REMEMBERING MICHAEL (MJ’s Runner/Assistant ; 1989-91);
•There were originally three production teams working in our studio. (dangerous album) After working up about a half a dozen songs with one of them, Michael decided he didn’t like any of the stuff they had come up with, and fired them. I think some of these songs eventually came out in later release. He was amazing in the studio. He has the equivalent of a photographic memory for music. He could sing something 40 different ways, and then two weeks later, remember that takes 6 and 27 were the best.
•Once, Michael asked me to run down the street to McDonalds to grab some lunch for him. This was a pretty rare request, as he usually had a personal chef come in every day to prepare his meals. when I asked him what he wanted, he admitted that he had no idea what they served, and that he had just heard from people that the food was good there! I ended up getting him one sample of nearly every item from the menu. He took a small bite of each, and then told me what he liked and what he didn’t. If I remember correctly, he really liked their fish sandwich.
•Madonna visited MJ in the studio exactly one time. They spent a little while in his “private” room in the back, and then she left. When I asked Micheal later about her visit, he said that she “scared” him.
•Brooke Shields used to call him on the phone a lot. This was the pre-cell phone era, so I would usually answer his calls and then have to go find him in the studio. She was always really nice to me.
•Michael had some $900 remote-controlled motorcycles delivered to the studio one day. He asked me to come out to the parking lot to try them out, and when we were messing around with them, he drove his motorcycle out of the lot and into the alley, when a car came by and ran it over! He thought that was really funny. I couldn’t believe that he could laugh so much at losing a thousand-dollar toy.