Muses include the Holiest Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Snoop, Tyson and MJ respectively), which just about makes Reyes the new Lucian Freud in my humble opinion…
NEW FAVOURITE SITE ALERT! Love, love love whats ging on over at Typcutwhich for what its worth an absolutely awesome design/illustration blog complied by a load of eeer, illustrators and designers, merging imagery and caligraphy which ultimately produces some of the wee gems you see here - loving the MJ tributes! Nahahahaha - they’re everywhere! These two come in a close second (above) and third (below) place in my favourite I’m witholding my fav for a mid-week pick me up…
Thanks to Popwhore
Hey, hey campers! Well, it’s two weeks to the day and I have to say I was a little numb since the memorial on Tuesday, but now I finally just want to say that - with it’s appropriately historic speeches by Berry Gordy and Rev Al Sharpton, heartwrentching performances by Jermaine, Usher, and John Mayer, and affectionate tributes from Brooke Shields and Magic Johnson, and brother Marlon’s final words, that memorial somehow managed to make some sense out of something which feels as utterly senseless as MJ having to leave us…
I can’t not mention little Paris, but neither can I bring myself to link the footage of her (Im going with my instinct which tells me it wouldnt be right), but that it should end with her suddenly making us aware that the biggest role of MJ’s life to him, was that of being a daddy was almost too poignant to bear…
Anyway, as I sit here in a little internet cafe playing back to back MJ videos (at this very second its the ful length Thriller!) with a few people sat in the doorway watching, I can tell you he’s still dominating the news here in Brazil, his music is getting played everywhere in the favela, and the web is still - and will be forevermore I’m guessing - swarming with tributes, (I think I’ve read about half of them!), but I wanted to post this one from Time Magazine’s celebrity tribute section. It really does say it all!
Thank you Ice T!!!
I met him once. He was in New York at the Sony studios shooting a video, and I was there with one of my groups. And I was requested — Michael wanted to meet me. I went in the back, and he was sitting between two women and he shook my hand, and it was cool. Somebody like Michael Jackson — you don’t even think they know you exist. You know, you’re a rapper. And the fact that he was like, ” Ice-T is here. I would like to meet Ice-T.” And I shook his hand and it was a very cool moment. One of my friends said, No matter how tough you are, Michael Jackson will have the biggest gangster in the front row screaming like a bitch at his concert. That’s about the best compliment you can give.
Can I just state, its 5am in Rio and I just had to post this playlist entry before my world becomes full of grammar and prepositions (teaching English and that). Urgh, just need to start the day good somehow, and as I’m listening to nothing but Michael Jackson, I’m posting this, which actually is in my top 5 all time favourite MJ tracks. (God, that’s a BIG commitment), but yeah, I think the breakdown and the chorus are just probably just about one of the BEST things I’ve ever heard in my life - plus its got that Madonna connection as she was supposed to record the female speaking parts although apparently she refused - some rumour about her being barren towards him after he rejected her sex-u-al advances many years earlier (see below perhaps)! Oh, its all coming out now! Anyway, so Campbell does ‘erk’ me a little in this video, although MJ is flawless and bessides, they actually look like their having an awesome time so its all ‘legal’ as they would say in here Brazil…. just too goooooood! JUST PRESS PLAY!
So, Happy July 4th everyone! And seeing so the US and the rest of the world has lost their favorite son, its kind of a bittersweet celebration by all accounts. But its fair to say that American pop culture has really taken a bashing this week with the loss of Farrah Fawcett also, so although I wouldn’t normally acknowledge American holidays, this one has a special poignance to it. And its means I can use it as an excuse to post another MJ tribute!! Speaking of which I went to the amazing Santa Marta favela - located a few hundred metres from el Christo which was the location of the shooting of the They Don’t Care About Us video. I timed the visit to coincide with the week anniverary of his passing, and left a single white rose as an vastly insubstnacial means to say thank you and I love you to my all time hero… . So anyhoo, whilst there I drew the attention of some local kinder, and wouldntchaknow, after learning of my reason d’etre, they treated me to a little MJ dance off - t’was quite surreal! Looking out over the most beautiful view of Rio Ive ever seen, standing where MJ once stood, feeling like elation & heartbreak all at once - special memories being made right there y’all. So, as I was posting the images you see here, I was quite taken aback to see one of the kid`s is actually giving the hand salute for the Red Command (Comando Vermelho) drug gang (hence the c and V sign)!! WTF! This was happy Michaeling moments not trafficking! And I mean that literally and figuratively because Santa Marta was the first favela in Rio to be made traffick fee (and free internet as a ‘reward’) And for the record, its hella (sorry) nice to be able to wander around a community and not have to worry whose watching from where, being careful to not mention where you live etc. Funnily enough, when I returned home to Vidigal it seemed that things had returned to normality - normality being bandits everywhere! Like three times the normal amount like they’ve been either recruiting or cloning -one of the two - so as you can see in the pic I was feeling happiest I had in a long while! Well not plaesed that theres guns everywhere but … you know! So here’s tribute Estelle stylee to our all-time favourite American Boy, Michael Jackson, thinnly disguised as a celebration to American Independence! Nahaha!(And heads up to Kanye for, “feeling like Mike at his baddest!”)
