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Monday, June 25, 2012

WE HAD HIM Written by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of our most prolific poets who wrote this deeply moving poem to express her love and all of humanity's L.O.V.E. for our most endeared and profoundly missed Michael Jackson. We love you forever MJ!
Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing
Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace
Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon
In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides
With the abrupt absence of our treasure
Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone
Piercingly alone
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him
He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance
Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did more than that
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style
We had him
Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his
We had him
Beautiful, delighting our eyes
He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing
He gave us all he had been given
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana's Blackstar Square, in Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are missing Michael Jackson
But we do know that we had him
And we are the world.
Michael Jackson Poem “We Had Him” recited by Maya Angelou:

Friday, June 1, 2012

MJ's new single Don't Be Messin' 'Round (c) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment

Don't Be Messin' 'Round (c) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Don't Be Messin' 'Round Review Presented as the first unreleased track off the BAD 25 campaign to be released as a bonus cut on the forthcoming I Just can't Stop Loving You single, Don't Be Messin' 'Round is a song that already has a history among MJ fans and connoisseurs. Way back in July 2009, legendary sound engineer and longtime Jackson collaborator Bruce Swedien revealed to columnist Roger Friedman that the track was just -- simply put -- mindblowing: « Michael plays piano on it, and it's just beautiful. » He added: « Oh my God, there's nothing like it. » He also stated that Jackson plays the piano on it, a feat that has always been underestimated (he also plays drums on Morphine and keyboards & synthesizers on the lost and underrated track Children's Holiday, a song Jackson penned for the Japanese band J-Friends in 1998 and also recorded on his own). So far, the sole book to document the song was Chris Cadman's & Creaig Halstead's reference book (yet unmatched in the UK and the U.S.) For The Record. A very short snippet of the song was leaked on YouTube some time ago. But that was it. Until now. Swedien made it clear that the track was intended for the Thriller album. It finally did not make the final cut. Jackson had a history -- like other artists -- to develop a song and to discard it at the very last minute to keep the whole set of songs as tight and coherent as possible. The left off songs happened to be cornerstone and iconic ones that were shaped for further releases. Earth Song, first intended for the Dangerous album under the working title What About Us was reworked and polished for HIStory. Don't Be Messin' 'Round is a track that had been in the pipelines many times. It was first considered for the Thriller album, then BAD, and then for further projects. But the version to be released is the actual mix crafted in 1987. Sound engineer Matt Forger mixed the song for the BAD 25 project and made it clear that the song will be presented « as is »: « I mixed the « Don't Be Messin' 'Round » track from tapes of that era. No new parts were allowed, not even parts that were recorded after '87 but still done under Michael's supervision ». Composed and produced by Michael Jackson, Don't Be Messin' Round is part of the demos Jackson spent enough time on to draft several strong melodic and rhythmic ideas. The chords and the rhythm of the track are quite reminiscent of the sunny and cool mid-tempo version of P.Y.T. (the original demo that surfaced in 2004 on the The Ultimate Collection box set). Some ideas and notes also sound like the ones already heard in Streetwalker, especially in the verses. Jackson sings most of the lyrics in yogurt, meaning that he still had a few steps to go before he could include the song on one of his abums. At 2:23, Jackson dives into the « bridge » section of the song, that actually is -- in this version -- an instrumental section. The catchy and sunny hook is back and heads to the fade-out of the song. Don't Be Messin' Round is another door open to Michael Jackson's unique creative process. The King of Pop was used to tape melodic ideas -- orally -- on a tape recorder and then get musicians to help him craft the track, layer after layer. Don't Be Messin' 'Round is a treat just before the actual BAD 25 set hits the shelves. The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music have joined forces to gather genuine and untouched recordings from the iconic times of BAD. Ok, there will be some remixes as well. When it comes to Kings of music, we shall have an eye on some of the the win-win projects by the Estate of Elvis Presley. In 2002, they released this great remix of Just A Little Conversation by JXL. It was the sole new remix included as the final track of a cool greatest hits packaghe. This remix sold the whole set. It may just take one cool, hard, club banging remix to make the re-release of BAD a celebration of the original album and an attempt to reach a new generation of fans. To be continued... Don't Be Messin' 'Round (c) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment