MJJCommunity Michael Jackson's Fans From Nation 2 Nation http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity <![CDATA[Trial of Dr. Conrad Murray Quick Tip by Butterfly1961]]> http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/d/UserReview-Trial_of_Dr_Conrad_Murray-10-1608996-215501.html http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/d/UserReview-Trial_of_Dr_Conrad_Murray-10-1608996-215501.html Sat, 19 Nov 2011 01:36:49 +0000 <![CDATA[ Surprisingly Interesting Movie]]>
I finally got a chance last night to see this spectacular film about his show “This Is It”. I know that it has been a while that this has been out but I saw mixed reviews about this movie I decided to hold off seeing it until it came out on a movie channel. Well, last night was when I finally got a chance. It was showing on Starz movie channel and while I was flipping through all of the channels I happened upon it and told my wife to stop and lets see what all of the hubub was about. I was only going to peek at it a little and the next thing I knew was that we were watching the whole movie. This documentary about a 50 show concert tour was very interesting to say the least. Originally this tour was scheduled to last from July of 09 to March of 2010, but that was cut short by his untimely death on 6-25-09. All of his shows were cancelled and they made this documentary of his special talent of being an artist.

Not knowing what to expect when we flipped to the proper channel, we got the first hand look at the way that he interacted with all of his entourage. During the documentary they showed how all of the scenes were gone through by all of the musicians and dancers. They also showed the special costumes that were going to be worn by the great MJ and how and who they had to consult with to get these special costumes made for him. They has to collaborate with different very high profile designers to get everything just right for MJ. During this documentary you will not be disappointed with the music that you hear. I counted 20 of MJ’s songs that just amazed me. These include; “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “Jam”, “The Drill”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Human Nature”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “I’ll Be There”, “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Thriller”, “Beat It”, “Black or White”, “Earth Song”, “Billie Jean”, “Man In The Mirror”, “This Is It”, “Heal The World”. I may have missed some songs but this is all of the ones that I knew.

This documentary shows the human and touching side of MJ that a lot of people may have mistook as weird, but deep down inside all of us there lives some part or type of MJ’s persona. If you were to look into a mirror you will see that all of us want to be like MIKE, in some way shape or form but were to afraid to show it, In this movie he shows that we all have kids inside of us and that if given a chance that inner child would come out. This movie also showed how many people it actually took for MJ to become so famous. He did not do this all on his own but he was a very big part of the show. This also shows that all of the people that he employed and you are not just talking about a few dozen, there were probably a few hundred people that depended on him to put on a good show.

This is not about MJ bosssing a bunch of people around, but on the contrary it shows that you need greatness to make greatness. So, all of the people surrounding MJ had to be just as good as MJ to be in the show. All though on the other hand, as they would not be able to exist without MJ, it is also true that MJ could not exist without them. From the lowest form of dancers to the highest form of special effects guys that it took to create the spectacular pyrotechnics part of the show, this will show you how much of a perfectionist that MJ was.

As they go through this show they also have people inserted and tell you how special MJ really was. The media gave the regular public the idea that he was a nut or a weirdo, but, to the contrary I got the impression the he was kind and always treated everyone especially kids to the way of a childhood that he had never experienced. He may have had a rough childhood growing up in the streets of Gary Indiana but the strict upbringing that he had showed in this show. The physical endurance that he showed when the band wanted to call it a day, only showed that he was a perfectionists. He would only push as hard as he would push himself. This documentary hopefully put all of those naysayer’s to rest, that MJ was a great artist and that he would never harm the hair on an ant let alone harm any children. This is to bad that his reputation was tarnished by the greedy and all of the officials that just wanted to be around because of his money. The doctors should have had his best interest at heart instead of trying to line all of their pockets. We might still have MJ around if the doctors that took that solemn oath to save MJ instead they would take advantage of his good nature.

