Jul 08 2012

“I was amazed at his natural ability to make it work, regardless of the circumstance”

Category: Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 12:20 am

Young Michael at work.

I am a former writer, producer, engineer for Motown Records. I had the honor of working with Michael and Jermaine Jackson while they were contracted to the label during the early 70′s both in Detroit and Los Angeles. I wrote and produced a song on Michael alone entitled `Label Me Love’ and to my knowledge it has never been released to date.

Michael himself was an enormous talent as a kid not yet in his teens, and I say this because the song I recorded with him I found to be in a tad too high a key. Initially, Mike had a problem adjusting his voice to the track [but he] figured a way to sing the lead without any changes to the key or the overall track. I was amazed at his natural ability to make it work, regardless of the circumstance.

The last time I had any contact with Mike was when my daughter Nicci got an offer from his MJJ Records label to do a record deal. When she called to tell me about Mike’s offer I felt she would get a real opportunity at getting a shot and I approved her decision to sign the girl group she called Brownstone to MJJ Records. Nicci was the lead singer and in the first group Mike signed to his label. With the grace of God, they received a platinum album on their first album release and gold Record on the 2nd and final release.

He was here on earth for many reasons and we should appreciate all he gave us before he was called home to complete his greatest performance.

-Clay McMurray, former producer at Motown Records from 1968-1975

SOURCE: (includes many more quotes from various music industry personnel about Michael) http://www.billboard.com/news/-1003990266.story#/news/-1003990266.story

On Michael’s death:

“This is just shocking,” said former Motown producer Clay McMurray. The Detroiter hadn’t been in touch with Jackson for a while but remembered him fondly. “He used to draw faces on the lyrics sheets I gave him,” he said. “I still have some of them.

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Jul 03 2012

Happy Independence Day, Americans

Category: Humanitarian,Justice,Photos,Planet EarthSeven @ 3:52 am

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Such as it is, at best a shell of the word. While you may have gained independence from Great Britain in 1776, you have since given it away lock, stock, and barrel to the Great Corporations. Corporations rule and run your country and you are as dependent upon them as a newborn babe on it’s mother. While becoming so, you forgot about your real Mother, Earth, and gave your national independence away to the highest corporate bidder. It wasn’t a very wise direction for you to take, I must say. And look where it’s got you.

At least one man, Michael Jackson, had the wisdom and courage to ask the question: “What more can I give?” – rather than “What more can I GET?” or “What more can I TAKE?” like most corporations and sadly, your nation does. And its history shows that. Time and time again.

You destroyed that man, America. Your media and your legal and political system lynched an innocent man who only wanted to convince yourselves along with the rest of the world to take a look in the mirror to change the world for the better by bettering themselves first.

Instead of doing that, you (your corporate-owned, greed-driven media) made ammunition of all that you should despise about yourselves and aimed it at HIM. You shot the messenger instead of getting the message. Now, he’s dead and you are a failed nation because once again, in all your notorious arrogance – you would not listen. America, you couldn’t see yourselves in your own mirror even if you looked now because it’s covered in oil.

And still you haven’t learned. You destroyed a brilliant light. You destroyed a man that any other country might have been proud to call their son. You persecuted, ridiculed, belittled, and lynched him – and you allowed others to extort and abuse him without consequence to themselves.

Oh, so he was ‘different‘ and you didn’t understand him? That’s a reason to destroy someone? Because they’re different than your status quo and/or you do not understand them?

Where is the ‘freedom and independence‘ of a country that crucifies someone for being ‘different‘? A country which destroys, demonizes and dehumanizes anyone they don’t understand, because they don’t want to be bothered trying and it’s more profitable to just get rid of them for their resources, be it music or oil. That’s your history, America. Independence in such an immoral form doesn’t exist, though you guys try to make a nice pretense of it. A very thin pretense I might add.  It’s not sellable nor is it anything to be proud of.

As much as that hideous mess in your Gulf of Mexico and in your Yellowstone River right now, this is also a catastrophe and is borne of the same disease: greed. In the case of Michael Jackson’s demise, as the demise of the Gulf of Mexico and the Yellowstone River, you haven’t the self-awareness or honesty to recognize, acknowledge, or admit what a loss it truly is. Ignorance abounds thanks to your wholly corporate-owned media, which your laws allow to run rampant when they should not, and which your government muzzles when it should not. And every time it does, something or someone whose value cannot be measured in mere dollars is destroyed in favor of corporate profit.

