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Day 25: A song by an artist no longer living

The ever timeless classic “Billie Jean” by the talented Michael Jackson. Who was Billie Jean? What was Billie Jean? Was she just a girl as Michael claimed? The stalker who wrote him letters about a son she thought was his? Shall we decode the song? First, let’s take a moment to appreciate the moonwalk:

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Now, the song. What I loved about MJ, was the fact that his songs and videos mimicked each other and didn’t confuse its audience, for he used the videos to tell the story of his songs. In this song, we have a girl claiming that MJ is the father which he is outright denying. After all, this is an outcry! He’s a virgin (straight from his mouth) so how can he be the father? A PI is then seen following MJ in order to take pictures with him and the so-call Billie Jean to prove that they’re lovers. A newspaper headline appears screaming “Billie Jean Scandal” showing that the press never lets scandals or rumors for that matter fade for the media is almost always the ones responsible for making them up. 

The glowing floor is the most mysterious.

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I think it represents MJ being followed and accused and that no matter what he do or were he goes, someone is ALWAYS going to be there watching (Big Brother), which was creepily true in real life. She shows him a photo of his kid, and although “his eyes were like mine”, he still denies it “She says I am the one but the kid is not my son”.

Pffftt!! Yeah, right, the kid was his son and the lady ain’t no crazy fan named Billie Jean. His admonition of warning “remember do always think twice” overshadows his repeated denials of “the kid is not my son”. He had history with that girl. He’s admitting his mistakes because of fathering a child while being a child himself (possibly), but when he found out that the child isn’t his, he’s relieved because “mother always told me be careful of who you love. And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth” and he regretted not listening to her. He’s also relieved because he’s young, his career is just taking off and having a child can be a setback. Obviously, he slept with this woman. How stupid does he think I am? He does not get to play the innocent victim in this song for moonwalking out of Billie Jean’s life and his possibly child. 

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As for “For 40 days and 40 nights. The law was on her side” it brings to mind Biblical accounts such as Jesus fasting for 40 days and the great flood. Here, 40 is the nominal number of weeks of pregnancy. Gestation lasts 40 weeks or roughly 9 months.

Hmmm… maybe I should start a Hollywood Speculation & Theory series. 🤔

Anyway, here’s a fun fact: this was the first music video I actually saw and I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding the story. It’s also the video that’s credited for breaking the color barrier on MTV. His videos were always groundbreaking and he changed an entire genre with them for music videos were never the same afterwards, but Billie Jean was his lover… at least in song.

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Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

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Michael Jackson music video inspires Cheswick boy to help the hungry

The following is taken from wtae.com:

A 9-year-old boy from Cheswick said he was inspired to help the hungry by watching a music video with his mom.

“I was watching a Michael Jackson video, ‘Man In The Mirror,’ and I just saw these kids that didn’t have enough to eat (and) not enough water,” said Sam Kieffer. “And it just didn’t seem right to me. Everyone should have enough food and water to live.”

Kieffer has established Sam’s Blessings Box on Jacoby Road. The outdoor food pantry provides everyday essentials to people who need them. Among them are fruit, vegetables and toiletries such as shampoo.

“I can’t survive a day without eating dinner,” said Kieffer, “so I can’t imagine how people feel when they don’t have anything for dinner for a week or many days. It’s just not right.”

Kieffer said he hopes his effort will inspire others to create similar roadside food pantries in their neighborhoods.

“I feel like the future of this small thing can make a big impact in every community.”

Helping the hungry isn’t the only mission for 9-year-old Sam. He has also become involved in raising money for research of the epidermoid brain tumor. He said his father has such a tumor.

Through the Save The Brains campaign, Sam, his siblings, and others have raised more than $7,000, making them the single-largest donor to the Epidermoid Brain Tumor Society.

Among the fundraisers they hold are lemonade stands and bake sales.

Kieffer has also written a collection of poetry called Freedom Zone, a portion of the sales of which are donated to the Epidermoid Brain Tumor Society. He has listed the book for sale on Amazon.

“Sam is a child who just has a genuine desire to help people and he tries to do that in various ways,” said Kieffer’s mother, Terri.

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This is the best story I’ve read this week and decided to share it here. Sam’s book can be purchased here: Freedom Zone. May God continue to bless this child as he carries out his mission in this world. 

***Photo via Twitter; GIF via Giphy

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Day 22: A song that moves you forward

‘Heal the World’ by Michael Jackson! I 💙 this song! 

I like that the song addresses the current condition that we’re living in, but it also expresses hope “And the world we once believed in. Will shine again in grace” and what’s to come “Create a world with no fear. Together we cry happy tears. See the nations turn their swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4) when Jesus returns. In the meantime, we’re supposed to “Be God’s glow” in this less fortunate world and represent Him. 