This movie will open your eyes as to how sensitive MJ really was. All he wanted was to make everyone appreciate what was around people on a daily basis. He did this through the words of his songs, and his actions on stage. The rigorous way that he treated himself was astounding, he would not take a break until he thought that, that part of the show was exactly perfect. This movie was great and I think that if we had more people out there that thought like MIKE then we could save a lot more of the children across the globe.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older]]>
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<![CDATA[Michael Jackson Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-450-1009122-207462.html http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-450-1009122-207462.html Tue, 17 May 2011 01:59:40 +0000 <![CDATA[The Jackson Family on Oprah on 11/08/10 Quick Tip by Butterfly1961]]> http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/online_video/UserReview-The_Jackson_Family_on_Oprah_on_11_08_10-10-1664278-193412.html http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/online_video/UserReview-The_Jackson_Family_on_Oprah_on_11_08_10-10-1664278-193412.html Tue, 9 Nov 2010 17:41:21 +0000 <![CDATA[ Katherine Jackson Speaks About The Loss Of Michael]]>
First of all, Katherine is a beautiful lady; you can see where the Jackson's got their looks from - certainly not from their father!  She is very soft-spoken, lovely, and an absolute lady all the way through.  Michael adored her, as the whole knows, and she adored him - it was very hard for her to talk about him without tears. Apologizing for not being able to finish some of her sentences was certainly understandable, and not a day goes by she does not think about him.

When Oprah asked about his addiction, Mrs. Jackson said she had been told about it, but when she asked Michael, he denied it and got upset that maybe she did not believe him.  This, I believe, is understandable, as usually true addicts are not even aware they are addicts because of denial.  She told him if something happened that he overdosed and died, it would kill her also, but he denied it.  I can only imagine how this may have hurt him to lie to his mother, even though he may not have considered it a lie at the time. Katherine did state to Oprah that she wanted so badly to believe him, but she had her doubts.  She admitted that some family members did try an intervention, but she was not a part of it.

Mrs. Jackson also talked about the hurt she went through when Michael, during adolescence, decided he was ugly.  A mother (being one myself) truly does get hurt when their children are hurting, despite what it is.  He decided one day to get his nose fixed - he told her he was going to have it done, then left.   It is clear that when Michael made a decision, he would do it without sticking around long - she believes it was because he was afraid she would try and talk him out of it.  She did not have much to say about the first nose job, but was getting concerned when he had more - she believed his nose was too small, and even admitted she talked to the surgeon who did the last surgery to not actually "do the surgery - just make it look like you did" - of course, it was done anyway and the rest is history.  Michael's nose tip ended up messed up and he had to wear a prosthesis.  She denied he had any other plastic surgery except for what he did to get rid of the patches of vertilligo that he was plagued with.  She was not sure exactly what he did to correct the problem, but that his face, chest, and arms were treated, but other body parts that were normally covered still had the skin disorder.  He did not want to look like a "spotted cow".

When asked about how she found out about his death, Mrs. Jackson was told on the phone after church service that she needed to get to the hospital because Michael was there - she was not told he was dead.  Her nephew was with her when they arrived there.  She was told by Dr. Murray, of all people, that Michael was gone.  Her heart was broken as she watched Michael's children, who were told separately in another room that their father was dead, cry.  Paris, she said, looked as if she would pass out, and Paris exclaimed that she could not live without her father and wanted to go with him.  The children went home with Katherine that same day, and have lived with her since.  Mrs. Jackson also said that when they were told they could leave the hospital now, Paris looked at her and said "But Grandma, where will we go?" 

Oprah asked her about her thoughts on Dr. Murray.  The only thing she would say was that she did not know whether he actually murdered Michael, or if it was an accident, and that she had her thoughts about him but would rather not say what they were.  Being the lady she is, she refrained from any more comments about him.

Joe (I can't stand him) was asked about the beatings Michael claimed he received.  He denied this, not liking the term "beat" - but did admit he used a strap to discipline his children and did not regret any of it. He kept repeating "none of my children were in jail and they were raised right" - so yes, Michael did suffer through physical discipline, but he considered it beating as he was growing up, and it scarred him emotionally.  Katherine also admitted that the allegation trial changed Michael.  He was a trusting man, and loved children, and could not figure why people would accuse him of doing something so wrong which concerned something he loved so much.  After the trial, he said he trusted no one, except his mother, and his world literally fell apart after this.

