Dec 11 2010

Michael’s dreams were thwarted at every turn in favor of the interests of others

Category: Dreams,Friends,Justice,Quotes About MJSeven @ 2:12 pm


Michael’s dream of turning to film thwarted at every turn

MJ Talking To Director

MJ Talking To Director

It’s sad enough to be aware of the reason that Michael’s ‘One More Chance’ video was shelved. It’s heartbreaking to know the incomplete video that $ony didn’t see fit to release in 2003 is somehow now suitable for public consumption and why the video only shows shots of Michael from the back and side. There were more shoots to be done from other angles but they never happened because Michael was home was invaded, and he was charged with ludicrous and hideous crimes that he’d never even think of, much less commit. It could not be completed because once again as in 1993, a second public lynching of an innocent man had commenced. Charles Thomson’s recent article at Sawfnews details the heartbreaking story of Michael’s ‘One More Chance’.

Michael Jackson dreamt of a triumphant return to showbiz after years of seclusion with the music video of One More Chance in 2003, only to have the dream turn into his worst nightmare.

Michael did finally get “One More Chance“, but it was neither the one he wanted, or needed. Many pieces of information I have indicate that at least as far back as 1993, Michael’s dream was to stop touring and performing live and to instead concentrate on films. Even beyond that, as far back as 1988 Michael wanted to stop touring. His mother Katherine had apparently talked him into going on the ‘Victory’ tour according to her first book and he’d said that would be his last tour. Touring was obviously hell on Michael because he put so very much into it, giving all he had to make sure everything was as perfect as it could possibly be.

Ghosts‘, which Michael financed completely on his own, was the kind of magnificent, imaginative work we might have seen much more of from him had he been able to realize his long-desired dream. But he never got that chance because every time he tried, Tom Sneddon and other criminal parties were there to destroy his dreams with an extremely hateful and self-serving agenda. Or, others had different ideas for Michael instead.

Also from Thomson’s article:

In 1993 he had a deal in place with Sony to begin making movies but the plans were scrapped after Santa Barbara DA Tom Sneddon raided Jackson’s home and the star found himself accused of child molestation.  . . . “He didn’t want to really start again with the music,” says Dieter Wiesner, Jackson’s manager from 1997 until 2003. “After he was done with Sony, he had a whole other plan. His focus was just not that much on the music part anymore. His feeling was that he had really made the best in his life for the music part. He created everything. He made Thriller and things like that and he knew it could be very hard to top these things. For him it was very important to be successful as a director and an actor, directing movies, making short films, things like that. He was really into it.

What happened with $ony – there was no ‘reconciliation

Once he got away from them, it is quite evident that Michael never intended any further contracts with record labels, much less $ony.

According to Peter Lopez, Michael’s former business lawyer (who is interestingly now dead), Michael neither had nor did he want further contracts with $ony or for that matter any label, once he got free of $ony whenever and however that was – and it definitely was. The only thing in dispute about this is the exact date or year this happened. But it did happen. Michael’s contract with $ony normally would have ended March 21st, 2006 or thereabouts, but apparently prematurely ended sometime around 2002 or 2003 or so. Some accounts hold that he was manipulated into being unable to rid himself of the contract when he thought it was finished (2001-2002), and had to sue to get out of it. Others say $ony accused Michael of not completing his obligations under the contract and therefore considered him in breach. This is ironic considering $ony’s refusal to properly promote the “Invincible” album under the same contract. Either way, it’s evident that there were no contracts after the early to mid-2000s with $ony. They did retain distribution rights to much or most if not all of his music however.

In regards to $ony around the time of the making of the ‘One More Chance‘ video (2002-2003), Charles Thomson’s article states:

…A decade after his film-making dreams had been squashed, Jackson was finally about to begin making the transition from music to movies. But before that he had one burning priority, and that was to release himself from his Sony contract.

He wasn’t ever really right back on good terms with Sony,” says Stuart Backerman. “The Beatles Catalogue is one thing but after the whole Tommy Mottola business, it was over. It was not gonna really be happening with Sony again.

As concerns releases after that time (Thriller 25 for instance), it is unclear as to how they were negotiated. From an article quoting Peter Lopez in 2007 there was no contract with $ony:

What’s more, Jackson has no immediate solution to make money. Many older pop stars have found gold in live performances. Elton John, Celine Dion, Gladys Knight and Bette Midler, for example, have made Las Vegas their headquarters. But Lopez, the new attorney, tells me the beleaguered pop star has no interest in touring or performing. “He feels he’s done that,” Lopez said.

“Thriller 25” will be issued by Sony because it’s part of that catalog. But Jackson has no recording contract and, frankly, no interest from record companies.

The quote above speaks to Michael’s financial situation, it speaks to the fact that he had no contracts with $ony new, old or otherwise, and it speaks to his reluctance to resume touring and performing live again. Also remember that Michael told his friend Cory Rooney, former $ony executive, that he could not tour again because it would kill him. In 2007, stated that any new releases from Michael would be done via the internet and social networks, not any commercial or corporate record label.:

MICHAEL JACKSON’s new album will only he released on the internet, according to his studio collaborator WILL.I.AM. THE BLACK EYED PEAS rapper insists THRILLER icon Jackson is still such a huge star, he will top the charts on the strength of download sales alone. The 31-year-old says, “Michael is the one act who doesn’t need a record label – he can do it all through social networking sites.” And Will.I.Am is confident Jackson’s record will be a hit because he hasn’t lost any of his musical talents during his break from the industry. He says, “We sat there in Ireland writing strong melodies that are gonna affect people emotionally and rhythms that are gonna make people dance.

From that Cory Rooney interview in 2009:

CR: “This was years ago. I’m going to go back probably eight years ago and Michael told me, ‘Cory, I can’t tour anymore. I’m not gonna tour anymore. Ok?’ I said, ‘why Mike?’ He said, ‘Because it will kill me.’ That’s what he said to me. He said, ‘It will kill me.’ Why would you say something like that? He said, ‘Well, remember when I was preparing for my concert and I passed out at the Sony Studio?’ He said, ‘Well, it’s because when I get ready for a tour I get dehydrated. I don’t eat. I don’t drink. I don’t sleep. I put so much of myself into preparing for a tour.’

He said, ‘I’m not doing it on purpose. This is just something I don’t think about anymore. You understand? I’ve just become so driven that I can’t even think about these things anymore. They made me walk around with an IV last time.‘ He said, ‘So I just decided, my doctors decided that maybe you shouldn’t do this anymore.He said he wanted to make the Invincible album work to the point where that was it. He’s done with the tour. He’s gonna do this Invincible album. He wanted to continue to put out albums. He said, ‘I’ll do albums till I can’t do it anymore, but I just can’t tour.’”

An answer to my query a while back to someone who knew Michael right up until the day he died, regarding whether Michael would have ever signed another contract with $ony, the answer was a blunt: “Hell no!“ Thus, there is every indication from multiple sources that Michael had indeed severed ties with $ony in the early to mid-2000s and had no plans to sign again with Sony or any label for that matter.

He told his nephew Taj Jackson as well as others in his family that he wanted to do films after the O2 shows. And we’ve heard from his managers and others who were there in years prior, that this was his dream for a long time before that. That’s where his heart was: film. While he was used for his image and name, while he was abused and extorted for money, Michael never got the chance to truly realize one of his most cherished dreams. A quote from him during the O2 rehearsals is very telling:  “They give me everything they want, and nothing I need.” It seems this could be applied not only to the ‘This Is It” shows, but to other areas of his life prior too.

'Field of Dreams' in Michael's Neverland Formal Dining Room

'Field of Dreams' painting in Michael's Neverland Formal Dining Room. Unfortunately, Michael's own dream of doing films was never fully realized.

Financial pressure forced him back to the stage

The O2 concerts Michael was roped into with AEG in late 2008 were due to the impending foreclosure of Neverland. I previously detailed the connections that led to Michael’s ultimate demise in my piece “It’s A Small World After All“. But let’s look at a detailed explanation of the events that led to Michael’s being forced back onto the stage, which are explained in an article titled: “Monetizing the Celebrity Meltdown“. My friend Nikki tweeted a day or so ago that “Michael erroneously signed with “2 Seas Records” in 2005 while in Bahrain“. The excerpt below confirms this. Nikki stated that “Nothing panned out concerning “2 Seas Records” except another lawsuit which was partially paid off by AEG according to Leonard Rowe.“. The excerpt below states that it was Colony Capitol that paid off the lawsuit, however it may have been both of them.

