My most treasured personal and artistic inspiration is Michael Jackson. And not just the iconic artist, for his creative work is just how I know who he is. Mike from Gary, Indiana; Joe and Katherine’s son. He is my Muse and I love him dearly.
His entire body of work has had an impact on me in various ways, from Motown to his creative endeavors as an adult.
Remember The Time has the same effect on me now as it did the first time I heard it. Those opening notes play and I am out of my seat. And that beautiful short film is deliciousness for the eyes; those gorgeous dancers in their various shades of decadent chocolate giving the Egyptian glare while moving to that powerful beat, Michael glowing like a radiant vision of gold, so sensual and magical. Timeless.
Black and White and its short film makes me supremely happy.
Keep The Faith is the confidence shot that I need from time to time.
Will You Be There and Earth Song, I call them prayers because I have caught the spirit while listening to them.
I’ve been writing creatively since I was nine and over the years—as I learned more about Michael Jackson, he has found his way into some of my books, giving me some characters just as endearing and unique as he was.
I love the story his brother Jackie tells of his aspirations for Thriller at the time. Michael wanted to sell 20 million records which Brother Jackie thought was beyond lofty. Michael would go on to sell 42 million. And counting. That let me know that Michael Jackson was a man who knew how big his God is and I must always know the same.
“If you enter the world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”
Brother Michael, you are still very much loved. Thank you for sharing your gifts and your love with the world.
I miss you, Dear One.