There is a media blackout as I write this, assisted by the government – federal and local – regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster and its continued disasterous effects. If there was a time when the media ought to have maximum voice, it’s now. If there was a time when the media’s voice should have been controlled and regulated by the tremendous responsibility which ought to come with the tremendous power of being able to shape public opinion, it was when Michael Jackson was alive, in regards to every slanted vicious lie told about him. And those lies are still being told about him because your media can still make money off of those lies. And still, as ever, they are not held accountable for their lies and the damage they’ve done and continue to do to the man’s legacy and family. If these predatory parasites can do this to Michael Jackson, who will they do it to next? You? Me? Your brother, mother, family?  If they can make a buck selling lies about you, they will. They’ll do it to anybody. And worse, they’ll get away with it because the almighty dollar rules.

Yes, American corporate-owned media helped send Michael Jackson to an early grave. The political and legal system in the United States, corrupt from top to bottom, also helped to send Michael Jackson to an early grave and there will be no justice hence for his murder either. Just like the concept of “independence” in America is non-existent, propped up by sheer propaganda and pretense, so is the the concept of “justice”. There is little of either in the United States of America, as nice as these concepts are.

When your media need to be heard for the benefit of the people, your government silences them. When the media need to be controlled and regulated for the benefit of the people, you allow them to destroy those same people and their world with bad and unethical reporting, without bounds or consequence. Seems a little backward to me. But then a lot about America does these days. When corporate profit rules, truth and morality go straight out the window. God” in the United States of America is the god-damned dollar bill.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.” -Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech

Pray tell America, what brand of “independence” is this you’re celebrating? And what brand of morality is it which you so vehemently pretend to subscribe to? You are not One Nation Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all“. That’s a cute and comforting phrase to teach the kids, but it’s not true and is hardly appropriate preparation for what they are going to have to face when they try to live and survive in this brutal country as adults. Because the truth is, America is one nation under Money, sorely divided, with liberty and justice for corporations and little for anyone else. Even our own “supreme court” (which has little credibility itself anymore and exists solely to protect corporations) has declared these predatory, parasitic, psychopathic entities “people“.

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

-General Smedley Darlington Butler, 1933

I will not let you forget, America. I will not let you forget those you murder around the world for corporate and political domination, for corporate profit and hegemony. I will not let you forget about your theft of resources from this or other countries while indebting their desperate people to you for that theft. I will not let you forget the planet you are helping destroy because you refuse to lead the rest of the world in saving it, favoring the savior of corporate profits instead. I will not let you forget your modus operandi of disaster capitalism which plays out over and over again each time a national or international disaster strikes. I will not let you forget your past of enslaving black people. And I will never let you forget what you did to an innocent black man, Michael Jackson – one of the finest men who ever lived. A man who, because of unethical corporate propaganda and manipulation, because of an abusive and highly corrupt legal and political system, is unjustifiably reviled by too many of yours rather than being a source of pride that such a brilliant artist and human being ought to be to your country and to the world.

And this is through no fault of his own. You defined him (or allowed him to be defined) in false and negative terms and then lynched him based on that definition. Looking at the life, words, art, and actions of this man tells quite a different story however, about who he really was. Not that I expect this country to ever recognize or acknowledge that, or to even remember or care, considering your reputation where treatment of African-Americans is concerned, both past and present.

Let me ask you THIS America: If the likes of Michael Jackson, your Gulf of Mexico, your Yellowstone River, your Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, and millions of orphaned and starving children in the US and around the world are so disposable and expendable to your country as they evidently are, then what and who else is? The answer would have to be most everyone and everything: Myself. My family. And the families of whoever is reading this, as well. Any families. All families. Everywhere. How moral is that?

Would the “God” you so pretentiously pretend to worship, approve?

You might try for once, asking “What more can we GIVE?” – rather than “What more can we GET?” or “What more can we TAKE?“. You might try requiring the corporations which do business within and without your shores to do the same. You might try requiring your politicians to have the same attitude rather than just jockeying to acquire or save their political butts and collecting corporate dollars for their campaigns. You might try a Department of Peace instead of Department of War (Defense). You might just try doing something different instead of doing the same thing over and over and getting the same or worse results. Until you do so, you are a failed state and each failure is cumulative and therefore worse than the last.

You, America, are going straight to Hell (literally or figuratively speaking) and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

How many starving, homeless children live in the U.S.? How many are living in abject poverty? Why isn’t this reported on the news? Because they are expendable. What is your excuse for this, America?

How many orphans have you created in Iraq? Last count I’m aware of was 2010 and there were one million orphaned children there whose parents had been killed by the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of that country. Most of them live in the street. And why isn’t this reported on the news? Because they are expendable. And for what have you done this? What could justify it?

Nothing.

Yes, Happy “Independence” Day America.

