A Reader's Fancy

A Reader's Fancy

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Michael Jackson
Beat It (Demo)

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.”

(Source: harrattanparhar, via nprmusic)

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is there a correllation between drawing aptitude and songwriting aptitude? for example, grimes, ruban nielson (UMO), nathan williams (wavves), michael jackson, john lennon, etc., all possess astounding aptitude for drawing. clearly there is a correllation here, but what i wonder is whether or not one can have incredible songwriting aptitude without also possessing incredible aptitude for drawing. are there any examples of profound songwriters who were not good at drawing?

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