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This Time AroundMichael Jackson
Michael Jackson ft The Notorious B.I.G || This Time Around
This time around I never get bit, though you really wanna fix me. This time around you’re makin’ me sick, though you really wanna get me. Somebody’s out, somebody’s out to get me. You really wanna fix me, hit me. But this time around I’m takin’ no shit. Though you really wanna get me, you really wanna get me
This Time AroundJR Aquino
This time around I know I’ll make some mistakes
But I’m stronger than the man I was before.
Michael Jackson and Notorious B.I.G.
In honor of #biggieday, here is a story from sound engineer John Van Nest who witnessed Notorious B.I.G.’s first meeting with Michael Jackson for the recording of the song “This Time Around” from the album HIStory.
Michael used to call people to ask them to participate on albums. It was interesting knowing that nearly anyone on the planet would come to the phone if it were Michael calling. Anyway, I heard rumors that B.I.G. was going to come, and I was excited about that! I knew that I would be the one to record that, as I had recorded nearly all of that tune, “This Time Around”.
So, Dallas (Austin) and I were expecting him any minute, and pretty much on time, Notorious strolls in. He was quite an imposing figure when he walked in, as he was quite popular at the time. I had no idea what to expect from him in terms of attitude, but he seemed nice when he walked in. No problem. But almost immediately, he blurted out, “Yo, Dallas, can I meet Mike?” To which, Dallas replied that he thought so. Biggie went on to talk about how much this opportunity meant to him, as Michael was his hero. Anyway, Dallas tells him that we’re going to lay down the rap first, so Biggie heads in the booth, we get some headphone levels and get ready to start recording.
So, we hit the big red button (on a Sony 3348 machine), and away we go. During his first take, Dallas and I looked at each other, because it was spot on. wow. I was impressed, and so was Dallas. We listened back, and Dallas was like, “Wow, I think we got it”. As I recall, we took another take for good measure, but I’m fairly certain that we ended up using the first take. So, Notorious comes in, and asks if he can meet Michael now. We sent word to the back room where Michael was working that Biggie was finished and wanted to meet him.
Simply for security, Michael’s security would enter and make sure that no one was in the room that shouldn’t be, and once that was confirmed (it was just me, Biggie and Dallas), Michael came in. Biggie nearly broke out in tears…I could tell how much this meant to him. Well, Michael could have this effect on anyone, even the most hardcore rappers! Biggie was tripping up on his words, bowing down and telling Michael how much his music had meant to him in his life. Michael was, as always, very humble and kept smiling while Biggie just went on and on how much he loved Michael. I watched Biggie just become this big butterball of a man, and it was really very sweet to witness. After all, we are all just people.
Michael finally asked to hear what we had done, and we popped it up on the big speakers and let her go. Michael LOVED it and was excited to tell Biggie that! “Oh, let’s hear it again”, I recall Michael saying, and we listened again. Michael just loved it…and thanked Biggie for coming all the way from Philadelphia. Biggie asked rather sheepishly whether he could get a photo, and Michael agreed. A shot was taken, we listened again, and Michael thanked Biggie. Michael said goodbye and stepped out, leaving Biggie standing there looking completely stunned.
It will always remain a great, great memory.
From a distance, watched the flowers brush your cheek
As you read the words I wrote, I couldn’t speak
But now I lay here, broken heart and blistered feet
As you’re spinning ‘round my mind
This Time Around || Johanna & Austin
Hurriedly, Johanna scrambled for the headache pills which she knew was laying somewhere amid the stash she had kept hidden, along with other types of drugs that weren’t meant for headaches, still they helped them in a way she couldn’t express with words, however damaging physically, they had been helping her for years. Yes, she still had them. No, she wasn’t going to let him find out. It wasn’t like she was actually going to take them, and put all the efforts given in the past week to waste, she was just keeping them so she could have something in case of emergencies.. times when she needed them too much to resist. It wasn’t easy, quitting, especially when it was a habit you grew reliant to, and she knew that perfectly well. She had been feeling uneasy the past week without taking any drugs, her head felt too light for her own good and sometimes her brain screamed as if to urge her for more, but she wasn’t going to give up just yet, now that she had a better reason to try. She wasn’t going to tell him she still had them either, for fears of making him mad, or worse, worried for her. She was supposed to be his girlfriend, not a bother.
Shaking the guilt away, the blonde hurried through the long corridors once she found what she needed, picking up some sandwiches and water along the way, in case he hadn’t eaten anything, stopping her hasty steps only when she reached his room. After placing a knock on his door, she waited outside with little patience, her brown eyes meeting the ground as they darted downward.