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The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later

The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later

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My MJ dolls

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Homemade card at Forest Lawn 23 June 2016

Every year since Michael Jackson left us, I enter Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, on June 25. This year I am overwhelmed and amazed by the 10,547 roses thoughtfully placed for Michael like a big beautiful blanket surrounding all the other gifts for him from individuals near and far. The roses are a coordinated effort by Robyn Starkand’s group: One Rose for Michael Jackson. Robyn then undertakes more thought and work by paying the roses forward to various charities such as St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels sister Alice Marie, Ronald McDonald House, Veterans LA and the Jewish Home for the Aged.

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The arrival of roses from One Rose for Michael Jackson – created and organized by Robyn Starkand.

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A fan helping set up the roses.

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Forest Lawn – 25 June 2016

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Robyn Starkand w/Sister Alice Marie of St. Vincent’s.

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More roses off to charity.

Rumi wrote that the wound is where the light enters you. Michael’s light continues to light the way for his soldiers of love, on the seventh anniversary of his departure from this earthly plane. The media tore Michael apart with abusive allegations when he became a record-breaking force. Michael’s death triggered a deep genetic pain in me. The search for the truth about Michael became my obsession. It ignited a sense of tragic injustice that I felt as a child from being Jewish and having had my entire family on my father’s side killed in the Holocaust. Michael’s death also stirred the hurt and injustice I felt from having watched my mother’s abuse.

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Samira Landau from France – This is her 4th trip to California to pay respects to Michael

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Tonia Kelly – Atlanta, Georgia – This is her 7th trip, she began coming for the trial in 2005.

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Beautiful, hand made card left at Forest Lawn on 23 June 2016

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Joly, May, Queenie, Jessica travel from Hong Kong every year to bring Michael a flower board made with love.

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From the fans in China.

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Musical flowers

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The Messenger of Love

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The seventh child was not concerned about the expectations of others. He was listening to the music of life. His ideas and creativity were boundless. His joy came from expressing his connection to his soul, and sharing his gifts with others. His dream was to allow the magic and the wonder that he saw, to reveal the harmony and love in all of creation. If people could feel their connection to the oneness of life, the world could once again be a place of freedom and joy. The seventh joy demonstrated this truth, through his life and his art. He danced, sang, and spoke of peace, love, oneness and caring for the land and one another. Thank u Michael. You know u saved me.

The terrorist’s attacks in Orlando, Florida less than two weeks ago hardened my heart briefly. But, I am reminded of Michael’s pleas for a better future for our world. He kept his heart open and soft, even in the face of harsh media lies and public scorn – ever reminding me the importance of keeping your heart open because holding hatred in one’s heart only damages our souls. The media continues to publish totally baseless smear stories in an attempt to defame Michael. As true followers who understand his never-ending love and innocence for children, we continue to stand firmly and defend him against the recycled accusations. Someday the lies about Michael won’t trend, only his legacy. I personally will keep working tirelessly to remind the world who he was; an innocent humanitarian.

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Roses from China

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Left – Fumiyo from Tokyo, Japan.
Right – Biki Zennhoji from Osaka, Japan

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Joly – Hong Kong

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Miranda Yuen – Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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Fanny – Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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I love the artistry behind each and every card.

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Desde Chile – From Chile With Love

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Quote from Frank Cascio

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Quote from Diana Dawn DiAngelo

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How cute is this from Mickey Mail?

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I was happy to see the fans from Japan who make the trip every year to deliver this hand made quilt. They work as a team with each person working on one piece, on weekends over the year. Today, they took a taxi from Hollywood to deliver it to Forest Lawn. They delivered a message to me from June, who usually comes. “Thank you and I love you.”

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Quilt from Japan
Left to Right:
1. Yoko Abe
2. Aki Ko Kanazawa – “Michael’s smile gives me power.”
3. Yuki Otsuki
4. Tomoe Tokuda.

Here’s are closeups of inserts of the truly beautiful quilt.

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Asuka

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Chisato

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Ayako

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Aki & Yukiko

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Chisato

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Yurika – I’m truly glad that I met you. To me, you are like the air. You are necessary for us. I love you.

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Dolls from Japan.

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10 year old Timothy discovered Michael when he was 5. He said “I dance, I sing and I love him”. When I asked him why he loved Michael he said “Because he was kind.”

