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This is a crazy little thing I put together for my partner's birthday a few weeks ago, featuring our beloved rat terrier, Farina (part terrier, part rat, although I believe he might have some chinchilla in him too). It's really him on this--I stake my checkered reputation on that claim!

"A Shine on Your Shoes" was written by Arthur Schwartz / Howard Dietz in 1932 for the motion picture "Flying Colors" (sounds like a winner), but was given a nice, shiny buff by Fred Astaire in "The Band Wagon" (1953)

Arrangement and musical accompaniment: I forget--I think this is Alan McPike, but I have to confirm that--will verify when I can go through my disks a bit later.
Vocal: MJK and Farina
Photo: Stephen with Farina (and actually, this was taken on Farina's 9th birthday)

This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963, and its copyright was not renewed. It may not be in the public domain in countries that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada, China (not Macao or Taiwan), Germany, and Switzerland (Source: Public Domain Music Directory, 2010 and wikipedia.com)
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RAVENS said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Shiny Shoes
Oh doesn't Weef look adorable, as does Chef Stephen.

What a cheery little tune & Farina did a great job too. Always love hearing you sing, even though I can't move too much, ye-ouch! Love this...

You da bestest!

Imps ;-)


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michaeljayklein said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Weefie...
...ALWAYS looks like Shirley Temple or something when there's food around--it's a completely Jeckyll/Hyde kind of transformation and has to be seen to be believed, let me tell you! Thanks again Impsie--try not to move too much (am I good with dispensing health care advice or what?) You take good care now, UM
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rok41 said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
All day long...
I could listen to this style! You've got style brutha!
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michaeljayklein said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Well...
Even listening to me for a minute is greatly appreciated! Thanks again, Michael
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jdholliday said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
you might be the
coolest person on the planet! What an awesome present! Great voice,
and you're not half bad yourself! ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Thanks James!
Hahahahahahaha--I like how you phrased that! I'll be sure to put Farina on my lap so he can read the rave review you gave him (he also plays piano--and that I'm NOT kidding about!) Well, he's part of the family and I knew no birthday song would be complete without him along (and he's non-union too). Thanks again--you're such a welcome supporter and I greatly appreciate it JD. Take care now--Michael
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dave_b said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
A Shine on Your Shoes
Your posts are always a surefire smile! Farina was great on the backups, hope he got his meatballs!
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michaeljayklein said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
You stayed for the meatballs!
Thanks very much Dave! I think recording this song with me has opened whole new vistas into the entertainment field for Farina (although he's so smart, I'm entertaining the notion of appointing him my personal manager)! Great to hear from you--hope your weekend is rolling along nicely! Take care now--Michael and Farina (King of Dogs)
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alackbass said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
A Shine on Your Shoes
Love the small combo accompaniment. It's a perfect match to your vocal. Okay I'm off to shine my flip-flops.
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michaeljayklein said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Thanks Andrew...
Don't use too much wax on those flops!
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Keedee said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Dawhlin... Please pass me my shades...
The spit on that is blinding!!! You were nothing short of brilliant & I'm oft thrown aback by Farina's higher register but you guys really worked it out here. I'm absolutely clickin' my heels!! :D
michaeljayklein said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
M'dear....
...you are too generous (as always) and Farina is blushing over here (which he has to be doing to the extreme in order to see it under his fur!) You take care now and thanks very much for the boost you give me! Michael
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fasteddie said 2531 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Deedle dum dee da da
Classic!

Farina must have really enjoyed this song.

The chipmunk really tore it up Michael!

Awesome! Worth every meatball.
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michaeljayklein said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Thanks again Mike
Oh yeah, yanno, Farina LOVES to sing (this dog is one of those "talking dogs"--sometimes he doesn't even SOUND like a dog--very weird indeed!) Always appreciate hearing from you--and thanks from both of us for doing that! Michael and Farina
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guygrooves said 2531 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Your sense of humor
seems to be able to crack me up almost on a daily basis. Farina is a cutie and not half bad at singing.

I have read where all you are using to get your vocals down is a "cheap ribbon mic" It just goes to show you talent always trumps gear.
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Thanks very much Guy!
Well, a "cheap" ribbon mic and and even cheaper preamp, so thanks very much for the compliment--and also for stopping by to listen. Take care now and hope your week is off to a fine start, Michael
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Moviz said 2531 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
WellMichael,
My tap shoes are looking rather dull these days, but I just might give 'em a shine so i can give 'em a whirl to this bright and breezy ditty. They always say if you wait long enough it will become fashionable again and your doing a great promotion job here and giving out smiles as well, cheers M
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Thanks again Moe
Appreciated hearing from you and glad you could stop by! Michael
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DWL said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
A lot of quality about today
What a talented bunch on MJ

Love Farina's vocal!

I should try to get my dog on a song

Cheers

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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Farina thanks you Dick!
And so do I! Thanks as always for taking the time to listen--hope your computer problem has been worked out too! Take care now--Michael and Farina
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Symphony101 said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
A shine on your shoes
Lovely ! I love it Michael.