What you are independent of in the United States seems to be all the wrong things: a conscience, any sense of morality, any sense of your real Mother (Earth), any sense of wise, sensible, or compassionate leadership or any sense of caring for the people within your own shores much less anywhere else in the world. As for animals, the poor, children, the elderly … you know those old people dumped in the alleyways by your “health care” system like so much trash? All of them are expendable for corporate profit. Just like Michael Jackson was.

And you, America, let this happen. You are the architect of your own demise. Sorry I cannot be more encouraging to you on your day of celebration. If you want a sunnier sentiment, you’ll have to earn it by correcting some things – and I mean in a major way. Because at the moment, you are a major source of shame for your people. I know. I’m one of them. I do not align myself with either of what are purportedly two different political parties in this country, so do not try to categorize my sentiments within either of them. They won’t fit.

America, if you’re at all interested in changing anything that is wrong with your country, and there is plenty of it, you might start with listening to Michael Jackson’s music and studying his lyrics whilst keeping your televisions off, your noses out of tabloids and your earplugs firmly inserted when the likes of Diane Dimond, Maureene Orth, Andrea Peyser, Martin Bashir et al are defacating from their mouths. CLUE for Americans and everyone else who reads thisThe truth about Michael Jackson is in his music and his own words, not the profit-driven corporate media or the bogus claims of extortionists and hangers-on who are after money.

America, you cannot afford your own arrogance right now. The world cannot afford your arrogance right now. It never could.

You might try extricating your lives and minds from the corporate tit and reducing and regulating their control over your country and particularly your government. Because right now, they own you, top to bottom. Corporations. All of them. They own your government, your lives, your children, and your minds. You are not free. You are not independent. Because if you were, your Gulf of Mexico would still be clean and thriving, as would your Yellowstone River. What has happened there would have never happened due to proper and enforced regulations (see Norway), and we’d have clean energy by now owned and controlled by people and their communities — not greedy soulless corporations whom your highest court believes ought to be able to plunder and pillage the planet and the economy with utter impunity.

And yes, Michael Jackson would still be alive and his children would have their father.

Seems to me rather than celebrating a non-existent and quite pretentious “independence” in this land you stole from Native American Indians, in this country built by the torture and sweat of African-American slaves, and subsequently sold to the highest corporate bidder, you ought to instead be feverishly working to correct the problems that are preventing you from having any true independence as a nation – much less an independence you can be proud of on this or any other day.

Elizabeth Taylor, when asked if Michael Jackson would ever return to live in the United States again, replied: “Well really why should he? He’s been treated like dirt here.”  See around 3:09 in the video below. I wish Michael Jackson had never set foot again in this barbaric, ignorant country. Had he not, he’d likely still be alive today. It’s an absolute shame that Michael was shredded to death by American society, and also that the United States is too ignorant and too arrogant to even realize what it’s done – not only to Michael Jackson but also to itself – and by extension, the World.

The United States will never be independent of its own avarice, ignorance, and its own barbaric legacy for two reasons: 1) Myself and many others will not allow it to be forgotten; and 2) these things simply have repercussions in the future. America is busily lynching itself and is too stupid to even realize it.

Yes America, you have a lot of damage to both acknowledge and to undo. Meanwhile, your pretentious “dog and pony” show isn’t working. Have a nice day and enjoy your “Independence” (such as it is). When you get back off your holiday, you might want to do something about your country.

©2010-2012 Seven Bowie

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Jun 23 2012

Remembering Michael: Making space for innocence

Category: Angels,Children,MJ Quotes,Photos,Quotes,VideosSeven @ 2:20 pm

Michael

Remembering Michael on the three-year anniversary of his departure from this realm, I begin with a poem:

To The Tender
by Kristen Tracy

Midsummer, and along came a hapless jay —

blue and wobbling — flight feathers nothing more

than pins of white. It arrived at the nest’s edge

unready, which was only half the problem.

Crows perched in the oak across the street, alert,

aware of all the world’s worst secrets. Naturally

I rooted for the jay. Oh, but this was life.

After the blue jay fell from the Scotch pine’s terrible height,

it righted itself in the grass and, like a skin-kneed child

after her first bad spill on a bike, cried out for help.

I set down my rake and shepherded the bird

toward my spindle tree. Hopping from

low branches, it pressed toward the center, tucking itself

into my tree’s sturdy heart. For two days

the parents swooped down to feed it.

Thankfully the crows never came, though

I kept my eye on them. I knew their game.

Pirates. Gangsters. Extortionists. Thieves.

