To dance is to let the chi flow.
No one and three please. You can’t get saved on one and three. It’s got to be on the two and four. Heaven doesn’t know what one and three is; it only allows you in if you understand two and four.
Zoro explaining the Gospel style groove.
I think of it as an invisible, yet organic force, a kind of immaterial pulse, sort of like oscillating waves that shape the music the way waves shape water.
The whale is never harpooned until it spouts.
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.
The body as a gateway to the self.
We are all human beings, and our nationality is simply an accident of birth.
To dance to be in abashedly me.