Written By – All Things Michael
In preparation for Michael’s 56th birthday, I began to think about what he would have wanted if he were still with us. As the result, I would like to honor Michael’s birthday by using his words and songs of inspiration to bring some hope and encouragement to others.
Being raised as a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, it was forbidden to celebrate birthdays. Over the years, his position seemed to change somewhat as he politely accepted well wishes, birthday events and gifts from his fans who wanted to show their love and appreciation. He also allowed his children to experience having their own birthday parties, something that he could never enjoy as a a child. But without some type of acknowledgment from others, Michael would probably not indulge in the usual birthday fanfare for himself. Being the unselfish person that he was, he used his 45th birthday blow out as an opportunity to raise money for charity.
As a responsible citizen of this earth, Michael didn’t want to just make number one hits; he wanted to utilize his celebrity as a platform to raise public awareness. Though a task this great may seem impossible to some, he believed that anything is possible. He wanted everyone to be as concerned as he was about the social, economic and moral issues that plague our world.
“I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then hope to surpass those boundaries.”
“You can always dream, and your dreams can come true. But you have to make them come true.”
“There’s nothing that can’t be done if we raise our voice as one.”
With all the tragic events that we see and hear daily on the news, I believe that it would his fondest wish to see the world and its inhabitants healed and restored from the onslaught of bigotry, war and famine. He always dreamed of a better place for our children to live in. It hurt him immensely to see any living creature suffer, yet many can watch it everyday and not even flinch.
“I feel guilty just sitting around when I know I can be doing something.”
This was his life’s mission, even as a child.
“My dear mother instilled in me very young to give back, and as I grew in God I knew what I had to do as a believer in Christ. I hate to see suffering, I hate to see people in need, and I feel God gave me a gift, and I have to use it responsibly by giving back, and I’ll do it until I have pennies left or the good Lord …calls me home”
KATHERINE JACKSON: “You remember when they used to show the little African kids starving to death, flies all around their mouth? We, Michael and I, would lay there on the floor watching TV…Michael would look up at me and said, ‘Mother,’ he said, ‘one day’ – he was only a kid then – “I’m going to do something about this.” Katherine said he kept his promise, sending boxes and boxes of food to people who needed it, paying tuition for those who couldn’t afford it. After he got old enough to manage his own money and do things, everything he did was for the children. “I was very proud of him because he remembered and he gave, up until his last day.”
It would be so wonderful if I could say that our world’s compassion for humanity has advanced so much, we no longer need teaching in learning to love and being involved in changing our world for the better, but sadly, I can not. Michael’s songs and his messages of peace are still just as relevant today as they were when they were written.
“Michael’s passion for humanitarianism, equality, and world peace comes across in many of songs. The most prominent include “Can You Feel It,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “We Are the World”—undoubtedly the most famous of the group. Michael teamed up with Lionel Richie for “We Are the World,” to aid the poor in Africa and the U.S. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief. MJ also supported the green movement in eco-tunes like “Earth Song”—the video for which showed images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution and war.” Source
Michael was indeed a true prophet among us and like most of the great prophets, the masses fail to realize the value of the message until the messenger is gone or it is too late. After Michael passed, people rediscovered “Man In The Mirror” and it has now become one of his most downloaded songs. But at the time that the video was released, he was accused of using the plight of others to promote a video for his own self-gain. As usual, nothing could have been further from the truth.
“We knew we had a responsibility and the effect it would have on the world. We cried for 30 days straight making it. Michael watched the first half with us but did not see the finished Video until it played while he was singing it live for the first time on the Grammys, and they helped him off stage overcome with his emotions.” ~ Don Wilson – Producer of MIM short film
Though critics totally missed his message in the beginning, Man in the Mirror has now become as symbolic to Michael Jackson as Imagine is to John Lennon.
Prophets are often crucified for being “different.” They make people feel uncomfortable because they demand that we stop and take a look at all our mistakes. The burden of the message is so heavy on their hearts, they may cry and wail as if in mourning. They want us to to see and feel what they are feeling so that true “revival” can really come to solve these problems.
“It was not hard to find the good people who wanted to solve the earth’s problems. As I listened to their solutions, I thought, ‘There is so much good will here, so much concern.’ At night before going to bed, that one in the mirror looked back at me seriously. ‘Now we’ll get somewhere,’ he declared. ‘If everybody does their part.’
But everybody didn’t do their part. Some did, but were they stopping the tide? Were pain, starvation, hatred, and pollution about to be solved? Wishing wouldn’t make it so-I knew that. When I woke up the next morning, that one in the mirror looked confused. ‘Maybe it’s hopeless,’ he whispered. Then a sly look came into his eyes, and he shrugged. ‘But you and I will survive. At least we are doing all right.’
