Wednesday, July 1, 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON


I am deeply saddened by the death of MICHAEL JACKSON. I was shocked when I heard the news on the radio. I immediately called my brother, sister and then my mom to confirm the news. No one knew for sure, but we hoped it wasn’t true. As more and more news sources confirmed the report, my heart sank. How could MICHAEL JACKSON be gone so soon and so suddenly?


I was a fan, like all of you. MICHAEL JACKSON’S music was like a backdrop to my life. I remember excitedly sitting in front of the TV with my sisters to watch the THRILLER video air for the first time. I was frightened by the scary make up, but also in awe of the dance moves and the fact that it was more of a movie than any music video I had ever seen. I remember when PYT was my favorite, watching The Wiz for the first time, when my mom participated in WE ARE THE WORLD and when I SCREAMED along with Janet and Michael.


I’m lucky enough to also have wonderful memories of meeting MICHAEL JACKSON, which I will cherish in my heart forever. I remember gorging on candy in his “candy room” at the ranch. I remember Michael dancing with my mom on stage and even better dancing in my living room with my little brother. My favorite memory is singing to him on the phone. I was so proud that I knew the words. “Mama say, mama sa, mama kusa,” I sang as he giggled on the other end.


In my eyes, Michael was a kind, sweet, youthful man. I never believed any negative allegations and I will continue to defend him when people make jokes. I was shocked and saddened beyond belief that even in his death, people can continue to say negative, mean things. My heart goes out to the family and to the kids. This is so very sad ☹


Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

“Gone Too Soon”
Lyrics by MICHAEL JACKSON

MICHAEL JACKSON was FABULOUS and he will be remembered forever.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chudney I am very sad about Michael's death too. Its such a shame and a great loss. And I have heard people say jokes about him since his death which is just sick. I have always liked Michael and his music is just amazing! I have also been thinking about you and your family too through this hard time and hope you are all coping ok and especially Michael's children and family too. I will be watching the memorial at home on tuesday. Take care & be strong

Sarah x

AMERA said...

Dear Chudney...my heart goes out to you and your entire Family...at this extremely difficult time.

THE WHOLE WORLD CRIED LAST NITE

I am overwhelmed with sadness...
overcome with grief....
may you dwell in the HOUSE OF THE LORD...
in PEACE and TRANQUILITY....

sleep peacefully in HEAVEN....
far ...from the media glare...
they were in large part...I'm convinced...
who ultimately drove you to dispair..

so ironic that through life...
you were constantly..VILIFIED...
today...in all the headlines...
you were finally...GLORIFIED...

the whole world cried last nite...
stunned and in disbelief....
it is a sad day for ...MUSIC...
a sad day in.....HISTORY...

an incredible influence in my life...
since the tender age of ten...
the consummate performer...the likes of which...
WE'LL NEVER SEE AGAIN!....

MICHAEL JACKSON ...GONE TOO SOON..
such an untimely tragedy...
your life...as in death...
shrouded by mystery....

a true genius...A LEGEND....
it's unimagineable...YOU ARE GONE.
my heart ...forever broken...
THROUGH YOUR MUSIC...YOU LIVE ON..

life as I know it now....
has been forever changed....
a tremendous loss...I know...
that can never be regained...

there's a gaping hole within my heart...
that cannot be repaired...
words are not enough to express...
this incredible pain I bear...

you gave this world so much...
more than we ever deserved...
all you wanted was to LOVE...
and to be loved...in return...

a compassionate...gentle soul...
we simply could NOT understand...
this world has never seen before...
a more loving..."GENTLEMAN" ....

you tried to "HEAL THE WORLD"...
that needs healing...desperately...
but sadly you were unable...
it simply ..was NOT meant to be....

you gave all the love you could...
still...so much more to give...
you will be LOVINGLY remembered...
for as long as I shall live...

it is of comfort knowing....
that one day...we'll meet again...
GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU MICHAEL...
REST IN PEACE...MY FRIEND...

with a heavy heart...I bid farewell...till then...

amera

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chudney for that footage, I'm crying as I type this. We've been playin his music in my house everyday after his death and I can't stop thinkin about it. So hard but comforting to listen to songs like "Never can say Goodby" and "I wanna be where you". So hard to beleive...I'm so sad...