Here is the relevant excerpt:

Barrack had received a call from Tohme Tohme, a fellow Lebanese-American who had become Jackson’s business manager. Jackson hadn’t released a new album or done a world tour in years, but he had three significant assets: the Neverland property, the MiJac catalogue of his own music, and the enormous Sony/ATV catalogue, which included, among other songs, most of the Beatles’ oeuvre. Jackson was facing a crisis, Tohme said. The holder of $270 million in loans to Jackson was foreclosing on Neverland and planned to sell it in five days. Would Barrack meet with Jackson? “It’s so not Tom’s thing,” Lowe says. “Getting roped into spending half an hour with Michael Jackson in some weird house is just not on his agenda.”

Somewhat grudgingly, Barrack arrived at Jackson’s fifties stucco rental on Palomino Lane. “Not one blade of grass,” Barrack says. “The house was old and musty.” The 1,000-plus-page Sony/ATV catalogue was on the table between them, and Barrack was quickly won over. “For sure, the guy is an absolute genius,” Barrack says. “He was remembering not just songs but every performance, every date, every script.” When it came to business matters, though, Jackson was lost. He knew only that if Neverland was foreclosed on as scheduled, it would trigger a cascade of financial devastation. For the past decade, he had repeatedly staved off financial reckoning by borrowing. Now he was out of options.

As a rule, Barrack is drawn to distressed situations. One of his rules for success.

Barrack had a relationship with the loan holder, Fortress, and was able to get an extension to give his Colony team time to crunch the numbers. They concluded that the only way to make a deal work would be for Jackson to start generating new revenue, which meant performing old material. Two days later, Barrack called Jackson. “I told him: ‘Where you are is an insolvable puzzle unless you’re willing to go back to work. If you’re willing to do that, then we can help, but if you’re not willing to do that, it’s just presiding over a funeral.’ ” At first, Jackson demurred. “He really had a hard time with that, and he struggled for about three days. Finally, he calls back and says, ‘You’re right, I’ll do it.’ ”

Colony agreed to bail out Jackson; in return, the firm would take ownership of Neverland and arrange for AEG, the concert promoter owned by Barrack’s friend Phil Anschutz, to stage a comeback. An unforeseen complication arose when Barrack received a call from the King of Bahrain, whom he knew from Sardinia, where Barrack owns much of the Costa Smeralda; astonishingly, Jackson had apparently forgotten that while being hosted in Bahrain, he had signed over a number of recording and performance rights to the king’s son. Colony had to buy out that interest. Jackson moved into a gated $100,000-a-month mansion in Bel-Air to prepare for a run of 50 concerts in London that would relaunch his career. Instead, it ended it.

If Michael had been able to realize his dream, what kind of films would he have made? Well, I understand Michael liked films with ‘pathos‘ so no doubt they’d be that type of film. You could see this concept in all the work Michael did: in his music, his lyrics, his performances and his music videos and short films such as Bad, Ghosts, Thriller, You Rock My World, etc. He always drew the audience in by telling a story.

From Wikipedia: Pathos represents an appeal to the audience’s emotions. Pathos is a communication technique used most often in rhetoric (where it is considered one of the three modes of persuasion, alongside ethos and logos), and in literature, film and other narrative art.

Emotional appeal can be accomplished in a multitude of ways: by a metaphor or story telling, common as a hook, by a general passion in the delivery and an overall emotion and sympathies of the speech or writing as determined by the audience. The pathos of a speech or writing is only ultimately determined by the hearers.

Pathos is often associated with emotions, but it is more complex than simply emotions. A better equivalent might be appeal to the audience’s sympathies and imagination. An appeal to pathos causes an audience not just to respond emotionally but to identify with the writer’s point of view – to feel what the writer feels. In this sense, pathos evokes a meaning implicit in the verb ‘to suffer’ – to feel pain imaginatively. Perhaps the most common way of conveying a pathetic appeal is through narrative or story, which can turn the abstractions of logic into something palpable and present.

The values, beliefs, and understandings of the writer are implicit in the story and conveyed imaginatively to the reader. Pathos thus refers to both the emotional and the imaginative impact of the message on an audience, the power with which the writer’s message moves the audience to decision or action.

Now, even though Michael didn’t want to perform live or tour again, he certainly was not about to disappoint his fans! He intended to give his all as he always did, and to fulfill his obligations to the very best of his ability. But to Michael, this couldn’t be something he did just for the money. There was never much of anything Michael did just for money. He had to have a bigger, more humanitarian reason. He wanted to change the world and be inspired and inspiring. Thus, for the O2 shows he made the theme all about putting more L.O.V.E. into the world, and about healing and saving our planet. And God knows we need those things very badly right now. But it seems pretty likely that if he had his choice of how to do that, he’d have chosen films instead of live performances and a tour.

Putting together all these accounts from all these people and situations over the years make it very clear what Michael’s wishes and intentions were regarding live performing and touring again, what his feelings were regarding $ony Corporation, and what his true and most heartfelt dreams were, which was to concentrate mostly on doing films since at least as far back as the late eighties to early nineties. The fact that his dreams were trashed, destroyed, and thwarted at every turn before his short life ended is not only his loss, but ours. Now, we’ll never know what amazing films and musical productions Michael might have created to delight us, to inspire us, and to change our world in the way that only he could.

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© 2010 Seven Bowie, excepting photos and quotes from other sources.

{ Thanks to my friend Nikki whose bits of tweeted commentary & info I included for this piece. Also thanks to Justice4MJJ who reminded me of Katherine’s book and that MJ wanted to stop touring as far back as 1988! -Seven }

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16 Responses to “Michael’s dreams were thwarted at every turn in favor of the interests of others”

  1. Kristin says:

    Im very uncertain what the truth is because I also read a quote from someone from AEG who said that michael wanted to give all the money from the O2-concerts to charity.But on the other side michael must have had financial problems.Whenever I read disscusions about mikes financial situation I seem to be the only one knowing that statement.Has any one read it too or knows anything about it?

  2. Lisa D11:11 says:

    I totally agree with Sina, there is no coincidences..I have had so many profound spiritual connections with Michael since his passing that I am actually writing a book about it..

    Since Michael’s death (of this world)..I have done massive research about his extraordinary life..And one out of MANY of the things I have discovered is how we both continued on our dreams no matter what the circumstances. The reason why I moved to LA was to promote my script. I did not know that Michael was looking for scripts, in fact I didn’t know allot about Michael, yet I knew he had a beautful heart..If I would have known he was looking for scripts, I would have tried to contact him. There were signs, but I was so busy trying to survive–I did not see them..something i will feel bad about until I leave this life. I have been through many hardships in my has Michael..yet, I have always been a positive person, and always believed in my higher power..God to carry me through the storms..Michael was murdered-bottom line..Michael had plans to pursue his love for movie making right after the O2 concerts were finished..something he wanted to do sice after Thriller..his genius knew no limits. Unfortunely for us..we will never have the opportunity to enjoy his creations..Yet, we had him..his music, his dance, his short fims, his LOVE..and I will be forever grateful..Michael is my biggest inspiration, my greatest love..I feel his spirit, every second of the day..HE was my dream..There will be no other..And now since he is no longer, here, I have dedicate my life, in keeping his memory alive..his heart is the same as mine..My king, King of LOVE, King of HEARTS, King of Dance, King of Music..RIP…LOVE IS 4EVER.

  3. Sina says:

    Thank you for this Seven, the story triggered melancholic feelings and reminds me of this poem of Dancing the dream.

    Break Free
    All this hysteria, all this commotion
    Time, space,energy are just a notion
    what we have conceptualized we have created
    All those love,all those hated

    Where is the beginning, where is the end
    Time’s arrow, so difficult to bend
    Those broken promises, what they meant
    Those love letters , never sent

    Sadly Michael had so much coming,and was so ready to leave the bad times behind. Im happy that in his short life , by hard work and excellence , mastering his art, he was still able to make many of his artistic dreams come true, And on a personal level, the greatest of all , his children.

    Today my whole country is covered with layers of snow. I walked home because no public transport, an hour walk. The snow sometimes up to my knees. Thinking of Michael, his music in my ears. Would he like snow ?
    It was so peaceful and quiet,like the snow had softened the hysteria of the passed days.
    And then at night on tv I saw an interview with Michaels brother Jacky who was talking about Michael and spending holidays together. He told how Michael loooved snow. He liked skiing but could not do it alot because of his dance.
    I dont believe in coincidence.
    Love you Michael. The dream continues……

  4. Taelyn says:

    I am deeply affected like many by Michael Jackson.
    I am ALSO deeply confused by this whole Sony fiasco.

