caption of some kind and the caption usually said something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships. I was 13 when we met and from that day on our friendship grew. Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond and maybe it was because we both understood what it was like to be in the spotlight at a very young age. I used to tease him and I’d say I started when I was11 months old, you’re a slacker. You were what, 5? Both of us needed to be adults very early. But when we were together, we were two little kids having fun. We never collaborated together, we never performed together, or danced on the same stage although he did try in vain one night to unsuccessfully teach me the moonwalk and he just basically just shook his head and crossed his arms at my attempt. We never filmed a video or recorded a song, but what we did do was laugh. It was a competition to see who can make the other one laugh more or be sillier. Michael loved to laugh. His heart would just burst out of him when he was laughing. He adored it when I did silly imitations or told him stories about my life. MJ’s laugh was the sweetest and purest of anyone I had ever known. His sense of humor was delightful and he was very mischievous. I remember it was the night before Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding and he had called me prior and asked if I would join him, he didn’t want to be alone for all the festivities. And it was the night before the big day and Michael and I tried to sneak in to get the first peak of the dress and we were just giggling like crazy and we almost passed out in hysterics when we realized that Elizabeth was actually asleep I the bed. We thought she was in an entirely different room. And we had to laugh and sneak out and then at the point of the wedding when there was the first dance basically we had to joke that we were the mother and father of the bride. Yes it may have seemed very odd to the outside, but we made it fun and we made it real. When he started wearing the glove, I was like what’s up with the glove? I was like look if you’re going to hold my hand it better be the non gloved one because sequence really hurts me…it digs in. He would just shake his head and he would just smile. He loved to be teased. Seeing him smile made you feel like everything was going to be alright. To the outside world, Michael was a genius with unchallenged ability. To the people who were lucky enough to know him personally he was caring and funny, honest, pure, non-jaded and he was a lover of life. He cared so deeply for his family and his friends and his fans. He was often referred to as the King but the Michael I knew always reminded me more of The Little Prince. Thinking of him now I’d like to share a passage from the book:

What moves me so deeply about this sleeping little prince is his loyalty to a flower--the image of a rose shining within him like a flame within a lamp, even when he's asleep... And I realized he was even more fragile than I thought. Lamps must be protected. A gust of wind can blow them out.

Michael’s sensitivity was even more extraordinary than his talent. And his true truth resided in his heart. As The Little Prince also said… Eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart. What’s most important is invisible. Michael saw everything with his heart. To his family, his brothers and sisters, Katherine, Joe and to his children, Prince, Paris, Blanket, my prayers are with you. Michael’s favorite song was not one of the countless masterpieces that he gave us but it was a song that Charlie Chaplin wrote for the movie Modern Times. It’s called Smile. There’s a line in the song that says ‘smile though your heart is aching.’ Today, although our hearts are aching we need to look up where he is undoubtedly perched in a crescent moon and we need to smile.”
~Brooke Shields

Jermaine Jackson sang "Smile" wearing Michael's signature one white glove

 Martin Luther King III and Bernice King spoke

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee spoke about how the U.S. Constitution deemed people innocent until proven guilty, introduced a bill to recognize M.Jackson as a humanitarian

