Michael Jackson Wrote His Songs Without Sheet Music - Ooh, Interesting! Fascinating Facts

November 16, 2018

That’s right, it’s another Friday, which means another Fascinating Fact and another look at Michael Jackson, one of the most popular recording artists of all time.

This week, we don’t have too much to say as the vocals speak for themselves. When writing his big hits, Michael Jackson would figure out the songs in his head and since he couldn’t write them down, he’d simply pop them onto a voice recorder.

Naturally when it came to showing the musicians his efforts, he had the talented sound engineers at his disposal mix his vocals into the song that he wanted to hear. In effect, Michael Jackson was beatboxing; managing to deliver a host of different sounds so that those he was working with could understand what he was getting at.

Perhaps the most interesting song to listen to from which you can learn Michael Jackson’s writing style is Beat It, the demo of which certainly sounds like the finished product but is actually just various recordings of Michael Jackson singing the different instrumental parts. He even explains exactly what he’s doing at the beginning of the track. Enjoy!

Many famous musicians nowadays cannot read sheet music because songs are composed entirely with their band members, simply jamming as they go and hoping for something to come into fruition. Can you read sheet music? Just remember that if you can’t, Michael Jackson couldn’t either so you have nothing to lose!



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By Henry Fosdike