Even Farina seems to sing better then me. No wonder, MJK being around :-)
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Howdy Yves
Yeah, you can't beat Farina for those close harmonies--he's a master, let me tell you (he also thinks he's "the master" around the house too of course!) Thanks very much--glad you liked this! Take care now and best to you and Catherine, Michael
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Doadars Uncle said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Shiny!
This is a shiny tune! Grooves... ! Love it!
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
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Gaylen75 said 2530 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Great
Your voice is so good in this. What a tone.
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Thanks Gaylen! Michael and Farina

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ted23 said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Sugoi!!
Elkepeszto! Verbazingwekkend!
Again smooth work. Your obviously a natural, as is your dograt. Probably the finest human/animal collab since "you and me" by Alice Cooper and Miss Piggy.
Nice one amigo.
michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Was that pig-Latin?
Actually, I think the greatest human/animal collab was when Bing Crosby and David Bowie did "The Little Drummer Boy" on TV one time--hard to be that amazing duet! Thanks--as always--for your continuous support and encouragement with these deals Ted--you take care now! Michael and Farina
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perceptualvortex said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
How
You make these acrobatic vocal melodies seem effortless, wow. And Farina is remarkably talented, too. What a great birthday tune!
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
A nice compliment...
..thanks Vortex! If I make it sound easy, then I've done my job! Farina thanks you too! Take care now and appreciated hearing from you, Michael and Farina
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Char said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
My tweeters and woofers
were scintillating. Rosemary the cat wants to wish you a fur tive hello. She came over to listen and gave me a massage too. Such fun. The Farina voice would make a cute duet with my PaulaMunk voice. "Anything you can do, I can do better" might work. Thanks. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
You know...
I never realized it before, but with our finches (who just just delivered 3 beautiful baby finches into the world last month) and Farina, I also have a house full of "tweeters and woofers". I hope Farina's vocalizing didn't get Rosemary in "a way" if you know what I mean! Thanks again Char--take good care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
I laugh so much when Farina sings too. I love this and dance all over the place. Thank you for sharing and making me so happy.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Hi Tina
Well, since recording this, Farina has been very hard working to develop his own individual style (he does NOT want to be compared unfavorably to the Chipmunks or the Munchkins, so I am encouraging and mentoring him in this endeavor of his!) As always--you make ME happy hearing from you. Best to you and Yolanda and take good care now! M&F
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hackneybloke said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
shine on your shoes
wow michael...every time i listen to you it's like i experience the same 'wow' at how amazing you sound. the duet with farina is fucking hilarious...what just three meatballs? absolute genius.
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Herr Julian
I actually broke down and gave him four meatballs--he certainly earned it with his virtuoso delivery here! You are very kind and very supportive--I can never thank you enough! Take care now and have a safe trip! Michael and Farina (The Vic Damone of Dogs)
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ShadowofNine said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Fun Music
Fun performance, Farina is very cool,and lucky to to have 2 good masters...
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Thanks again Dave
I have a feeling Farina may be leaving you something in his will after that kind remark! You take care now--Michael
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Ibstrat said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Listening
to you sing is like breathing really pure mountain air.You have a great sense of humor too!
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Mark
In my book you are the consummate musician--even an "OK" from you would set me sailing but you go further than that and I'm very appreciate of your support and encouragement--THANK YOU! Michael and his singing sidekick, Farina.
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awigze said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Farina
I am impressed that your dog can sing... but even more so that the little rat can harmonize... must be the chinchilla from manilla.
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
He can play piano too!
One day, years ago, I was practicing the piano, got up to answer the phone, and by golly, the little bastard was at the piano playing the bass keys! Thanks again Andy--take care now, Michael and Farina (the Julius LaRosa of singing dogs).
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Reggie_Pole said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Shine
You AND your shoes. This is terrific. Reminds me of the old cartoon about the frog who could sing opera style, but only in the presence of his "master." Good that Farina (Our Gang?) doesn't have stage fright because his vocal bit really kicked this thing into high gear. Interesting about the public domain issue. So, are you using instrumental tracks sans vocals? Such things exist? A very nice gift, Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Hi Reggie...
Yes, I named Farina after one of the old "Our Gang" members (not intentionally after the cereal of the same name--and a good catch on your end--very few people even remember "Farina"!) With the public domain caption, I'm starting a new policy of doing that for the benefit of some here who have much too much time on their hands and saving them a bit of legwork, ahem. Yes, I buy and use arrangements designed for vocalists and often I'm amazed at the work done on them--just incredible sometimes--many of them are created on the computer! Farina and I both greatly appreciated your kind words and thank you very much for stopping by to listen to this thing! Take care now, Michael
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lengold said 2529 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Great singing
and brilliant fun.
Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Heigh Ho Len
...thanks so very much! Michael and His Master
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davisamerica said 2529 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
you dog you...
Michael you put a smile on my face every time you post something new. A late Happy Birthday to Stephen, a "Five Meatball" rating to Farina and a very big Thank You to you for starting my day off with a proper grin.
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michaeljayklein said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Glad to put a smile on your face!
Farina thanks you too (incidentally, I neglected to add that the "real" Farina is heard here barking--I had an old recording of him carrying on from several years ago that I knew would come in handy one day). Take care now, M&F
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CottonStreet said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
good dog
hey, this is marvellous. You are so lucky, having the first dog that can really sing. Farina sounds a bit like Jerry Lewis on helium ;-) Wow. This "crazy little thing" as you stated really is nicely done. Must have been a lot of fun recording the song. At least it sounds so. Great double-bass playing, a clear sound all over and your voice is fantastic. Very nice timbre.
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michaeljayklein said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Thanks very much Michael
And welcome aboard! I usually have fun singing a song the first three takes--after that a bit less so! But fortunately this came out to my liking the third time around, so yeah, it was fun. Appreciated hearing from you--take good care now, M&F
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Vic Holman said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
but, i'm wearing sandals
i dig it. top notch voc's and terrier. yes 3 meatballs is deserving