Paris, Prince and Blanket are doing well.  They were shown and interviewed toward the last of the show - Blanket is tremendously shy so he did not really say anything, but Paris especially was more than willing to talk.  She and Prince are now going to public school this year, and they love it.  Prince wanted to go when she did not, then she changed her mind after he started.  They have many friends and are happy.  Blanket has decided that next year, in 4th grade, he now wants to start public school, but as Katherine said, "He is not ready yet, as he is too shy" - and he certainly is.  Paris said she missed her time with Daddy, especially the times it was just Michael and her.  Standing at the top of a house in Las Vegas eating Snickers and drinking soda while gazing at the night city lights was one memory she cherished.  Prince misses when they used to get up early in the morning and go to walk on the beach. They both said they understood why they were veiled when growing up, as Michael did his best to protect them in any way he could.  They admitted it could be uncomfortable, but they knew and understood why it was done (and Katherine stated the mother Debbie told her it was HER idea to veil the children)!  They both admitted their dad could be strict and they did not get by with anything, although Blanket said the opposite.  Paris also said she really missed her dad's cooking, saying "he was the best cook ever" - he loved to make them breakfast, and he made awesome French toast; apparently he cooked for them quite often, which was something of a surprise to everyone, including Oprah.  Katherine said that Paris' room is filled with pictures of Michael, and she can't see how Paris can not cry when seeing them.  You can see that his children loved him very much, and that the world was not able to see when he was alive how wonderful a father he truly was.

I personally was glad to see Katherine speak of her beloved son, and I am looking forward to seeing the book "Never Can Say Goodbye" - a mother's tribute to the King Of Pop, I am sure, will not disappoint.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Will Michael Jackson and his family ever get the justice they deserve?]]>

More than a year after Michael Jackson’s death, the pop icon’s former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was in court Monday (August 23) where a judge finally set a preliminary date of January 4, 2011, in the cardiologist’s involuntary-manslaughter trial.

TMZ reported that Murray’s legal team won a request to get a fluid sample from Jackson as part of their defense strategy questioning the accuracy of levels of the surgical anesthetic propofol found in Jackson’s body. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office determined that Jackson, 50, died as a result of acute propofol intoxication.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and has admitted to giving Jackson propofol, a strong anesthetic usually used during surgery but allegedly employed by chronic insomniac Jackson as a sleep aid. Murray’s lawyers have said the physician did not administer any drugs that “should have” caused Jackson’s death. The investigation into his death was equally lengthy, lasting more than eight months, after which Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Murray gave the King of Pop a lethal combination of propofol and other painkillers and sedatives in the hours before the singer was found dead in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009. Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

After hearing from both sides in the case at the January court date, the judge, Michael Pastor, will determine if there is enough evidence to mount a full trial.

Jackson’s mother and father, Katherine and Joseph, were in court on Monday, according to Radar Online, sitting in the front row as Judge Pastor set the preliminary hearing date. Pastor granted a protective order covering all evidence in the criminal case, meaning it cannot be released to anyone other than the lawyers, paralegals and investigators in the case.

Murray’s defense team reportedly asked for access to three fluids collected by the coroner’s office, including ones taken from syringes and an IV tube to re-examine test results. Pastor ruled that the coroner’s office must preserve the samples, and if defense attorneys and prosecutors cannot agree on the request, he will schedule a hearing on the matter.

Personally, this is getting rather aggravating for me.  Despite the fact that we're talking about Michael Jackson, I would still be getting annoyed no matter who the victim was.  I cannot for the life of me, ever figure out why there is a question as to whether "there is enough evidence to mount a full trial" - how much more evidence do they need in order to see that this so called Dr. committed involuntary manslaughter?  

I am very passionate about injustice; and this is truly an injustice for sure.  There have been questions raised such as "Should he be convicted; after all, Michael Jackson asked for the drugs to help him sleep" - this is not the point!  It does not matter if he asked for it or not, the simple fact is he was addicted and NO doctor had the right to feed this addiction just because of who MJ was.  Murray and every other doctor in the world takes the Hippocratic oath, and Murray certainly did not abide by this oath in any way.  He saw dollar signs and simply did not care about Jackson's health.  This is quite obvious seeing as how he deliberately tried to cover up his mistake while Michael laid on his bed with no heart beat, waiting until there was no hope for MJ to be revived, before he bothered to call for help.  There are so many discriminating facts that I find it hard to believe there should be any question as to whether he committed manslaughter.   

As far as evidence goes - there is plenty of it.  The amount of drugs in his system is proven, and for Murray to have the nerve to say he was "trying to wean him off Propofol" is ridiculous.  There is NO protocol for weaning one off Propofol because no one is ever addicted to this drug in the first place as it is only used in an operating room for anesthesia.  He had no business whatsoever giving him the drug in the first place, and anyone with even a little bit of sense would realize that the cocktail of drugs given to Michael was lethal.