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Another quilt from Japan.

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Quilt close up

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Flowers from France

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“How could I lead my life so that every cell of living matter was also benefited?” – Michael Jackson

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The ocean of cards, flowers, teddy bears and love from fans from around the world to honor him makes it clear that Michael is going to be remembered not for the lies that were told about him, but for the great artist and human being that he was. The media went to great lengths to hoodwink the general public, but the informed readers and fans know better. Michael Jackson asked hard questions of everyone, yet he didn’t preach. That is part of the reason why we loved him and continue to love him. He was a transcendent being, gentle as a butterfly, with boundless generosity. An example of a creative whose life was inspired by curiosity not fear. He saw the beauty in each and every leaf. Michael flew away too soon. We loved and continue to love him for his heart and his art.

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later


Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Michael Jackson would have been fifty-seven years old today. The now familiar black wrought iron gates signal the entrance to Forest Lawn Glendale. As I wind up the entrance I see Aleppo pines, a single rose here and there, flower arrangements, pinwheels of red, orange and blue spinning softly in the wind as the birds sing their songs.

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Holly Terrace

Amidst the roses, handmade cards, balloons, and stuffed animals is the feeling of love that Michael Jackson spread around the world with his music and his heart.

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With love from Russia

Eleanor Roosevelt said “to do what you feel in your heart for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Michael embodied this throughout his life. Watching television as a young boy with his mother, he was moved to tears when he saw images of starving children in Africa. “Mother”, he vowed, “I’m going to do something about this someday.” And, true to his word, he did.

My hope is these photos show how Michael was loved and even though he was subjected to immense injustice, the fans know the truth even though the media was trying to tarnish his reputation throughout his career.

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Marjorie from Scotland

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Alice in Hong Kong

I love the simplicity of this tiny bear with the note “Happy birthday to you in heavens.”

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Little bear from Iraa and Jude

Divina Baham organized “The Messenger of Love” Foundation back in 2011. They celebrate Michael’s birthday, his passing and bring bags of love out reach visiting homeless shelters, Shriner’s Hospital for Children and dedicated a tree to Michael at Lake Balboa. This year they brought a cake to Forest Lawn in honor of Michael.

Cake for Michael Jackson - 29 August 2015

Cake for Michael Jackson – 29 August 2015

Hitomi came from Japan for only 3 days. I was told by Hitomi’s friend that many Japanese visitors stay for such a short amount of days because they have to get back to work.

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Hitomi – from Japan

Rieko from Japan on the other hand, came for 3 weeks to study English at a small school for her university back home. “My main purpose is Michael Jackson’s birthday” she told me. It was her first time in LA and in her own words, “a dream come true”. I thought it was so cute how she carried her MJ doll in the tiny bag with “I am King of Pop” on it.

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Rieko – from Japan

I met Gloria Lopez. She told me she was 13 years old when her grandfather died. He was her father figure and her best friend, who took care of her since she was 3 months old. After he died, she became depressed and suicidal, as it was her first experience of death. She didn’t want to go to school, was getting “F” grades and was sent to a psychiatrist. She said “I heard “You Rock My World” in 2001 and it was the first time I smiled since my grandfather died. I started devoting myself to MJ research. I became an honor student and received a Masters In Art Education doing my thesis on Michael.” She told me she teaches art to children because of Michael’s influence on her.

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Gloria Lopez

I met Marguerite, who flew all the way from France. Her first time to the states was in 2012 for the Immortal World Tour. She saw the Immortal World Tour 2 times in France that same year. She returned to Forest Lawn in August, 2014 and saw the One show two times that year. This year she told me that she came to Los Angeles for Michael’s spiritual message.

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Marguerite – France

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I love you More – Maleah

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Nina from Poland

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Yumiko from Japan

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Yumiko from Japan

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Roswitha Preib – Germany

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Clotide – France

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Rieko – L and Kaori – R
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Michael’s commitment to his art, no matter what was happening in his life, is a testament to the artist he was; always bearing his soul in his music. His ability to connect with his fans all around the globe is evident even six years after he has left his physical body. Even in the fierce California heat, people come from France, from Japan, from all around the world, to pay their respects to the Man in the Mirror, who built an army of love.

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Roses from France

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Flowers from Russia

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I love this card!

