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.


This past weekend, Riptide Percussion Theater, (RPT Percussion for short) took first in Independent Class A for the first time in program history at the FFCC Championships in Daytona, Florida. 

It was a proud moment, and I’m happy I’ve been able to be apart of the organization throughout this ride. 

But it’s not over yet. We’re short of reaching our goal, and need all of the help we can get to make sure we can make it to Dayton. 

So PLEASE! Any dollar amount would be greatly appreciated. Even if it’s like a dollar, I don’t care. Anything to support these kids and this program. 

We have a shot to bring this organization to new heights, so please, if you can’t donate, PLEASE SHARE! 

We greatly appreciate any help you can give us! 

Thanks again!