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MICHAEL JACKSON

Michael Jackson lived between 1958 and 2009. He was born to a family of nine children in Gary, Indiana. Besides being the best seller singer in America, he was also an influential, songwriter, dancer and a music producer. His excellent work earned him the title”King of pop.” The prominent pop singer started off his music career at the age of five (5) when he joined his family’s Motown group –Jackson 5. He became the lead singer of the group. He later went on to a solo career and achieved as he released number one hits from the albums Thriller, Bad and Off the wall. He won different awards, and even amazingly his music still won an award in 2010 after his death. Alongside music, Michael Joseph Jackson demonstrated great achievements by investing in other fields; his Neverland Ranch. He just wowed the music industry during his time on earth.

Michael Joseph Jacksons Top Albums.

Off The Wall Released On August 10, 1979.

That was the fifth album of the American pop singer. It was released by epic records and CBS records internationally. The collection consisted of captivating pop and funk genres. Among featured singles were “Get on the flour,” “Workin’ day and night,” “Rock with you,” “Off the wall,” and “Don’t stop ‘till you get enough.”  The later hit song topped the Grammy awards – winning single.

Thriller – 1982.

Jacksons’ sixth album. This album wowed the music industry with seven single in the top ten hits. As if that’s not enough it’s the most selling in the history. It maintained the top on the chart list for 560 days and held number spot for 259 days. Thriller earned 12 nominations from Grammy awards and achieved eight victories, both records. What a time of triumph it was for him, it showcased the diversity in his work in the music industry. He garnered Grammy (best rhythm and blues song ) for his outstanding songwriting talent, ‘ Billie Jean ‘got him honoured for the singles, the album title song won him the best male pop vocal performer while “Beat it” earned him the best male rock vocal performer award. To wrap up the awards was the one for the prize of the album of the year which he shared with co-producer Quincy Jones.

Bad -1987.

Jackson released Bad in August 1987 as his seventh album. Like the previous albums, it gained popularity around the world. It attained the top of the charts with a record 5 number one hit. In it were singles like The Way You Make Me Feel, the title track and man in the mirror to mention a few. He also spent more than a year on the road playing concerts to promote this album.

Michael’s Neverland Ranch

By the late 1980s, he had constructed his fantasy retreat- a California range called Neverland ranch. He reared exotic pets such as Bubbles and also installed amusement park-type rides. He could sometimes open the farm for children’s events.

Michael Jackson’s achievements in music, business and record breakings make him famous to date. Even after his passing on. He was announced the top in publications list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year by Forbes on October 2017. He is still the king of pop.

The most significant quotes from John Lennon Part II

Hi, again everybody! Last time we reviewed some of the most iconic quotes of John Lennon and I mentioned that he has so many interesting phrases that we should do a part two, so, here you have it! Hope you enjoyed the first one and that you’re excited to read the next bunch. I believe he was one of those humans that will remain alive thanks to their work and message to the world.

With each quote, you can feel related to his thoughts and understand his life.  Without much more to say, I’ll leave you with the following words that can make your day better:

  • If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
  • We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
  • I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
  • Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.
  • When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun, every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
  • We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
  • I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.
  • Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best and do it.
  • Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself
  • “There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
  • “Yeah, we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”

Beautiful, right? What a great resume of some of its unforgettable words. Doesn’t make you wonder about your life, and what are you doing to make this world a better place?

Till next time

The most significant quotes from John Lennon

Hi everyone! It’s been a while ago since the last post. We’re in 2018 and in March already. I was thinking about what content should I write next, and I came up with the idea to show you the best quotes of one of our most excellent musicians of all time: John Lennon. He not only shared with the world his amazing music, but also, he was a poet, pacifist, and composer that fight for making this world a better place.

Lennon was born in Liverpool, England in the forties. By 1950 he formed his first band that ultimately became The Beatles. The music band was the most commercial and successful of all time, and we can still hear their music today. After The Beatles break up, John Lennon continued his writing and performing music next to his wife, Yoko Ono. Unfortunately, on December 1980, he was shot and killed by a former fan. His legacy will remain in time.

With the following quotes, you may meet new things about his thoughts and feel motivated to do something about your daily life. We’re all together in this, and we have to be our best version to live fully and in harmony with others. Enjoy!

  • “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
  • “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
  • “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
  • “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”
  • “I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So, I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”
  • “War is over … If you want it.”
  • “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
  • “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”
  • “Make your own dream. That’s Beatles story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko story, that’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go to save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signpoints and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
  • “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

There are so many more amazing quotes that Lennon wrote, if you want the second part, let me know!

Philosophical Questions

Hey, everyone! As it turns out, my last post garnered a bit of positive feedback from you guys. Instead of philosophical quotations, some of you sent us some questions that are quite philosophical in nature. It was quite a joy reading through them and answering them. So I asked Julie for another nightcap and we came up with our answers.

