On the criticism he dealt with:
"I can't help but pick up on some of the criticism leveled
at me at times. Journalists seem willing to say anything to
sell a paper. They say I've had my eyes widened, that I want
to look more white. More white? What kind of statement is that?
I didn't invent plastic surgery. It's been around for a long
time. A lot of very fine, very nice people have had plastic
surgery. No one writes about their surgery and levies such criticism
at them. It's not fair. Most of what they print is a fabrication.
It's enough to make you want to ask, "What happened to
truth? Did it go out of style?" "Right after Motown
25 my family read a lot of stuff in the press about my being
"the new Sinatra" and as "exciting as Elvis"
- that kind of thing. It was very nice to hear, but I knew the
press could be so fickle. One week they love you, and the next
week they act like you're rubbish." "Don't judge a
man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins!"
His speaking voice:
"I love "Pretty Young Thing," which was written
by Quincy and James Ingram. "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"
had whetted my appetite for the spoken intro, partly because
I didn't think my speaking voice was something my singing needed
to hide. I have always had a soft speaking voice. I haven't
cultivated it or chemically altered it: that's me - take it
or leave it. Imagine what it must be like
to be criticised for something about yourself that is natural
and God given. Imagine the hurt of having untruths spread by
the press, of having people wonder if you're telling the truth
- defending yourself because someone decided it would make good
copy and would force you to deny what they said, thus creating
another story. I've tried not toanswer such ridiculous
charges in the past because that dignifies them and the people
who make them. Remember, the press is a business: Newspapers
and magazines are in business to make money - sometimes at the
expense of accuracy, fairness, and even the truth."
On his work ethic:
"In the end, the most important thing is to be true
to yourself and those you love and work hard. I mean, work like
there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. I mean, really train and
cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at
what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody
alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor
to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's
yours. That's what I've always tried to remember. I thought
about it a lot on the Victory tour."
His Faith, Spirituality and the love his Mother instilled
"My mother knew her polio was not a curse but a test that
God gave her to
triumph over, and she instilled in me a love of Him that I will
She taught me that my talent for singing and dancing was as
much God's work as a beautiful sunset or a storm that left snow
for children to play in.
Despite all the time we spent rehearsing and travelling, Mom
would find time
to take me to the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, usually
Rebbie and LaToya.
Years later, after we had left Gary, we performed on "The
Ed Sullivan Show", the live Sunday night variety show where
America first saw the Beatles, Elvis, and Sly and the Family
Stone. After the show, Mr. Sullivan complimented and thanked
each of us; but I was thinking about what he had said to me
before the show. I had been wandering around backstage, like
the kid in the Pepsi commercial, and ran into Mr. Sullivan.
He seemed glad to see me and shook my hand, but before he let
it go he had a special message for me. It was 1970, a year when
some of the best people in rock were losing their lives to drugs
and alcohol. An older, wiser generation in show business was
unprepared to lose its very young. Some people had already said
that I reminded them of Frankie Lymon, a great young singer
of the 1950s who lost his life that way. Ed Sullivan may have
been thinking of all this when he told me, "Never forget
where your talent came from, that your talent is a gift from
I was grateful for his kindness, but I could have told him that
my mother had never let me forget. I never had polio, which
is a frightening thing for a dancer to think about, but I knew
God had tested me and my brothers and sisters in other ways
- our large family, our tiny house, the small amount of money
we had to make ends meet, even the jealous kids in the neighbourhood
who threw rocks at our windows while we rehearsed, yelling that
we'd never make it. When I think of my mother and our early
years, I can tell you there are rewards that go far beyond money
and public acclaim and awards." Michael Jackson in "Moonwalk"
ON GOD AND PRAYER:
"During the meals I've had with him, he did pray silently.
When he prayed out loud, it was always to God, but that doesn't
mean he didn't use any other names. We would talk about god
and grace and humility a lot. One day MJ and I were working
on some new music, and during a break we started talking about
the name Michael. He said "Hey, Bearden! Do you know what
our name means?" I didn't know. He said it means "most
like God." And then he said to me, "We can't be big-headed
about it. We have to be humble or God could take our gifts away.
Promise me you'll be humble!"
Michael Bearden speaking about Michael Jackson in Ebony
An excerpt from a 1977 interview Michael did with Timothy
White. Michael was 19 at the time. It was published in Rock
Lives (1990) and republished in the Q/Omnibus Press Rock N'
Roll Reader (1994).
But there's a lot of ugliness in the world, too, a lot
of cruelty. Did God create that?
No! That's because of man! Man is because of the fallen angels.
It says in the Bible that all this would happen, and it's all
It's easy to judge the world from the privileged safety of
America If you'd been to India and seen the ugliness there...
I can't wait! I that's what I want to see!
I've seen the very rich and the very poor, but I'm mainly interested
in the poor. I don't wanna think the whole world is just like
what's around here. I want to appreciate what I have , and try
to help others.
I know what the rich are like. I've studied that country India
so much, and when I go to other countries, people say, "You
wanna see the ugly part of it?" [Nods] That's what I want
What are you looking for?
[Smiling] I want to see what it's really like to starve. I don't
want to hear it or read it. I want to see it.
It's a whole different thing when you see it! All the things
I've read in my schoolbooks about England and the Queen were
OK, but my very eyes are the greatest book in the world. When
we did the Royal Command performance over in England, and then
after it I actually looked into the Queen's eyes, it was the
greatest thing! And it's the really the same thing with starvation!
[Dreamily] When you see it, you just receive a little more.
Some qualities he feels a person should possess:
"The most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that
a child like a new-born baby has. Even though
you become powerful and have power with people, with your talent....underneath
all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind
and as giving and loving. They dont become puffed up with
People He Admires Most:
"I love people who have really contributed to the pleasure
and happiness of the planet and mankind, people with light,
from Walt Disney, to Ghandi, to Edison, to Martin Luther King.
These are people with light, people who really cared about children,
bringing families together, and love. That's what I try to say
in my music and in my songs. If you go to one of my concerts,
my shows, you will see 200,000 people swaying, holding candles,
saying, 'We want to heal the world,' and 'We love you.' I've
seen it around the world from Russia, to Germany, to Poland,
to Africa, to America. We're all the same. People cry in the
same places in the show. They get angry in the same places in
the show, they get the pathos in the same places."
..... 2002 Gold Magazine
On studying the Bible:
"Each day I take time out to study the Bible, no matter
where I am. The teachings of the Bible have added a new dimension
to my life. It, somehow, makes me whole."
..... 1976 "Black Stars" Magazine
Appreciating God's Beauty:
"Wherever you go, man-made things are man-made, but
youve got to get out and see Gods beauty of the
..... 1979 JET Interview
"I pray a lot. I see a beautiful sunset and I say God,
Thank you, or a baby smile
or butterfly wings or anything like that.
..... 1987 Ebony/JET TV Interview
On remaining humble, despite his stardom:
"I never have felt that people should feel that they
are better than others, simply because they just happen to possess
a larger share of material items and monetary wealth than others
less fortunate. I believe in sharing, assisting, and just lending
a helping hand to people."
..... 1976 "Black Stars" Magazine
"That's why I don't put awards of trophies in my house.
You won't find a gold record anywhere in my house because it
makes you feel you've accomplished 'look what I've done!' But
I always want to feel 'no, I haven't done it yet.'
..... 2005 Interview with Geraldo Rivera
His Philosophy for staying at the top:
I think, being humble and believing in yourself and having
true love in your heart for the world, and really trying to
help people through lyrics and the love of music and dance,
because I truly do love people very much."