THANK GOD!!! He left us his music, image if he'd took that with him. I'd really be a mess. I think about his family Jermain in particular, they lost their brother and not an ordinary brother at that so it must be hard. I always wanted to meet Mike and now I can't. I was so happy to see that he'd kissed your mother from beyond by mentioning her in his Will. Again thank you so much for those video's, you just don't know...I'll watch them over and over, please don't take them down.

love bungee

Freddie said...

i was shocked and saddened by the news of Michael Jackson's death. He has left behind a legacy of fantastic music and performances to be enjoyed for years to come.

I watched the rehearsals for what would have been his "This Is It" tour starting in London. It was featured on ET and it was fantastic. I hope the rehearsals would be released or made into a special of some sort so his many fans would see he still had the magic touch.

May his soul rest in peace

Ross fan said...

Thanks for this post Chudney. Let's not forget that Michael asked your Mom--Diana Ross--to be guardian of his children in the event Katherine cannot. What an honor and a testament to an amazing friendship.
I feel absoultely horrible about his passing. I feel very sad. He was hurting inside very, very much. I do think he suffered traumatic abuse--sexual, physical, and emotional. He love your Mom throughout all these years.

So sad...

Anonymous said...

Hi Chudney! I was surprised and shocked at Michael's passing too. I have found when life presents hardships towards myself. I've always have been grateful for something. My base inside me always comes through. It say's to me, "Ain't No Mountain Hight Enough". This story has yet to unfold completely, and I can't help but think. Your mother's spirit will shine above all, and Michael's kids will have a home no matter what.

Anonymous said...

My dear Chudney, my thoughts and prayers go out to not only the Jackson family but also to the Ross family, your Mom was obviously very dear to Micheals heart and she and the rest of your family must be devastated.

I have memories myself from being a child growing up listening to both your Mom and Michael and I also feel that I have lost someone close even though I never knew him or met him and I was so looking forward to seeing him in concert in the UK this year.

I would like to share this immortal poem by Mary Stephenson with you called Footprints in the sand, this is for you and your family and whoever else might read your blog, it is a poem that is very dear to my heart.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

LOVE TO YOU ALL

CAROL RYAN XXXXXX

clifford said...

Hey Chudney, I to am very sad about MJ's passing. I remember seeing him live for the first time here in England in 1973! My thoughts are with his family and with yours as I know he was a part of your mom's life, and her children's, for a long time. I understand that your sister in NYC is about to give birth, and your mom wants to be with her, rather than in LA. I understand this. I so hope the media understand too. Keep Fabulous. Carry On! Clifford in Manchester, UK.

Anonymous said...

I'm still cry and days has past. Chud your mom must be upset, I think about her too. Please give her a big fat hug for me. As for all those who hated mike, what can I say. I don't watch the Oprah show because the way she treated Mike. I can't stop thinkin about it.

Bungee.

Kendall R. Williams said...

Dear Chudney,

Thanks for your blog, I was both shocked and saddened as I heard the news at work, and I still have a hard time believing it. Your words were kind, inspiring, and once again giving us more insight into the kind of person Michael Jackson was, and I also appreciate you touching on the matter of the jokes, it is unbelievable that people can still tell them even now. I never believed the child molestation allegations, it only proved to me that anything good someone does, this world has to try to stomp it out, but he didn't let it and neither will I. Thanks for all that you do and I will be back next week and beyond.

AMERA said...

Dear Chudney;

I've just watched the MEMORIAL....
I still can't believe it's true...
there were tears streaming down my face....
the entire TRIBUTE through...

glued to the television for weeks..
as I watched dazed and confused...
it was not until this morning...
I realized the news was true...

they say the good die young...
I never understood why that was so...
why did you have to leave us MICHAEL....
why did you have to go?????

you gave us so much LOVE....
through your GENUIS...but short career...
why can't you still be with us...
why can't you still be here????

we need you more than ever...
to free us from despair...
why did you have to leave us...
why can't you still be there???

we grew up with your music...
such an important part of life...
we need you here MICHAEL....
to save us all from strife...

your voice forever silenced...
save for the ANGELS to hear...
why did you have to go MICHAEL...
why can't you still be near???

for everything a purpose...
a reason for everything at hand...
why did you have to leave us???
I still don't understand...

