Michael Interviewed Pharrell
MICHAEL JACKSON: So, I’m interviewing you, right? And I think it’s seven questions, or something like that?
PHARRELL WILLIAMS: Sure. Whatever you like.
MICHAEL: Okay. What would you say inspires you in your music? What is it that inspires you to create your music?
WILLIAMS: It’s a feeling. You treat the air as a canvas and the paint is the chords that come through your fingers, out of the keyboard. So when I’m playing, I’m sort of painting a feeling in the air. I know that might sound corny, but—
MICHAEL: No. No, that’s a perfect analogy.
WILLIAMS: And when you know it’s done, you know it’s done. It’s like painting or sculpting. When you let it go it’s because you know that it’s finished. It’s completed. And vice versa—it tells you, “Hey, I’m not done.”
MICHAEL: Yeah. And it refuses to let you sleep until it’s finished.
WILLIAMS: That’s right.
MICHAEL: Yeah, I go through the same thing. [laughs] And what do you think of the music today—are you into the new sounds that are being created and the direction that
music is going?
WILLIAMS: Well, personally, I kind of feel like I’m taking notes from people like yourself and Stevie [Wonder] and Donny [Hathaway], and just sort of doing what feels right.
WILLIAMS: You know, like when everyone was going one way, you went ‘Off the Wall.’
MICHAEL: Right. [laughs]
WILLIAMS: And when everyone else was going another way, you went ‘Thriller.’ You just did it your way. And I’m taking notes from people like yourself, like not being afraid to listen to your feelings and turn your aspirations and ambitions into material. Making it happen, making it materialize . . .
MICHAEL: Who are some of the older artists—not the artists on the radio today—who inspired you when you were younger? Like the artists your father listened to, did you learn anything from those artists?
WILLIAMS: Absolutely. The Isley Brothers.
MICHAEL: Yeah, me too. I love the Isley Brothers. And I love Sly and the Family Stone.
WILLIAMS: Donny, Stevie.
MICHAEL: You like all the people I like. [laughs]
WILLIAMS: Those chord changes. They take you away.
MICHAEL: Beautiful, beautiful. Okay, well, where are you? In New York?
WILLIAMS: I’m in Virginia Beach, Virginia, sir.
MICHAEL: Virginia! Oh, beautiful. Will you give my love to Virginia?
WILLIAMS: Yes. Thank you.
MICHAEL: And your mother and your parents? Because God has blessed you with special gifts.
WILLIAMS: Thank you, sir. And I just want to say something, and I don’t know if you want to hear this, but I just have to say it because it’s on my heart. But people bother you—
WILLIAMS: Because they love you. That’s the only reason why. When you do something that people don’t necessarily understand, they’re going to make it into a bigger problem than they would for anybody else because you’re one of the most amazing talents that’s ever lived. You’ve accomplished and achieved more in this century than most any other men.
MICHAEL: Well, thank you very much. That’s very kind of you.
WILLIAMS: What you do is so amazing. When you are 100 years old, and they’re still making up things about what you’ve done to this and what you’ve done to that on your body—please believe me, if you decided you wanted to dip your whole body in chrome, you are so amazing that the world, no matter what they say, is going to be right there to see it. And that is because of what you have achieved in the music world, and in changing people’s lives. People are having children to your songs. You’ve affected the world.
MICHAEL: Thank you very much. It’s like the bigger the star, the bigger the target. You know when you’re—and I’m not being a braggadocio or anything like that—but you know you’re on top when they start throwing arrows at you. Even Jesus was crucified. People who bring light to the world, from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King to Jesus Christ, even myself. And my motto has been ‘Heal the World,’ ‘We are the World,’ ‘Earth Song,’ Save Our Children, Help Our Planet. And people want to persecute me for it, but it never hurts, because the fan base becomes stronger. And the more you hit something hard, the more hardened it becomes—the stronger it becomes. And that’s what’s happened: I’m resilient. I have rhinoceros skin. Nothing can hurt me. Nothing.