..... 1996 TV Interview with Ian "Molly"
The White Glove, white socks and other fashion statements:
"I had been wearing a single glove for years before Thriller
. I felt that one glove was cool. Wearing two gloves seemed
so ordinary, but a single glove was different and was definitely
a look. But I've long believed that thinking too much about
your look is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, because
an artist should let his style evolve naturally, spontaneously.
You can't think about these things; you have to feel your way
"I actually had been wearing the glove for a long time,
but it hadn't gotten a lot of attention until all of a sudden
it hit with Thriller in 1983. I was wearing it on some of the
old tours back in the 1970s, and I wore one glove during the
Off the Wall tour and on the cover of the live album that came
It's so show business that one glove. I love wearing it. Once,
by coincidence, I wore a black glove to the American Music Awards
ceremony, which happened to fall on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday. Funny how things happen sometimes.
I admit that I love starting trends, but I never thought wearing
white socks was going to catch on. Not too long ago it was considered
extremely square to wear white socks. It was cool in the 1950s,
but in the ¦60s and ¦70s you wouldn't be caught
dead in white socks. It was too square to even consider - for
most people. But I never stopped wearing them. Ever. My brothers
would call me a dip, but I didn't care. My brother Jermaine
would get upset and call my mother, "Mother, Michael's
wearing his white socks again. Can't you do something? Talk
to him." He would complain bitterly. They'd all tell me
I was a goofball. But I still wore my white socks, and now it's
cool again. Those white socks must have caught on just to spite
Jermaine. I get tickled when I< think about it. After Thriller
came out, it even became okay to wear your pants high around
your ankles again.
My attitude is if fashion says it's forbidden, I'm going to
When I'm at home, I don't like to dress up. I wear anything
that's handy. I used to spend days in my pyjamas. I like flannel
shirts, old sweaters and slacks, simple clothes.
When I go out, I dress up in sharper, brighter, more tailored
clothes, but around the house and in the studio anything goes.
I don't wear much jewellery - usually none - because it gets
in my way."
On his shyness and being lonely:
"Sometimes it's hard for me to look my dates in the
if I know them well. My dating and relationships with girls
have not had the
happy ending I've been looking for. Something always seems to
get in the
way. The things I share with millions of people aren't the sort
you share with one. Many girls want to know what makes me tick
- why I live
the way I live or do the things I do - trying to get inside
my head. They
want to rescue me from loneliness, but they do it in such a
way that they
give me the impression they want to share my loneliness, which
wish on anybody, because I believe I'm one of the loneliest
people in the
"She's Out of My Life" is about knowing that the barriers
separated me from others are temptingly low and seemingly easy
to jump over
and yet they remain standing while what I really desire disappears
from my sight.....
But I got too wrapped up in "She's Out of My Life."
In this case, the story's true - I cried at the end of a take,
because the words suddenly had such a strong effect on me. I
had been letting so much build up inside me. I was twenty-one
years old, and I was so rich in some experiences while being
poor in moments of true joy. Sometimes I imagine that my life
experience is like an image in one of those trick mirrors in
the circus, fat in one part and thin to the point of disappearing
in another. I was worried that would show up on "She's
Out of My Life," but if it touched people's heartstrings,
knowing that would make me feel less lonely.
When I got emotional after that take, the only people with me
were Q and Bruce Swedien. I remember burying my face in my hands
and hearing only the hum of the machinery as my sobs echoed
in the room. Later I apologised, but they said there was no
Making Off the Wall was one of the most difficult periods of
my life, despite the eventual success it enjoyed. I had very
few close friends at the time and felt very isolated. I was
so lonely that I used to walk through my neighborhood hoping
I'd run into somebody I could talk to and perhaps become friends
with. I wanted to meet people who didn't know who I was. I wanted
to run into somebody who would be my friend because they liked
me and needed a friend too, not because I was who I am.
I wanted to meet anybody in the neighbourhood - the neighbourhood
On the awkwardness of his changing adolescent appearance,
insecurities about his appearance and a bad case of Acne:
"Because I think every child star suffers through
this period because you're not the cute and charming child that
you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little
forever. " "Yes, and I had pimples so
badly it used to make me so shy. I used not to look at myself.
I'd hide my face in the dark, I wouldn't want to look in the
mirror, and my father teased me and I just hated it and I cried
Because show business and my career were my
life, the biggest personal struggle I had to face during those
teenage years did not involve the recording studios or my stage
performance. In those days, the biggest struggle was right there
in my mirror. To a great degree, my identity as a person was
tied to my identity as a celebrity.
My appearance began to really change when I was about fourteen.
I grew quite a bit in height. People who didn't know me would
come into a room expecting to be introduced to cute little Michael
Jackson and they'd walk right past me. I would say, "I'm
Michael," and they would look doubtful. Michael was a cute
little kid: I was a gangly adolescent heading toward five feet
ten inches. I was not the person they expected or even wanted
to see. Adolescence is hard enough, but imagine having your
own natural insecurities about the changes your body is undergoing
heightened by the negative reactions of others. They seemed
so surprised that I could change, that my body was undergoing
the same natural change everyone's does.
It was tough. Everyone had called me cute for a long time, but
along with all the other changes, my skin broke out in a terrible
case of acne. I looked in the mirror one morning and it was
like, "OH NO!" I seemed to have a pimple for every
oil gland. And the more I was bothered by it, the worse it got.
I didn't realise it then, but my diet of greasy processed food
didn't help either.
I became subconsciously scarred by this experience with my skin.
I got very shy and became embarrassed to meet people because
my complexion was so bad. It really seemed that the more I looked
in the mirror, the worse the pimples got. My appearance began
to depress me. So I know that a case of acne can have a devastating
effect on a person. The effect on me was so bad that it messed
up my whole personality. I couldn't look at people when I talked
to them. I'd look down, or away. I felt I didn't have anything
to be proud of and I didn't even want to go out. I didn't do
My brother Marlon would be covered with pimples and he wouldn't
care but I didn't want to see anybody and I didn't want anyone
to see my skin in that shape. It makes you wonder about what
makes us the way we are, that two brothers could be so different.
I still had our hits records to be proud of, and once I hit
the stage, I didn't think about anything else. All that worry
was gone. But once I came offstage, there was that mirror to
Eventually, things changed. I started feeling differently about
my condition. I've learned to change how I think and learned
to feel better about myself. Most importantly, I changed my
diet. That was the key.
On the human side of performing:
"There've been times right before a show when certain
things were bothering me - business or personal problems. I
would think, "I don't know how to go through with this.
I don't know how I'm going to get through the show. I can't
perform like this."
But once I get to the side of the stage, something happens.
The rhythm starts and the lights hit me and the problems disappear.
This has happened so many times. The thrill of performing just
takes me over. It's like God saying, "Yes, you can. Yes,
you can. Just wait. Wait till you hear this. Wait till you see
this." And the backbeat gets in my backbone and it vibrates
and it just takes me. Sometimes I almost lose control and the
musicians say, "What is he doing?" and they start
following me. You change the whole schedule of a piece. You
stop and you just take over from scratch and do a whole other
thing. The song takes you in another direction."
On Breaking Down and Crying on Stage:
"It's always real and I take that moment and I pray
not to cry and I usually, you know, do, because everything goes
back to me from conception to us when we were little babies
and children and now to see all the adulation and notoriety
and it's just a work from God and it all goes through me real
fast, you know? It's a blessing. I just break down and I cry
at that moment, but I try not to show it to the audience, but
I can't help it, you know?
Michael Jackson talking to Steve Harvey in
a radio interview, 2002 in regards to his getting emotional
on stage when performing with his brothers at his 30th Anniversary
Special. Michael, in other concerts, would often get emotional
during "I'll Be There", the song he sang with his
brothers at the 30th Anniversary Special, and also while singing
"She's Out of My Life." For why "She's Out of
My Life" makes him emotional, see On Shyness and Being
Being on stage again:
Michael's response to being asked what it
felt like to be performing again in a 2001 Getmusic.com interview
"It's hard to explain. It was quite exciting to feel the
audience and to see them. To be accepted so warmly by them.
