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It's Love! (w. Pedro Roberto)


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Pedro Roberto, an extremely gifted musician and songwriter (and a fine gentleman!) asked me to croak out this wonderful song he wrote last year. It's a salute to all the gifted people who write the music we sing and tap our toes to. This guy--I'm a pianist myself, but no way can I spin out jazz like he does at the piano. I think he not only uses all the fingers, but has two more to spare!

Thanks again and take care now,

Michael and Pedro

"It's Love" (copyright 2009, Pedro Roberto)
Music and accompaniment: Mr. Pedro Roberto
Lyrics: P. Roberto and M. Klein
Vocal: MJK

I dedicate this in memory of "Geo", (George Couts)--a very good friend and a fine musician. I just learned this evening that Geo passed away Sunday night. He was quite a guy.
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alackbass said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
It's Love (original)
Well I'm glad you are reposting it. I missed the first time. This is great. Who says they don't write them like they used to? The piano trio with the mallets is an ideal setting for your silky vocal.
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Thanks Andrew
The guy is brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him on this. The only thing was the key was just a wee bit too low for me, but he worked so hard on the track, I didn't want to say anything at the time! I think it worked okay just the same! Take care now and have a great week, Michael
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Bowman said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
This
is first rate and your magical performance brings it to swinging life.
Enjoyed every note in this great mix.
Cheers,
Charlie
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Hi Charlie
It's easy to sing when you have somebody like Pedro backing ya up! Thanks very much for your wonderfully kind words! Take care now, Michael
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ktb said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
its love
at 1st listen :-) seriously you bring a touch of class and wit to the party. props to Pedro for such a smooth soundbed.
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Thanks from both of us KTB
It was also fun and a good experience for me helping to write the lyrics--and of course, Pedro gave me such a great accompaniment. I've done a few originals here and there, but this is one that maybe with a little more tweaking in the lyrics, is as good as any standard from the past I've sung. I will be sure to pass on all these kind remarks to Pedro--thanks again ! Michael
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Honza said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
It's Love (original)
Well this seems to me like a merging of some great talents. The composition/performance is just so "Lovely" and the way your voice perfectly goes, jumps, turns and swings around it is just astonishing. Thanks to you both!
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Thanks again Honza
He not only plays and writes beautiful music, but he's a beautiful kind of guy. I've found in my music career that the more talent they have, the more unassuming and encouraging they can be--Pedro is one good example of that! We both appreciate your kind words--thank you! Michael and Pedro
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WharmtonRise said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Another classic
Wonderful as always Mr M.

Course, you know once you get it into your fav DAW you can always.... pitch shift it a couple of steps.... just sayin' :-)
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Thank you very much Andrew!
It's a long story, but Pedro added the vibraphone and other parts apart from the original piano accompaniment and by that point I just was afraid to ask him to redo it in a higher key (knowing him he would have said "No problem!" but he worked so hard in making this song easy for me to do, that I thought I'd just do my best--I think it worked okay just the same!) Thanks very much for your kind endorsement! Michael and Pedro.
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CC_Connection said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
Morning time over here but so happy I am. Your voice is always so beautiful. Thank you so much for Pedro's piano. So amazing you both are.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Good morning Tina
I hope it was not too early for this one! You are so very kind--may your steam presser radiate nothing but love today! Thanks from both of us! Take care now, Michael and Pedro
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PaulaMunk said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
So clever.
What a nicely inclusive lyric paying homage to the great songwriters. And you sang it beautifully. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Hi Paula!
This guy--one of the greatest players I've ever heard and I hope his playing here gets the attention it deserves. Pedro pretty much wrote the basic outline for the lyrics and I just filled in a few spots here and there. Sometimes people will send me marvelous originals but I might have to work on them for a very long time to get the feel of it--this one just seemed written for me somehow! You take good care and have a good week kiddo! Michael
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magnatone said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
It's Love
wowza!! what a treat - great combo of talents here - i just love your voice forever and always Michael!
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Hi Karen
You are too kind--thanks again! Michael and Pedro
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mvh9591 said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Nice____
Nice work Michael. You can surely play that piano. Sounds great to me. Nice jazz tune...

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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michaeljayklein said 2645 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Hi Michael
Thanks very much (but it's Pedro at the keyboard this time around--and also supplying the other instrumental sounds, but I'll be sure to send your review to him however!) I'm hoping by the fall or so to have a nice Yamaha electric keyboard I have my eyes on--so maybe next time you will be on the money. You take care and have a great week! Michael and Pedro


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ted23 said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
One word!
I wont use it, but you know what it is...
Great work by both. Pedro's tinkling in the left ear (ooer) is brilliant, as is your delivery.