WILLIAMS: That’s precisely my point. I just want to let you know you’re amazing, man. What you do to music, what you’ve done to music, from ‘Billie Jean’ to ‘That’s What You Get (For Being Polite)’ —[sings] “That’s what you get for being polite.”
MICHAEL: Oh, you know that one? [laughs]
WILLIAMS: [sings] “Jack still sits all alone.”
MICHAEL: Boy, you know all those ones . . . [hums a guitar riff]
WILLIAMS: If I never work with you, just know that you are unstoppable. That’s why I said, when you’re 100 years old and you decide to dip your entire body in chrome, as much as they say things—and I don’t care what they say about you, sir—they’re going to be right there to see it.
MICHAEL: There’s a lot of jealousy there. I love all races, I love all people, but sometimes there’s a devil in people, and they get jealous. Every time there’s a luminary that goes beyond the heights of his field of endeavour, people tend to get jealous and try to bring him down. But they can’t with me because I’m very, very, very strong. [laughs] They don’t know that, though.
WILLIAMS: They know! Please believe me, they know!
MICHAEL: Anybody else would’ve cracked by now; they can’t crack me. I’m very strong.
WILLIAMS: Of course. They couldn’t crack you when you were 10, because you were destroying grown men doing what you did with your voice and your talent. And when you were 20, you were outdoing people that had been doing it for 20 or 30 years. And nowadays they’re still waiting to see where you’re at. They want to see your kids, they want to see your world. You’re amazing, and I just wanted to tell you that, man. And I hope that this all gets printed because it’s very important to me. I hope that I can be half as dope as you one day.
MICHAEL: Oh, God bless you. You’re wonderful, too . . . Have a lovely day.
WILLIAMS: You too, sir.
MICHAEL: Thank you. Bye.
The Interview titled, ‘Michael Jackson’ is credited to Pharrell Williams, Andy Warhol and Bob Colacello.
July 18, 2010: Twitpic by Nelson De La Nuez
Special thanks to La Estrella
Well, I called this “a project” for convenience, but in fact it IS a project. The main goal is to set some signal marks for the prospective “believers”. A significant number of big enterprises and individuals are involved in it. The main are Cirque du Soleil, SONY and some others. Each one has its own role in this play.
The most-talked-of sign is the poster of the Cirque du Soleil’s Show “BeLIEve” with Criss Angel. As I have already told before, the poster was made in 2008.
It has been discussed for many times already, but let me draw your attention to the main things.
Arven: “They have systematized the BELIEVE…
This post is a bit of a rehash, or summary, of all of the research done by myself and my friends at MJHD and MJH Forum. There have been numerous postings tying Criss Angel’s “Believe” show to Michael Jackson, that I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to consolidate all of the findings into one post. If I have missed anything, please let me know.
First, the most obvious is the symbolism of Criss Angel’s “Believe” poster. The following shows the aspects of the poster that seem mysteriously (or coincidently) tied to MJ: (click to enlarge)
Then, we see other interesting coincidences… first, Orianti’s new album, which is called, you guessed it..”Believe”…
In addition, we have MJ’s children sporting a hat and T-Shirt from the “Believe” show. (thanks to a poster named “Jamiee” who posted Blanket’s pic on michaeljacksonhoaxforum.com.)Then one poster had shown a comparison of the two “angel” pictures between MJ and Criss Angel,posted byMiss-Zazi95 on MJHD.net:
An interesting aspect of Criss Angel’s show is that he is taken away by ambulance, and presumably dead:
“In the entry hallway of the auditorium hang pictures depicting Criss Angel surrounded by insipid white rabbits that materialize and fade as one passes by. The classical stage is hung with thick curtains and framed with rococo golden sculptures depicting rabbit motifs. After the usual amusing Cirque du Soleil preamble with the ushers, Criss emerges to thunderous applause and enthusiasm from a full house. His infatuation with the television camera as a tool for his magic is proven when he disappears from a rolled-up screen while being monitored by a camera. The banner drape he uses is coincidentally brought in by one of his fans sitting in the front rows. The subsequent trick is a straightforward prediction effect in an overhead-hanging casket that is baffling and direct. Then he speaks about his foolhardy obsession with an illusion involving an enormous Tesla Cage that delivers six million volts, which he was about to perform live. An impressively realistic Tesla coil suddenly injures Angel badly, and the rest of the cast is seen rushing to and fro, apparently quite helpless until a stretcher takes him to an ambulance. This is recorded on camera and shown on large video screens and, although everybody knows that it involves stage blood, the close-up of his face is graphic and provides quite a gruesome and unnecessarily morbid spectacle. From then on, what dominates the show is a weird dream emerging from a dark mind.”
