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I sang this a couple years ago for a recital at the music school when I was taking voice lessons (don't you say it!)--grown men cried, women fainted and children screamed. It was really beautiful, let me tell you! Pardon the double post, but after that last one....yanno, I needed to delude myself into thinking I was restoring my dubious dignity around the place. Thanks again!

Arrangement and accompaniment: Bob Boyd Productions (2008)
Vocal: MJK
Written by: Fu Ling (sometime during the Ming Dynasty)
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Uploaded: Dec 14, 2010 - 07:09:43 PM
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jdholliday said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
firsties!
yes!
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jdholliday said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
man the way you sing
that line "leave em on a far away shore" was perfection! I hope people appreciate how unbelievably difficult it is to sing this music, your phrasing somehow just gets better and better, I think no one can dispute Frank was the greatest at phrasing a melody, I put you right up there with him, unbelievably good!
I love this song and you delivered a stellar performance!
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
Oh heavens no!
There was only one singer like Sinatra (and I really, truly think that guy had more than a touch of magic inside of him--you listen to him do a ballad and you wonder just WHERE he pulled all that from), but if I could do even 1/10 as well on a song as that legendary performer, I'm very gratified indeed. Thanks again James--as always! You take care now, Michael
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Reggie_Pole said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
You delude yourself
into thinking that you need to delude yourself. I ain't no singer, but you sound like a SINGER to me. You go right on with the double posting. We can never have too much good music here. Amazing that the Chinese were so far ahead of us hundreds of years ago. I've heard that they invented the blues also. Well, our school systems are so Western-biased.
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Reggie_Pole said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Oh
now I see what you are saying. Just listened to the other one. Hahahahaha. Well, look, we're here to have some fun, right? Your dubious dignity is safely intact.
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Reggie
You really know how to lift a guy up from the depths (not been doing well lately--mostly work and weather related and what have have you, ugh!) Oh yeah, the ancient Chinese invented many things we take for granted today, including those key chains with a little telescope that has a dirty picture in it--you have to believe me! Thanks Reggie--I really appreciated hearing from you! Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Aha!
You caught it! But thanks for the pep talk nevertheless--that shows the kind of guy you are Reggie...thanks again!
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H3nry said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
Twice in one night!
I was unaware of the Chinese Fu Ling with swing during the Ming.
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Oh yeah...
...I think Ling wrote his best stuff when he had Sammy Cahn on the lyrics. His partnership with Frank Loesser was often fruitful, but somehow missing that chemistry he had with Sammy.
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RAVENS said 2558 days ago (December 14th, 2010)
Aha...
So it was your singing that was responsible for the mass hysteria on that boat!

I finally got my connection back, and of course it's time for bed, go figure! Wonderful performance, no fainting here, promise!

You da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Woman and children last!
Thanks so very much Impsie--only a true blue loyal listener would have gone through all those hurdles for me! You take care now and hope you're feeling all full of vim and vigor and feeling 100% better than you were not long ago! xox Michael
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yohmar said 2558 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Much
Much enjoyed
ty for sharing M
Happy holidays
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Thanks again Omar!

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scofugate said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
dont drink the water
Good stuff man!...How do you roll um' out so fast man.. I cant keep up.
Perfect tunage for you man...
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Thanks Scott!
Oh, quite a few of these are previously recorded songs--I've been at this stuff for a few years now! I think I did this version some time this past spring. Nice to hear from you! Keep up the great work! Michael
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Narad said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
On a Slow Boat to China
Frank Sinatra has never been in a slow boat to China. Only you allowed it here for us to be of the party. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Only Frank would know...
...and he's no longer hear to tell us! Thanks very much Harald--hope all is going nicely for you and that life is being kind to you. You take good care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
On a Slow Boat to China
Hmmm, I saw that one the other day that you disabled. I was wondering about that, it's hard to imagine you not performing something well. Like this one for instance...
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Oh that deal
Yanno Dave, I posted it once ("I'm Old Fashioned") and later didn't like the sound quality, so yanked that, put up another remixed version and somebody asked if the hiss was intentional (oy), so I yanked that too. I think the backing was problematic from the start, so probably for the best that I did. This home recording deal--it ain't easy! Well, I'm glad you liked this old saw--another one that I'm really fond of and greatly appreciated your stopping by to listen to it and for the very generous words. You take care now! Michael
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Reinholt56 said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Hi Michael.....
This is a song that I remember from my primary school days. I used to hum along with the radio way back when.....

Thanks for the memory.....as they say...

Take care.

Paul
michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Thanks Paul!
There's an interesting story behind this song. Apparently, it was originally slated for some MGM musical but the censors objected to the phrase "get you", claiming that was slang for screwing somebody (I've never heard the expression myself, but back in those days--boy they were tough!) So the song never was released in the movie. Thanks for stopping by--you take care now! Michael
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PeterB7858 said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Ode to a Slow Boat
Hi Michael. This is a song I often sing around campfires (the Jimmy Buffett version), often after a few alcoholic beverages. It is a great song to sing and play round with the timing and phrasing (and slur a bit :)). As usual you have done a great job, Thanks for the posting. Regards, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Everybody knows this one!
I'm stunned! Yeah, this is one of those standards you can kind of roll around with and never do it the same way twice, which is why I'm rather fond of the thing. I enjoyed hearing your recollections and thanks for listening! Take good care now and keep up the fine work, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
I am laughing so much. I thought you were singing this song to me. What a beautiful song. I love it and the way you sing is perfect.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Tina
I hope life has been all sudsy and squeaky clean for you over there at the laundry--thanks so very much and as always, send my warmest wishes to Yolanda and the gang over there. Sounds like you guys get cold weather too--I never knew that, so thanks for sharing that story with me! Take care now! Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Golden vocals
I 2 would pay big bucks to watch you wail, I might have to borrow from D, but yanno she would take my IOU I'll bet (well maybe not now that I think of it, she prob thinks I would not out live the debt)...and she could be right, Hehehehe nice work agaim M
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michaeljayklein said 2557 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
D takes anything!
Thanks so very much Dave! I hope you've cooled off some after your fling with Alannah (I loved really seeing you and I could tell you were having a wonderful time--that's just the thing you need Dave!) I hope the week is going okay for you--nothing to brag about on my end, let me tell you! You take care now--Michael
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fasteddie said 2556 days ago (December 16th, 2010)
I can see
that your internet entertainer career is blisteringly hot!

This is great MJK!

The voice lessons really paid off and then some.

Seriously, I always enjoy your stuff. Keep
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Thanks Eddie!
Take care now, Michael
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Moviz said 2553 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Michael,
Sorry I'm late here (too many MJ'rs), This really took me back to just during the War, when in between being bombed and at the age of Five, I won a prize in Mesnes Park, Wigan for singing and tap dancing to this very song LOL..... thanks so much for the memory, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 2553 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Thanks for the memories...
and for listening! You take care now, Michael
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Jarvoid said 2543 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Slow Boat to China....
Junk.....no,no that is what a slow boat is in China .....not a pronouncement on the song.... Doh !!!
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sschedra said 2524 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
I can't believe . . .
I am this far behind in the catalog! Delightful rendition. Now what did I do with that money? "What money", you ask? There I said it! But believe me,with your great voice, you can bank it or give it away cause you won't need no stinking singing lessons.
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michaeljayklein said 2500 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Stephen...
...you are far too kind! Thanks so very much for listening and the encouragement laid on me there! You take care now, Michael
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Elevator_Funk said 2285 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
...
I didn't notice that you posted this one before. Its one of my favorite standards. Good one.
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