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Art work by Haruyo Sakuta

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Backside of Michael on Eagle’s Back

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Yae Kojima – Japan

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Yuka – Japan

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Yuka Takahashi – Japan

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Maleah, Lorrie, Marilyn

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Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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Captain Eo card – Japan

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2 Michael Bad dolls meet at Forest Lawn

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More gifts for Michael

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Russian fans

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From Japan

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Japanese dolls

One of Michael’s greatest gifts was how he cared for humanity and spread love. His Army of Love is still going strong, carrying the message that Michael was sharing with us his entire life: Love one another, take care of each other and continue to give, share and breathe love every step of our journey here. Michael was a spiritual messenger who walked his walk. He held up a mirror to humanity and in the end, Michael’s message continues to light the way.

Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday


Michael Jackson Is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Although it’s hard to believe it’s been six years, it’s soothing, heart breaking and life affirming all at once to see how the love for Michael Jackson is as present as it was on the day we lost him. As Michael once said, “My fans truly are a part of me. We share something that most people will never experience.” After his death, we continue to share our passion and love for Michael with each other.

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My Three Michael Jackson dolls.

Every year on the anniversary of his death I make my way to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, and walk slowly amidst a sea of love of homemade cards, stuffed animals,drawings, paintings, sunflowers, roses and handmade books from all over the globe. I see these offerings as proof. Proof there is love in every corner of the world from Japan to Korea, Italy to Germany to Poland as the fans pay their respects to the man, the man in the mirror who simply wanted to spread messages of love and tolerance, of forgiveness and kindness and of healing the world. When Michael sang, “Another Part of Me”, he was light years ahead in terms of consciousness. With his raised consciousness he acted with fearless integrity and understood the essence of this era: Recognize the other person is you.

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Forest Lawn Glendale,
25 June 2015

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Flowers for Michael at Holly Terrace 25 June 2015

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Bad era. Forest Lawn. 25 June 2015

I am under no illusion about how people judge Michael Jackson fans. And I am perfectly okay with that. I am part of a worldwide team that is fighting against injustice. Because I know who Michael Jackson was, not what the media tried to force feed down our throats. We are not willing to give up our fight against wrong. As Michael held up a mirror to himself, we hold up a mirror to the world, showing that spreading love, not hatred, is the answer.

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Flowers from fans in Denmark. Forest Lawn.
25 June 2015

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25 June 2015

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Miranda – Hong Kong
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25 June 2015

I grew up loving Michael Jackson’s music but there was so much more to him than that. It was Michael’s heart I deeply resonated with. I could feel how caring, other-centered and kind he was. And, in a sense, the worldwide grieving helped and continues to help me to feel that we are all one. That even though the loss feels as if it will never have closure, we are never, ever alone.

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Poem to Michael,
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 15,537 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. And it keeps growing. The first year Robyn Starkand’s team raised 3,000 roses, then 4,500 then 10,000, and now more than 15,000. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.

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One Rose for Michael Jackson.
25 June 2015

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One Rose for Michael Jackson
25 June 2015

At Forest Lawn, I met Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Dusseldorf and Eltville, Germany, who returned to the cemetery last year on June 26 to help donate some of the roses to charity and will be doing the same this year.

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Robyn Starkand (Organizer of One Rose for Michael Jackson) with Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Germany

I also met Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. I loved watching them kneel on the grass in front of Holly Terrace, as they removed all the carefully chosen items from bags they brought with them and arranged it all, which you can see here along with their homage to MJ.

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Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. 24 June 2015
Forest Lawn

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Nako from Osaka, Japan
Fumiyo from Tokyo, Japan
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I delivered roses to the Jewish Home for the Aged to continue to spread the love.

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Roses at the Jewish Home for the Aged

The quilt that the fans in Japan make annually brings me to my knees. The fans meet on weekends throughout the year creating tiny, hand stitched, drawn, painted, individually created, pieces, all in the name of love, to blanket Michael with love. Here are some pieces of the quilt up close.

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Maho & Yasuyo
Quilt from Japan
25 June 2015

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Ayako from Japan

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I especially love the “Heal the Kids” with the flying angel child

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Kana – Japanese quilt

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Yuko Jackson- Japanese quilt

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Rie – Japanese quilt

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Ayuno Kuko – Japanese quilt
This piece brought me tears. She wrote “I enrolled high school in this spring. I chosen a art course. I have fun my school life. I want to become able to describe a painting like you well. So I study hard the art. Please watch me.” Look how Michael Jackson has inspired people all over the world! She is studying art and look how beautifully she paints.