This is from a review of the show on “www.magician.org/portal/en/node/784”
According to vegasdeluxe.com, MJ saw “Believe” with Kenny Ortega in April 2009, and wanted a lineup of “lookalike dancers” for his show:
Now folks..here is something very interesting…
From Travis Payne twitter:
April 16: Jackson in 4D per un maxi tributo
“Il 25 giugno, a un anno dalla morte di Jackson, memorial unico allo stadio Olimpico di Roma. Sarà uno degli eventi live del 2010: il 25 giugno, allo stadio Olimpico di Roma e a un anno esatto dalla morte di Michael Jackson, andrà in scena il Michael Jackson Memorial Tribute. Un tributo esclusivo internazionale, l’unico (per ora) autorizzato dalla famiglia del re del pop, un omaggio alla popstar di Thriller la cua forza e la cui immagine sono ancora fortemente vive nei cuori dei milioni di fan sparsi in tutto il mondo.”
“Sul fronte spettacolo puro, sembra che per la prima volta al mondo verranno utilizzati effetti speciali in 4D, in uno stadio completamente tridimensionale. Sarà sicuramente presente il corpo di ballo che aveva preso parte a This is it, il maxi-show a cui Michael stava lavorando prima di morire e che è poi diventato un film-documentario di successo. Non è esclusa poi una performance dei Jackson Five (per ora è solo un rumour), di certo la manifestazione sarà curata da Travis Payne, coreografo e co-produttore di This is it.”
“A 4-D film (sometimes written 4D film) is a marketing term that describes an entertainment presentation system combining a 3-D film with physical effects in the theatre, which occur in synchronization with the film.”
“Some of the effects simulated in 4-D films include rain, wind, strobe lights, and vibration. The use of water sprays and air jets is also common. A 4-D film is not shown in a motion simulator, although some seats in 4-D venues vibrate or may move a few inches during the presentation.“
Stadio Olimpico includes 72,698 seats.
Interestingly, for broadcast in 4D will need to convert the stadium?
From ALLJACK5ONS :
The band has not changed.
Is Michael will sing on his tribute?
Update: MJM Tribute http://www.mjmtribute.com/
Well, as I had expected, Michael himself would sing.
No wonder the microphone in his hand.
Whitney Houston comeback.
August 27, 2008
Ne-Yo Plans Comebacks for Whitney Houston & Michael Jackson.
“Ne-Yo has big plans for two music legends. The acclaimed singer/songwriter is penning songs for Whitney Houston’s and Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated comeback albums. The 25-year-old spoke to Rap-Up.com about his role in bringing the two superstars back into the spotlight.
“It’s coming along slowly, but surely. They’re being very selective about what they keep, which they’re supposed to be. These are two very important albums. It’s the one that’s going to bring Whitney back and the one that’s going to take all the attention off of [Michael Jackson’s] personal life, hopefully, and put people back in the mindstate of why they love Michael in the first place,” Ne-Yo said backstage at a recent taping of “FNMTV” in Hollywood.
The hitmaker also shared his advice on how the King of Pop can stage a successful comeback. “The entertainment side—the way he dances, the way he sings, and him being one of the greatest entertainers that got put on the stage—bring people back in that mind frame and away from thinking about when his last surgery was or if he still has the monkey or whatever the hell it is. He’s still Michael Jackson.”
Ne-Yo will release his third studio album Year of the Gentleman on September 16th. Both Houston’s and Jackson’s albums do not currently have release dates.”
New Whitney Houston world comeback tour called Nothing But Love.
An interesting name is not it?