„I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and I hale from Houston Texas but I come to you on behalf of the many members of the United State’s House of Representatives. I come to you on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Barbara Lee, a Californian. And I come to you as every man and every woman for I cannot write music, or dance or sing but I do know an American story. To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and his wonderful families of brothers and sisters and cousins, to Michael, Joseph, to Katherine and Paris, Prince, all of these wonderful, beautiful symbols of America. And I can tell you as a member of the United States Congress. We understand the Constitution. We understand Laws and we know that people are innocent until proven otherwise. That is what the Constitution stands for. So I mourn today, I come too to thank you. For many people don’t understand the heats of entertainers. They don’t know how big their hearts are. They don’t know how they heal the world on behalf of America. When we’re at war our icons like Michael sing about healing the world and so he called us into public service. It did not matter whether we were black or white. He even told us to beat it, beat the violence. He told us to look at yourself in the mirror because it meant that if you were going to make a difference look at the man or woman in the mirror. I come to you today to say thank you. Some of you come from all faiths and we respect that here in America. But there is a story whose theme is so symbolic of this young and beautiful man. I love the story of the Good Samaritan because it talks about those who walk by the diminished, the devastated and the poor. This was a broken and beaten man lying along the road. No one stopped except someone called the Samaritan. It could be in any faith. It’ all about charity and love and I call Michael Jackson the Good Samaritan. I call him Michael Jackson who cared and loved for the world. It bothered me, I grew up with him as all of us and so many did. And so what an honor and a privilege to see him up close. When he came to the United States Congress in my office and looked some 15 African ambassadors, representatives of heads of states. Sitting in an office listening to Michael Jackson talk about caring and fighting HIV Aids. They looked at him, he had a twinkle, they listened, he listened. What a miraculous experience to be able to listen and see Michael in action. You know there were words cast about but I wonder if anybody was on his shoulder when he walked into Walter Reed Hospital and he walked along the aisles and the rows in the hospital rooms. This was in the mist of the Iraq War, doctors stopped, nurses stopped, and individual solders who had lost limbs stopped and were in essence moved and touched as Michael was by his desire to come and thank them for their sacrifices. So don’t tell me what an American story is all about; it is assault of the earth. With this family took the talent that God had given them and made it into a miraculous and wonderful story for America. I come today for you to recognize that the flag flies and the people who have spoken have spoken to the people’s house. They recognize and they speak and those of us who serve in elected office we respond to the people. Michael fought for the tolerance of all people. In fact I am reminded although I speak in the tongues of all faith that Michael fought the good fight. He was someone who understood and I hope Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and the family will know that the lord is our shepherd and we shall not want. Michael Jackson you got to know his story and it has not been told by all of what you’ve heard. He was someone who understood if he was burned, he built a burn unit. If a hospital needed beds, he built those beds. If they needed money for developing countries, Michael gave. If he was in…he went to orphanages. Michael never stopped giving and he touched those whose lives could be reconstructed, because the king, yes the king, the king stopped and said I care about you. That is why on the House floor on January 25, 2009 congressional black caucus and members of the House of Representatives stopped, stopped, stopped and had a moment of silence for this wonderful legend and icon. And so to the family let me simply come and someone that wishes she was long lost Sheila Jackson Lee but I’ll keep looking and seeing by coming to say to you that America appreciates and thanks you for Michael Jackson’s life. For that reason we have introduced into the House of Representatives this resolution 600 that will debate on the floor of the house that claims Michael Jackson as an American Legend and musical icon a world humanitarian. Someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever and forever. We are the world and we are better because Michael Joseph Jackson lived. On behalf of myself and the people who have spoken, Michael Jackson, I salute you.”
~Sheila Jackson

Usher sang "Gone Too Soon"

Smokey Robinson returned to the stage to speak again

Shaheen Jafargholi sang "Who's Lovin' You" and thanked M. Jackson for blessing him with wonderful music

Kenny Ortega spoke and introduced the many artists who joined to sing "We Are The World" and "Heal The World"

My name is Kenny Ortega…thank you and I was Michael’s partner in the creating and directing of many of his tours including This Is It. And Shaheen was invited by Michael to join him in London for the show so I just wanted to introduce him to everybody and to say thank you for coming all the way here to join us Shaheen. We were here, we were right here a little less than a week ago and Michael was with us. And the band, and Michael Bearden, and the singers and the dancers and our choreographer and our crew, we were all here and we were a family. This was our house. So when the Jackson family and Randy Philips asked Ken and I to help put together this memorial we knew we had to do it here. We knew w had to invite the world to join us here in Michael’s house. We were immediately surrounded by countless family, artists and friends and dear hearts that unconditionally made this day possible. As we came together as a team we knew we had to celebrate Michael’s life through his music as well as commemorate his passing."
~Kenny Ortega

 Members of the Jackson family thanked fans for their support and reflected on his life

„Fans, friends, nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, I would like to thank everyone for coming out. As you know, I'm lost for words. I was his voice and his back bone. I had his back, so did the family. But we thank you, that's all I can say, we thank you very much.”
~Jermain Jackson