Amaz............
michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Hey there Ted
Thank you for that ASTONISHING™ comment--we both appreciate it and appreciate your coming by to check this deal out. Thanks again and have an AMAZING© week!
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chinaman2 said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
wow.
good thing I have a day job.... man, this is really good. bravo!
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Hi Mannix
The incredible thing with Pedro is originally he sent me just a piano accompaniment and I thought that would be it. I put my voice on it, send it back and he turned all that into a sextet--and beautifully so! Great to hear from you and I know Pedro appreciates your kind remarks as well. Take care now! Michael and Pedro
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drakonis said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
bouncing smiles across all keys of bliss
Very smirky jazzy keyboard work, and Michael, as always, your "croaking" lights up the pond.
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Thanks Eduard
I'll tell you something else, Pedro is one of the nicest, most positive musicians I've ever bumped into--you cannot help but love him. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks from the two of us for stopping in! M &P
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ShadowofNine said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
I Remember
This one luv'd it then and still do, yu and Pedro make a good team Michael, wish the 2 of yu would do more of these..

Cheers

Dave
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Hi Dave
I'm glad you remembered this--I really think it's a very fine song from Pedro and I was on Cloud 9 the first time I heard it. As always Dave, thanks for your positive words--it is so much appreciated by us! Take care now, M & P
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Jarvoid said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Contemporary Original Classic,nice
workon the xylophone which looks such a bugger to play...especially those ones that have no colours on the keys.Very smooth and well deliveredvocals as usual and now I feel a martini coming on.

Cheers . Jarvoid.
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Thanks Chris
That Pedro guy does it all! The next martini is on me--thanks again for stopping in! Michael
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dave_b said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
It's Love! (original)
Another great vocal on top of a very well crafted backer. Love that upright bass and vibes. Like the way the song is a homage to some of the past greats.
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Hi Dave
Yeah, I'm not entirely sure how he created the other instrumentation, but it sure sounds snazzy (I almost was convinced he had an entire quartet of other musicians working on this Dave!) Thanks again and and always, good to hear from you! Take care now, Michael
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Symphony101 said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Gifted guys, definitely
Both of you !!! Great songwriting and both of you, great performance.
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Yves
You are a very good songwriter too, so I'm sure Pedro will be greatly flattered by your very kind remarks (so am I!) I hope eventually eventually I'll be posting one that says "with Symphony101". You take good care now and hope your week is off to a very good start. Best regards, Michael
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jdholliday said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
This is special!
Michael, you are the king of phrasing! Perfect vocal to a great track, man that guy Pedro Roberto can write, and tickle those ivories, love the mallets! You might consider adding backing vocals (harmonies) to some of these gems! Michael Jackson might have been the "king of Pop" but I hereby declare you Mjk the "King of macjams" !
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Mmmmmm....
I think I'd be more comfortable starting out as "Journeyman of Jazz" or maybe even "Apprentice of Arpeggios" first James, but I appreciate your sobriquet very much! Thanks for your support and encouragement (ya know, you ain't so bad yourself kid!) Take care now, Michael
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RAVENS said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Amazing
It's crazy how this is an original, yet has that nostalgic feel. I always loved Pedro's piano playing & your voice, well it always amazes me. Wonderful collaboration gentlemen!

RAVEN ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Impsie
It's always a joy to get an AMAZING™ kind of comment like that! Pedro is a world class musician and I was very flattered that he thought of me when he wrote this--I mean, how lucky can a mo-mo get, yanno? Thanks again and you have an AMAZING™ week you! Moe
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crissew said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
I would say you have a solid
pewter hit here ;) Great vocals as always. The one think I wanted to hear in this song is your high range. This song never gave your vocal chords a workout. That is what I want to hear. Work that full range, I sense you have much more available.. BTW, expection my dish towels in the mail soon, lol.
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Thanks Charles
Yes, I tend to agree...I'm very cautious with new songs (the old stuff, I pretty much know like the back of my hand!) and it would have paid off to extemporize in the upper range on the second chorus. I may revisit this one and try some different takes now that I'm more comfortable with it. Thanks again and take care now, Michael
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Dadai.2 said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
stop it! stop it right now....
don't you hear me? This is too much.....

OK, keep it up. I like it... OK, I really like the constant stroll down memory lane with a crooner who was one born out of time. I love the references to so many songs and composers past.

D

michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
Hi Jack!
Yeah, one of the really great pleasures of helping to write the words was coming up with the names of all those luminous songwriters--I admire each and every one of them greatly so that felt kind of good! Thanks for your kind words partner--we both appreciate it! Michael and Pedro
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awigze said 2644 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
whats this?
what's all the racket over here... must listen - but tomorrow.... will I be able to sleep?
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michaeljayklein said 2644 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
Yup, I guess so!