It's just an incredible feeling, it really is. They're there
to support you, to love you and to hear their favorite sons
and you just stand there and they're just giving you so much
adulation and love and it's just full of love. It's wonderful.
It's very emotional. It brings me to tears. It's wonderful."
Being more comfortable on stage, than off:
"It's being offstage that's difficult for me. Either
writing music or writing poetry or being onstage or watching
cartoons are my favorite things to do in the entire world. That's
what brings me to life. I love that." >
2001 Getmusic.com interview
Coping with Fame and Respecting & Having Time for His
"I cope with it in a way - and Im not calling
myself Jesus, because I would never even look at myself on the
same level - , but Im comparing it to Jesus, because what
God gave to Him was for a reason, and he preached, and people
came about him and he didnt get angry and push them aside
and say leave me alone, I aint got time."
1984 Ebony Magazine
Feeling Like An Old Soul at the age of 29:
"So I very much identify with anyone who worked as
a child. I know how they struggled, I know what they sacrificed.
I also know what they learned. I've learned that it becomes
more of a challenge as one gets older. I feel old for some reason.
I really feel like an old soul, someone who's seen a lot and
experienced a lot. Because of all the years I've clocked in,
it's hard for me to accept that I am only twenty nine. I've
been in the business for twenty four years. Sometimes I feel
like I should be near the end of my life, turning eighty, with
people patting me on the back. That's what comes from starting
Michael Jackson in "Moonwalk"
The Wiz and insecurities:
"My character had plenty to say and to learn (Michael played
the scarecrow in The Wiz). I was propped up on my pole with
a bunch of crows laughing at me, while I sang "You Can't
Win." The song was about humiliation and helplessness -
something that so many people have felt at one time or another
- and the feeling that there are people out there who don't
actively hold you back as much as they work quietly on your
insecurities so that you hold yourself back."
On His Humanity:
"I'm just like anyone. I cut and I bleed. And I embarass
On Growing Up Famous and The Truth About Celebrity:
"There were times when I had great times with my brothers,
pillow fights and things, but I was, used to always cry from
'Well, especially now I come to realize - and then - I would
do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right
after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and
I'd record for hours and hours until it's time to go to sleep."
"Well, you don't get to do things that other children get
to do, having friends and slumber parties and buddies. There
were none of that for me. I didn't have friends when I was little.
My brothers were my friends."
"I remember one time we were getting ready to go to South
America and everything was packed up and in the car ready to
go and I hid and I was crying because I really did not want
to go, I wanted to play. I did not want to go."
"I remember going to the record studio and there was a
park across the street and I'd see all the children playing
and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have
to work instead."
"Theres a line that I do at the end of "The
Wiz" (movie) that I feel is especially effective. It goes
like this: "Success, fame and fortune they are all
illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that
two people can share." I think that sums it up, because
the real bottom line is love and friendship. The rest just comes
afterwards. I like to think of everybody I entertain as being
a friend. But I do particularly love children."
From a 1979 "Blues and Soul" Magazine
Folk Music Inspiration:
"Thats why I love Paul Robeson so, because his
folk songs all said something. Songs like "This Little
Light Of Mine"... I only wish more people had been educated
From a 1979 "Blues and Soul" Magazine
Inspiration for the song "Beat It"
The gestation process for "Beat It" was so fast,
it was amazing. I thought about what Id do in that situation
confrontation with a gang
I wouldnt do what those
people would do. The way I was raised
I would turn the
other cheek without creating a war or being a coward either."