"I will treasure the good times, the fun we had, singing, dancing, laughing. I remember when we used to come home from school and grab a quick bite to eat and try to watch The Three Stooges - as much of it as possible before mother would come in and say it's time to go to the recording studio. [...] I also remember a time when I went into the record store. There was this man purchasing a lot of CDs. He was an older gentleman, he had a short afro, bucked, crooked teeth and his clothes were rumpled. [...] I walked up behind him and said 'Michael, what are you doing in this store?' I told him 'Michael, you're my brother, I can spot you anywhere regardless of your make-up.'"
~Marlon Jackson

Paris Jackson tearfully described her father

"I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much."
~Paris Jackson

Pastor Lucious Smith closed the ceremony with a prayer

 (sources:,,  and , where you also will find all the videos and brilliant photos from this very special event. Alas, because of copyrights currently the video library can only be streamed within the United States. )

quotes from the Memorial Service added on 11/30/09
                          further quotes added on 12/04/09

November 27, 2009

Messages to be taken to Michael

Michael Jackson´s fans have always been different to fans of other famous stars. Since Michael Jackson was unique and perfect in so many regards, it´s a matter of course that real fans do more than just idolize the King of Pop. This has not changed after the tragic death.
myloveforMJ, a true MJ fan, who never gets tired of supporting and caring for our idol´s interests has published this wonderful offer on Twitter :

" Friends, I may get to go to Forrest Lawn next Monday.
If you have a message for me to take to Michael, I will be happy to do it."

These are the messages:

"I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU, KIANA" ~highergetoncome

"Just tell him that I Love him and miss him SO much :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I´m so depressed and nothing comforts me, especially today :(~NatApplehead

"omg.....can u jus tell him that we love him..and well never forget him,or the children--and we know the truth,and were happy that he can finally be happy.." ~thequeenofrap

"When you left us, pieces of hearts of hundreds and thousands of people went with you. One day in heaven we will all unbreak our heartpieces together. Until than I will go on working hard –just like many many other fans- to fullfill your L.O.V.E mission.Thank you for beeing who you were...and for all that you have tought us and given to us."~Cassarah_

"how about send him a big thank you from me ? that will be great - just thank you if you will " ~mike1909

"bring Michael all our LOVE <3" ~LynnAndret

"Please Tell Michael That I Love Him So Much Miss Him So Much That He Is My World My Angel My Joy That I Love Him So Much,Irma." ~IrmaJackie

"just one favor,when go to forrest lawn kindly give him a white rose. please?and said that i´m doing my best to go there for him" ~mjjgirl4ever

....more to follow?...

November 26, 2009

The Last Tear

Your words stabbed my heart, and I cried tears of pain. "Get out!" I shouted.
"These are the last tears I'll ever cry for you." So you left.
I waited hours, but you didn't return.
That night by myself I cried tears of frustration.
I waited weeks, but you had nothing to say.
Thinking of your voice, I cried tears of loneliness.
I waited months, but you left no sign for me.
In the depths of my heart, I cried tears of despair.
How strange that all these tears could not wash away the hurt!
Then one thought of love pierced my bitterness.
I remembered you in the sunlight, with a smile as sweet as May wine.
A tear of gratitude started to fall,
and miraculously, you were back.
Soft fingers touched my cheek, and bent over for a kiss.
"Why have you come?" I whispered.
"To wipe away your last tear," you replied. "It was the one you saved for me."

From the book Dancing The Dream - Poems and Reflections

November 25, 2009

Thank You Mr.Michael Jackson

You are an inspiration not only because of your creativity and drive to be the best but also fo living your life according to your own beliefs and not giving in the world's pressure. For the love, the music, the dance, the wonder and the magic you have given me THANK YOU! REST IN PEACE!

5 months ago - Pain just seems to get worse...

June 25th 2009 - November 25th 2009....

It is said that time is a healer....

Regarding the tragic passing of Michael Jackson time has not healed and many many human beeings all over the world are still consumed by grief. On social networks such as Twitter MJ fans have found mates of soul. Talking to someone from the "MJfamily" who knows what the others are up against has helped to cope with the loss. By reading and writing you get the feeling "We are all ONE" as MJ once has put it.

