Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of FB4MJ, Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating in the US. Hope your day is made sweeter with the anticipation of the premier of BAD25!

Here’s a clip of a Thanksgiving Day Tribute to Michael at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, 2009.

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BAD: 25 Years Today!

Although at this point, it is unlikely you are completely unaware of today’s date, I will go ahead and write a post about it anyway! Today marks the (official) twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of BAD (the album and the short film), Michael’s astonishing successor to Thriller. While you can find the politics and controversy over the upcoming releases whenever and wherever, let us instead enjoy a nice break with a compilation of Bad Era gems from YouTube!

A Gift.

At approximately 7:33pm on this day in 1958, the world was completely unaware of the gift the universe had given. The least we can do to show our gratitude for Michael Jackson, this indescribable gift, is to follow in his spiritual footsteps and put love back into the world and realize our individual potential to do the same– to make this world a better place.

Every year on this man’s birthday though, I am reminded that he was the gift. In celebrating his birthday, we celebrate the gift the world received.

“The best way I can imagine to show my thanks is to make the very most of the gift that God gave me.” Michael Jackson

Happy Birthday to Michael– the gift of the world.

The Official Track List of Bad 25 is Out

From MichaelJackson.com:

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PROJECT TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18

 

New York, NY – Epic/Legacy Recordings in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson today announced the highly anticipated track listing for the September 18th release of Michael Jackson BAD25   that celebrates the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour. Featured in the deluxe package, are three CDs, two collectible booklets, and the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD World Tour – the July 16, 1988 sold out Wembley Stadium show in London.

 

Filled with previously re-mastered versions of iconic hits and un-released recordings from the King Of Pop, the BAD25 anniversary deluxe edition CDs and DVD will include the following:

CD one features re-mastered versions of Michael’s biggest hits on the original BAD album, including, “Smooth Criminal,”  “Man In The Mirror,” “Bad,” “Another Part of Me,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Dirty Diana” arranged in the same sequence as they appeared on the original album released 25 years ago. “Leave Me Alone” was added to the album as a bonus track following its initial release and has been included on the disc.

CD two offers fans a rare listen to thirteen additional tracks, 6 of which are previously unreleased demo recordings created at Michael’s personal studio built at his then-home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, California. Also included are all three bonus tracks from the 2001 expanded edition of BAD, the previously un-released French version of Michael performing the classic, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a high  power version of “Speed Demon” remixed by Nero and the brand new remix of “Bad” worked on as an electrifying collaboration between Pitbull and Dutch DJ Afrojack.

Recordings included in this package reflect the songs and spirit of Michael Jackson’s artistry during BAD’s recording sessions and have been selected to show the different stages of how Michael’s songwriting and recording genius took shape. Some tracks are so complete that any other artist but Michael Jackson – who worked tirelessly to make sure his songs reflected his vision – might consider them finished tracks. Others are less complete but offer insight into Michael’s creative process in its various stages. Included is the demo, “Al Capone,” an early incarnation of what ultimately became “Smooth Criminal,” “Don’t Be Messin’ Around,” an example of a more complete demo, and a song initially titled, “Song Groove.” That song later became known as “Abortion Papers” which according to Michael’s own records, he spent considerable time in weighing how best to thoughtfully address something that was, and remains, a very personal and sensitive issue.

A true highlight of the package is CD three and the DVD – the never seen before live concert on DVD and its accompanying music CD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. This show was one of the seven record-breaking nights played at the venue attended by more than half a million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have now been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night in 5.1 surround sound taken from the original multitrack recordings made that night.

In addition to the complete Wembley Show, the DVD will also contain “The Way You Make Me Feel” from Michael’s July 15th performance at Wembley Stadium. This is the only song not performed on July 16th due to the late start of that night’s show. Also included are the thrilling early performances of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Bad” from the Yokohama Stadium performance in September of 1987 during the first leg of the BAD World Tour.