But even if the world is half bad, it remains

half good. While some of us sleep, our hearts

lie open,turned to the tender, dreaming up ways

to thwart the crows. Yes, a hapless jay stumbles

into our lives believing it can fly, and we — knowing

what we know — do what we can to make it so.

— From The Sun magazine’s April 2011 issue.

Something that has settled atop the heap of thoughts in my mind lately is the fact that after Michael’s acquittal in 2005, his fans gave him roses. I read somewhere that a couple of the fans stayed up all night removing the thorns from the roses for him. I thought: “this was similar to how the woman made space for the innocent little blue jay, removing the threats or at least somehow protecting the little jay from them so that he could continue making his way in life unharmed.

Michael’s fans, each in their own way, have always made space for his innocence — an innocence we all knew he possessed. It wasn’t just because of the utter lack of evidence against him that so many were certain of his innocence. Much of that certainty came from Michael’s personality itself, long before the extortionists ever targeted him. One read of his book ‘Dancing the Dream‘, written long before any of the worst nastiness began, reveals a unique combination of innocence and wisdom that only Michael possessed. That’s the innocence so many millions made space for – in his life, in their lives, and in their hearts. He found, and his fans found in him, a ‘Ally in Innocence‘ so-to-speak.

But this innocence isn’t a naive one. It’s not a gullible one. It’s a wise one. It’s the one that knows a table littered with animosity, grudges, mistrust, suspicion, bitterness, and conscienceless greed cannot be a platform for a sumptuous meal, or the creation of beautiful poetry or breathtaking music or an astounding dance performance — things that connect the physical world with the divinity in all life.

We must free ourselves to be filled by God. Even god cannot fill what is full.

-Mother Teresa

It’s that innocence that sees the whole world with wonder and that knows there is real magic in dreams and that even though the most beautiful choirs and passionate churches sing of it, true Divinity is only found in the silence of the stars nestled in the velvet black and purple sky and the quiet of a flower blooming – those things we hardly notice amidst the jarring jangle of our everyday lives. Some colors exist in dreams that do not exist in the waking world. I have seen these colors in my own dreams and I know they are there.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.

-Mother Teresa

Michael’s daughter Paris tweeted something about girls in her class wearing revealing clothes. I tweeted back that if they were trying to attract guys, this is not how a girl gets respect. She ‘favorited‘ that tweet. The girl is her father’s daughter. She knows. Someone else interjected that some young girls wear revealing clothing to somehow persuade the male teacher to give them better grades. But such a lack of self-respect and ill-gotten rewards for unearned accomplishment are costly and short-lived. One cannot build a sturdy future upon them. I’m sure those girls in the revealing clothing might think girls that don’t dress that way are somehow not ‘cool‘, or are inferior. But who wants to be ‘sexy‘ if it means you get less or no respect as a person and that your accomplishments in life really aren’t accomplishments at all, but rather reward gained through manipulation or self-devaluation? This innocence, which to someone in the process of making unwise but temporarily convenient choices in life might seem useless, is the one Michael lived and taught his children.

I believe Michael knew this:

Lack of understanding of the true nature of happiness, it seems to me, is the principal reason why people inflict sufferings on others. They think either that the other’s pain may somehow be a cause of happiness for themselves or that their own happiness is more important, regardless of what pain it may cause. But this is shortsighted. No one truly benefits from causing harm to another sentient being. . . . In the long run causing others misery and infringing their rights to peace and happiness result in anxiety, fear, and suspicion within oneself.

-The Dalai Lama

And, I believe that many of today’s problems in the world are the result of this lack of understanding. Most people in the business or political world might see an unwillingness to do others harm in order to profit or succeed as naive or pollyanna-ish. But it’s not. Such reluctance to harm others (or one’s self) in order to succeed or profit may appear as childish innocence or naïveté to others, but it is actually a deeper wisdom than most people understand – or care about – because they are too driven to profit at any cost, particularly to others. We saw the ugliness of that in Michael’s own life and we see it every day all around ourselves.

Michael understood that a certain innocence is necessary for creativity, as well. It makes sense that as children grow up, they become less creative. And most adults discourage it as we get older – telling their children to be a lawyer or accountant, or computer programmer rather than pursuing any type of artistic or creative endeavor, thus instilling in them a disbelief in their own artistic ability and a distrust in their own ability to become a success by being creative. Yet the refusal to be creative – in whatever way a person has an aptitude for -could be counter to what God(dess) intended. If, as Michael and many others including myself believe – God communicates spiritually with the physical world via art and creativity –  and we refuse this, we are refusing to be a conduit for him/her to speak to the physical world through us. Many people believe too, that this can be the source of addiction ie: that the person has an emptiness within themselves, in their soul or psyche, that they are trying to fulfill or numb the pain of. I call it ‘The God Hole‘ and so does at least one other person who has written about this. Michael certainly understood the value of a childlike mind as a necessity for creativity – one that does not perceive any limit to what is possible.

