Friday, November 9, 2012

"Neverland is me..."



Neverland in Michael's own words...

"What inspired me? It was so easy, because it was me being myself, creating things that I love. And what I love, kids happen to love, or the child that lives inside the adult happens to love… You know? It is so easy, because I’m just creating behind the gate what I never got to do when I was a kid.
When I was really little, you know, 11 or 12, I was in the contract with Motown and I would have to go to the recording studio. I had to go… and make these albums… Because the summer tour was right around the corner, and right across the street from the recording studio was a ball park. And I could hear the kids, you know, the roar of the crowd and playing and catching ball and having fun and playing tennis. And some of those times I so passionately wanted to just go over there and just play a little bit, and not go to the recording studio and sing. Just to, you know, have some fun with the kids… And I couldn’t…
People say, ‘Why is he always with children?’ Well, you know, I was raised in a world with adults. When kids were playing and in bed asleep, I was doing clubs.
We worked, we worked, we worked, there was no Christmas, there’d be no birthdays… So, I’m compensating. Nature made...made sure that I compensate for the loss. So, when you come behind my gates, you’ll see an amusement park, you’ll see animals, you’ll see everything that I’ve never got to do, there’s candy everywhere… It’s fun."
(Take Two: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See, 2002)


"Neverland appeals to the child inside every man, woman and child. It’s a place where I feel like you can return to your childhood. You find grown-ups, you know, doing things they hadn’t done since they were like 10 years old. And it’s a... Just a fun, wonderful place to be; there’s so much to do. I’ve always wanted to have a place where you’re just busy all day and there is just unlimited space to go on quads and mountains and horse-back and all kind of fun things. So, it’s a… It’s just a fun place. I love it. And I will always love it. And I will never ever sell Neverland. Neverland is me… You know? It’s – it represents the totality of who I am. It really does… I love Neverland."
(Private Home Movies, 2003)