Is it wrong to buy your kids Christmas presents when a disaster has struck your area and others are struggling?

Me: Hooboy. This one made me think quite a bit. To be honest, I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s still my money and it’s my prerogative on how I’m going to spend it despite the occurrences around my family. In fact, since there was a disaster in the area, having an extra holiday cheer will go a long way for the morale of my family.

Julia: I can see why this is a touchy topic for some. It’s the same line of logic as “Should I feel bad for spending on expensive food when there are people dying of hunger?” sort of thing. While I think the world would be a better place if we all helped each other out, this is something that should be done out of the goodness of your heart and not because you feel socially pressured into it. I, personally, would hold a family meeting to discuss this. Do we spend on Christmas presents and the like or is there something else we want to do with it. Ultimately, it is the decision of the family or of the parent which determines the outcome regardless of outside opinion.

Is life devoid of meaning if we live forever?

Me: Yes. Life is beautiful because it is fleeting.

Julia: No. Meaning is placed into something we value. If you value every single day of your immortal life, you can still have meaning in your life.

Is it possible for something to be in two places at once?

Me: Ooh I love the answer to this one. One of my favorite movies is A Walk To Remember. One of the dreams of Mandy Moore’s character is to be in two places at once. Her love interest takes her to a state border and has her stand above it–effectively being in two places at once. So realistically, in that sense, yes–it is possible to be in two places at once.

Julia: It’s a bit odd now as the concept of ‘being’ is rather fluid. Physically speaking, probably not–unless you send your body parts to different places–EW. But for example, if you have a relative who’s abroad and they video chat with you–physically you aren’t there but on the emotional aspect of the thing, you are. You aren’t missing out on whatever it is they’re showing you and you get to stay exactly where you are. So in doing so, you are sort of in two places at once.

Why do we dream?

Me: I think we dream because we need it. We get to explore worlds, scenarios, and feelings that can sort of prepare us for if and when it occurs during waking life. Personally, I look forward to my dreams each night because it’s like my own personal movie.

Julia: To stay sane, really. Our brains process so much data that it needs an outlet for certain thoughts or rationalizations. I think we dream because we can. If that makes sense to you.

 

Some Philosophical Life Quotes

I have a good friend by the name of Julia who picked out the habit of gathering philosophical quotes for me. I have no idea why she does it but it’s been a pretty good exercise. Julia and I often pour hours of discussion over different quotes–how we personally perceive it, how we think it’s relevant to our lives, how we can adapt it (if we haven’t already). So I figured that maybe you guys can do that to with your own friends or family. I’ll be sharing some quotes with you today along with some thoughts from me and Julia.

Life is a long road on a short journey. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Ele: For me, I believe this refer to how life can feel so long when you’re still at the beginning or at the middle–yet when you’re nearing the end of your life, it then feels so utterly short. I suppose that’s why one of the more popular villain tropes are rich old men who want to extend their lives by any means necessary. They all have the common exclamation that life is too short and how youth is wasted on the young.

Julia: I think this philosophy isn’t limited to the scope of just life. It’s applicable in other topics too–like listening to a song that you really like or more commonly, the anticipation of a vacation. It can feel oh so dragging when you count down the weeks and days before going on a vacation. Yet, when you’re on it–it’s like time decides to just zip by. It’s like there was a lessened amount of hours for the duration of your vacation.

Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it. ~Christopher Morley, Thunder on the Left

Ele: I like this one. It gives the idea that no matter how proficient you think you are about the topic of life–in the end, you may not actually be as knowledgeable as you think. It actually is quite humbling when you really think about it. Do any of us really know what we’re doing?

Julia: I don’t know. I think it’s one of those feeling fluffers like “It’s okay if you don’t quite understand life–no one does anyway!” The thing is–this is precisely the reason why some really pursue excellence and strive to accomplish something in our lives. If we don’t really know what we’re doing, at least we leave something behind for those who are going to continue the journey. If you’re a person that really likes this quote it’s kinda sad. Don’t limit yourself in the belief that it’s okay if you don’t have direction or someone else is just pretending to be living right (since in the end we all don’t anyway)–strive for more.

Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Ele: Hrm. I think this refers to how a neatly planned life can seem quite short. It’s like a burger with no condiments or lettuce, onions, or tomato. Sure you have a pure meat burger but it doesn’t seem like much, does it? When you just follow the already beaten path, there’s no surprises but at the same time, are you really living?

Julia: For me, I think this refers to how if you keep at a set goal with no distractions, when you get to your destination and look around–you may end up wondering where all the time went. When you’ve been so focused on one thing, you let all the other things slip through your fingers. This can give you the idea that you’ve missed out (which is something I really hate).


So that’s it so far–I’ll share more discussions Julia and I have about philosophical quotes. For now, we need refills.