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A Quick Tip by Butterfly1961

  • Aug 7, 2010
I grew up with Michael's music; I had Jackson 5 posters in my room. Growing up as he went on his own, his videos thrilled the world. Back then as a young adult, the only time to see his videos was on MTV; he actually is the one who launched black entertainers on MTV. Just one milestone for him, and many more to come. I loved watching him dance, and was also amazed with his sister Janet's dancing as well. I thought his voice was angelic - perfect tone, pitch, never any mistakes; after all he was a perfectionist. He amazed everyone at the MTV awards when he joined his brothers and introduced his version of the Moonwalk; no one had seen this before and with his perfect form (always perfect) he awed the audience and the world with his surprise dance technique. Even though I was amazed at his talent, I had no idea at the time how generous, kind, humorous, and sadly, how lonely he was.

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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Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the '80s, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment), and he was the first black artist to find stardom on MTV, breaking down innumerable boundaries both for his race and for music video as an art form. Yet as Jackson's career began, very gradually, to descend from the dizzying heights of his peak years, most of the media's attention focused on his increasingly bizarre eccentricities; he was often depicted as an arrested man-child, completely sheltered from adult reality by a life spent in show business. The snickering turned to scandal in 1993, when Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy; although he categorically denied the charges, his out-of-court settlement failed to restore his tarnished image. He never quite escaped the stigma of those allegations, and while he continued to sell records at superstar-like levels, he didn't release them with enough frequency (or, many critics thought, inspiration) to once again become better known for his music than his private life. Whether as a pop ...

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Filmography: Men in Black II, The Wiz
Nationality: American
Bands or Musical Groups: Jackson 5
Instruments: Vocals, piano, drums, beatbox, guitar
Genre: Pop
Debut: 1964
Country: United States
Birth Date: August 29, 1958
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA
Gender: Male
Height: 5' 11"
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