Some people and entities seeking to advance themselves monetarily and otherwise portrayed Michael’s penchant for innocence as “strange“, and “bizarre” and portrayed him as a “pedophile” because he preferred the company of children than scheming, backstabbing adults who always wanted something from him for themselves – seeking to profit by hurting him or others. It seems to be a requirement that anytime a media outlet mentions him, the word “bizarre” must be inserted in the piece somewhere, just to keep the meme going. And, it seems that anytime a pedophilia case makes the news, such as the recent Sandusky case, comparisons must be made to Michael who was the polar opposite of a child molester – and who was acquitted because even after decades of efforts to frame him, was found innocent due to sheer lack of evidence.

Who is really “bizarre“? Someone who refused to hurt other people in order to succeed in this world – and in fact worked at his craft all his life primarily so that he could help others — or those who daily make a living by hurting others, including Michael, in order to profit and build careers via manipulation and dishonesty? I’d say the latter are the ones who are not only bizarre, but deeply immoral.

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.

-Angela Monet

He tried to keep empty so that he could give us beauty. What do I mean by that? Though it was impossible with all persecution he endured, it was clear to me that Michael would rather write positive, inspirational and hopeful songs than hurting ones — though his hurting angry ones were always what I call ‘teaching‘ songs, such as ‘Why You Wanna Trip On Me‘, which decried all the ignorant greedy obsession the media pundits and government had with Michael’s appearance and with the ridiculous allegations against him, rather than with solving the real problems in the world, such child neglect, war, poverty and lack of education. And it’s a very good question that no one has yet answered. But he did try to keep his psyche clear so that beauty could enter and he could share it in a creative sense without his mind or heart being cluttered with embitterment or anger. And this too, is a certain type of innocence.

What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for.

–Michael Jackson

The most beautiful paintings and sculptures, the greatest poetry, have not always been born from torment or bitterness. Often they have sprung from contemplation, from joy, from an instinct or wonder toward all things. To create from joy, to create from wonder, demands a continual discipline, a great compassion . . . With time and sincerity, you will discover a way to work and write that does not harm you spiritually, that does not tempt you to vanity, that is the deepest expression of your spirituality. You will find a voice that is not your voice only but the voice of Reality itself. . . If you can be empty enough, that voice can speak through you. If you can be humble enough, that voice can inhabit you and use you.

-Thuksey Rinpoche

I think that in this way, Michael did embody the voice of Divinity, Beauty, Reality, Truth. So today I remember Michael this way: in the wise innocence that permeated every aspect of his life and with which he obviously raised his children and worked at his craft; an innocence which those who understood him tried to make space for in his life and in their own – by removing the thorns from the roses so they could be held without harm – the same way those who love Michael will always hold him within their hearts.

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

-Clarence Budington Kelland

©2012 Seven Bowie

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Jun 17 2012

Michael Jackson: ‘Best father you could ever imagine’

Category: Children,Family,MJ Quotes,Photos,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 4:02 pm

Daddy Michael with little Prince and Paris

On that tearful July day of his public memorial, Paris said Michael was the “best father you could ever imagine“, and by all accounts, it was absolutely true.

In remembrance of a man who was indisputably one of the best fathers in the world, I’ll share a rundown of some of Michael’s comments about being a father, followed by one of many comments from other people who witnessed firsthand what a great father Michael was, and finally topped off with Paris Jackson’s tweets for her Dad today.

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“[…] I enjoy taking care of my children myself, it’s… it’s fun, that’s why I had them, so I could take care of them and it’s just great relief for me, you know, it’s a pleasure, it keeps me happy and laughing and, you know, they’re wonderful sweet innocent children. […] [My children] mean… it’s hard to put it into words because they mean everything. The way you would explain how your children make you feel… They’re the world for me, I wake up and I’m ready for the day because of them. I get them breakfast, I change diapers, if they want to read, we do a lot of reading, we play hide and seek, we play blind fold and have a wonderful time with it. […] I want to be the best father in the world, of course.

– 2005 – February 7: “At Large With Geraldo Rivera” T.V. Interview

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I love and adore my children. They mean everything to me. When they’re in public though, I conceal their faces, cause I want my children protected. At home, they have a normal life, they play with other kids and they have a good time, they’re laughing a lot. They run around, they even go to school. It’s a normal life for them. But in public, I must protect them. I love my children very much, and I’m proud to be their dad.