    To buy the CD seems a betrayal, but then to NOT buy it seems a Betrayal.. So I DO have an Idea.. But if would take all of Michaels army of angels to do it !!
    If we believe in a single then We should support and buy it .. Thts right and fair, nd the CD does have a few really good songs that had majot potential had MJ stayed to finish it..
    But what would be best of all is if leagues of us gathered all over the world and gathered as peaceful groups at record/Music stores, Itunes and what not and went in the store and when we exited showed off our NEW, but TRUE CD .. The”Invicible CD”.. and Blood on the “Dance floor (As these were the ones that Sony refused tio market )” He was so proud of those works and they contain so many messages.. Yet he was robbed in America by Sony not giving it the Press that it deserved.. We can still put Michael on yo.. Lets just do it withan alsum and work of love that we know he loved and meant much to him.
    Lets request songs from it every day on our radios.. Lets bombard MTV and VH1 to play the song.. and most of all play his Videos.. evening planning a special hour for that AMAZING Ghost Video, and the making of.

    We can STILL put Mikes music at the top of the charts, and it can be music we KNOW is all Michael.. Some of us who are connected can even go on talk shows and tell what and why we are doing it. I beieve that we as His fans can do just about ANYTHING if we unite for Michael.. The Gardner scgool is proof of that.

    (Just so you know Ill share this plan around the net and hope it gets wings.)


  5. martina says:

    Hello seven,I wanna let you know about a very interesting interview with Dieter Wiesner – Michael´s former manager.He speaks about that Michael wasn´t a drug dependant and Wiesner speaks specially to the fans to recongnize this. It´s translated now -and I think you and the fans want to read it. Wiesner don´t sound like a typical manager – I think he understood and he cherish Michael very much. love martina
    below you find the interview:

  6. susana says:

    somebody can make justice? how snnedon and his gang can get away from justice

  7. melinda says:

    Michael’s dreams of film making was destroyed by the devilish people in his life ! He should have never trusted them ! But the destroyed part was a set up to kill him and they succeeded in doing so ! Let’s hope and pray this never happens to his children and that god will protect them from the filthy media. They are michael’s true legacy !!

  8. Nikki says:

    It hurts me that Michael never got to pursue this dream because others found his music more valuable over his real desires. He was used then put out like trash by Sony, as other artists have had done to them. He mentioned film before music in his interview to Brett Ratner as his favorite. I wish I could find a clip of him, I bet he was about 15, I think on Soul Train, where he says he wanted to go into film even back then. It should have happened for him. I think he could have been one of the best directors ever.

    I was just thinking today it is intesting that Michael’s two eldest children have mentioned wanting to go into film (Prince into directing/producing and Paris into acting)–neither mentioned anything about music. I wonder if the warned them about the cruelty of the music industry. Regardless, I do hope they go for their dreams and all their dreams come true.

  9. Lisa D11:11 says:

    My questions are these– and i have read specific passages over and over again; If Barrack had the power to help finance Michael’s come back tour-to save Neverland, then why could he not have used his money and influence to help Michael finance several movie projects? I am assuming the movie projects would have also generated the money to help Michael keep Neverland. A contract could have been worked out to where Barrack would have received a certain % of the revenues coming from the movies. And I am sure along with several studio albums from Michael there would have been plenty of money from these projects as well as from the movies?? Why put Michael in a position of extreme physical torture to preform, knowing Michael may not be strong enough to do soo?? And knowing how Michael deals with his health, during tours? The more information comes out, the more, I know that there definetly was a set up, from these PUPPET put Michael in a valnerable position. Although each that goes by only gets harder for me, because the pressence of Michael’s LOVE is not longer here-physically, is only stronger in its emptiness..for me it only gets harder..Yet, time also reveals TRUTHS..and the more I put the pieces of the puzzles together, it only confims that Michael was SET UP for YEARS..set up for death..Yet, in death his God Essence only became his death, it WOKE millions more to The TRUTH of WHO MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON WAS and IS..He wa a messenger of GOD for peace, unity and LOVE..RIP My King of LOVE..King of MY HEART..LOVE IS 4EVER..