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Hiroko – Japanese quilt

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Quilt from Japan

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More passion from the Japanese fans’ quilt

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Japanese quilt insert

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Home made card from Wendy

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Flower arrangement from Japan

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Marcus Petterman
Germany

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Hong Kong Fans
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25 June 2015

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Hong Kong

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Flowers from around the globe

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The flower arrangements just kept arriving

I met Wiedjai, who traveled from the Netherlands. He is a mechanical engineer who works with sustainable energy. He has traveled to California numerous times in support of Michael. He was here in 2003 and was invited into Neverland along with many other fans. He said he was offered ice cream, drinks, rode all the attractions and the train around the lush property. His description of Neverland is that “it was magic.” He returned in 2005 for the trial, 2009 for the memorial where he says he was very shaky and also returned in 2010.

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Wiedjai from the Netherlands

I spoke to Nora from Budapest, Hungary. “This is my 1st time here.” she told me.

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Nora Pogonyi
Budapest, Hungary

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Over 50 nations are represented on this banner.

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And the flowers kept arriving!

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Tata created all these drawings/paintings.
Michael Jackson fans are uber creative.

Truth4MJ is a project that’s grown through the years thanks to the contributions of loyal Michael Jackson’s supporters committed to spread the truth about him starting from his own words. As he said, “lies run sprints, the truth runs marathons”. We strongly believe the truth about his life, his human nature and that his death will be recognized worldwide in the end.

Jermaine Jackson arrived, greeting the fans with a tremendous amount of care and love with real hugs and handshakes. It took him awhile to get through as he gently took his time speaking to the fans. “Thank you for coming. It’s very tough. I feel like the moment I did when I did the announcement for his passing. You make it easy for me because it’s the love and the support.” He spoke and became emotional, unable to hold back his tears. All the love and support from the fans seems truly important to him.

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Jermaine Jackson
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson leaving Forest Lawn

In Michael’s book, Dancing the Dream, he wrote, “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.” Michael understood that everything in our universe has its own vibratory frequency, and when we raise our own vibration, that brings us closer to experiencing and merging with the highest vibration of all – G-d – the original creativity of the universe. As I continue to walk around the sea of love, I can feel the vibration of what Michael Jackson was telling us for decades: Love and be kind to each other. And that, in part, is why he will not be dethroned.

The simplicity of this note is lovely.

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Note to MJ

And, I LOVE this drawing of MJ that’s a combination of Michael and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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Michael Jackson as The Little Prince

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Bad doll from Japanese fans meets the Thriller era dolls

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Self Portrait – Hannah Kozak

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One Rose for Michael Jackson,
25 June 2015

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later


The Magic of Michael Jackson’s Memorial Tree in Budapest, Hungary

The Magic of Michael Jackson’s Memorial Tree in Budapest, Hungary

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree – Budapest, Hungary

When I heard there was a Michael Jackson Memorial Tree in Budapest, I was curious to see where it was and what it looked like in person. After figuring out which subway to take, I made my way up the stairs and as I came out into the bright sun, I was in the heart of the pedestrian district in the city’s Pest side. I found this happy tree is just a stone’s throw from the Metro and quite close to the Danube River. I simply love how inspiringly analog this tribute is.

I found my way to the Kempinksi Hotel and directly across the street from it, I saw the shrine to Michael Jackson. I also saw a woman kneeled over, who was pulling out dead plants and tending to the flowers. We briefly chatted and she told me she begins her day by coming to the tree, to keep it beautiful. When I returned later in the day, seeking early evening light, I spoke to two fans sitting on a bench. No matter where I am in the world, I am never alone. It’s nice to connect with people in another country about Michael.

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Fan who daily maintains the magical MJ Tree
Budapest, Hungary

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Kempinski Hotel
View from the MJ Tree
Budapest, Hungary

When Michael was touring in Budapest, he stayed at the established Kempinski Hotel. His first visit was in 1994, when shooting a short feature on Heroes’ Square. He returned in 1996 twice. The first stay was to examine the venue of his upcoming concert for the History tour — Budapest was going to be his second stop. After scouting, he gave a performance in what was then the People’s Stadium (now the Ferenc Puskás Stadium).

