have you ever played a cocktail version of any michael jackson tune? i have never heard any song of his played as a nice cocktail piano ballad.  

secondly, did he ever write his own songs? i always assumed he performed songs others had written or that there were ghost writters and that he would just put his name on it. i remember seeing taht martin barshay interview where jackson said he composed songs all the time in his home studio, i somehow doubted thatl. also, did he play piano well?
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just a few weeks ago i added a michael jackson medley to my solo-gig repertoire. songs like you are not alone, ben en most of his ballads are perfect for solo piano.
i have a michael jackson record called 'ben' (soundtrack to a film of the same name). he was just a kid (maybe 12 or 13) when it was recorded:

(there's a lionel hampton tune on there by the looks of it, "everybody's somebody's fool".)

anyway, some nice songs. funny thing is it doesn't anything like the michael jackson of later years, in fact to me it sounds much more mature, quite folky in places.

i've never played any of these myself but i can imagine some of them would lend themselves to cocktail piano pretty well.
there's a song he did called "i can't help it" by s.wonder that has nice changes...........
"human nature" is nice to play solo piano...
on the contrary i find very few of michael jacksons songs not well suited for solo piano.  "beat it" and billy jean", thriller are not very good... most others are.  i have played so many michael jackson songs solo before i would be listing almost his entire discography.
"she's out of my life" has some great chords and already uses a "jazzy" aaba structure.  i've never sat down and worked it out but i imagine you could do some great reharmonizing with that one.
quincey jones produced some albums for mj (i.e. thriller) and that could have helped add some stylistic changes to his output.
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