Michael learned quickly. He was like a sponge, taking it all in. He could take a part I had given him and sing it right back to me; he would also give me a line that was better than the one I gave him. It made me wish other artists were as capable. And he was only 11 years old. At 12 and 13 he became downright scary. No matter how good he thought he was, Michael wanted to be better - to ultimately be the best. I never thought of Michael as a child. Maybe that was my mistake. To me, he was a total professional who happened to be young and small.~Motown songwriter and producer, Deke Richards