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Bill Watterson (via feellng)
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
Michael Jackson’s original home demo of Don’t Stop.
Jackson said that when the melody of “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” came to him, he couldn’t shake it off and he found himself humming and singing it while walking through the Jacksons’ Encino home. As Michael could not play, he had his brother Randy perform the melody on a piano in the family’s recording studio, and had his sister’s perform percussion with him.
As a kid I was a huge Michael Jackson fan, and I still am to a lesser extent. But hearing things like this demo remind me of why I always loved his music. It was magical, entrancing, and soulful. I don’t reblog much so I hope you’ll forgive this one. When the world is so bleak and sad, I’m happy to have shared it with a genius who made the world a little brighter with but a song.
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.
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Congrats, babe. I feel famous by proxy now.