Listen as Michael Jackson Writes “Beat It”

BuzzFeed has this recording of Michael Jackson as he writes “Beat It.”  It shows how he was able to write songs without being much of a player of any instruments.

The man had every part in his head and would sing those parts to the assembled musicians.  Amazing, really.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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