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GUEST,daylia BS: I am boycotting the MJ obit thread (215* d) RE: BS: I am boycotting the MJ obit thread 03 Jul 09


Memories of Michael as a fellow musician ... from a sound tech who knew and worked with him

"I was fortunate enough to work with MJ early in my career. He was an incredible artist. Talented beyond your wildest dreams. Extremely generous, and a hard worker...

Some random memories:

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...

During the recording of "Smile" on HIStory, Bruce thought it would be great if Michael would sing live with the orchestra. But of course, we didn't tell the players that. We set him up in a vocal booth off to the side. They rehearsed a bit without vocals in, then during the first take Michael sang, just about knocked them out of their chairs.

His beatboxing was without parallel, and his time was ridiculous.

His sense of harmony was incredible. Never a bad note, no tuning, even his breathing was perfectly in time.

Once, while we were taking a break, I think we were actually watching the OJ chase on TV, there was a news program talking about him being in Europe with some little boy. I was sitting next to the guy while the news is making this crap up. He just looked at me and said this is what I have to deal with.

I spent close to 3 years working with him, and not once did I question his morals, or ever believe any of the allegations. I wasn't even a fan then. I saw him interact with his brothers kids, other people's children, and at one point my own girlfriend's kids. I got to spend a day at Neverland with them. A completely incredible human being, always looking for a way to make all children's lives better. Every weekend at Neverland was donated to a different children's group - children with AIDS, children cancer, etc., and most of the time he wasn't there.

He was simply living the childhood he never had. In many ways he never grew up...

Oh, and one more IMPORTANT thing. I have never worked with a nicer man than Michael. He was gracious, talented as all get-out, gentle, humble, a perfect gentleman, never swore, was healthy, punctual, and just the very sweetest person I could have ever hoped to work with. Oh, what a brilliant star he was! Absolutely, gone too soon."

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Posting this as a tribute to his exceptional talent and musicianship. Its the best, and most credible account of Jackson I've read yet. He's a few months younger than me .. I grew up admiring him, as a child prodigy. Never got into his 80's or 90's stuff - too "disco" for my taste - and I never fell for all the rot he's had thrown at him by the press and various leeches, vampires and bloodhounds over the years.

I've bookmarked a youtube video of him singing "Ben" at age 13. It had been years -- decades, even -- since I heard that song, but I couldn't get it out of my head the night I heard the news of his death. I could still remember all the words. Must have sung it along with him a million times, as a kid ...

anyway, thats how I will remember Michael - imo, its him at his very best.

Someday, press and public willing, he may be allowed to RIP.


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