His fans would gather in a park directly across the street from the hotel, just to try to get a glimpse of him. Michael would often stand by the window, look out, wave and send messages to his fans, whom he always loved and respected. After he died on June 25, 2009, a tree on the corner of the park was named and dedicated to him. His beloved fans began to decorate it.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree – Budapest, Hungary

I noticed this ordinary tree with pictures, tributes, and handwritten notes all affixed to the trunk along with candles and flowers adorned the base. In the 1980’s there was so much oppression in Hungary behind the Iron Curtain. This was the same time that Michael was becoming more famous than ever — his music inspiring the people. When he returned in the 90’s it must have been such a thrill to see this expressive, passionate artist in person during his concert. I have always loved the passion from Michael Jackson’s fans. How beautiful someone loved him enough to start this dedication of L.O.V.E. and the tradition has continued with this well kept memorial tree. Michael was a storyteller, expressing himself through his music. It’s apparent his music resonated in the hearts and souls of people all around the globe, no matter where I travel. His fans in Hungary meet in the park and flash dance to one of Michael’s dances every year on his birthday. Traveling around the globe and creating special moments I love like this tree, makes me smile from deep in my heart. There is something comforting about finding a tree dedicated to Michael, clear across the Atlantic Ocean, so far from my home in Los Angeles.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree 3 – Budapest, Hungary

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree 4 – Budapest, Hungary

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree 5 – Budapest, Hungary

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree 6 – Budapest, Hungary

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree 7 – Budapest, Hungary
I love this MJ Billie Jean doll.

The Magic of Michael Jackson’s Memorial Tree in Budapest, Hungary


Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”

When I pull into Forest Lawn Cemetery, I see a grand festive wreathe decorated in yellows, golds and reds. Five years and six months later, Michael Jackson is remembered, respected and honored at Forest Lawn. Dedications to him continue with Christmas trees left in his honor, complete with home made decorations.

Entrance to Forest Lawn

Entrance to Forest Lawn

People have lovingly decorated spruce, pine and fir trees and left them close to Michael’s resting spot, at Holly Terrace. Three different sizes of trees complete with wrapped gifts, tiny bulbs, sparkling tinsel, and handmade cards with candles underneath.

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

There is a beautiful silence on the sacred grounds. Even the trees seem to understand that G-d is closest to those with broken hearts. There is a Jewish proverb: Do not be wise in words, be wise in deeds. And indeed, Michael walked his walk. He didn’t have to tell others how he helped those less fortunate; he just did. He was a spiritual force that touched billions of souls. When I visited Neverland, I saw the special hospital beds for sick and dying children that Michael had built into the walls of the movie screening room. He was that committed to helping the children. Our culture is obsessed with sex and it’s the cynics that made something pure and innocent, into something evil. I was witness to the opposite.

Forest Lawn tree

Forest Lawn tree

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

I wonder if he knew how much light he brought into our world? Does he know how bright his light continues to shine? Michael spread light and was the embodiment of love and yet his loneliness never broke his spirit. As I quietly sit, reflecting on how Michael wanted to heal the world, I am struck by the light streaming through the trees at Holly Terrace. And there is my answer. Michael Jackson’s light touched every corner of the world. A golden reflection of light, lighting in every direction: south, north, east and west. “Heal the World” he sang. If we all cry at the same time, maybe we can.

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MJ at Forest Lawn Cemetery


“He’s not afraid to look at the worst suffering and find the smallest part that’s positive and beautiful.” – Frank Dileo of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”


Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014


Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014

“This life don’t last forever.” That’s the first line of Michael Jackson’s Hold My Hand, which seems eerily prophetic now. Michael’s lyrics were inspired by friendship and togetherness themes. Friendships meant everything to Michael. He cherished, cared for and loved his friends. Michael’s spiritual view of living didn’t allow him to subscribe to duality; making others wrong. “It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right just beat it.” Michael understood loyalty, saying his fans were always there for him.

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Robyn Starkland organizes "One Rose for MJ". She had 15, 627 roses delivered to Forest Lawn for Michael. Amazing soul!