– 2003 – Private Home Videos T.V. Special

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[I cried when Prince was born]. […] He came out with this really big head, that when I saw his head, I thought of my grandfather and my brother Randy, ‘cause his head was shaped just like theirs. And I said, ‘Oh, my God’ [laughs]. And then, the rest, they let me pull, pull him out and I cut the ombilical chord with scissers that were shaped like a stork, and…and they cleaned him off and everything, and I was ready to take him home. They said, ‘No, you can’t take him home’, I said, ‘Why?’, ‘I think there’s some serious problem’, I go, ‘What?’, ‘We’ve gotta take him to intensive care, he’s not breathing correctly’, I go, ‘Oh, no!…’, I said, ‘Please, God, don’t let me have a sick child, please…’ So, I waited an hour…two hours…three hours…four, I was so scared…After five hours, this nurse comes in, she goes, ‘Okay, you can go home now’ [smiles], I was soo happy…[…] [I was there for my daughter, Paris’, birth, also] It was magic…She came out the wrong way, her face was faced the wrong way and she was being kinda choked by the ombilical chord…I was kind of worried…and it took her longer…And…and I was so anxious to get her home that, as they cut her chord…I hate to say this, I snatched her and just went home, with all the placenta all over her [laughs] […] yeah, I’m not kidding, I got her in a towel and ran. They said it was fine. They said everything is okay with that. And I got home and I washed her all off. […] Because I felt that it was okay, they told me it was okay, Debbie said it was okay and…I got the permission of the doctor…I think I was so frightened that they would give me some bad news…I was so scared..But there was no bad news to be gotten. I was starting reliving [the birth episode with Prince] and I was afraid. I said, ‘I don’t want to hear anything bad’, I’m just ‘Go, go, go, go…[Debbie] told me to, […] she said, ‘Go ahead, I know that’s what you want, I’m totally fine with this’, I said, “Are you fine with this?’, she said “Yes, of course”. […]”

[My children] have school. […] [But they don’t go to a normal school], never…[…] It wouldn’t work…[…] “Cause we would get chased by paparazzi everywhere we go. I don’t want press all over them at school…and in the bushes and the trees and in the…I saw what happened to me, you know?..They’re doing the same and worse to them. And…and I don’t feel like the jealosy in teachers, you know, ‘Just because you’re Michael Jackson’s children, don’t think I’m gonna treat you any different (sic) from anyone else around here”. Well, they don’t wanna be treated differently, you know, it’s just that I don’t want them to have to go through all that. […] That’s the way it is…And it has worked successfully in the past many times…It’s how you shape and sculpt and mould their world, you know? And many people have been successful at it.

[My third child’s name is] Prince Michael II, but we call him Blanket. […] ‘Cause it’s an expression I use with my family and my employees. I say, ‘You should blanket me’, ‘You should blanket… her with something’, meaning it’s like…a blanket is a blessing. It’s a way of showing love and caring. […] I can’t say [who is Blanket’s mother], because she’ll be bombarded with the…you know…We have an agreement that we can’t – a contractual agreement – talk about who she is and everything. That’s how we worked that out. [It’s someone who I had a relationship with], yes. […] I don’t want anybody to know, I don’t think…she doesn’t wanna be, like, in papers and tabloids and she doesn’t want it and I don’t blame her…’cause she knows how scum…bag their comments can be, you know?…[…] [It’s not difficult being a single parent], why it would be difficult? […] No, they’re fine. How many babies live with their mothers and they don’t have a father around? And nobody’s saying nothing, you know? They’re having a good time. […] They are having a great time, they have enough women in their lives, they’re everywhere. There are women everywhere around my house..I mean, they, they’re with them all day long. […] People can always have a judgement about anything you do, so it doesn’t bother me. Everything can be strange to someone. This interview is strange to some people out there, so…who cares, right? [smiles].”

– 2003 – February 3: “Living With Michael Jackson

Daddy Michael and Blanket

On his life as a single parent:

I never had so much fun in my life. That’s the truth. Because I’m this big kid, and now I get to see the world through the eyes of the really young ones. I learn more from them than they learn from me. I’m constantly trying things and testing things on them to see what works and what doesn’t. Children are always the best judges to monitor something. […] That’s why “Harry Potter” is so successful – it’s a family-oriented movie. […] We want a wide demographic, and that’s why I try not to say things that offend parents. I don’t want to be like that. We weren’t raised to be like that. […]

On the possibility of his children being in the spotlight as he in the future:

I don’t know how they would handle that. It would be tough. I really don’t know. It’s hard, since most children of celebrities end up becoming self-destructive because they can’t live up to the talent of the parent. People always used to say to Fred Astaire Jr., “Can you dance?” And he couldn’t. He didn’t have any rhythm, but his father was this genius dancer. It doesn’t mean that it has to be passed on. I always tell my children, you don’t have to sing, you don’t have to dance. Be who you want to be, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. That’s the main thing.

