Michael Jackson would have been 54 today and, to celebrate the life and music of the King of Pop, J. Period has dropped this beautiful remix of Jackson’s 1972 single “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” The new version sounds fresh and bright thanks to the addition of lively strings and a recently unearthed alternate lead vocal take of the song performed by a 14-year-old Jackson. How cool is that?
J. Period’s remix is the latest in his Jackson tribute series Man Or the Music, which usually accompanies filmmaker Spike Lee’s annual ‘BK Loves MJ’ events. This year’s event has been cancelled, however, and an additional mixtape featuring work from DJ Spinna and ?uestlove now won’t be released until 2013.