1995 Simulchat TV Interview
On Explicit Song Lyrics and His Avoidance of Them:
"I dont criticize other entertainers, but I dont
see any reason for singing songs that are vulgar and sexually
explicit.... I think entertainers are in a position today to
change a lot about certain things, especially young peoples
From a 1979 Ebony Magazine interview
"Sometimes they go too far. They dont leave anything
for the imagination. If I just walked out on stage naked, theres
no imagination. Im not letting them imagine what I look
like without the clothes. But you see, they overdo it
got to leave them something to imagine. People go too far at
times. I think its important to set the right example,
because there are so many kids who look up to us."
1984 Ebony Magazine
A Natural High:
"As corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest
highs in the world. The stars, the mountains, children, babies
smiling are just magic."
1979 JET Magazine
On Songs he would perform for the rest of his life:
"Heal The World", "Speechless", "You
Are My Life"...because, the point is that theyre
very melodic and if they have a great important message thats
kind of immortal, that can relate to any time and space."
2001 online audio chat
On human beings treating people as animals (in reference
to the Elephant Mans story):
"Thats what war is all about
so many of the
problems in the past
I dont think anybody likes
war and, in truth, I dont like war, I like peace, Im
a peaceful person.
1987 Ebony/JET TV Interview
"In the field Im in, there is a lot of that and
it gets offered to me all the time. People even go as far as
to just stick it in your pocket and walk off. Now, if it was
a good thing, they wouldnt do that. I mean, would somebody
drop something beautiful in my pocket and just walk off? But
I dont want to have anything to do with any of that. I
mean, as corny as it sounds, but this is how I really believe:
Natural highs are the greatest highs in the world. Who wants
to take something and just sit around for the rest of the day
after you take it (drugs), and dont know who you are,
what youre doing, where you are? Take in something thats
gonna inspire you to do greater things in the world."
1984 Ebony Magazine
On fans that got a little out of hand:
"There was never a real "Billie Jean." (Except
for the ones who came after the song.) The girl in the song
is a composite of people we've been plagued by over the years.
This kind of thing has happened to some of my brothers and I
used to be really amazed by it. I couldn't understand how these
girls could say they were carrying someone's child when it wasn't
true. I can't imagine lying about something like that. Even
today there are girls who come to the gate at our house and
say the strangest things, like, "Oh, I'm Michael's wife,"
or "I'm just dropping off the keys to our apartment."
I remember one girl who used to drive us completely crazy. I
really think that she believed in her mind that she belonged
with me. There was another girl who claimed I had gone to bed
with her, and she made threats. There've been a couple of serious
scuffles at the gate on Hayvenhurst, and they can get dangerous.
People yell into the intercom that Jesus sent them to speak
with me and Gold told them to come - unusual and unsettling
Fans and scary mob scenes
When we'd arrive in a new city, we'd try to do all the sightseeing
we could. We travelled with a wonderful tutor, Rose Fine, who
taught us a great deal and made sure we did our lessons. It
was Rose who instilled in me a love of books and literature
that sustains me today. I read everything I could get my hands
on. New cities meant new places to shop. We loved to shop, especially
in bookstores and department stores, but as our fame spread
our fans transformed casual shopping trips into hand-to-hand
Being mobbed by near hysterical girls was one of the most terrifying
experiences for me in those days. I mean, it was rough . We'd
decide to run into some department store to see what they had,
and the fans would find out we were there and would demolish
the place, just tear it up. Counters would get knocked over,
glass would break, the cash registers would be toppled. All
we had wanted to do was look at some clothes! When those mob
scenes broke out, all the craziness and adulation and notoriety
became more than we could handle. If you haven't witnessed a
scene like that, you can't imagine what it's like. Those girls
were serious . They still are. They don't realise they might
hurt you because they're acting out of love. They mean well,
but I can testify that it hurts be mobbed. You feel as if you're
going to suffocate or be dismembered. There are a thousand hands
grabbing at you. One girl is twisting your wrist this way while
another girl is pulling your watch off. They grab your hair
and pull it hard, and it hurts like fire. You fall against things
and the scrapes are horrible. I still wear the scars, and I
can remember in which city I got each of them.