– 2002 – March: “VIBE” Magazine Interview

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[Fatherhood has changed me] in a huge way. You have to value your time differently, no doubt about it. It’s your responsibility to make sure they’re taken care of and raised properly with good manners. But I refuse to let any of it get in the way of the music or the dance or the performing. I have to play two different roles. I always wanted to have a big family, ever since I was in school. I was always telling my father I would outdo him. He had 10 children. I would love to have like 11 or 12 myself.

You do the best you can. You don’t isolate them from other children. There will be other kids at the school [on my property]. I let them go out into the world. But they can’t always go with me. We get mobbed and attacked. When we were in Africa, Prince saw a mob attack in a huge shopping mall. People broke so much stuff, running and screaming. My biggest fear is that fans will hurt themselves and they do. I’ve seen glass break, blood, ambulances.

[…] I try to make sure they’re respectful and honorable and kind to everybody.

– 2001 – December 13: “USA Today” Magazine Interview

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[…] [My children go with me] everywhere I go. […] [When they start school,] I’m going to build a computer school on the grounds [of Neverland]. With other children. […] How can they go into society.? He’s Prince Michael Jackson. She’s Paris Katherine Michael Jackson. It would be too difficult.

I try my hardest [to be a good father]. I try to bring them a lot of fun. Once a year, I dress up like a clown, with the whole gear – the nose, the paint. And I give them candy and cookies. […] And ice cream.

– 2001 – November 5: “TV Guide” Magazine Interview

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[…] [Reading about me not being my children’s father…] That’s total garbage. It’s just trash and not true. […] Prince tells me all day that he has to make movies. So I bought him this video camera. I say, “What are we doing this time?” He goes, “Star Wars.” So we put some figures on the table, make them move. And Paris is just now starting to talk and walk. She’s very sweet. And I’m surprised she loves dolls. My sister, Janet didn’t like that sort of thing. She was a tomboy. I thought she was going to be like that but she isn’t. [I change their diapers and feed them]. I love it. It’s a lot of work. I thought I was prepared, ’cause I read everything about child rearing, but it’s so much more exciting than I ever imagined it to be. The only regret I have is that I wish I had done it earlier.

– 1999 – December 4: “T.V. Guide” Magazine Interview

I thought I was prepared to be a father, but I wasn’t. All my life I’ve read about how wonderful children are. People would go, “What is up with you and babies?” I am always reading child psychology books. But it’s so much more joyous than even that. Prince and Paris changed me in so many ways. I learn as much from them as they learn from me. You learn about having a good heart and being a good-spirited person. And the way I am, I try to imitate them. People always say, “Act your age.” But I try and act more like children because they are the innocent, they are God-like, they are pure. I try to be as humble and sweet as they are.

-Michael Jackson

He was an absolutely fabulous father. I’ve never met a parent that is as good or better than Michael. Those kids were an absolute delight! I’ve never met kids in my life that were like those kids. I spent a lot of extended time around them. I never heard them cry, I never heard them beg for anything, never saw or heard them throw a fit.

-David Nordahl

Paris shared a couple of tweets and photos today about her dad:

Happy Fathers Day! Miss you, Da♥

http://instagr.am/p/L8qkgcqwh4/

AND

i’m such a daddy’s girl hahah #andproud

http://instagr.am/p/L-0cwnKwp8/

Along with the photo Paris shared, she added:

Happy Father’s Day. Dad I love you with all of my heart, you were the greatest thing that ever happened to me. No matter how old I get you’re still my daddy forever. Miss you so much!! Imma make you proud, I promise.

Paris also tweeted that she has taught baby brother Blanket who John Lennon was and that she is “turning him into a hippie.” The hippies after all, were right about a lot of things in our society, so big sister Paris is teaching little brother well.

blanket knows who john lennon is….. i’m so proud (‘: turning him into a hippie

If you missed Paris’s recent interview with Oprah where she says that she and Blanket have gotten closer these days, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD5kJaSRUK4&feature=player_embedded

Also, don’t miss Raven Woods’ Father’s Day Reflections‘ over at ‘AllForLoveBlog‘, where Raven tries to reconcile some of the more ambivalent feelings many MJ fans have about Joe Jackson as a father and Michael’s relationship with Joe.