  10. amy says:

    all this aside , i believe prince and paris will have a career in movies , prince wants to direct and paris wants to act , hopefully they will fulfill michael’s dream 🙂

  11. Johanna says:

    Hmm, that comment from Barrack sounds a bit hokey. Michael’s house at 2710 Palomino Lane looks pretty nice (look on Google Maps). It’s owned by the Prince of Brunei and it’s worth almost $9 million – how bad can it get? No grass? Vegas is a desert, duh! Maybe he didn’t want to spend so much money to upkeep a rental house. I wonder why he didn’t move back to Hayvenhurst. It’s his after all.

    He was going to make a film about the life of Edgar Allen Poe, in which he was going to star in the lead role, and also make “They Cage the Animals at Night” into a movie. There was a nod to Poe in Ghosts (the raven). His movie plans got shelved due to the trial but he might’ve wanted to get back to them in the later years. It’s a pity now we’ll never get to see what was in his head.

  12. Seven says:


    I was quoting from the article titled “Monetizing The Celebrity Meltdown” about Tohme.

    As I understand it Jermaine had previously introduced Michael to Tohme and it was subsequently Tohme who went to Colony Capitol looking for a way to keep Neverland from foreclosure. Then, Colony contacted AEG to get Michael back onto the stage so he could make money again by performing.

    In other words, I believe Michael was already involved with Tohme as his manager before Colony was contacted or involved. I haven’t read Rowe’s book yet.

  13. Max says:

    This is a very good, well researched, intelligent article. Thank you for all the research. It sickens me to see all the lies that are still being printed about Michael every day. It’s like a vendetta, a vendetta without a cause, because Michael deserved none of it. Even those who try to speak out for him and mean him no harm often pass on erroneous information, such as people who have worked with him, etc. I can see more and more that he couldn’t trust any one, that betrayals were heaped on top of betrayals. I hope this letter campaign will work. Thanks for sticking up for Michael. I suppose with the trial coming up things will get worse before they get better, since Murray’s defense lawyers will seek to portray Michael in the worst possible light. But if we keep to our goal, we will prevail in the end and clear his legacy. Thanks for staying strong.

  14. june says:

    Seven, such an interesting blog; I had a feeling the other half of that One More Chance Video was never completed and upon reading Thomson’s article found out why; and yes Sony finds it admirable to release this incomplete video now, when they did nothing to promote Invincible, a wonderful album which took Michael a few years to make. I’m not sure you were quoting Rowe’s book or Nikki when you first commented about Tohme being Michael’s manager leading up to the arrangements for the NL refinance. I had thought Michael met Tohme through Barrack, i.e., later in the process (Tohme having been Barrack’s press guy), and then when Barrack intro’d Michael to Anschutz (AEG), Tohme was tossed into the deal by Barrack to keep an eye on Colony’s “investment” – Michael. If you can help me understand when and how(and by whom) Tohme came into Michael’s life, I would appreciate it. Michael did not like the guy and I’m sure would have dismissed him if he had any power at all to do so.

    But either way, IMO they ALL contributed to Michael’s demise, as it has become more and more clear that Michael did not want to do these concerts and was pressured by them all to go forward with it for financial reasons. None of them, Sony, AEG, Barrack, Tohme, Anschutz, Phillips, Ortega and particularly Murray, have clean hands. The AEG-Michael contract in Rowe’s book, if anywhere near the final AEG-Michael contract, is so full of lies, self-dealing and manipulation, not to mention forged signatures and lack of legal representation for Michael, as to make one weep.

    If only they had all left him alone to transfer his creativity to the moving image, we can only imagine the further gifts he would have given the world.

  15. Jackie says:

    It just tears apart :'( Poor Michael.
    Michael Jackson is the most abused victim of and by the humanity.
    The only one who really was molested here in every way that is possible is Michael.

    Shame on us!!!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Breaks my heart . Severely. He deserved so much more . Just for what he gave to me and billions and trillions of people he inspired to fulfill their dreams yesterday and today. To dance , sing , create art , or just speak their voice , so many he led the way to their dreams and to be literally robbed of his . And I thought there were no tears left,, yet I still cry.