Early on, I learned how to run through crowds of thrashing girls
outside of theatres, hotels, and airports. It's important to
remember to shield your eyes with your hands because girls can
forget they have nails during such emotional confrontations.
I know the fans mean well and I love them for their enthusiasm
and support, but crowd scenes are scary.
The wildest mob scene I ever witnessed happened the first time
we went to England. We were in the air over the Atlantic when
the pilot announced that he had just been told there were ten
thousand kids waiting for us at Heathrow Airport. We couldn't
believe it. We were excited, but if we could have turned around
and flown home, we might have. We knew this was going to be
something, but since there wasn't enough fuel to go back, we
flew on. When we landed, we could see that the fans had literally
taken over the whole airport. It was wild to be mobbed like
that. My brothers and I felt fortunate to make it out of the
airport alive that day.
On his special gift as a child:
"When you have a special ability as a child, you don't
realize it, because you think everyone else has the same gift
that you have. I didn't realize why they were clapping or crying
or starting to scream. Later in life people would say, 'do you
realize you have a special talent?' But you know that talent
is not from our doing...it's from above. So I was always humbled
by people who would come with accolades or adulations."
Memories and Music as destiny:
"My first memories of my Mom are of her holding me and
singing songs like 'You Are My Sunshine' and 'Cotton Fields.'
She has always had a beautiful voice. I suppose I got my singing
ability from my mother-and or course, from God."
"We were a family that sang all the time. We would take
the furniture out of the living room and dance. We would have
a songwriting competition while we washed the dishes....while
we were cleaning. Music was our destiny."
(On thinking about the heights he has reached and not really
realizing the talent he possessed at an early age). "I
never really thought about it really. I never thought about
it. I knew I wanted to do something wonderful with my life and
to help people, but I never really clearly thought about it
when I was really little. I just sang and danced and didn't
understand why people were applauding and clapping and screaming.
You really don't know why.
2005 Interview with Geraldo Rivera
On Human Nature:
"It's a commonality in mankind that I don't like that
part of it, that kind of ,you know, envy, but then there's a
beautiful side to mankind to, isn't there."
2005 Interview with Geraldo Rivera
Life coming full circle:
"But back to Motown 25, one of the things that touched
me the most about doing that was, after I did the performanceIll
never forget. There was Marvin Gaye in the wings, and the Temptations
and Smokey Robinson and my brothers, they were hugging me and
kissing me and holding me. Richard Pryor walked over to me and
said [in a quiet voice], Now that was the greatest performance
Ive ever seen. That was my reward. These were people
who, when I was a little boy in Indiana, I used to listen to
Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and to have them bestow that kind
of appreciation on me, I was just honored. Then the next day,
Fred Astaire calls and said, I watched it last night,
and I taped it, and I watched it again this morning. Youre
a helluva mover. You put the audience on their ASS last night!
So, later, when I saw Fred Astaire, he did this with his fingers
[He makes a little moonwalk gesture with his two fingers on
his outstretched palm]."
On his being a Perfectionist:
"I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist,
it's part of who I am."
On his lifes purpose:
to give. In the best way I can, through
song and through dance and through music. I mean, I am committed
to my art. I believe that all art has as it's ultimate goal
the union between the material and the spiritual, the human
and the divine. I believe that to be the reason for the very
existence of art. And I feel I was chosen as an instrument to
just give music and love and harmony to the world. To children
of all ages, and adults and teenagers.... I love people of all
races from my heart, with true affection."
1993 TV Interview with Oprah
On His Hopes:
"I pray that we continue to serve the world in a positive
way, not a negative way and not hurt anyone, because its
1995 Simulchat TV Interview
"Im just a person who wants to be honest and do
good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of
escapism through the talent God has given me. Thats where
my heart is, thats all I want to do. Just let me share
and give, put a smile on peoples faces and make their
hearts feel happy."
