Mar 29 2010

Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland Part II

Category: Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 2:26 am

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As promised back on March 21, this is Part II of ‘Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland‘, covering the music he worked on with Mr. Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas at Grouse Lodge.

In Part I we discovered the wonderful peace, serenity, warmth and friendliness of the Irish people that Michael experienced in Ireland, loving the place so much that he had begun looking for  a permanent residence there.

Before I get started on Part II in earnest, I want to point out that there is a somewhat convincing poser (probably many) on YouTube claiming to have unreleased music of Michael’s. The music is posted under the name ‘7even‘. There is no entity – The Estate / $ony, or any other record label which would allow any of Michael’s unpublished music out on the internet before it is formally released.  Thus, I suspect these are at very best, leaked snippets, but likely completely fake.  So, don’t be taken in by these posers. It’s extremely doubtful these would be out there if they were truly Michael’s unreleased music.

Remember how quickly $ony swatted the song Michael did with Lenny Kravitz back into oblivion when it was leaked on YouTube? The song was called ‘Another Day‘ and is due to be released as a single later this year.

I won’t buy it because it’s from $ony and well, I know their modus operandi and their disgusting abuse of Michael in life and now, in death.  He despised them and I know that Michael himself would never want this, or any other previously unpublished music of his released on that label and I will honor that – they are Michael’s wishes.

The only reason any of Michael’s music is being (re)released on that label now is because of John Branca, who has missed no opportunity sell any and everything of Michael’s to make lots of profit for all his corprate friends:  Opus • Grammy • MusicCares • $ony.   Branca sits on the boards of most if not all of these entities and is furiously selling all that is Michael Jackson to make his friends plenty of profit, especially $ony.  This is why his being executor of that estate is highly suspect and a blatant conflict of interest.  Michael fired John Branca previously for just such conflicts of interest. It now resumes in Michael’s death. It’s a daggone shame. Too bad the judge that $ony likely paid to look the other way somehow just doesn’t see this. It’s truly amazing how money can make a man with perfect 20/20 vision totally blind. But I digress again. That’s a story for another day. On with the artistic stuff that Michael and Will.I.Am were working on together . . .

Grouse Lodge

Grouse Lodge

Talking with Spinner.com, Will.I.Am said of working with Michael in Ireland:

I am so grateful to have worked with the King (and always will be King) of the music industry. He was a gift to the world, he is a bright light and I wouldn’t be surprised if the world stopped spinning tomorrow. -Will.I.Am

Michael is no longer here, but with John Branca selling (note I said selling, not giving or leaking) Michael’s musical and personal property left and right to garner profit for his various corporate buddies, it is unlikely that anything heretofore unheard or seen would be leaked before ample profit could be made from it by whatever entity or label properly or improperly owns or controls it.

And just to give you an idea of how protective even Michael himself was of his new music, here is what Will.I.Am has said about Michael’s care in being sure the music is safe from loss or theft, as he talks about having worked with Michael on this new album:

It’s something Michael has never done before – a dance music album. It was going to be out of this world. I was very proud of it.

He was very protective and kept it under lock and key. After we made it I had to hand back every demo. He was a perfectionist and didn’t want anyone to hear it until it was ready. -Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am told BBC at the Glastonbury Music Festival that the new materials were kept by Michael:

He had all the hard drives because I didn’t want to be responsible for that,” he stated. It’s one thing to lose a Black Eyed Peas hard drive. I move around a lot and to make songs with Michael Jackson and risk me losing that music, I didn’t want that responsibility. So he kept all the stuff that we worked on. -Will.I.Am

$ony, I’ve heard, is trying to coerce Will.I.Am to give them rights to release this new music on their label. Again, if it is released via $ony, I will not be buying it.

Depending on who you ask and where you read, Will.I.Am has said about this album:

1. He is not sure whether the album will be released since it had not been finalized when Michael passed away.

2. The album will not be released.

Personally, I’ve encouraged Mr. Will.I.Am NOT to cave into $ony’s coercions and either not release this music at all, or to do it via another label – one that Michael himself didn’t despise and that isn’t so self-serving, greedy, manipulative, and abusive.

Below is a clip of Will.I.Am and Michael working at Grouse Lodge, likely in Studio Two, which he is said to have preferred:

Studio Two in Grouse Lodge, Ireland

Studio Two in Grouse Lodge

And as if we didn’t already know Michael was a musical genius, Paddy Dunning of Grouse Lodge says that Michael was adept at playing most any instrument, and could play all the Beatles songs on piano. This must have been a magical and delightful time for all who were present!:

Michael actually spent most of his time recording in Studio Two. He really seemed to like the sound of that room. What was amazing for me was discovering just how incredible Michael was at playing any instrument. He’d sit at the piano and play all the Beatles songs for us to all sing along to, or get on the drums, or play guitar. Michael was working with people like Rodney Jerkins, Will.i.am and other musicians, but the tracks he recorded were never finished. -Paddy Dunning

Ken Waters found what is probably now quite a treasure and added this interesting bit:

We still have one of Michael’s old keyboards here. It’s a battered old Casio keyboard that I actually nearly threw out by accident. I guess he just used it for ideas or as a MIDI controller. -Ken Waters

Thank You Note To Grouse Lodge From Michael & Family

Very Gracious Thank You Note To Grouse Lodge From Michael & Family

And with this, I end this short series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and will leave me a comment with any differing or additional info you may have. I don’t mind correcting copy after the fact if it seems necessary and giving credit where it is due. In regards to Michael’s musical work with Will.I.Am in Ireland, I can only hope that we will be able to one day hear it or at least some of it and if we are so lucky, that it will not be published by the evil entity (IMO) known as $ony Corporation.

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8 Responses to “Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland Part II”

  1. Karin says:

    Thanks Seven for this series. I love the way that all of Michael’s younger colleagues pay homage to him – to them he was The King, no question about it. He seemed to motivate them to aspire to follow in his footsteps but so many of them had such a deep respect for Michael that they just were not in competition. I think they had to much respect for him.

  2. TLS says:

    If will.i.am has the rights, he should bring it out himself and set half the profits aside for MJ’s kids. Fans would respond like crazy (who needs a label when we own the internet? make it download-only at amazon & iTunes and watch the millions and millions of 99-cent downloads pour in!). How many millions of people could be reached via MJ websites alone? Throw in will.i.am’s fans and you’ve got an avalanche. I bet even people who didn’t particularly groove to the music would buy it just to send a message to companies like Sony: we don’t want blood-sucking corporations profiting off our artists!

    And at least the kids would have something from their MJ’s legacy they didn’t have to share with the record company their father hated.

  3. Seven says:

    TLS! What a fantastic idea! I’d certainly buy that – twice!

    You should go to Will.I.Am’s FB page or his website and suggest your idea to him! Don’t know that he reads that stuff or whether he has an assistant do it but it’s worth a try, do you think?

    Karen – I agree. I love how they honor and respect Michael. I hope that honor and respect carries them away from $ony if they have material they worked on with Michael to share with the world.

  4. Saskia says:

    THank you for the Ireland stories. I always love to read and hear about it, because Michael seemed so happy there. And that was the only thing I ever wished for him, to be happy and left in peace with his children.

    Even if we had never seen him again, he should have stayed in Ireland.

  5. smit says:

    I can never say Thank You enough Seven for this and everything that you post about Michael!
    L.O.V.E.

  6. TLS says:

    Seven–I sent an email at will.i.am’s website. i suppose it’s not likely he’d get to call the shots completely on his own, but maybe he’ll think twice about working with Sony!

  7. Seven says:

    Thank you TLS! I left him a message on his Facebook Wall. May send him an email as well. Can’t hurt. 🙂

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