this world indeed a better place...
you certainly made a change...
my life and countless others...
will NEVER be the same...

your life upon this earth cut short..
an unbelieveable tragedy...
now you live in HEAVEN Michael...
..for all eternity...

perhaps the LORD was longing...
to hear your sweet voice again...
so he softly called you home ...
gently took you by the hand...

the ANGELS up in HEAVEN ...
must have something to rejoice...
you will always be the lead singer...
with that incredibly amazing voice...

for millions the world over ...
..THE BRIGHTEST STAR OF ALL...
MICHAEL took one last bow ..
.."ONE FINAL CURTAIN CALL"...

the lites now have been dimmed...
the STAR has left the stage...
inside my heart you will LIVE ON...
and there... you will remain...

I love you more...
amera
P.S. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

Mark said...

Hi Chudney,

Thank you very much for sharing some of your wonderful memories of Michael Jackson with us! I really appreciate hearing (reading) these stories. It sounds like that you have some great memories of meeting him with your family over the years, and I am sure that you will always treasure these moments.

I am glad that we were able to hear some of your stories. I remember hearing your sister Tracee's cool story about the "Mama say, Mama sa, Mama kusa" song a few years ago. It was so funny when she was a kid and thought that MJ was saying one thing when he really wasn't, and all of her friends were telling her that she was wrong at school. It was so funny when she explained to her friends that she would call Michael that night and find out (all of the kids were probably so jealous that she could actually talk to Michael on the phone), and when she did talk to him, she found out that she was wrong. She then went to school the next day telling the kids that she talked to MJ that night, but she didn't tell them that she was wrong. I really got a kick out of this story. I heard it in an interview somewhere. You and your family must have so many fabulous memories, and it is cool that you share some of them with us!

I remember when "Thriller" came out when I was a kid, and I still have the original LP from that time. I also remember "We Are the World" with your mother and all of the stars that collaborated on that project. I also have the original LP and 45 from that time.

I have been watching all of the TV coverage over the past week, and the entire situation is so very sad. My thoughts & prayers are with the Jackson family, and I also extend them to your family, as well. I hope that today's memorial helped to bring some closure to all of the people that knew and loved Michael Jackson.

R.I.P. - Michael Jackson

Sincerely,

Mark

P.S. I have been trying to post something for the past 2 days, but the comment icon was not showing up on my PC, and when it finally did, the page wouldn't open. I think part of the system was down. I know that many parts of the Internet were down with all of the traffic generated by the MJ news over the past few days. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know this.

Anonymous said...

To Amera, You always have just the right words !!!
B

Andrew DeSerio said...

Chudney I recommend the book "How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Die" by Teresa Rando, PhD. It is so empowering as it helps us understand grief and how it affects us. I love hearing from you as you help us remember that superstars like Michael Jackson like your mother are real people. I so enjoy your blog and although this is the first time I added a comment I do read it and enjoy hearing from you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chudney,

I just want to say I am praying for your family at this very difficult time. Even though I never personally met Michael I feel like I'm grieving too, I believe that's how everyone is feeling. Michael was such a wonderful person he was music and he will always be!

Judy said...

Thank you for posting these extraordinary videos that remind us of how special Michael was. It is a shame that great spirits (like Michael's) always encounter opposition and persecution from mediocre minds. Nonetheless he inspired us like your mom inspires us and as we look back we know that when we are inspired, we achieve far more than we ever thought we could.

Anonymous said...

DEAR CHUDNEY,
PLEASE TELL YOUR MOM HOW SORRY WE ARE ABOUT THE PASSING OF HER GOOD FRIEND MICHAEL.
HER DECISION NOT ATTEND THE MEMORIAL WAS HARD I'M SURE, BUT WAS A GOOD CHOICE.
THE DAMN MEDIA WOULD HAVE TURNED HER APPEARANCE INTO NOTHING MORE THAN A FRENZY OF SPECULATION. THEY HAVE DONE THIS TO HER IN THE PAST.
BLESS ALL OF YOUR FAMILY FOR MAINTAINING A "NORMAL" LIFE IN THE MIDST OF CELEBRITY.

MARK HARRISON NASHVILLE

Amber said...

it's hurts me thinking about his death. he was such a beautiful and misunderstood person. may he rest in peace :'(