BAD25 – COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:

DELUXE BOX TRACK LISTING

CD ONE – Original Album

1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends
6. Another Part Of Me
7. Man In The Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone

CD TWO – Bonus Tracks, Unreleased Tracks, Demos, Remixes

1. Don’t Be Messin’ Around
2. I’m So Blue
3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
4. Free
5. Price Of Fame
6. Al Capone
7. Streetwalker
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Spanish Version)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, French Version)
11. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK FEATURING PITBULL – DJ BUDDHA EDIT)
12. Speed Demon (REMIX BY NERO)
13. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK – CLUB MIX)

CD THREE – CD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
5. She’s Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Working Day And Night
13. Beat It
14. Billie Jean
15. Bad
16. Man In The Mirror

DVD – DVD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
5. She’s Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Bad Groove (the Band Jam section)
13. Working Day And Night
14. Beat It
15. Billie Jean
16. Bad
17. Man In The Mirror (Encore)

And Bonus Tracks Include:

  1. 1.     The Way You Make Me Feel (Performed at Wembley the previous night, July 15, 1988)
    2.     I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Bad (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, September, 1987)

 

www.MichaelJackson.com

A Word of Caution

Being away from many major media outlets for the past couple of weeks, I return to chaos and confusion surrounding the Jackson family. While I have tried my best to absorb as much information as I could regarding the matters made public in the media, I can’t help but notice more than a few alarming things. In this post, I plan to tackle them to the best of my ability, and help you see what I see.

First off let me start by saying, I think consuming media day in and day out (as if it were gospel) has obviously jaded our perception of it. The more we consume, the more  our b.s. detectors are weakened. In other words, the more we take in this content from these medialoids, the more time and opportunity they subconsciously persuade us to lower our defenses.

This is evident by the fact that a lot of MJ fans have suddenly thought it acceptable to list tabloid sources like TMZ as credible. So much so, it’s as if suddenly it became passable and believable that they would report truth. Please. Is TMZ ever right about anything when it comes to Michael? And when exactly have they not sensationalized something when Michael’s name is involved? So all of a sudden, we can believe them when they say that Janet Jackson slapped Paris Jackson? It’s all this medialoid is all about: sensationalism. Let’s actually take a moment to assess this ‘story’ that TMZ reported.

The video where Janet allegedly slaps Paris is shown alongside narration that specifically says Janet does this. However, the video itself shows nothing of the sort. Do you see what they got away with there? They claimed they had proof of this incident, didn’t, and yet still wanted to make the viewer lazy enough to believe they are telling the truth!

If that were the case, and an altercation did happen, then why not show that exact moment and put it on nonstop repeat for the world to see? TMZ lied right then and there, and it was as plain as day. Which proves to those that will take the time to think for themselves instead of relying on medialoids to do the thinking for them, that it’s only when we pick up on things like that do we really see what kind of monster the media is.

What sparked this fiasco was a letter Randy, Janet, Jermaine, Tito, and Rebbie sent to the executors of Michael’s estate asking them to resign due to concerns about their mother’s well-being. After that, seemingly all hell broke loose. Katherine Jackson was thought to be missing and Michael’s two eldest appeared to be tweeting against family members. Later, both stories reported by media turned out to be misunderstandings: Katherine was in fact on vacation, relaxing as by doctor’s orders, and Paris and Prince’s twitters were reported as hacked for a period of time. (As to what were original tweets from the kids versus what were products from the hacking was up for debate and the fan community found itself divided.) The tweets of course, which created controversy within the fan community, ultimately brought out the ugliness and that is becoming almost routine when it comes to defending beliefs and positions involving Michael or his family.

Some things worth mentioning though, are the attacks that the family received from us fans.

Just as sure as you can bet the media had a frenzy reporting “legal expert opinions” and latest evidence surrounding the “Jackson Family Feud”, you can bet that before all the facts were out, those who originally had their suspicions about the Jacksons and their so-called greedy agendas were all too happy to attack them. And this behavior coming from the same people who fight against the same kind of attacks that Michael’s legacy suffers from.

It was awful to see, because as fans of Michael Jackson who fight against that exact same kind of treatment that he got and continues to get, watching it reflect from the fans onto his family is horrendous.  We’re supposed to know better and be better! And really, to participate in this kind of media warfare and then to call ourselves MJ fans is counterproductive when you take into consideration that many of us fight against the slandering that continues day in and day out for Michael. For it all to be undermined by our behavior is ridiculous and absurd. Am I in the minority who thinks that it goes against what Michael believed in? Sometimes I feel that way when I see people on twitter shaming Michael’s mother and policing and “parenting” Michael’s children via Twitter. Shouldn’t we at least try to represent him in some sense? Not to mention that it was his family who have stood beside him through his toughest times–even when some fans didn’t.