You know - I never knew how I would ever be able to stop posting about Michael Jackson, or ironically what note to finish on, but tonight provided the answer. After spending the day at work, reading tributes
and press articles, I just wanted to get home and lose myself in his world. I got in and I instantly downloaded One Day In Your Life and Music And Me , two songs which have touched my soul more than any others, because its through these songs I feel his soul the most. I spent the whole evening, alone, buried in Youtube, listening, crying, watching documentary clips; in particular a series which rectified the hideous Martin Bashir interviews, but mostly enjoying the comfort I was getting from from the comments people where leaving - especially those hating on Martin Bashir! They were so passionate, so heartfelt and often really fucking violent towards Bashir that I found myself laughing out loud for the first time in a week. It was then that I felt the need to join in and so I posted a comment on Youtube to express exactly how I was feeling. It said,
No, I`m not - and probably will never be ready to stop paying tribute to MJ because I’ll never be not grateful for everything he did! So here’s a couple of personal favourites once again - first up PYT which was the only other song apart from Scream which was a real bona fide duet, that featured Janet Jackson. And then, its gotta be….. Gotta Be Starting Something - definately my two favs from the Thriller Album, but actually so is Beat It. And She’s Outta My Life. And Thriller. And The Girl Is Mine! The list never ends. And one of the most beautiful things Ive witnessed is watching YouTube just continuously getting tens of thousands of hits an hour on every MJ video. I know I’m saying this again, but this wont happen again - and sure as hell not in our lifetime. I’m so sad that I never got to see him live, but that doesnt stop him getting in my heat everytime I hear his music. God - he makes me so happy!
RIP Michael Jackson…THE most influential musician of our lives. My thoughts echo that of Sasha, who summed up perfectly what MJ means to me….and everyone else I know. And like Patryk, I feel so lucky to be part of the MJ generation. I have so many memories…mimicking his dance moves in my bedroom, rushing to the TV to watch his videos and being completely terrified when my parents took me to see Moonwalker - I didn’t want the bad men to hurt Michael! And being teased to no end by my darling brothers because of this. Oh my god!! The memories…..there are just way too many to explain, so I leave you with 2 (of many) favourite songs of mine, Scream and Billie Jean. x (Fe)
So Im posting this video ‘They Don´t Care About Us”(its not the original but all originals cant be embedded) in partcular as it was filmed here in Rio in Santa Marta favela where Im gonna head over to today, just to be somewhere close to where he was… I can tell you first hand that the news in Brazil - as is everywhere else no doubt - is just continously replaying Micheal Jackson videos and footage…. this is history happening right now, and for the first and most likely the last time, its someone whose actually more than worthy of the attention, because sometimes music is the only thing that an save us, and his music was life saving. Anyway. Im also posting a personal message that my friend patryk left for me… I think he says it all perfectly…
It’s so fucking sad, I dunno what to say! We’re the Micheal Jackson generation after all, aren’t we? iIt also saddens me that the music industry [=factory] has gone so downhill within recent years…, everything is mass=produced and manufactured….I’m afraid that losing MJ is an end of an era; an era when people did buy tapes, CDs [not to mention vinyls], an era when listening to music as well as recording music was more real.
I honestly hope there will be an MJ day in the calendar! i hope that in today’s world of plastic and celebrities with no validity, it will remind people of REAL MUSIC and a REAL, CREDIBLE, AND UNIQUE STAR, ICON, n LEGEND.
I feel changed a bit as well. It’s hard to imagine that, although we didn’t know him, his passing made such a huge n personal impact on us. he was there with us when we were growing up; he was there when we were making friends; he was even the source of some of our little arguments.
I feel privileged and very happy we’re the MJ generation, but i’m really sad n sorry for the generations to come, who won’t have a living legend and an icon [a hugely talented artist] to look up to, to get inspiration from and be entertained by.
let’s keep his music and dancin alive!
X X X
My God. This is so much bigger than what anyone can ever say, although the endles news reports and tributes etc will try and give somekind of perspective - how can you ever really put into perspective the death of someone who has been responsible for more happiness on a global scale then anyone in living memory?
It feels like this is real-life global, historical emotional event of which there will never be anything like again.
As such is really giving me a real sense of my own mortality.
He was the greatest musical love of my life, always has been & always will be…
I know there are millions more echoing the very same sentimant; let’s hope he can hear us from wherever he is…
Imagine if there’d never been a Micheal Jackson?