I have said it before, I'll say it again; if Joe Blow from the street asked Murray to give him drugs such as the ones MJ was given, would Murray have given it to him?  No, because Joe Blow is not a famous and rich celebrity.

I have found myself so angry at this injustice it makes me ill.  No one deserves to be fed an addiction, no matter who or what you are.  No one deserves to have a doctor who's only thought was of money - and a cardiologist at that.

I hope justice will eventually be served.  Yes, MJ was hopelessly addicted, he had problems that no one but him would ever understand, but it is still no excuse for incompetency of a doctor.  There were many physicians, even Michael's PA, who refused to put the star's life in danger by giving him what he wanted, and they can still sleep at night knowing they had no part in his death. 

In my opinion, if this was a police officer, an FBI agent, a politician, or anyone else with prestige, you can bet there would be no question as to Murray's guilt (as well as it should be) but I can't get over the feeling that since it was the controversial Michael Jackson, too many questions have been raised and justice has not been served in the correct manner.  

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<![CDATA[Michael Jackson Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-450-1009122-111917.html http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-450-1009122-111917.html Sun, 15 Aug 2010 04:48:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Michael Jackson Quick Tip by Butterfly1961]]>
He was always around people, but was the loneliest man in the world, as he admitted this time and time again. I blame the fact that most of us did not know him as a person well enough because of the press and paparazzi. They only seemed interested in his eccentricities, and they couldn't wait to tell the world how "strange" he was.

While on stage, he perfected the term "entertainment" - every little detail, including lighting, dance moves, musicians, sound effects, EVERYTHING was led by him through his perfection. If you notice his live version videos now, (my favorite ones) you will see that every move he make, from the facial expressions, to his fingers, to his feet, to his moves, was deliberate. He made no mistakes. They say there was nothing more exciting or thrilling than to see this magical man in concert, and I believe it. He had a say in everything that went on, and hired the best of the best to make sure his needs were met; he wasn't satisfied in just putting on a show, he needed to make sure he left a lasting impression.  There were many times he had to be hospitalized because of exhaustion after performing; he gave it his all, and unlike many entertainers today, he needed no special effects to make him sound good - he was a true musician whose voice was natural and beautiful.  Who else could sing "Dirty Diana", a song to make you wanna move, then turn around and break your heart with a ballad?  

The truly unique thing about his performances and tours was that he was never motivated by money; his mission was to use his God-given talent to help the world in any way he could. The songs he wrote sent out a message in one way or another; the all time favorite being Man In The Mirror. Other songs that were meant to send a message to the world were The Earth Song, Black Or White, and many many others. He decided long ago that he was put on this earth to accomplish something with his talent, and he proved he could do it, and with thrilling results.

His first thought was of the children; the hungry, poor, handicapped, and the orphans. He was a truly "magical" person who believed anything could be accomplished, so he built Neverland. At the time, the only news going around was that he had built a zoo, carnival rides, etc. for his own entertainment because he was child-like. Not true; yes, this was his HOME, his refuge, but no one can count the many bus loads of children and their families that visited Neverland so that they could take one day, enjoy themselves without any worry, and ride the train named after Michael's mother, be around the animals and enjoy the carnival rides. You can only imagine how many children's lives were enriched by such a day. Michael also made sure everything was handicapped enabled, so no one would be left out. These particular facts were usually never mentioned in the press; I guess that part wasn't interesting enough for the reporters.

The press made a big deal that Michael took his chimp Bubbles on tour with him; he was even there during the making of the "Bad" video. How many other female celebrities take their little dogs with the diamond necklaces, manicured toenails and expensive grooming with them when they go somewhere? They love the attention it brings. Michael had Bubbles with him because he had no one else. We must all realize that Michael was actually 2 people; the genius entertainer who thrilled audiences, but when the lights went out and the people left, he turned into the painfully shy and lonely man he actually was. The press made him seem "weird" because he had a chimp companion, but who else did he have-Bubbles was an animal that showed him genuine love, unlike some people Michael was around.

Do you have any idea how many orphanages are in better shape right now because of Michael? When getting off the plane with Kenny Ortega in Romania, where Michael was to tour, he asked Ortega if he would like to go with him to the orphanage. Not to his hotel, but to the ORPHANAGE. Ortega went with him, and saw how grim the place was. Michael went around visiting all the children, and was seen whispering things to some of the staff. Later, Ortega learned that Michael had told the staff that if no new beds, linens, more staff, and other necessities were not made available within 24 hours, he would not perform the tour. He provided the resources, and within 24 hours the orphanage had everything Michael requested. He had PURE POWER, and he used it to his advantage to make others happy. While touring, every city he went to had a new piece of expensive equipment in the children's ward in every hospital he visited. Did the press report any of this? Well of course not.

