Soothing the savage beast: Michael Jackson and classical music (part 1 of 4)

It seems an unlikely pair – Michael Jackson and classical music. Yet the King of Pop’s longtime passion for classical music permeated both his work and private life. Compositions of the past satisfied his musical curiosity, supported his ambition to learn from the greats, and soothed his soul. Classical music is what Jackson had hoped to command and create, just months before he passed away.

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Michael Jackson and classical music (photo: video still)

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The Oratory: stap in het driedimensionale Boek van Kells

De meeste mensen hebben er geen weet van. Maar in de Ierse kustplaats Dun Laoghaire (‘dun leerie’) staat een klein kunstwonder: the Oratory of the Sacred Heart. Iedere vierkante centimeter in deze kleine kloosterkapel is beschilderd in de stijl van het Boek van Kells. Keltische romantiek ten top, wie houdt daar nou niet van?

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Column: Iets moois bij de kapel van Binderen

Ik had er verhalen over gehoord. Vroeger – ja, vroeger – vond er wel eens een openluchtmis plaats op het processieveld bij de kapel van Binderen. De weide ligt er sindsdien verlaten bij. Maar afgelopen zondag gebeurde er iets moois. Maria werd, 75 jaar na het oprichten van de kapel, opnieuw toegezongen onder de hemel van Binderen.

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(foto: Annemarie Latour)

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UK’s Classic Pop makes reference to Michael Jackson & Chaplin blog

Anthem, the UK’s fastest growing major publisher, has published a Michael Jackson special. In ‘Classic Pop Presents: Michael Jackson’ complimentary reference is made to my Michael Jackson-Chaplin blog by the magazine’s founder and editor-at-large, Ian Peel.

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Cover and welcome page of ‘Classic Pop Presents: Michael Jackson’

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7 reasons why Michael Jackson’s Neverland should be a museum

Nearly eight years after Michael Jackson’s death, Neverland Valley Ranch – the magic kingdom of the King of Pop – still lies vacant. Jackson’s Estate and investment company Colony Capital, who own the ranch as a joint venture, are eager to sell it off, but Jackson’s fans disagree. In their view, Neverland should be preserved as a Michael Jackson museum. Here are seven reasons why they could be right.

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Michael Jackson at Neverland (photo: video still)

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