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{  The collection of Michael’s comments about being a father are courtesy of ‘The Silenced Truth About Michael Jackson‘.  -Seven  }

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May 25 2012

A special tribute to “a child of the world” – Michael Jackson

Category: Children,Humanitarian,MJ Quotes,Photos,VideosSeven @ 8:42 pm

Children of the World

It’s been 35 months since Michael died. But maybe there’s something else he wants us to remember today since this popped up once again across my computer screen: Twenty seven years and two months ago, a group of children including child stars Alyssa Milano, Fergie (now of the Black-eyed Peas) and Drew Barrymore made history by getting together to record a children’s version of ‘We Are The World’. Little has been heard of this version of ‘We Are The World‘ since then, but it’s not to be missed. It meant a lot to Michael, who said:

I had thought that song should be sung by children. When I finally heard children singing it on producer George Duke’s version, I almost cried. It’s the best version I’ve heard.

– Michael Jackson (Moonwalk)

The ‘Children Of The World Project’ was the brainchild of radio personality Sonny Melendrez and and produced by George Duke who also worked with Michael on his ‘Off the Wall‘ album. This children’s version of the song was nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Recording for Children‘ category in 1986.

From the project’s official website, Sonny remembers:

As my radio alarm clock went off one morning in March of 1985 I was awakened by the pure voice of a child singing the words, “We are the world. We are the children.” In my groggy state, I remember thinking to myself that I wish I had thought of that obvious idea: A children’s version of the worldwide anthem – We Are The World.

Then, as I gained consciousness, I realized that the “child” I had heard was, in fact, Michael Jackson and what I was listening to was the original recording.

I sprang out of bed and called my producer. That afternoon, on my KMGG Radio show, I shared my vision of gathering the most talented children in Los Angeles and giving them the opportunity to do their part for the charity created to benefit those starving in Ethiopia – USA For Africa.

The response was overwhelming to say the least, with hundreds of parents and kids calling and wanting to be a part of the idea.

The Children of the World Project was born.

When Michael Jackson, who had penned the song with Lionel Ritchie, heard about the project he immediately gave it his blessing and even suggested his talented nieces, Brittny and Valencia Jackson, audition as well. They did and appeared on the recording

After several weeks and with the help of countless volunteers, including my friend and entertainment professional, Roger Neal, we had auditioned over 1500 children in various locations throughout Southern California. Every effort was made to make each child, ages 5 to 17, feel special about what and why they were auditioning. Everyone was presented a certificate and t-shirt commemorating their participation.

I contacted award winning producer, George Duke and asked if he join us. He not only accepted, but brought in legendary musicians, Stanley Clarke, Phillip Bailey, and Journey’s Steve Smith among to play on the track.

After personally calling every one of the 50 who were chosen (and you can imagine their enthusiastic reactions), under the direction of musical pro Martha Woodhull, the choir then spent several weeks rehearsing their parts.

Sonny records with Stacy Ferguson aka ‘Fergie’

In addition to these incredibly talented voices, we added another group of child stars with the understanding that everyone would be treated equally, regardless of their name or credits. This had been the same policy adopted by the original cast of We Are The World. This group included, Drew Barrymore, Danielle Brisebois, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and others.

Then, on April 27, 1985, one of the finest children’s choirs ever assembled walked into the Westlake Studios in Hollywood and recorded “the chlidren’s version” of We Are The World.

Every note was also filmed for a video of the song. I couldn’t stop thinking about the 1400+ kids who had not made the group and suggested that part of the video include them all. It was agreed we finished our filming at LA’s Griffith Park where every child in the world imaginable was represented by hundreds of young singers including those who where blind, deaf, or otherwise handicapped. We wanted to show that when it comes to giving, there are no barriers. Everyone can participate.

Keep in mind that our production in the studio and on location, not to mention the countless of hours of planning, would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet, every need was filled by donations, equipment, and scores of industry production specialists.

It is, to this day, my proudest charitable and professional endeavor.

The following year we were notified that our version of the song had been nominated for a Grammy. Through the power of radio (before the Internet) and the effort thousands of caring, giving, and loving human beings, the words that Michael Jackson, gave to the world – “We are the one’s who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving” took on new life and meaning by The Children of the World.

They not only gave to help their starving brothers and sisters, they also paid a special tribute to “a child of the world” – Michael Jackson.

-Sonny

Actor Shavar Ross, also part of the project as a child, shared this photo of the recording:

Shavar Ross with other children during the recording of the children’s version of ‘We Are The World’

 

‘Children of the World Project’ has an official Facebook page (though not very active) and some of the original members of the children’s choir had apparently reunited in 2010 to relive their childhood memories of working on the project.

Finally, here’s the recording/video of the children’s version of ‘We Are the World‘:

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