Today I´ll quote some statements of non celebrities, but strong loving and caring MJ fans, living in the USA and in differrent countries of Europe. Some of the posts I found to be very touching.

"I'm just a person who is grieving like you. We all have to deal with loss and change the best we can. But I will never be over MichaelJackson." ~MJsHeart on Twitter 11/25/09

"I am so sad about Michael's passing. Who took him from us? :' (" ~MJJAppreciator on Twitter, 10/07/09

" It's five months today... He's missed here so badly!!! But thank you for coming down at all angel! ♥ ♥ ♥ " ~ doublebeee on Twitter 11/25/09

"no one or shall i say no fan will ever stop grieving from Michaels death it cut to deep with in our souls to ever heal "
~MJinfo on Twitter 11/25/09

"Miss you Michael"
~ LaMichi on Twitter 11/25/09

"The media still has not let up on this shining light amongst us,still they want to dissect & ridicule each nuance,each word & every action. The poem at his memorial service, we had him - amongst us - BUT-let him slip away..." ~castlekeeper, in an MJ forum ,quotet on Twitter 11/25/09

"It has been five months since our beloved Michael left us.
What happened on June 25th? "
~myloveforMJ on Twitter 11/25/09

"Yes & the pain just seems to get worse not better "
~cherylcharles and ~ doubelbeee on Twitter 11/25/09 be continued

November 24, 2009

Dave Dave remembering Michael Jackson

 He was almost like a father 
that I never had..

„He heard about me and he had contacted me and wanted to meet me. I was about 7 years ols at the time. […] I was back and forth from surgery. He befriended me; he took me into his life, he opened his arms to me and accepted me as a very good friend of his. And throughout the years, he’d never let me go. […] The visit to his [then] Encino house was very impromptu, and it was kept a secret by my mother. And I had always been kind of an admirer of his, not a fan per se, but I always loved his music. And my mother surprised me one day and brought me up [then] Neverland; and I entered in arcade, and there were all these paul McCartney’s’ „The Girl Is Mine”  and this and that. And I remember sitting down, at the time, my favorite video game was „Paul Position”, and I remember playing „Paul Position” and I felt a little tap on my shoulder, and I turned around and there was Michael, and at that moment we embraced, and that embrace never ended throughout our entire friendship. […] I believe what people fail to realize is that Michael was a human being. Throughout the years, I think, he was kinda stigmatized by the media, and I believe that wasn’t really helpful to him or to anybody around him. I believe that Michael was a great person, he’s never hurt a soul and I am happy to have been his friend through all these years, I’ve been a dedicated friend. […] Michael offered a lot of emotional support for me, he was there for me whenever I needed to talk to him, he opened up Neverland for me as a means to get away. Metaphorically, he was almost like a father that I never had. ”

[Dave Dave (David Rothenburg, 1983 set on fire by his father, interviewed on Larry King Live);

November 23, 2009

The AMA´s

Yesterday was the big day! Michael Jackson -nominated for 5 awards- won 4. These awards are not enough to honor Michael Jackson, because his" ...project goes OVER&ABOVE the scope of music". (~TrueNewsZone on Twitter)

And these are the WINNERS


Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist:
Michael Jackson
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: Number Ones,
Michael Jackson

Favorite Male Artist: Keith Urban
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist:
Michael Jackson
Favorite Female Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: Number Ones,
Michael Jackson

Favorite Male Artist: Jay-Z
Favorite Album: Blueprint 3, Jay-Z

November 22, 2009

Children´s day

~There's a Mother's Day and there's a Father's Day, but there's no Children's Day. It would mean a lot. World peace. ~Michael Jackson~

Though there is one International Children´s Day on November 20th, we thought, that it might be good not to have one day in a year but one day in a month to remind us of the needs of our children.
Let´s carry out MJ´s task helping and loving the children.

On this blog we will dedicade the 22nd of each month to the children (in words and pictures) -in our life we should act and dedicate every day to them.