Yesterday, Today, & FOREVER The King of Pop

The King of Pop Comes HOME!!!

Perhaps he made plans months ago to be HOME for Christmas.

I hoped and prayed that he’d come home for Christmas because I just felt it was time and God answered my prayer.

Most of us would like to have seen Michael’s homecoming marked by a huge celebration party at Neverland, to kick off a concert tour, or something of that nature. But that was not to be.

Little did we know what would transpire little more than 24 hours later which lead to the homegoing celebration of his mentor 7 days after reports of his return…

One thing is sure, it was meant for him to be back at HOME in the states, for such a time as this…

The GODFATHER of Soul goes home…on Christmas.

In his last days, he passed the torch to his best student, Michael.

The KING of Pop finally comes home…for Christmas,

and ends up having to attend the Home Going service of his greatest teacher.

the timing of everything…it’s ALL too much.

God is awesome y’all.

The lives and influence of Mr. Brown and Michael Jackson are about SO much more than their phenomenal song and dance. The torch has been passed.

I believe that all of the strength and fire that Mr. Brown had has now been transferred to Michael, and will be fuel to him as he embarks on the new era of his career.

Excerpts from:

A soulful homegoing: Thousands say goodbye in song and dance to James Brown

by Demetrius Patterson, Chicago Defender
January 3, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. – For the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown, services to say goodbye to "Soul Brother Number One’ was part wake, part funeral, part funk and gospel concert, but all homegoing for a man who electrified audiences worldwide for more than 50 years.

Nearly 9,000 people packed the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga., morning for the nearly nine hour service to say their final goodbyes to the entertainer who changed the pop music landscape in the latter half of the 20th century…

Michael Jackson tried to sneak into the services quietly – albeit surrounded by a throne of bodyguards – but the arena erupted with screams and a standing ovation.

"James Brown is my greatest inspiration," Jackson told the audience as they yelled out their adoration for him. "Ever since I was a small child of about six years old, my mother would awake me – no matter what time it was – … to watch television and see the master at work.

"And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized! I’ve never seen a performer perform like James Brown. Right then and there I knew that that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Jackson stayed for the whole service, nodding his head and moving his feet to the stirring musical tribute Brown’s band, the Soul Generals, paid to their deceased boss. When beckoned several times, however, Jackson remained shy and refused to join the band onstage.

Two sources told the Defender that Jackson had actually arrived in Augusta, Ga., late Friday evening and immediately went to the funeral home where Brown’s body was kept to spend about an hour of alone time with his mentor.

When Jackson finally took a seat on stage to listen to the Eulogies by Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., a vocal performance would prove to be too much for the "King of Pop."

Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Santita, did a stirring performance of three songs that Brown loved. Two of the songs, "No More Troubles of the World" and "The Greatest Love of All" reduced Michael Jackson to a river of tears as he sat behind the open casket of Brown.

http://www.chicagodefender.com/page/entertainment.cfm?ArticleID=8025

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