So, as a word of caution, if we think with our brains instead of acting alone on behalf of our hearts, we won’t leave ourselves with that regret we might get for things we’ve said and done in the heat of the moment. Let’s try to remember that what the media reports is likely never the whole story.  Obviously, its easier said than done, but its worth the effort if it means we can be proud to be apart of MJ Fan-mily.

Clearly, this are just my opinions and my point of view of the summary of a lot of what’s going on. But for a more detailed recount of the the past weeks events, check out Seven’s blog.

To be honest, her opinion is similar to mine, buts puts things a less sloppy perspective😉

‘Gone Too Soon’: The Many Lives of Michael Jackson’s Elegy

Sorry I’m a little late on this bandwagon, but jumping on is still encouraged!

Check out Joe Vogel’s new piece about the history behind ‘Gone Too Soon’ (if you haven’t done so yet).

Remembering. Reflecting. Reassuring.

Yesterday, I took the liberty of removing myself from media. I hadn’t yet honored Michael on the 25th the way I wanted. Somehow, I’d be disturbed or distracted by something I saw or heard, and wouldn’t be able to let that go, which brought anger to the day I wanted to celebrate love. Yesterday, I was trying to achieve that goal of celebrating not only Michael’s life, but his love as well. And I think I did it.

I enjoyed his short films, live performances, music and words– that goes without saying. But this time, in removing myself from the outside world, I would discover another piece of the puzzle that is me, unintentionally and evidently through Michael. And while it may seem a little selfish, I was reminded that a look in the mirror was an essential action before trying to change anything.

I came across an extremely rare copy of ‘Dancing the Dream’ a while back, and thought yesterday provided a great opportunity to read it. Becoming touched in any one of these verbal illustrations is a guarantee. However, in reading these poems and reflections, something happened to me. I could feel the amount of emotion put into each verse almost as if those things were written to me and they were apart of me somehow. Maybe my future even– for a moment, I felt as though I was seeing it!

I know how this may sound, but I think the process of creating knowledge about what I read showed something to me. I saw, in those verses of some of the prose and poems, a mirror. A mirror showing me these pictures these words are painting, and I am in the painting. It was a profound thing to feel. I could feel something inside me changing for the better. I couldn’t believe that it came from reflecting on Michael’s being and his life work. It was as if so many hours and days and months of simply ‘Michaeling’ added up to one epiphany. It was really something.

Although my methods involved isolating myself from the outside world and immersing myself in Michael, my experiences yesterday taught me a few things; and the common denominator of Michael’s messages finally began to sink in. I was able to listen to these messages with my head and my heart, and for once they agreed. My thoughts and emotions, which were created from reading some selections in ‘Dancing the Dream’, converged into one major life changing realization: to remember love.

And then a thought occurred to me. Was Michael love?  If you think about it, how else would he be able to represent it so well, and give it so widely? He himself has said he just wanted to be loved wherever he went. Was he just asking to see a little of himself in the places he visited in return for the gifts of love he’d given to us? To see the reflection of good he was sent here to do in the hearts of the people of the world? To not only bring love, but to leave love everywhere as a remnant of himself to hopefully stand on its own and ultimately heal? And in remembering him and keeping him alive in our hearts, when it comes down to it, we’re remembering love, wouldn’t you say? I have to wonder, and in doing so, it only makes more sense that Michael was an angel. Is an angel.

I wonder if Michael ever thought along these lines.

Well in remembrance of Michael, it became apparent to me that maybe I hadn’t taken his message, perhaps the way it was meant to be taken. I had yet to  truly apply all of his message to my heart and life, and that I needed to really practice what I called myself preaching.

I will forever thank him for his lasting acts of love for the world, and for the reminder to put love back into the world.  I think that’s the least I can do given what he’s done to make this world a better place.

Michael On Sesame Street

Enjoy this clip of Michael on Sesame Street!

Originally aired on December 8, 1978.

Syria is Bleeding (Challenge to Michael Jackson Fans)

The following is a link to an article which talks about current injustices that are going on in Syria. Please note: only the link is provided on this page, because the article deals with very sensitive topics and may not be suitable for reading (there are no graphic images) for all visitors. Nevertheless, it is still something we should share concern and be aware of.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/syria-bleeding-and-i-lay-down-challenge-michael-jackson-fans/209/126759

 

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