Pop icon Michael Jackson performing in 2001 at Madison Square Garden with his signature white glove

V Vintage: Michael Jackson 2001 Interview (Pg. 4)

At what point in your life did you realize that you were different, a visionary?

I never thought about, I just always accepted it from the heavens and said on my knees, “Thank you.” Whenever I write a song and I know that it is musically correct, there are no laws to music, but when it feels right, I get on my knees and I say, “ Thank you.” I really do, I mean it. Because it drops into your lap just easy and magical with no effort.

Did singing ever stop being fun and become work?

It’s always been fun, unless I get physically sick, it’s always fun. I still love it.

What is your financial status?

I’m taking care of fine.

Michael, don’t be embarrassed, when I think about Van Goug, Bach, Beethoven, Elvis, you are an innovator, your work as changed the face of music, changes the face of videos setting a standard that still stands, no one has come close to what you have accomplished, where does Michael Jackson go from here?

Thank you, thank you. I have deep love for film and to pioneer and innovate in the medium of film. To write and direct and produce movies. To bring incredible entertainment.

What kind of movies? Are you looking at scripts?

Yes, but nothing has been finalized yet.

Are you writing?

Uh huh.

Are you ever lonely?

Of course. If I’m on stage, I’m fine there. You can have a house full of people and still be lonely from within. I’m not complaining because I thin it’s a good thing, for my work.

Why do you think very young children today are as excited about you as if were here to witness your historical landmarks that took place before they were born?

They learn from there parents, they hear it. TV shows everything that I’ve done. They hear all the songs on TV, VH1 around the world, they are rediscovering it all over again. It’s not like they missed it, it’s always been there.

Tell me about the new CD Invincible. “ Speechless.”

You’ll be surprised. I had a big water balloon fight, I’m serious, in Germanym and what inspires me is fun. I was with these kids and we had big water balloon fight and I was so happy after the fight that I ran upstairs in their house and write “Speechless.” That’s what inspired the song. I hate to say that because it’s such a romantic song. But, it was the fight that did it. I’d had fun, I was happy, and I wrote it in it’s entirety right there. I felt it would be good enough for the album. Out of this bliss comes magic, comes wonderment, comes creativity. It’s about having fun, it really is.

“Break of Dawn.”

Freeze and myself wrote “Break of Dawn.” It’s just a beautiful, strolling in the park kind of song. There’s a good summer feel about it. It’s one of my favorites. It’s Denzel Washington’s favorite song. He blasts it all the time.

“You Are My Life.”

Thank you. We all wrote that one.

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