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Posts tagged "michael jackson"

Apr 05, 2014
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The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection

mlarson:

lacienegasmiled:

Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

Dang. Dude was good.

Incredible.

(Source: harrattanparhar)

Nov 24, 2012
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“Study the greats and become greater.” —Michael Jackson

Handwritten notes via @mjjphotos and Spike Lee’s BAD25 documentary, which, honestly, I would hold off on watching until the 2-hour complete version is available. (Watch the chopped 1 hour version here→)

Oct 19, 2012
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People are so used to seeing the outcome. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.

Feb 02, 2012
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“I hope you don’t mind, but I stole ‘Billie Jean’ from you.”

Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, on Michael Jackson:

On “We Are the World” we were all in the room together. He sort of clung to Diana Ross pretty much, but at one point I was off to the side and he came over to me and said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I stole ‘Billie Jean’ from you,” and I said, “It’s all right, man, I just ripped the base line off, so can you!”

Listen to “I Can’t Go for That”:

Now “Billie Jean”:

Thx, @joespurr. By the way: Steal Like An Artist comes out in 3 weeks. You can pre-order it here.

Aug 22, 2011
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Origins of the Moonwalk

Don’t think I ever posted this here, although I did post the anti-gravity illustion patent.

Jun 30, 2009
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Anyone who says they’ve figured out how to make records sell more than 50 million copies is lying and smoking Koolaid. It doesn’t work like that. You just find a group of songs that touches you and gives you goosebumps. I go by my goosebumps.

Jun 26, 2009
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Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion
A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface. The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer’s foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.In other words: a patent submitted by “inventor” Michael J. Jackson!See also: origins of the moonwalk.(via Adam Norwood)
Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion
A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface. The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer’s foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.

In other words: a patent submitted by “inventor” Michael J. Jackson!

See also: origins of the moonwalk.

(via Adam Norwood)

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