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I had this up the other night but after listening to it again was a bit digustified with the sound--it was too loud and had too much bass (I think, but what do I know?) Anyway, I remixed it and here it is again. The piano work on this is truly astounding (although I could murder him for that ending) and hope you enjoy it.

This was written by my main songwriter, Harold Arlen, and first appeared in the Broadway flop, "The Great Magoo" (1931). I'm not familiar with the play or Magoo, so I don't know if he was actually that great or not.

"It's Only a Paper Moon" was written by Harold Arlen and Buddy DeSylva (1931-PD)
Music arranged and performed by Alan McPike
Vocal: Junior Samples, Sr.
Artwork: Have any of you ever tried acid and if so, did you ever see anything that looked something like this?
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Uploaded: Mar 28, 2011 - 06:27:15 PM
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alackbass said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
It's Only a Paper Moon
You guys make this stuff sound effortless! Tipping my cap!
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks very much Andrew
I know some folks may think this stuff just comes out the moment I open my mouth or that the music that Alan provides was right off the cuff, so it it somehow seems effortless, that is quite a fine compliment--thank you!
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Keedee said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Only You..
...could make me listen to a song I've never been fond of and end up making me re-think my stance on the whole issue. WONDERFULLY DONE!!

moon
michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks Bapsie!
Really, I think the only version of this song I've ever liked was Nat King Cole's (man I wish I could sing like that!) and perhaps an instrumental of this by Benny Goodman and his quartet. As always, your gracious and kind words provide me with enough glow power to light downtown Minneapolis for at least a week--you take good care now! Mish
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Vic Holman said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
paper moon and cellophane stars
didn't catch the first time around, nice that i did catch the repost
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks very much Vic!

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RAVENS said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Hmmm
So weird, I was Googling rhinoplasty and your song came up.

I know that you weren't crazy about the first mix, but hec, I loved it. And, I love this one too! Everything you sing is fantabulous to me. Beautiful performance, you da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
I may not need that after all---as I mentioned Impsie, I'm doing lots better now with the new spray and medication--I just hope it sticks, ugh! I'm still not completely adjusted to these headphones so I've been vacillating lately, but I take your word that it sounds good and much appreciate it. You take care now! Moe
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ShadowofNine said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Fine vocal
Luv's this Michael, Fab vocal styling...
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Heigh Ho Dave!
As you might now about me, I just adore Harold Arlen's music; I'm really glad you enjoyed both the song itself and the work on it! You take care now--Michael
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fasteddie said 2221 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Hey man
That sounds a lot like a fasteddie ending.

Very nice work MJK!
I don't recall if this song was in the movie Paper Moon with Ryan and Tatem O'neil. I think I was just a wee lad when that movie came out.

Great vocals!
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks Ye Olde Fast One
Mike, I'm a true blue movie buff but remarkably, I've never seen that film (I have a have a feeling this song is included in the score--it JUST has to be! I was just a tater tot myself sort of when the film came out). Thanks for stopping by and listening and as always, appreciate your continued encouragement and support--you take care now! Michael
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ted23 said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Moi
Didn't comment on the first one. It just didn't seem as Amazificated™ as usual.
This one has the sparkle we've all come to expect from you and Mr McPike.
I wonder if Alan pops by from time to time to check the great comment? Hmmm, Hello Alan! If your out there :)
Nice one chum
michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Ted!
You won't believe this, but did you know my late Uncle Herman posed for that "Jail" picture? It was rendered by Dali, but I'd recognize his beautifully sculpted features anywhere. Well, this is a nice little "pocket" song and being lazy as I am, I tend to do more of these than the "pull out all the stops" deals, but I'm due to slap one together in that line pretty soon. I will certainly send along the nice praise! You take care Ted--I sincerely appreciate hearing from you. Michael
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neilh79 said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Its Only a Paper Moon
I enjoyed it first time round, you seem to have put the vocal a bit further back in this mix. Either way its superb as usual well done
michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks so much Neil
Yes, I backed up the vocal just a little--for a song like this I think it was a good idea to try to balance both the music and voice, so glad you liked it that way. I enjoy hearing from you as always and very grateful for that--you take care now! Michael
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Moviz said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Nothing
wrong with the mix or the performances Michael.... you got it spot on as always, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks greatly Moe!

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Jarvoid said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Cracking good song...Paper Moon indeed...
just keep that candle away....no,no don't come closer...now look what you done.....ah well.


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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Chris
Funny that you mentioned "candle" because simultaneously with this deal, I was working on an Ellington song that features the lyric "candlelight on the mistletoe" (which sounds incredibly risky to me) and was having a rough time with that. Anyway, thank you so very much sir! You taketh great care now, Michael
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Reggie_Pole said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Good work, Junior Sr.
Missed the first version of this. This one sounds fantastic. I agree about the piano. I had no problem with the ending, but then, you know, I'm dense that way. Loved your free association keywords. What fun! Gale Gordon hahaha. He would be honored. Here's some more free association right backatcha: Facial reconstruction, renovation, wrecking ball, wrecking crew, Motley Crue, Muttley, Scooby-Doo, scat singing, Scatman Crothers, shining, full moon, moon river, great singers, MichaelJKlein.
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Oh man...
Scatman Crothers! I loved that guy! I have a set of recordings he made when he was part of a group called "The Cats and the Fiddle" (they are really worth seeking out--my favorite number by them is the much lauded "I Say Nuts to You"--definitely a classic and distinctly a seminal foray into the punk-grunge movement that followed decades later). I can discern from your free association list that I really missed out on a lot of them--thanks for the additions. As customary, I am beaming--you do that to me, thank you! Take care now, Michael
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magnatone said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Paper Moon Redux
well, i loved them both! nobody sings like you!
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Except maybe Tiny Tim! Thanks again Karen!

