Thank you so much phor sharing that JayTee!!! Until a couple months ago, I had only known of and heard of "the basics" of Michael and his career. Really liked his voice and apparent passion from what I had seen; but, um, not quite so sure about some things I had heard about his personality, to be brutally honest (which he, himself discusses in his book). But I've been thinking a lot about this. He won me over, and I'll tell you why. It took guts to write that book--I would not have expected that of the "old" Michael I had heard of earlier. The reason? There are easier ways to make a buck, not involving opening old wounds that had finally started to heal, to possibly INVITE further humiliation and disdain, which if you're not careful, could nudge him towards another downward spiral. NOBODY wants to live like that. And which example got to me the most was his extraordinarily frank discussion of some "tricks of the trade" in the christian entertainment industry. With that, he opened himself up to the most intense scrutiny of the tiniest hitch in his voice, of tears welling in his eyes, etc. as now each and every time--for a looooooong time--people will wonder if it's real.........or part of a deception to encourage the audience to feel more, and open their wallets more. He knows this--yet STILL he included this in his book. Life for him would be MUCH, MUCH easier without the world knowing a past secret secret of his such as this. It's harder believing someone, even when they ARE telling the truth, if they had been crying "wolf" earlier. He did NOT have to let us know he had been doing just that. Especially with regards to this point, too much is on the line. THIS is why I believe his story, and how he's a changed man.
ALSO (I guess that's TWO things) I have to tell you something. I must admit I was very taken aback when finally meeting him in person at Orlando's concert. He surprised the HECK out of me with his demeanor. It was weird. On the outside, he was engaging, somewhat quietly chatting with each fan, smiling and thanking them for their kind words. But on the inside--I swear YOU could actually FEEL (with a capital "F") him almost backing away, to the point of being shy. You could say "withdrawn," even though he had just sung before maybe 12,000 people. And I felt a humbleness there now too. I didn't expect that at all. It was as though underneath it all he seemed...bashful. Really threw me......in a NICE way, but really threw me!!! Haha!! With Michael, he might have been talking with you, but there'd be this constant undercurrent, this constant feeling of movement. Whereas maybe before he would have let it go to his head, and puff himself up even more, now he seemed the exact opposite, humbly pulling himself down to a pin point. Although I had only a minute or two, I loved talking with him, so much so that, among others, I joined his group on the Gaither site.
These are just MY thoughts and impressions, and I often tend to think visually. Sometimes--MANY TIMES--it's hard to put into words--SUCCINCTLY, at least
-- what I'm feeling and how I want to express it, so you will be able to know EXACTLY where my head is at. You don't have to agree with me--I just want to make sure you can understand whatever points I was trying to make, if that can make any sense to you.
Anyway, I loved the interview with Michael, and would give anything if they could do more, especially with David. I glean more about him every time he does one Thanks again for sharing, JayTee!!
Love and Light,