“I am bewildered at the length to which people will go to portray me so negatively,”

When the child molestation allegations came out, his true friends and his family said "the light literally went out of his eyes" - it was too much for him to bear to be accused of something that he was never capable of doing. He became unbearably depressed, had extreme insomnia, and ended up depending on the greed of others who pretended to be his friends to deal with it by becoming addicted to prescriptions.  Even though he was exonerated; there was absolutely no proof of anything bad going on, the damage was already done to his reputation and more importantly, to the human side of the man. I have seen documentaries on the trial, and it has been said by both reporters and attorneys, that the fact there was even a trial was ridiculous, because the state had nothing to prove to begin with.

“I will say again that I have never, and would never, harm a child. It sickens me that people have written untrue things about me.”

After all this, Neverland was closed because Michael stated "This is not home anymore" - such a generous man who shared his wealth had to close his refuge and the joy of children visiting was no more. There are SO many things I wish I could mention to defend this man, but will leave that to a review in the future. So many people are better because of Michael Jackson, but unfortunately this was not brought out in the media until he died. Michael stated "Awards are nice, but the smile and the hug from a child means much more to me" - his life was motivated by helping others, and his life was cut short because of the greed of physicians who enabled his addiction to prescription medicine. Meds that were not to be given to anyone outside of a hospital in the first place. Think about it; if Joe Blow from off the street went to Dr. Murray and asked for Propofol to help him sleep, would he have agreed and given it to him? Of course not, because Joe Blow wasn't Michael Jackson. The greed of people that unfortunately Michael trusted helped send him to his grave.

Yes, there were true friends who did try to help him, but Michael would get angry and not let them help. But if you put yourself in his place, or anyone else who has a bad addiction for that matter, would you readily agree to an intervention? Probably not; it's scary to admit you have a problem, and it's damned scary to think about rehab and the effects of detoxification from these all too powerful drugs.  There is NO medical protocol for dealing with a Propofol addiction, because no one is addicted to it to begin with; this a drug used to put you to sleep during surgery; it's anesthesia for God's sake! 

His whole life was in the eye of the entire world, and I believe the irony is that no matter how much good he did, it always seemed to backfire on him, but despite the hurt he still continued on with what he believed in.  It's also ironic to me that his power, which was used to help others, also killed him in the end.

He has been a true inspiration to me in more ways than I can say, and my 11 year old daughter, who didn't really know who he was until his death, has also been inspired by him.  She not only sees the genius in him as an entertainer and as a person, but she is awed by the messages he gives in his music.  She loves to click on YouTube and watch his videos, especially videos that include the lyrics, and when she actually sees and listens to what he's trying to tell us, she literally feels it.  For someone that young, I think that's pretty impressive.

Even if you're not a Michael Jackson fan, you can't deny that he was and always be a inspiration to anyone who truly listens to his words.

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”

“And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be lived.”

“I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims, ... There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people.”

“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.”

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

“And the dream we were conceived in will reveal a joyful face... and the world we once believed in will shine again in grace. Then why do we keep strangling life wound this Earth, crucify its soul. Though it's plain to see, this world is heavenly. We could be God's glow... Heal the world.”
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<![CDATA[Michael Jackson Quick Tip by brianna]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-1009122-65713.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/musician/UserReview-Michael_Jackson-1009122-65713.html Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:32:29 +0000 <![CDATA[ A list of my favorite inspirational quotes from Michael Jackson's " Dancing The Dream"]]>
One thing Michael always said was "Rise Above It" - a simple statement that says so much; this 3 word sentiment has helped me in many situations and has become my mantra.

"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."


"My idea of magic doesn't have much to do with stage tricks and illusions.  The whole world abounds in magic...........Nature, the best of all magicians, has delivered another thrill.  She has exposed the real illusion, our inability to be amazed by her wonders. Every time the sun rises, Nature is repeating one command:  "Behold!" Her magic is infinitely lavish, and in return all we have to do is appreciate it."