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awigze said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
good nights sleep
so got here to listen and must say this is classy work. A very fine overall work - all is good here, so glad to be able to hear this!
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Gaylen75 said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
smooth
This is a wonderful, delightlful song!
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michaeljayklein said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
Thanks Gaylen
We appreciate your kind remarks on this one! Michael and Pedro
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Vic Holman said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
where's the rat pack
when you need them to hang with. some cool cat magic making the scene. excellent swinging lyrics. the music is extremely all pro.
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
No rat pack
But I still have 4 of Frank Sinatra's cigarette butts somewhere in my basement in a box! Thanks again Vic--we are very appreciative of your kind endorsement of our job here--take care now! Michael and Pedro
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ste said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
loved
this, as usual. fantastic job on the timing.
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Thanks once again STE!
Tough song but a good one! You take care now, Michael
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Ibstrat said 2643 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
This
is just ridiculously good!The band is phenomenal,a great song and your vocal brings the song to life in a beautiful way.
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Mark--
THANK YOU so very much! Maybe we will combine our diabolical abilities on something soon I hope! You take care now and hope the week is going swimmingly for you--Michael
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rok41 said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
One of my favs...
As always Michael, this is great! This is a style of music that has eluded me for most of my life but you have sparked my interest. Your style is one of my favorites on MJ and I always look forward to your releases. Great job!
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Thanks so much Rok!
You are very kind and we are both happy you enjoyed this little excursion of ours...take good care now! Michael and Pedro
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hackneybloke said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
it's love
what more does one need; world cup, wimbledon....and MJK on the radio. love the jazz backdrop to this. is the last few lines your own ad-libbing?
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Hey Julian
Very perspicacious of you! Actually , most of the last 12 bars were something I kind of slapped together at the last minute--we really did not know how to wrap this up, so I strained my brain (still suffering battle fatigue from that) and came up with what you hear. As always, you are such a peach! Thanks again for all you do! Take care now, xox Michael
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Keedee said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
WOW..
Had I not read the song description, I would have thought this was some mammoth jazz hit that I'd somehow never heard before. He's the Real Deal and let me tell you.... So are YOU!! This was Extraordinary!!!

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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Hey there Keedee!
Yeah, that's what I thought when I heard the demo for the very first time--it really could be a standard that's been played millions of times since it was written--he's good, huh?! Thanks so very much Kee--and hope your birthday was fabulous! Take care now, Mish
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bronco said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Crooner Deluxe
Superb delivery of the fifties jazz style. Wonderful piano playing! You'll get inside the soul of this song and make it come alive for the rest of us.
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Wow...
Thank you so very much--it was a tough one and there's a few spots in here I would definitely rework now, but that's how it is with new songs--but I'm very pleased you enjoyed it and appreciate your kind words on our song! Take care and keep up the fine work (you do good stuff!) Michael and Pedro
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jibes said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
Great
job and Fat Chance was well loved no doubt because lots o music was dedicated to him.
Way to go with your tribute! Great as usual.
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (July 1st, 2010)
Thanks very much Neal
George was a true original, a loyal and supportive friend and I really feel a great sense of loss without him around. But he was in a lot of pain the last couple years and not able to get around much and even then, he was there for me and many other people. I'm glad you enjoyed this song and Pedro will be happy to hear that too! Take good care, Michael and Pedro
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Sigmund said 2642 days ago (June 30th, 2010)
It's Love!
Your friend was a talented musician and your vocal performance on this tune is excellent - I love the ending - left me smiling.

Nice post amigo - thanks for sharing this with us!
Sig
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michaeljayklein said 2642 days ago (July 1st, 2010)
Hi Sig
Many a time, when I'd be chatting with Geo on Skype, he would say to me, "I love you like a son"--so you can kind of imagine how broken up I am about his passing. I sure hope he could hear this up there, and that he knows how much he is missed. I really appreciate your nice words about this song (and also the special mention about the ending--that was a last minute idea!) Take good care Sig, and thanks once again! Michael and Pedro
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buckhorn said 2642 days ago (July 1st, 2010)
Entertaining
As usual. Very fine vocal work. ..... Count me in as one who's mourning,
Geo is missed.
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michaeljayklein said 2641 days ago (July 1st, 2010)
Thanks Buck
I'm glad you knew him too and of course, feeling very sad that he has left us. Very much appreciated hearing from you--take good care now! Michael
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lengold said 2640 days ago (July 2nd, 2010)
Mr
Klein, you're so fine.
Cheers
Len

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michaeljayklein said 2640 days ago (July 3rd, 2010)
Len!
My champ--thanks again!!!! Michael
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fambroski said 2639 days ago (July 3rd, 2010)
Indeed!
I love you Michael and I love this song and arrangement.
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michaeljayklein said 2639 days ago (July 4th, 2010)
Hey you!
I'm really thrilled that you give this the thumbs up (and I'm always in a celebratory mood tonight--no, not just the 4th of July but the death of one of our most beloved recent trolls)! I hope maybe we can work together on something one day Miche, even though I know you are kept very busy! Thanks again and have a wonderful extended weekend--don't eat too many brats! Michael
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