1999 The Daily Mirror Magazine
His Wishes and Mission To Help Others:
"I would love to see a childrens festival, to
hear childrens choirs, pretty much present when I come
to different countries, singing some of their favorite songs
of mine. We should forge and create a childrens day, a
celebration internationally, where children are honored. Where
parents can take their children to the movies or to the toy
store or to the park. And, that, alone, will create a bonding.
Because the family bond has been broken. They dont eat
with their children or speak to their children much anymore,
or mother their children.... We have Mothers day, Fathers
Day no Childrens Day. And I would love.... to see
them sing songs, or a parade or something. I would love that.....Ive
always done that, yes..... Ive done it all my career:
"Heal The World", "We Are The World"; "Will
You Be There", "Man In The Mirror", about the
planet, earth songs..... because thats where my heart
is. I care. My biggest dream is to have a Childrens Day,
where children can bond with their parents."
On what he would like to be remembered for / his legacy he
wants to leave:
"Helping especially children."
1991 Upscale Magazine
How he would like to be remembered:
"As a person who came and brought light to the world,
some escapism. Also, as the voice for the voiceless children,
because I love them. I'm living for the children. If it weren't
for the kids, I would throw in the towel. A baby, a child
now, that's amazing. They're little geniuses, you know, little
geniuses. They really are."
2002 Gold Magazine
Words of Wisdom, Inspiration and Misc. Quotes:
"The meaning of life is contained in every single expression
of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena
that exist in all of creation."
"The greatest education in the world is watching the masters
In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope.
In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort.
In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream.
And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.
And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was
lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music
and my dance.
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
What about yesterday
What about the seas
The heavens are falling down
I can't even breathe
What about the bleeding Earth
Can't we feel its wounds
What about nature's worth?
It's our planet's womb.
Michael in "Earth Song"
"And the dream we were conceived
in will reveal a joyful face... and the world we once believed
in will shine again in grace. Then why do we keep strangling
life wound this Earth, crucify its soul. Though it's plain to
see, this world is heavenly. We could be God's glow... Heal
Lyrics from "Heal the World."
You can always dream, and your
dreams will come true, but you have to make them come true.
They say I'm different
They don't understand
But there's a bigger problem that's much more in demand
You got world hunger
Not enough to eat
So there's really no time to be trippin' on me
You got school teachers
Who don't wanna teach
You got grown people
Who can't write or read
You've got strange diseases
But ah, there's no cure.
You got many doctors
That aren't so sure
So tell me
Why you wanna trip on me
Why you wanna trip on me
We've got more problems
Than we'll ever need
You got gang violence
And bloodshed on the street
You got homeless people
With no food to eat
With no clothes on their backs
And no shoes for their feet
We've got drug addiction
In the minds of the weak
We've got so much corruption
We've got streetwalkers
Walkin' into darkness
What are we doing
To try to stop this
Michael Jackson in his lyrics for "Why You Wanna Trip
On Me," from the Dangerous album
"Come, let us dance
The Dance of Creation
Let us celebrate
The Joy of Life."
From the poem "Heaven Is Here"
Dancing The Dream, Poems & Reflections
by Michael Jackson
"I have this dream" By Michael Jackson (one
of Michael's unpublished songs)
some people say
I live in a fantasy
because I see the world
visions come to me
in my sleep
I closed my eyes
to see what God is showing me
close your eyes
and imagine with me
see the wonder
in every living thing
if we can life
the way it is in my dreams
love will take us to a place where
god can be seen
this is my dream
I have this dream
this i believe
the world a place for all humanity
if we could take love to it's highest level
more than the world has ever seen
I have this dream
let's put Gods love on display
angel of love come my way
it really up to you and me
one world together in harmony
in my dream I see heaven
and the face of the one perfect being
I see people turning into angels
and God giving them their wings
I have this dream
this I believe
the world's a place
for all humanity
if we could take love
to it's highest level
more than the world has ever seen
I have this dream