Man, sometimes I wish Michael Jackson was not a pop star!

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Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

 

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Day 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title

Hmm, interesting. 🤔

The Potentials

Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp

Mandy – Barry Manilow

Fernando – Abba

Rio – Duran Duran

The Runner-Up

Bille Jean – Michael Jackson

Diana – Paul Anka

The Winner

To be honest, whenever I was asked to name a song with someone’s name in it, I went straight for ‘Dirty Diana’ by Michael Jackson. Mike had the most amazing stories to tell through song whether they were fact or fiction and I appreciated his storytelling abilities. 

I think this song is one of Michael’s most dramatic and emotional song on so many levels. He sings with such pain, sweet misery, and fragility, that for one second, the listener is inclined to believe that Mike is singing from personal experience, which he was in my opinion, although he denied it… multiple times! *shrugging* Oh well. I also like looking at it this way: the Jezebel figure he’s singing about represents the industry. He’s been around the industry since he was what? Five or so years old? 

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“You’ll never make me stay. So take your weight off of me” here, he could be referring to the controlling industry. “I know your every move. So baby please let me be” represents his experience in the music business. There was also that time when Mike tried to expose Sony and his words were something along the line of, “They really thought that my mind was on music and dancing, but they never thought that this performer myself will out-think them.” Although he’s been in the industry since he was a child, he had no idea that he was just a pawn in something bigger hence “I been here times before. But I was too blind to see. That you seduce every man this time you won’t seduce me”. Eh, they set you up to tear you down for once you sign that contract, you’ve officially relinquished all control and rights to your image so consider yourself seduced!

Yeah, sometimes I ramble a lot and I like to overanalyze things, but Michael’s songs always seem to have a hidden meaning… if you don’t take them at face value! 😄

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Dirty Diana, no
Dirty Diana, no
Dirty Diana, no
Dirty Diana, let me be!

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Day 19: A song that makes you think about life

Well, to be honest, a few songs did make me think about life when I first heard them:

Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C – This bittersweet song made me reflect on my school life and the friends I had back then. Friends forever? Well, I’m not one to have a lot of friends given that I am not a social butterfly and trust back then was something I couldn’t count on. And to be honest, I am glad that I didn’t have to see the majority of classmates again once school was out for good.

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Paradise by Coldplay – This song hits the heart hard. When we’re young, we expect the world of our dreams/imagination. But when we finally get there, it’s not what it’s cracked up to be but “life goes on, it gets so heavy” and we have to keep fighting our battles. Despite the tough times “I know the sun must set to rise” meaning that there’s always another day for progress. At the end of the day, we all live in hope and faith. Aerosmith’s Dream On’ has a similar narrative.

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Another song is The World I Know by Collective Soul. It’s about losing hope in humanity and that’s not so easy to do. All you have to do is look around! Because of how corrupted we’ve become with our thoughts and actions, the earth just keeps crying out for blood. Most of us choose the negative such as greed and hatred over love and empathy. However, at that moment the narrator decides to do away with the world, the realization hits him like a ton of bricks and his eyes are open and it’s the world I know versus what the world could be like. However, there is a certain spiritual aspect to the song that I’ll discuss in a later post.

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One of the saddest, yet truest songs ever written is The Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics. Don’t leave things unsaid for when that person dies, it hurt us even more. If there is someone you’re not talking to out of spite, put that behind and make amends for life is too short. Listen to what people are trying to say even if you may not like the good advice you think is bad at the time. Let people know you care; don’t hold grudges especially where it concerns your loved ones. 

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And last but not least, my reflection song, Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson. The message is simple: before you change the world (or address any situation for that matter), look at yourself within and change. How can you change the world if you can’t start with yourself? A mirror reflects who we are. If we keep seeing the same man or woman in the mirror, then we must change that. We need to become selfless, not selfish. 

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I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

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Day 17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

The Runner-Up

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson

The Winner

When I was younger, my favorite duet was ‘Say Say Say’ by Paul McCartney and MJ. Never cared for Paul and still don’t, but Mike loan his beautiful vocals to this track and I loved it.

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Say, say, say what you want
But don’t play games with my affection
Take, take, take what you need
But don’t leave me with no direction

All alone, I sit home by the phone
Waiting for you, baby
Through the years
How can you stand to hear
My pleading for you dear?
You know I’m crying ooh ooh ooh ooh

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Day 15: A song that is a cover by another artist

I don’t like cover songs. However, I loved Michael Jackson’s cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. The song was covered in 1971 for his debut album Got to Be There which was released in 1972. I think Michael was about 13 or so when he covered the song and WHOA! The soul and the power in that incredible voice! 

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jWonder this time where she’s gone
Wonder if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away