"It's easy to mistake being innocent for being simpleminded or naive.  Yet there is a deep truth in innocence.  A baby looks in his mother's eyes, and all he sees is love. As innocence fades away, more complicated things takes its place.  When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding.  It means being open.  And that's what innocence is.  It's simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view.  If you get locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked.  You miss the freshness and magic of the moment.  Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades."


"Trusting yourself begins by recognizing that it's okay to be afraid.  Having fear is not the problem, because everyone feels anxious and insecure sometimes.  The problem is not being honest enough to admit your fear.  Whenever I accept my own doubt and insecurity, I'm more open to other people.  The deeper I go into myself, the stronger I become, because I realize that my real self is much bigger than any fear."


"When I think of courage, I think of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard Of Oz.  He was always running away from danger.  He often cried and shook with fear.  But he was also sharing his real feelings with those he loved, even though he didn't always like those feelings.  That takes real courage:  the courage to be intimate.  Expressing your feelings is not the same as falling apart in front of someone else - it's being accepting and true to your heart, whatever it may say.  When you have the courage to be intimate, you know who you are, and you're willing to let others see that.  It's scary because you feel so vulnerable, so open to rejection.  But without self- acceptance, the other kind of courage, the kind heroes show in movies, seems hollow.  In spite of the risks, the courage to be honest and intimate opens the way to self-discovery.  It offers what we all want; the promise of love."


"Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves.  They think they have to grasp it in order to have it.  But love slips away like a wet bar of soap. Holding on to love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants.  When it's allowed to be five, love is what makes life alive, joyful and new.  It's the juice and enemy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything.  As long as love is in my heart, it's everywhere."


"..........A child's mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder and excitement.  I want my work to help people rediscover the child that's hiding in them."


"You can pray to the angels and they will listen, but the best way to call them, I am told, is to laugh.  Angels respond to delight, because that is what they're made of. In fact, when people's minds are clouded by anger or hatred, no angel can reach them."


"When children listen to music, they don't just listen.  They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm.  Something inside starts to unfold its wings - soon the child and the music are one.  I feel that way too, in the presence of music, and my best moments of creativity have often been spent with children.  When I am around them, music comes to me as easily as breathing.  When I begin to feel a little tired or burdened, children revive me.  I turn to them for new life, for new music.  Two brown eyes look at me so deeply, so innocently, and inside I murmur, 'This child is a song.'  It is so true and direct an experience that instantly I realize again, 'I am a song also.'  I am back to myself once more."

These are only a few of the wonderful inspirational words in this book.  There are poems, reflections, and other works from Michael about children, baby seals, elephants (these are particularly intense) God, nature, and more that we can all learn from.  Michael was truly a wise man who was able to look to the beauty of nature, the innocence of a child, the horrors going on in the world, and make everything seem so beautiful by looking beyond. This is a book I truly treasure; not only because it was written by Michael, but also because of the intensity and wisdom that comes from it.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Tomorrow, June 25, marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's tragic and untimely death.]]>
I saw This Is It when it first came out in the theater; I was so excited to see this masterpiece that Kenny Ortega had put together so quickly.  When the DVD came out, I bought that too and have watched it several times since.

I admit, you would have to be at least somewhat of a fan to enjoy this movie, but even if you only liked him a little (shame on you!) you would certainly appreciate this movie; it brings new-founded respect to a man who endured so much tragedy and betrayal in his life and yet who never turned his back on anyone despite it all.

Before watching the movie itself, it's a great idea to view the extras first; in different sections, you will meet his wardrobe designer and see the fabulous outfits he would have worn and also when during the concert he would be wearing it.  This young designer was a pure genius and Michael himself came up with the ideas of exactly what he wanted.  Thousands of dollars were spent in jewels on some of the clothes that were described by the designers as "so bright you had to wear sunglasses to use them" - nothing gaudy, just pure beauty.  The Thriller jacket that was designed was pure genius; and unfortunately Michael did not get to see the intricate lining of it where the designer made a surprise embroidered wolf.  Another costume lit up with different colors and was controlled by a remote-type thing - I can only imagine how spectacular this would have been.  I can not describe how wonderful Michael would have looked in these divine clothes and the effect it would have had on the audience.

Another extra section described in detail the special effects that would have been used in this year long London concert.  Details and effects that you would not have known existed or even possible to do.  Michael was proud of the fact that during the concert, he had the largest 3D, HiDef screen in the world behind him - scenes and images and videos of his new family of dancers would continuously be playing while he performed.  It is literally impossible to describe the beauty of it; for instance, during The Earth Song, he wanted a particular waterfall on the huge HD screen behind him; you can only imagine the effect of this in 3D!

