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  Talking with Michael
Posted by: retnavycpo - 01-25-2019, 03:23 AM - Forum: Michael Discussion - No Replies

The first time I actually met Michael was at a Riverfest performance in Chattanooga, around 1999.  I waited for hours in high temps and humidity, making sure I had a seat up front.  When Michael did show up, and set up a small table to put his cds on, I mustered up the courage to walk up to talk to him.  He immediately put me at ease.  So down to earth, just so friendly.  We talked for a few minutes, and it was like I had been friends with him for years.  He was that personable.

The summer heat and high humidity was bad that day, but I didn't mind it because Michael was right there, singing and masterfully playing his guitar.  He would hold his guitar, cradle-like.  I've never seen a performer, ever, who had such a clear connection to his instrument.  Not that other musicians don't; it's just that I had personally not witnessed it. 

Over the years, I saw Michael perform many, many times.  A few times at the BlueBird Cafe in Nashville, and Puckett's Grocery near Franklin, TN.  But on those occasions, he would share the stage with other singers, so he didn't get to sing that many songs.  I much preferred seeing just him perform solo.  I always wanted him to do "one more encore"!  Peter

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  So much to talk about!
Posted by: Cindy M - 01-21-2019, 07:36 PM - Forum: Michael Discussion - Replies (7)

to the Hey, sorry for my lack of site updates. I lost my job on January 3rd, with little prospects ahead. Have been mentally paralyzed and couch surfing pretty much since then. But yesterday I finally uploaded my first YouTube video since Jan 1 - see the mjblue.com & YouTube Updates section on this message board. I will strive to add new content on this site and new music and videos as much as I'm able. 

I paid (Visa) $250 to a freelancer on Jan 3 for the new search script after trying many other options myself. This took a month to finish so I never dreamt I could be unemployed when the payment came due. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Lastly, I received the following letter in the mail yesterday. I have removed the offensive items from the home page (and will put them elsewhere) but I would like to hear your views. After 20 years of working with Michael on the website and hearing him say yes and no, I thought I knew what he wouldn't or would like, which may not agree with all his fan's tastes but I certainly never meant to offend anyone. The Spam photo showed such happiness on his face, the caricature I thought captured him and the 1975 set list I thought would interest MJ's fans. I am including a screen shot of the original home page for you to judge. I just have to think if one fan was offended, maybe others were, too, and any of you were, I'm deeply sorry. I appreciate her honesty but I have to admit, I was a bit sickened to read this letter. I'm trying to carry on Michael's legacy any way I can and I would never intentionally offend anyone. I will add some less offensive photos to the home page today. This website is for all of you and I always want to hear your opinions.
Thanks. The letter:

I've been a Michael Johnson fan since the start of his career. I hadn't visited his website since he passed away. I used to visit this former site for his concert schedule and I remember it was professional. When I logged in and saw the home page today, I  was sickened. I asked two friends to look at it and they were appalled also.

How can you disrespect and dishonor him like this? Is it supposed to be a joke? A world renown musician and you have him pictured with Spam, a terribly done caricature and a taped-up set list from 1975? This looks like a lovesick teenager's scrapbook page.

I read that you have always managed Michael's site, but I can't imagine why you wold mock him in death. It's awful that his life and death paragraph is surrounded by all that junk. He deserves to be honored, not ridiculed.

Michael Johnson is a legend and deserves to be treated as one on his own website. Whatever made you think this is a tribute to him is very misguided. I hope you will reconsider the home page to show respect and reverence to a great musician who is not able to speak for himself. Please.

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  2 New YouTubes - Ladybug & the Centipede
Posted by: Cindy M - 01-21-2019, 01:20 PM - Forum: MJ YouTube - Replies (1)

Yesterday and today I upload two versions of The Ladybug and the Centipede. Audio from 1969 and video from 2000. I was trying to find a radio version from the 80's and stumbled across these two instead. Hope you enjoy both of them.

https://youtu.be/H3iM3YEsA7A

https://youtu.be/rRnUQhoniaU

Horrified to see the mistake on the audio version with the title. Oh well.

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  I Need Your Light tablature
Posted by: Cindy M - 01-12-2019, 02:46 PM - Forum: mjblue.com Updates - No Replies

Dale Dickson has created tablature for I Need Your Light. Now available on the Lyrics & Chords page. Thanks, Dale!

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  Host of Good Evening - YouTube
Posted by: Cindy M - 01-02-2019, 01:14 AM - Forum: MJ YouTube - No Replies

Host of Good Evening 5/13/1989
Audio
With guest Margaret Whiting and others
Good Evening from Minnesota Public Radio was the replacement show for Prairie Home Companion after Garrison Keillor's first retirement.

MJ Songs: You'll Always be Heart and Soul to Me (Pat Alger), I Will Whisper Your Name (Randy Van Warmer), Jacques Cousteau (Andy Paley, Plastic Bertrand), Diamond Dreams (Parker McGee, Bud Harner)

https://youtu.be/ucy12_tLCsM

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  YouTube Radio Interview w/songs
Posted by: Cindy M - 01-01-2019, 05:21 PM - Forum: mjblue.com Updates - No Replies

September 10, 2010
Old Fashioned Love, Don't Let Us Get Sick, April Fool & Interview
WTIP North Shore Community Radio, Cook County, Minnesota
Old Fashioned Love written by Roy Freeland, Bill LaBounty
Don't Let Us Be Sick written by Warren Zevon
April Fool written by Hugh Prestwood

https://youtu.be/dTjO1voj5U0

Found mention of this on the message board archives today. Had forgotten about it and MM had requested Don't Let Us Get Sick recently.

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  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Posted by: retnavycpo - 12-31-2018, 07:39 PM - Forum: Michael Discussion - No Replies

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year (in advance, as I type this, it is New Year's Eve afternoon!).

I won't be partying this evening.  Nope, just watching movies as usual!  But hope everyone has a good time, whatever you do.  Have been listening to Michael's music a lot today.....

All the best.  Peter

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  Message Board Archives
Posted by: Cindy M - 12-31-2018, 06:02 PM - Forum: mjblue.com Updates - Replies (4)

Hello all,
I'm still working on the message board archives - putting the messages in the proper order. https://www.mjblue.com/mjboardarchives.html

Still paying a programmer to write a search script. It's taking longer than I thought Cry

I've updated all the pages to reflect the original heading MJ wrote (A chance for visitors to share thoughts, along with some chiming in from MJ) with the school photo of Michael with his comment about it (Obviously I dressed myself that day).

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  You Belong to Me/I Got Nothing to Do
Posted by: Cindy M - 12-31-2018, 03:34 PM - Forum: mjblue.com Updates - No Replies

YouTube Concert audio 
https://youtu.be/7nMWJIM-bJU

Played on his Hoffman steel string guitar
He introduces the band in his intro, which are the names of his three guitars

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul MN
12/28/1979

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  Back in the Lone Ranger Days on YouTube
Posted by: Cindy M - 12-26-2018, 01:36 PM - Forum: mjblue.com Updates - No Replies

Back in the Lone Ranger Days on YouTube

Orchestra Hall 1989

Written by Janis Ian

https://youtu.be/yE1-Ryrks04

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