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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:32 PM
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A touching tribute by Michael Jackson's friend -- Deepak Chopra
Michael Jackson will be remembered, most likely, as a shattered icon, a pop genius who wound up a mutant of fame. That's not who I will remember, however. His mixture of mystery, isolation, indulgence, overwhelming global fame, and personal loneliness was intimately known to me. For twenty years I observed every aspect, and as easy as it was to love Michael -- and to want to protect him -- his sudden death yesterday seemed almost fated.

Two days previously he had called me in an upbeat, excited mood. The voice message said, "I've got some really good news to share with you." He was writing a song about the environment, and he wanted me to help informally with the lyrics, as we had done several times before. When I tried to return his call, however, the number was disconnected. (Terminally spooked by his treatment in the press, he changed his phone number often.) So I never got to talk to him, and the music demo he sent me lies on my bedside table as a poignant symbol of an unfinished life.

When we first met, around 1988, I was struck by the combination of charisma and woundedness that surrounded Michael. He would be swarmed by crowds at an airport, perform an exhausting show for three hours, and then sit backstage afterward, as we did one night in Bucharest, drinking bottled water, glancing over some Sufi poetry as I walked into the room, and wanting to meditate.

That person, whom I considered (at the risk of ridicule) very pure, still survived -- he was reading the poems of Rabindranath Tagore when we talked the last time, two weeks ago. Michael exemplified the paradox of many famous performers, being essentially shy, an introvert who would come to my house and spend most of the evening sitting by himself in a corner with his small children. I never saw less than a loving father when they were together (and wonder now, as anyone close to him would, what will happen to them in the aftermath).

Michael's reluctance to grow up was another part of the paradox. My children adored him, and in return he responded in a childlike way. He declared often, as former child stars do, that he was robbed of his childhood. Considering the monstrously exaggerated value our society places on celebrity, which was showered on Michael without stint, the public was callous to his very real personal pain. It became another tawdry piece of the tabloid Jacko, pictured as a weird changeling and as something far more sinister.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/a-tribute-t...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:34 PM
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1. Bookmarking for later. Thank you, BigBearJohn!
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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:58 PM
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2. You're welcome. It is definitely worth reading.
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 07:05 PM
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3. Thank you BigBearJohn: here's also David Winters
from one of the internal links ("writer/film maker/producer David Winters, who knew Michael Jackson well, writes a moving remembrance of his close association with Michael"):



David Winters remembers Michael Jackson

by A Pineda on Jun.26, 2009, under culture

Some of my wonderful moments with Michael Jackson

by David Winters

I first met Michael Jackson on Sunday, 11 March 2001. Diana Ross introduced us as he was to appear on her TV Special that Diana had she also asked me to work on with her. At the time I had been doing all of her stage and TV shows. Michael Jackson was to be a guest and when he turned up for rehearsals Diana introduced me to him. The first thing he said to me before even saying hello was I know you, I dont think so Michael, I said. He said I watch you almost every week, you know West Side Story and he snapped his fingers and did a little step and smiled. I understood.

From that moment on there was nothing to explain to each other, as we were both on the same wavelength.


(...)



http://www.magickpapers.com/blog/
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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 07:25 PM
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4. Wow. THANKS for posting that story. It shows the true side of Michael.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 07:37 PM
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5. Woundedness. That's the word, all right. n/t
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 07:39 PM
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6. he was just on Countdown too
he was visibly upset and KO was touched by his commentary on his friend.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 07:42 PM
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7. Dr. Chopra's assessment is truly valuable. The best yet.
:thumbsup:
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