Other extras include all who were involved in the tour; from Kenny Ortega, to other directors, producers, musicians and dancers describing Michael personally and about his musical talent and genius.  There was a comment made by Ortega, which I completely agree with, where he says Michael was a true entertainer because while most other singers need special effects to sound good, Michael did not - he was a natural singer, dancer and entertainer - he knew how to control the audience with his talent alone.  So many traits were revealed about Michael, you can't help but respect the man.

Now to the movie itself:  watching Michael rehearse, making sure everything was pure perfection in his soft-spoken gentle way, was emotional for me.  If he needed something done, he asked and then would say "God Bless You" - he also stressed to everyone on set that "We are doing this for love" - he was clearly not motivated by money at all; Michael has always used his God-given talent to make a statement, to try and change the bad happening the world, to help the hungry and poor, and through his music he accomplished more than I believe he thought he did.  Being 50 years old, you may think his dancing may have been a little slower but he still had the energy he always had and he kept up with his new dance crew who were half his age.  I thought that maybe his voice may not be quite up to par since he has not entertained in 12 years, but believe me, he still had it!!  You can see the determination and sacrifice during these rehearsals and I kept thinking "My God, how could he accomplish all this during his horrible fate with addiction?"  Another thing that I appreciate about Michael was his dedication and love for the people who were working with him.  Arrogance and conceitedness were NOT a part of him at all.  He has always used metaphors with his music, but this movie really shows that part of his genius - this is how he reached people.  I felt so sad seeing his excitement and all the work that went into his tour, only for the tour not to happen because of his tragic ending.

I am completely in love with this movie; I do however think it is a crying shame that most of us did not appreciate all that he was until after his death.  I blame this on the bad publicity from the annoying press.  You will see in This Is It that Michael was not strange at all; he was just a brilliant angel who did everything in his power to make the world a better place.  You simply have to see this one! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ In Memoriam]]> http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/movie/UserReview-Michael_Jackson_s_This_Is_It_-10-1414679-118356-In_Memoriam.html http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/movie/UserReview-Michael_Jackson_s_This_Is_It_-10-1414679-118356-In_Memoriam.html Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Quick Tip by MelissaAq]]> http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/movie/UserReview-Michael_Jackson_s_This_Is_It_-10-1414679-55521.html http://www.lunch.com/MJJCommunity/reviews/movie/UserReview-Michael_Jackson_s_This_Is_It_-10-1414679-55521.html Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:39:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ MJJ Meet-up, My Thoughts.]]> As you probably know, on Saturday the 23rd of January the awe-inspiring O2 arena played host to an MJJC meet-up of epic proportions. From following the initial thread from the start, my jaw slowly dropped as more and more members signed up to be in attendance. There would be talking, drinking, partying and of course spending time in the Official Michael Jackson Exhibition.

I was brave enough to travel to London that day to meet the people I have been talking to through a screen for almost a year now so needless to say I was shaking in my shoes. Couple that with the fact that I had never travelled to London by myself before, I had quite a feat ahead of me.

A few weeks prior to the event, I was working out which trains and underground travel I had to take to arrive at the dome. Was there going to be engineering works done on the day? Could I afford the journey? What time would I have to leave? All these questions plus a few more floated around my head like bubbles, being popped one by one as the pieces slotted together. I became fairly confident of how to get there, so my prescence that day was fairly certain.

The big day arrived. Much chatter had gone on the previous night about how excited we all were, what we were taking, and what the overall plan of the day was. To be honest, none of that mattered at the time. I just wanted to be there, with everyone else.

I awoke at 7am. Early I know, considering I live about an hour and a half from the location. Better safe than sorry though right? You can bet I was mentally and physically drained for a short period due to the early awakening. I had enough time to pack a light bag, buy some snacks and drinks for the train ride and make sure I had the right money for the day. Certain that I was totally prepared, I set off. Finally, in an hour or so I would be with other MJJC'ers, ready to start the day.

With my Michael Jackson shirt on (of course), I headed to the station. I brought about £40 with me, adamant that around £10 of that would cover travel costs. After buying the first of what I planned to be two tickets (one train and one tube), I boarded the train. My mind was at rest for at least 40 minutes, while I blasted Michael Jackson through my iPod, preparing myself.

