2008 - August 29: "Good Morning America" Radio Interview PDF Print E-mail


On his favorite songs:

"Oh, boy, that's a hard one. I love 'We are the world' to 'Billie Jean,' to 'Thriller,' to so many different songs. I am still l looking forward to doing a lot of great things, so that's hard. I think the best is yet to come, in my true humble opinion.”

On the sacrifices he made for his career:

"A lot of hard work, discipline and love and learning about the craft and loving it. Time... sacrificing your time and your scheduling. Your childhood... giving up your life for the medium. […] I think I would [re-experience these sacrifices, though], I think I would. It is very much worth it. I have always loved show business and have always enjoyed making people happy through that medium. I love the celebration of music and dance and art. I just love it.”

On his day-to-day activities:

"I am writing all the time. I love composing and the whole thing. But I am also raising my children and enjoying it, and teaching them to ride bicycles and how to read. I love it."

On how he would choose to celebrate his then 50th birthday:

"Oh, I'll just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons.”

On the presents he hoped to receive that day:

"Hmmm…Love and joy...peace for the world, that's what I want. Peace for the world and love, you know...”

On his children and their upbringing:

"They do [know my music]. I try my best not to show them my stuff and play them a lot of it, because I know they will grow up to hear it. I don't want them to get too caught up. They see it when we go around the world. We go out and it's not so easy... you know, the fans and the love and the adoration. But they ask me a lot of questions and I answer their questions. […] They love music…they are very much into the arts. But I don’t push them. I am letting them enjoy their childhood as much as possible. I really do. I let them go to the arcade and get out and go to the movies and do things. I think that comes naturally. You know, I want them to get to do the kind of things I didn't get to do. So, I fill them with a lot of enjoyment that way... a lot of amusement. You know? I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time; when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy and they are running... It makes me emotional, cause I see they are having a real good time, you know?..."

On how he would have wanted his fans to commemorate his 50th birthday and his feelings on world degradation:

"Oh, to think about our planet...Seriously. I mean, how to make it a better planet. The global warming issue is a concern to me very much. Just make the world a better, happier place. It's our home. I'd like to see us do a better job of taking care of it, […] [because I am a father] and I have always felt compassion for the planet. Sometime, (sic) I just start to get emotional. I cry, because I can almost feel the pain in the air. So I put it in words and in song and in dance. I think that is what artistry is. You build up on those things through your artistry.”