what really grabs me is the stand up bass & brush snare work
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
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guitaraddict said 2528 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
NICE
You, sir, are my hero. Vocals are superb..I'm amazed at your talent. Thanks for sharing, once again.
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
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Bethan_Mathis said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Man you swing
Wonderful fun track with bags of feel good factor. I love your voice.
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
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crissew said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Very cool
great work on this. I could hear this on sesame street or a kids show of some kind with a muppet doing the high voice. Great pro quality work here as always. A breath of fresh air from all the common genres you hear at MJ. Grrrrrrreat!
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Thanks very much Charles
...well, not citing the music here so much as in the outside world, but sheez, almost every song I hear is such a downer these days--it's why I sometimes like to keep it light and attempt to take people away from their every day problems even if it's just for several minutes, yanno? As always, greatly appreciate your support--take care now! Michael
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Skean said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Dude
Your work is amazing, but that you already know, don't you?

Love you, dude
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Nah...
maybe semi- or quasi-amazing perhaps (or better yet, hope!) Thanks very much Kenta--hoping good luck is waiting around the bend for you. Take good care now--Michael
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Jarvoid said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
from someone
who usually has shite on their shoes I congratulate you .....and three meat balls are not enough ! !

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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
How about 3 meatballs and at least one pork chop?
Thanks greatly Chris--always very pleased when you are pleased, sir! Take care now! M&W
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Sigmund said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
It's FUN
to give music as a gift, and it is relatively inexpensive. But the best thing about it is you can not find something more from the heart than a song written or performed especially for someone you care about. One thing, Farina sounds suspiciously like a chipmunk.

Very cool work, amigo - enjoyed!
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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Better than a card too!
Thank you very much Sigmund--really, there was a bit more to this than I mentioned in my intro, but my partner was having a bit of a health scare at the time (bless him, he's not one to wear it on his sleeve, but I know he was as shaken up as I would have been). Fortunately, the cardiology tests came back late last week and he's fine as a fiddle--to me, that is the greatest gift of all. I truly appreciate the things you had to say and very delighted you stopped by to listen--thanks again! Michael and Farina (also known in some circles as "Weefie")
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Honza said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
A Shine ...
This song really shines! I hope Farina got its meatballs for such nice performance.

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michaeljayklein said 2527 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
What a radiant comment!
Glad you enjoyed this and liked the song--I'm rather fond of this old tune myself Honza. And yes, Farina got amply remunerated for his exemplary showmanship and performance here (okay, so it was 3 dog biscuits, but I don't think he can tell them apart from meatballs in the first place!) Take care now--and thank you! Michael and Farina
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thoddi said 2526 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
sassy jazzy groove
I can't help the head noddin', which is making this a bit hard to type while listening for a third time;)

Is that upright bass is a software thing or the real deal? It sounds pretty much like hardware...

I dig this, and it has to go in my "best of macjams 2010" folder in iTunes:)

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michaeljayklein said 2526 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Thanks Thor!
Yes, the instruments sound genuine, but I'm pretty sure this track and arrangement was created using Cubase (although sometimes it's done on the Bespoke Organ--another amazing contraption). Very much appreciate hearing from an accomplished musician such as yourself--thanks again! Michael
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magnatone said 2526 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Shine on your shoes
oh man michael - this is just fabulous! my only complaint - this will be in my head ALL DAY, probably ALL WEEK! (i guess there are worse fates) Happy Birthday Stephen, and many grins to Farina
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michaeljayklein said 2525 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Thanks again Karen
Glad you could stop by! Take care now, Michael
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SCJohnson59 said 2525 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Makes me think
of what Harry Connick, Jr or Micheal Buble' would do with this tune ... Farinas vocal makes me think of Alvin Seville! lol :)
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michaeljayklein said 2525 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Thanks Scott...
Actually, at the time, I was more concerned with what I did with this tune, but those guys are tops in my book of course! Thanks again, Michael & Farina
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tireiron said 2524 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Way Cool!
it made me smile the very first thing this morning. a couple of years ago i worked with "Jeeves"in NM and we put out 2 cds of "antique" music, mostly blues but genres hadn't really been worked out yet.

great job and woof to farins 8-0
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michaeljayklein said 2523 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Thanks John--glad you could stop by and also glad to hear from you!

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