Robyn Starkland organizes “One Rose for MJ”. She had 15, 627 roses delivered to Forest Lawn for Michael. Amazing soul with a beautiful heart!

Sea of cards

Sea of cards

Not only did Michael Jackson create music that will stay with us forever, but he filled us with hope for a better world. Heal the world, Michael sang and he believed he could, one person at a time. “I am your friend, through thick and thin, we need each other, we’ll never part, our love is from the heart, we never say I don’t need you.” Michael wrote in Best of Joy. I loved him when he was a little boy, when he set the world on fire with Thriller and Bad and all the music he created always.

card from Austria

card from Austria

His light shined so bright that when he left, there were no words that could fill the sorrow in our hearts. Michael kept his light glowing even when his loneliness enveloped him. His music lives on. His passion for life; music, dance, singing, animals, film and art continues to inspire us. Along with his beautiful heart which is filled with grace, kindness and compassion and most importantly, forgiveness. “The only thing that matters in life is having someone who understands you, who trusts you and who will be with you no matter what.” Michael truly understood what it is to be a friend.

From Deine Doris

From Deine Doris

How do I even begin to convey how Michael Jackson changed my life? Through his lyrical content he’s inspired me to strive for good. He’s inspired me to be true to myself and never give up on my dreams. He’s inspired me to hold onto my vision.He’s inspired me not to let the naysayers and negative nellies get me down. I think more than anything else he inspired me to be the best I can be at what I do.

from Germany

from Germany

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Henri Matisse said that creativity takes courage. Michael Jackson was a courageous man. He believed he should study the greats to become greater so he studied every art he could – from writing to poetry to dance, music and film. He studied and he learned yet he never lost his innocence. He didn’t shut his heart down; he kept opening it even though he was hurt again and again by the medialoid’s constant diet of trash & lies about him. Only small minded people accept and believe whatever the media writes on Michael. He was shattered over and over yet he kept his heart open, sending love into the world, over and over again.

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Queenie - Hong Kong

From Queenie – Hong Kong

From Yoly - Hong Kong

From Yoly – Hong Kong

From Yoly - Hong Kong

From Yoly – Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

On the 5th anniversary of his departure from the earthly plane, we celebrate Michael Jackson by remembering and honoring his courage and his art. I’m moved and amazed at the outpouring of love that comes from all over the globe to Forest Lawn Cemetery every year. It’s a sea of love because we understand that Michael was love.

These are post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy:

Post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy

Post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy

Yoko from Japan told me “I came 2 days ago. I go back to Japan tomorrow. It’s my first time here. Many countries and people gather. I stay downtown and take taxi to Forest Lawn.”

L to R: Yoku Kimura, Makie Yamamoto, Tomoko Fukuda

L to R: Yoku Kimura, Makie Yamamoto, Tomoko Fukuda

Here is a lovely quilt from Japan:

Hand made quilt from Japan

Hand made quilt from Japan

Some of the individual hand made pieces from the quilt:

Marika K

Marika K

From Jampe - Japanese quilt

From Jampe – Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

Made by Yoku Kimura -From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

Another quilt from Japan:

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Insert on quilt:

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From Kayo - Japanese quilt

From Kayo – Japanese quilt

From Kana - Japanese quilt

From Kana – Japanese quilt

Sanae - Japanese quilt

Sanae – Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Maho - Japanese quilt

Maho – Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Marry

Marry

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Japanese quilt

Japanese qullt

Japanese qullt

Junko - Japanese quilt

Junko – Japanese quilt

Yuko - Japanese quilt

Yuko – Japanese quilt

Rie - Japanese quilt

Rie – Japanese quilt

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik came from Belgium to lay out about fifty homemade cards for Michael. I asked Erik about coming all the way from Belgium. He said “The world is small, it’s easy to fly.”

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik from Belgium with some of the 50 cards.

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik from Belgium with some of the 50 cards.

From Belgium

From Belgium

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Drawing From Belgium

Drawing From Belgium

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His ability to love unconditionally, to forgive from his heart is a lesson to us all. Michael said that people may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. For all those who haven’t forgiven, may Michael Jackson teach us all how to forgive, before it’s too late.

Atsuko - Japan

Atsuko – Japan

From Germany

From Germany

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Louise from England

Louise from England

From Japan

From Japan

Hitomi from Japan

Hitomi from Japan

"Please, forgive all of us!"