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Skean said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Michael
I have said this before and will say it again, I love your style man… Thanks for this my friend, be well, Kenta
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Kenta!
Thanks greatly--I sincerely hope things are a bit brighter for you these days (I think of you now and then yanno!) Speaking of brighter, you could bring me a bit of happiness by posting something soon--I know a lot of us really miss hearing your work, so get to it! You take care and wish you the best, Michael
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drakonis said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
shufflin' along with you, Michael
Hope you don't mind, that I'm so in-kleined, to listen to you croon, about a paper moon...

I avoid acid... I can barely tolerate vinegar... we dragons have a sweet tooth that we share (sounds rather un-hygeinic...)

Sweet singing as you do so well, smooth sailing!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
I almost de-kleined
from working on this thing, so greatly pleased you enjoyed it Eduardo! I can understand your adversity to acid--about the closest I got to drugs was freebasing a packet of Kool-Aid when I was 6. Great to hear from you! Take care now, Michael
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jibes said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
.
One of my fav tunes of all time! A bang-up job and no doubt about it!
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Hi Neal!
Much appreciated partner--thanks again (and take good care now!) Michael
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fambroski said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
I believe in you.
Absolutely enjoyed it. Sorry to disappoint you, but I like the ending. I guess it's the jazz in me. : )
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Hi Miche
Well, thank you mister! The truth is, I'm never stable with my long "e" sound (partly because my sinuses have been so mucked up for so long that I've avoided tunes where there's a lot of those, so I need to relearn how to deliver that vowel sound now that I'm doing lots better thanks to today's latest miracle drugs (and a visit from Roto Rooter). Glad you could stop by Miche--take good care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2221 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
It's Only a Paper Moon
This one was in a movie in the 60's right? I remember it from somewhere. Nice one Michael! And no, my acid trips were in living color.
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michaeljayklein said 2219 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Howdy Dave
You are close--I think the movie with this title came out maybe around 1972 or so featuring Ryan O'Neil and his daughter Tatum (always loved that name--it sounds like a name you'd give a baby couch potato or something). Glad you had the full color trips--I think those were best anyway! Thanks again Dave--take good care now, Michael
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mrattue said 2220 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
If
that's what one generally sees on acid, i'm glad i never tried it!

My head's already full of enough rubbish as it is!

Greatly enjoyed, as always, Michael! Thanks for sending me off with a smile. Those ivories are well and truly tinkled, aren't they?

Take care

Marc
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michaeljayklein said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Thanks very much Marc!

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yohmar said 2220 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Michael
Always such a pleasure
Ty for sharing
Much enjoyed
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michaeljayklein said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Omar--much appreciated sir!

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PeterB7858 said 2220 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Smooth
Hi Michael. Smooth work as always. Love the jazz elements in the piano solo. Interesting artwork too (and no, I actually haven't tried acid - but I did suck a lemon once :-)) Take care, Peter.

P.S. Didn't I listen to another MJK song last week - Your'e the Cream In My Coffee? Or was I just imagining things? It seems to have dissolved. Maybe those lemons have a bigger kick that I thought...
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michaeljayklein said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Hi Peter
No, you are not having acoustical hallucinations! I had that "Cream" song up for a night, but like this one, I took it down for some repair work (I've just not gotten to it yet!) As always, I truly am grateful for your listening to these old songs (it's the songs that are more important to me than perhaps anything else really) and for the encouragement it gives me. You take care now! Michael (PS: I sent you some half-assed discography info on "Moonglow")
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DWL said 2219 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Acid?
That'll be me then but I didn't see anything like that (which is probably just as well given what it did to my brain.

Great performance again Michael. What a surprise!

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
I'm studying that photo
of your former self Dick and I have an irrefutable belief that you are speaking from experience (thanks for lending to my scientific knowledge by the way). As per usual--great to hear from you and I thank you very,very much mate! Take care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2219 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I am so happy as I listen to this. I love your singing so much. This song always makes me dance. Thank you for so many beautiful songs.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Tee-Na!
Man, I bet the linoleum is really worn out over there from you traipsing about dancing all the time (and after seeing your video, I must say, you dance quite well--I was rather amazed!) Thanks again Tina and best wishes to you, Yolanda, Xiang and mom. Michael
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awigze said 2218 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
You rascal
MJK I believe.
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michaeljayklein said 2213 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Correct!

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hackneybloke said 2216 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
paper moon
love this tune...love what you did here. hey, i liked the ending....you sound like it was a breeze.
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michaeljayklein said 2213 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Thank you!

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Ibstrat said 2215 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Are
you sure that isn't George Shearing on piano? This is terrific!
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michaeljayklein said 2213 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Thanks very much Mark!
I'm always happy to hear from you--hopefully we can work again one day in the near future. Take care now! Michael
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RAVENS said 2213 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Sigh
I spoke to you this morning, but my nights just aren't the same. Wahhhhh, 2 nights is too much without no Moe! I'm dying ova hurr!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2213 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Impsie Baby!
I miss our little night time chit chat too, but as I mentioned in my e-mail, Stephen has it all worked out and other than losing some 1,301 files, the PC should be all nice and operative again very shortly! You are such a sweetie--thanks again you! (PS: Farina sends his regards too).
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Char said 2205 days ago (April 13th, 2011)
Moon pie,
Toilet paper, Monasteries, Meditation, Monoxadil and Flushing, New York.
The mind wanders. The singing is like sailing over moonlit seas right before the disaster hits. Then, of course, Shelly Winters goes for a swim. Not that I was listening to this while I was in the bathroom or anything. Thanks.
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