I felt strange when he said that. There was something very wrong here. A faint suspicion came to me, one that had never dawned so clearly before. What if that one in the mirror isn’t me? He feels separate. He ‘sees’ problems out there to be solved. Maybe they will be, maybe they won’t. He’ll get along. But I don’t feel that way-those problems aren’t ‘out there,’ not really. I feel them inside me. A child crying in Ethiopia, a sea gull struggling pathetically in an oil spill, a mountain gorilla being mercilessly hunted, a teenage soldier trembling with terror when he hears the planes fly over: Aren’t these things happening in me when I see and hear about them?” ~That One In The Mirror – Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)
“We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. Often this alienation has its roots in an emotionally deprived childhood. Children have had their childhood stolen from them. A child’s mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder and excitement. I want my work to help people rediscover the child that’s hiding in them.” ~ On Children of the World -Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)
“The years rolled by and they got old. Sitting in their comfortable houses, they took stock. “We’ve had a good life,” they said. “and we did the right thing.” Their children looked down and asked why poverty, pollution, and war were still unsolved. “You’ll find out soon enough.,” they replied. “Human beings are weak and selfish. Despite our best efforts, these problems will never really end.”
The head said yes, but the children looked into their hearts and whispered, “No!” But the Heart Said No – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)
Such profound words! Not only could Michael write so beautifully, he could effectively sing and convey each heartfelt emotion he felt into every lyric. Whenever I am feeling down, Michael’s music and words of inspiration has been like a healing balm to me. It touches my soul and it’s the closest that I can get to heaven on this earth. Even though I may have heard a song many times, ideas, encouragement, inspiration or an answer to a problem will jump out at me. When I am happy, his music makes me ecstatic! I’m in my own little world with Michael and everything is as it should be! Not only do I listen to his music for enjoyment, I listen to learn. I want to understand what the lyrics mean. I listen for new sounds that I didn’t notice before.
Michael made music that touches people; whether it had a message or was just a feel good tune, nothing he did was ever done lightly. Not only did he fully understood the power of music and it’s effectiveness to reach people, he also knew the source from which it came.
“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So I stay in the moment and listen.
What I hear is never the same. A walk through the woods brings a light, crackling song: Leaves rustle in the wind, birds chatter and squirrels scold, twigs crunch underfoot and the beat of my heart holds it all together. When you join the flow, the music is inside and outside, and both are the same. As long as I can listen to the moment, I’ll always have music.” ~ “How I Make Music – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)
“The songwriting process is something very difficult to explain, because it’s very spiritual. It’s, uh…You really have it in the hands of God, and it’s as if its been written already – that’s the real truth. As if its been written in its entirety before were born and you’re just really the source through which the song come. Really. Because there is…they just fall right into your lap in it’s entirety. You don’t have to do much thinking about it. And I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs that I – I do write them – I compose them, I write them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies but still, it’s a…it’s a work of God.” ~ 2001 interview
“I love to write songs. It´s one of my favorite things to do. It´s very spiritual. It´s a connection. I´m just a source through which it comes. I’m inspired by a lot of things but it´s done in the heavens. I listen to the music and I just create from there.”
Michael used every God given talent to raise our social and spiritual level of consciousness, which all played a part of his ability to reach to the world. We connected to him like no other and we couldn’t get enough. Singer Sheryl Crow said that when “he walked into the room, the molecules changed.” You can’t effectively touch people until you have had an epiphany yourself.
“I don’t think we’ll find a person as talented, a person who thought the way he thought. A person with the heart that Michael had. People aren’t that way anymore. He was special. He wasn’t God, but he was certainly God-like. He was the closest thing to a god that I knew.” ~ Latoya Jackson interview – Barbara Walters
Michael was proof that one person can make a great impact, but there is much more strength in numbers. We still time to “make that change” before it is too late.
“We had him. Beautiful, delighting our eyes… He gave us all he had been given… We are missing Michael Jackson. But we do know, we had him — and we are the world.” ~ Maya Angelou’s Poem, “We Had Him”
Dedicated to Michael Joe Jackson, the world’s greatest soldier of love!
Michael Jackson has done so many phenomenal things in the short time that he was on earth, It is difficult to capture it all. I am sharing some of my favorite articles, speeches and songs. It’s rather lengthy to review in one sitting, but please review whenever you have time.
Michael Jackson “The Forgotten Humanitarian“
Bela Farkas: “Why Did You Choose Me?”
Charity King: Michael Jackson Holds Guinness World Record
Charity – True Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson Pays for the Funeral of 9-Year-Old Victim of Gang Violence
Michael Pays for Funeral For Singer David Ruffin and Two Year Craig Fleming
Michael Brings Gifts and Love To Students After Shooting
MJ Was First ‘Make-a-Wish’ In Wisconsin
Greenville Woman Hopes Michael Jackson’s Good Deeds Will Be Remembered
Christmas Encompasses What Michael Jackson Breathed During Lifetime: LOVE
J5 Benefit Christmas Party For Blind Children
David Smithee and Michael
Michael Jackson Saves Fan From Death Leap
Michael Jackson and Dave Dave (Click here for more)