“Please, forgive all of us!”

We are Soldiers of Love whose mission is to spread love. We’re an army, a team of L.O.V.E. Just the way Michael intended.

What is so clear to me while wandering at Forest Lawn Glendale amidst the sea of people from all around the world is the desire for connection and the pain that comes from loss. Just like Michael sang about in so many of his songs.

Michael dolls from Japan

Michael dolls from Japan

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From Ireland

Flower delivery at Forest Lawn

Flowers were coming in a flurry! Flower delivery at Forest Lawn

More flowers for Michael!

More flowers for Michael!

Yet more flowers for MJ!

Yet more flowers for MJ!

More flowers for Michael!

More flowers for Michael!

Lovely artwork everywhere:

If anyone knows the artist, please let me know.

If anyone knows the artist, please let me know.

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With love from the Hungarian fans

With love from the Hungarian fans

From fans in Spain

From fans in Spain

from Germany

from Germany

Flowers from France

Flowers from France

From Argentina

From Argentina

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From Vancouver, B.C.

From Vancouver, B.C.

From Miyuki

From Miyuki

Maria Zhdanova -  Came to Forest Lawn in 2013. She made her way back to Forest Lawn all the way from Russia again in 2014. Michael's fans are full of passion.

Maria Zhdanova –
Came to Forest Lawn in 2013. She made her way back to Forest Lawn all the way from Russia again in 2014. Michael’s fans are full of passion.

Dum Dum lollipops

Dum Dum lollipops

"He left the formula behind. The fix for a broken world is in the lyrics of Michael's music. Are you listening?"

“He left the formula behind. The fix for a broken world is in the lyrics of Michael’s music. Are you listening?”

Cards, flowers for MJ at Forest Lawn

Cards, flowers for MJ at Forest Lawn

Michael loved Dum Dum lollipops

Michael loved Dum Dum lollipops

The creativity from Michael’s fans continues:

Beautiful video on Michael’s fans:

Goodbye, Michael


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Michael Jackson’s manifesto, written in 1979 was discovered.
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Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014


Michael Jackson binds his soul to his work in ONE

Michael Jackson binds his soul to his work in ONE

photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images


A holographic image of Michael Jackson’s white, sparkling glove, black fedora, white sequined socks and black loafers slowly orbits a chair. His voice fills the theater every thirty seconds or so with dramatic pauses inserted between snippets of interviews. The theater has been built especially for the Michael Jackson ONE show – a way to pay respects to the man and his music, to honor what he achieved in his short life.

MJ hat, glove

The guitar and melody from Michael Jackson’s “Privacy” starts to play and I already know the ONE show is going to be special. Was this the estate’s way of saying Michael was hunted his entire life? Men dressed in red suits as tabloid photographers walk around the theatre firing their cameras at the various audience members in the sold out show.

A twelve-year old Jackson sings his soulful “I’ll Be There” on the screen. Pages from a video photo book show Michael in early 1970 with his deep brown eyes looking at his future while another photo shows him smiling, from deep in his heart.

Michael Jackson 1972

I found myself wondering what could have been, what if this boy who grew up right before our collective eyes was still alive? What else would he have had up his creative sleeve to share with us? But, we would never know. Despite his renewed sense of determination to create a spectacular show, his life was cut short on June 25, 2009.

Thinking about this moved me to tears. I could see a little black boy living in Gary, Indiana, who wiggled and moved his diaper bottom to the rhythm of the rickety washing machine and dreamed of creating the greatest show on earth. A boy whose professional education was talent shows with his brothers, where he learned to grab the audience and keep hold of each fan with no detail being missed from The Jackson Five clothes, shoes, hair, every detail. In ONE, no detail is overlooked from the costumes to the lights, acrobats, screens, sounds, sets. The only set that didn’t work for me was the “Working Day and Night” segment.

The screen flashes photos of women who Michael loved. Against a half moon in the sky, we see images of his mother Katherine Jackson, Diana Ross and Elizabeth Taylor. We hear Michael’s voice singing “Stranger in Moscow”, a testament to the loneliness he felt in a world that let him down when false accusations provided an excuse to try to destroy his career. When Jackson screams “I’m living lonely, baby” we know he is.

