An oasis of green surrounded by dried grass waiting for a careless match.
True, but let's not think about that, shall we?
Even though he is no longer there, It's still a beautiful place that I would love to walk through:) It's a part of him, and his heart created it. I think about the many times he must have walked through his property, receiving the inspiration that filled his heart as he wrote so many of the songs we love and still enjoy today. Those songs hold his love and so his love will always remain with us. It's also interesting to me how his home was protected within the trees...giving him his privacy...a sweet oasis where he could just let down and be himself away from the media...for a little while at least...giving him a window of time where he could live a normal life, and live, laugh, and love with his precious family. I feel these things and so much more when I look at these pictures, and also uncomfortable tug on the heart...knowing he will never come back to his Neverland home. Wouldn't it have been a thrill to live in the community of Los Olivos and to see Michael coming and going, shopping and driving through on his way home? I wonder if the people there...really realize what a treasure they had in him, and how blessed they were to experience him the way they did? My dream is to drive up Figueroa Mountain Road one day until I come upon his Ranch, and then walk up the road to his home. That is my dream, and I keep it safely locked away in my heart. When I talk about it, tears well up in eyes, and it makes my heart hurt. What do you suppose this means? That it is a dream that I hold so dear, and treasure? I love this man's heart and I can feel it when I look at these pictures. Maybe someday, my dream will come true. "If you wish upon a star...makes no difference who you are...when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true...a dream is a wish your heart makes:)Love...T:)
"It is part of him, and his heart created it."Exactly. Just listen to what he said about this himself: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…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."(From 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."(From The Private Home Movies, 2003)...the totality of who I am. Wow...It is no wonder we are so attracted to the wonderful place and want to see it with our own eyes so badly. I just doubt we will ever get the chance. There's a strong local opposition against turning Neverland into a Graceland like attraction - and they do have some very good and valid arguments as to why it should not happen - but I also sense that generally the locals are not overly enthusiastic towards the "Neverland pilgrims" in the first place. The area around Los Olivos is a very quiet place too - a rural gem, you might say - so to some degree I understand where they're are coming from in this respect too. (Although they clearly have not understood what is driving us, when they suggest that a Neverland replica be built in Las Vegas.)It is sad... I want to go as badly as you do. Not for carousels and cotton candy - but just for a solitary walk in the hills around Neverland. Sigh...We can always hope, right?
I want to thank you for sharing Michael's words with me. What better way is there to get to know who he really was than to spend time with him? "Because it was me being myself, creating things that I love"... So sweet.I think that it one of the reasons why Neverland holds such an attraction for me...because it represented who Michael really was...the child on the inside of him. It was his refuge and place of escape, and I think that sometimes when we become an adult, we are burdened down with so many HAVE TO'S, until we forget about the magic of childhood, and lose touch with our inner child...and the ability to look at life through the eyes and faith of a child. Children believe what they are told...they don't question, they don't doubt, they just believe, with a pure heart. I think maybe it would be a good thing to find our way back to that place...our very own Neverland in our own hearts, a place to put the world away for just a little while, let go, and play...letting our spirits soar:) Michael is that escape for me...a Joy that I can feel swelling up inside me...engulfing my heart:) They may try to copy Neverland, but it will only be a cheap imitation...Michael is the true treasure that they can never replace:)Love...T:)
Hi T!"Michael is the true treasure that they can never replace."This is so true. Without him, there would have been no Neverland - nor would there have been a place in our hearts, which we could call our personal Neverland, our own personal escape from adult life - or maybe even life in general...Of course I cannot rule out the possibility that someone else might have opened the door to that place in our hearts had Michael not existed, but I doubt it very much.Michael really was one in a millon in a million ways.LoveE
Neverland was Michael sacred place.."it was unfortunate that it was jaded to him because of the raids, I could understand that too. I saw a video of the raid it really hurt my heart to see how many people were brought into his home and how they had no regard for his personal belongings. He was treated like a criminal and he wasn't! The police don't treat actual criminals the way they treated Michael .Thanks for sharing E
Yeah, I've seen some of those videos as well and I could not believe my eyes. They were slashing his painting and matresses.. Drilling out locks... Seriously, what happened to asking for keys?Poor Michael, I cannot blame him for not wanting to live there anymore.I would have moved out as well.