I haven’t talked much about Michael Jackson since his death (well, beyond rehashing some age-old jokes), but I spotted something interesting the other day — a post on the Vintage Synth Explorer forums by Bill Wolfer, a session musician who worked on the Thriller sessions. You can read the whole post here, but here’s an excerpt:
So, the artistic freedom in this case was always Michael’s. We were just there to get the sound out of his head and onto tape. It wasn’t easy for him, because he didn’t play an instrument. He could just sing the parts, and try to describe the sound he wanted. But he was always patient, and we worked as though we had all the time in the world.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the post is the fact that it was made back in December 2007, so it’s not tainted by the selective memory that people seem to get the moment someone dies. Whatever he might have become since then, he was once one hell of an artist.