Michael Jackson’s admiration for P.T. Barnum was a well-known fact. Michael was known to have handed out copies of P.T. Barnum’s The Greatest Show on Earth to his staff. His goal, for all his shows, was to provide people escapism. Creating magic with his song and dance was part of his myriad of passions. Michael Jackson’s new residency show, ONE, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is a testament to the spirit of his genius. I was impressed with the physical challenges the performers executed with their falls and leaps into the air.

Michael asked us to look at social issues. He asked us to stop fighting, to end war in “Heal the World” and to stop racism in “Black or White.” He danced about ending gang violence in “Beat It”, healing our planet in “Earth Song”. In “Scream”, he was incensed at how the tabloids and media lied to sell their papers. Even though he endured years of torture on a global scale, he continued to create. Even though the media always had the direction of the compass needle pointed to negative, he forgave. Even Michaels’ ability to forgive was one of his greatest character traits and accomplishments.

Michael Jackson created art of his pain, loneliness and turmoil. G-d gave Michael his talent but I think one of his greatest strengths his entire life was to cultivate his gifts, something he learned not only from his father but from Berry Gordy, Michael’s father at Motown.

Michael always spoke of wanting to bind his soul to his work. His perfection insisted that his art would make a difference and live on. In ONE, we can feel, hear and taste that his soul and his art are indeed ONE.

An artist creates something new yet the brain abhors the new. The purpose of the artist is to challenge the brain. The brain is the enemy of the artist. Michael Jackson never stopped challenging himself. He worked the stage as if he lived there his entire life. He often said he felt the happiest when he was on stage. Tonight, at the ONE show, I feel the magic that Cirque Du Soleil has created with Michael’s music and I could feel the essence of Michael, back on stage.

We are taken on a journey of the interplay between light and dark. Even though the media tried to destroy Michael, his consciousness was elevated. He had an ability to feel, to become the music, the physical incarnation of the beat. He understood the vibrational energy that yogis understand with mantra. That is not something everyone is tuned into. Michael was.

Do we remember Michael Jackson for his heart, his art, his soul? Is any of it separate? This shy, dynamo child prodigy grew up into a confident man full of swag who was in complete control of his artistry. Michael Jackson pushed the envelope on dance, music, and this show does as well. Maverick is a word I use to describe very few. MJ was a maverick not only with music but his iconic fashion statements. The ONE costumes are reinvented by the show’s costume designer, Zaldy Goco, while keeping the classic M.J. look, he updates them to a modern era.

photo: Zaldo Goco

photo: Zaldo Goco

From the opening sequence of “Beat It” to the bass pumping through 5,500 speakers – which sound designer Jonathan Deans evenly placed on the backs of the seats – I know ONE is about to take us on a wild, musical journey. Can you feel it?

MJ 80's by Chris Walter

I loved the tribute show “Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour” and treated my two dear friends and myself by going twice. This is not a tribute like Immortal, but rather a musical journey of the King of Pop’s music that is reinterpreted to show us agility, playfulness, courage, love: themes that represent Michael and each one is represented in ONE. Like Immortal, this show is written and directed by Jamie King. For this show, King collaborates with Montreal native Welby Altidor.

When I hear “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, and I look at the white sky filled with stars from the Milky Way, I feel grateful to have grown up in the era of Michael Jackson, who believed his gift came from G-d, that the music came to him from the source. Michael was a spiritual man, deeply connected to the universe, who was known for feeling guilty for taking credit for writing his songs because he believed they were created from above. When Michael was creating or performing his music, we were witness to an artist in a state of grace.

MJ performing

The Michael Jackson ONE show is a visual treat, a show filled with dazzling lights, acrobatics and dancing. It’s a journey filled with timeless music that brought me to tears one moment to smiling from deep in my heart the next.

Michael Jackson wanted to bring us escapism, and to heal the world. I think he is smiling down on us, wherever he is, showing us love is always stronger than hate.

ONE gives us a taste of Michael Jackson’s soul; a magical, mystical, spiritual symphony of sound and passion. We are given the experience of Michael’s moral conscious, his work ethic and his musical genius. Michael Jackson had the voice of an angel, an angel who could sing bass, baritone and tenor. Angels aren’t supposed to live on Earth but G-d knows he tried.

photo: DMI

photo: DMI

Michael Jackson binds his soul to his work in ONE


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