Finally arriving at West Ham train station, somewhere I had never been in my life, I followed the high signs to what I worked out to be the correct next move. West Ham is also home to the tube station, so not much walking was involved between the two mediums of travel. Again, as I say, buying a tube ticket, I was a short 2 stops away from North Greenwich station, which is opposite the dome. As you can guess I was fairly pleased I had made it this far.

After sending a few short texts upon arrival at the station, I set my legs in motion towards the big white structure. If you didn't know, this was first built in the year 2000 as the Millennium Dome, and after closing in 2001 was rebuilt as the music and entertainment hot-spot it is today. The outside architecture stilll remains however, so I recognised it exactly as I did a decade ago.

At 10am, I walked through the doors of the arena and was shocked. It was fantastic, totally magical. Lights, colour and ambient music infused my senses. I had to stay and admire the sheer beauty of what was before me. It really was something. One of my very first thoughts was "Man, I would really love to work here". After the initial overdose of excitement wore off, I made my way to The Slug and Lettuce, restaurant-turned-rendezvous point for the meetup.

I didn't think I would be the first one there, but due to travel problems Becca (the organiser) arrived a little before the starting time of 11am. For about 30 minutes I stood outside The Slug, occasionally walking around to explore this unknown location.

As 11am came closer, people started to show up. The first member I met in person was Reeta, who had travelled all the way from Finland to meet up with us. Conversing briefly, Becca then appeared wearing the "We Do It for L.O.V.E" t-shirt, which I designed for the day. I didn't think it would look as good as it did on those who wore it but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

At around 11.20, we entered The Slug. We had a side of the restaurant reserved for us, all to ourselves. I took my seat and, as I said earlier, was extremely nervous. I'm glad I became more relaxed as the day progressed as I stayed silent near the beginning. The table filled with new arrivals quickly and I didn't have time to meet and greet with everyone who I had hoped to. Luckily, to calm my nerves, a fellow attendee was there who I talk to quite often on MJJC, Jackie11. Being shy, I enjoyed that because I felt I could talk to her easier than many of the others who were there at that time.

More coming soon!]]>
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<![CDATA[ "He could have been the next great song and dance man!"---Gene Kelly]]> Michael Jackson died today.  He was only 50 years old.  There is no question that Michael was one of the most talented entertainers of his generation.  As the story goes he and his brothers were discovered at the Indiana State Fair by none other than the great Diana Ross.  Diana recommended the boys to her boss Berry Gordy at Motown and the rest as they say is history.  The Jackson 5, led by 10 year old lead singer Michael were an immediate sensation.  Their debut single "I Want You Back"  shot to the top of the charts in late 1969.  Over the next five years The Jackson 5 would churn out hit after hit.  Still, bigger and better things awaited Michael.  

Michael Jackson left his brothers and Motown behind in 1978 to pursue a solo career.  He signed a deal with Epic records in 1979.  His very first solo album "Off The Wall" was a huge commercial success and remained on Billboard's Hot 100 Album chart for more than 3 years!  The album also spawned a number of highly successful singles including "Rock With You", the title track "Off The Wall" and the haunting ballad "She's Out of My Life".   But Michael's masterpiece would prove to be the 1982 release "Thriller".  Produced by Quincy Jones and co-produced by Michael himself "Thriller" would prove to be the biggest selling album of all-time.  Current estimates are that "Thriller" has sold between 65 and 70 million copies worldwide!   Meanwhile, of the 9 tracks on this album 7 would become Top Ten hits!   

The hits would continue for a few more years for Michael before his personal life took a precipitous turn for the worse.  Most people are quite familiar with Michael's sad downfall from grace so I have no intention of rehashing those events again here.  Suffice to say that Michael Jackson would never be thought of in quite the same way again by a large segment of the American public.  I think that it is safe to say that there was a lot more great music in Michael Jackson that we will never get to hear.   Perhaps the greatest tribute I ever heard paid to Michael was by the legendary Gene Kelly who once quipped:  "He could be the next great song and dance man."  Gene Kelly should know as he practically invented the art form.  So maybe there wasn't really a market for another song and dance man as we drew close to the end of the 20th Century.  But had he stayed on the straight and narrow Michael Jackson would have become a household name to generations of Americans.  He had the ability to do just about anything he wanted to in show business.  Such a shame.     May he is rest in peace!

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