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Even though I've played music on the piano since age 7, this is the first real song I've ever written (I'm rather shy about writing and sharing lyrics). My idea was to write the sort of tune one would maybe hear in a Marx Brothers movies( I'm a huge fan) and endeavored to write the lyrics and melody keeping to that style--something you might hear Groucho serenading some lady with while in a rowboat strumming his guitar. Hope you like this and I must say, the enjoyment I got from this experience was really wonderful and lots of fun!

My only frustration was with the vocal--I could not lower the key without distorting the track so it was a bit of a strain for me (yeah, I know, this does not sound that high to you, but for me? DUM-DA-DUM DUM!!) I guess I'm a baritone after all! Well, next time, I'll remember to "test it out" first before I continue; I was so involved with the other aspects of this thing that I completely forget what key I could sing it in--I did my darnedest to make it work: about a godzillion takes, ugh!

All the instruments and stuff are from my keyboard.

Thanks again and take good care now!

Michael

Breaking All the Laws of Love, Copyright 2011 by The Klein-Ko™ Music Corporation of Minnesota. Any violation or infringement of this copyright will put you in risk of being visited by a very aggressive, evil pixie, who will sneak into your bedroom while you are sleeping and do very unspeakable things to you with his Magic Swizzle Stick. Just so ya know.

Artwork: Master pianist Chico Marx and some girl he picked up (and yanno, I went to all that trouble to create this animated gif and just noticed my cursor arrow got in the picture! You can't win I tell you...)
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Breaking All the Laws of Love

You’d think that I’d start with
‘You’re breaking my heart’
But clichés like that would never do,
So I’m breaking with tradition,
Because I’m on a mission
With a breathtaking
News making
Earth shaking
Late breaking
Tummy Aching
Ground breaking
Song for you!

As the judge of love imparted
When Eve and Adam started
This bliss the pair will tire of
We’ve proven our case
Gave the judge a sad face
Breaking all the laws of love

The fates put us on trial,
Said we would never last
But we laughed all the while
And Mr. Cupid’s appeal, it passed!

Someone went and blew the whistle
Our kiss got a dismissal
Our alibi fit like a glove
And with our burden of proof
The jury, they hit the roof
Breaking all the laws of love

I gave a confession
I know you found it droll
But my heart’s true expression
Made you give me a parole

So with all that testimony
And legalese baloney
Our case for love will never die

Heaven rest us
They can’t arrest us
Because we’re kicking up the clouds in the sky,
And we’ve broken the laws of love.
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Philip18 said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Who's first on first!
What a delight this is, Michael. You certainly capture the style you were after. Excellent arrangement - you have worked hard on the various parts. The vocal delivery is, as I'd expect, just right for the lyrics.Congratulations on your first "real" song!
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Phillip
Thank you so very much! My only problem working on this was I should have lowered the key (I could not lower it electronically without really messing up the music track) and my voice is never in good shape in the fall due to ragweed allergies (which is why I've not posted anything in the past month), so I hope to do the vocal over again at another time. But I'm very happy you liked this--that means a lot to me! You take care now! Michael
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michael2 said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
great
what an arrangement. at one point i was hearing the ghost of Les Paul. you really have a great knowledge of this style of music (as well as a really apparent love for it). great job Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Michael
Thank you! I was very nervous about posting this, so glad you liked it! It was a lot of fun, this creative process--every night when I walked my dog, I'd come up with a new verse and while putting this together was a lot of hard work, it was very rewarding. Appreciate hearing from you Michael--take good care now! Michael
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Well
You've done it again. I've got nothing to complain about! Great tune, and I like it more knowing that it was all you!
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Adam
You are much too kind--thanks greatly! Michael
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Gaylen75 said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Great
Playful lyrics and structure make this lovely. I hope you keep writing them because this is first rate.
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Gaylen
Your comment is really kind and encouraging--thanks very much for doing that and I really do look forward to doing more originals in this line (I've never been one for writing lyrics, but this is a start learning how!) You take care now, Michael
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magnatone said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws
Michael, this is FABULOUS!!!!
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Karen
Thanks so very much--means plenty coming from you! You take care now, Michael
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SmokeyVW said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
breaking
this is a ton of fun. i loved the little references to other songs here and there. very humorous indeed!

thanks

you should make more along these lines
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Smokey
I even got a reference to the OJ trial in there somewhere! Thanks for your generous words and very pleased you could stop by to listen. You take good care now and I'll be along to check out the other entries in this challenge after dinner tonight. Michael
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alackbass said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love (word association challenge)
Oh Michael! This is charming! What great lyrics and beautiful melodies! Nice arrangement! Congratulations on a fine composition!
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Andrew
Whew, I'm glad you gave this the OK! This gave me a great appreciation of what artists like you have been doing here on a regular basis, but despite the work, it gave me a nice feeling creating this thing. Happy to hear from you and thanks again! Michael
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Char said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Michael,
can I book the evil pixie and Magic Swizzle Stick for this Friday at 9PM? My hope is that this is a start of something big. Marx my words. Thank you, thank you.
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Char
The Evil Pixie will be appearing on "Project Runway" that night as a guest judge, but I'll see if we can juggle his schedule a bit for you. THANK YOU so very much for your really kind words on this deal Char! You take care now and hope you are doing well! Michael
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dimm witness said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
outstanding
writing and performance start to finish
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Dimm
Thanks very very much for coming by and glad you liked this thing!! You take care now, Michael
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Keedee said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Wow...
This was so completely...YOU!!! I've played this a few times now because I didn't want to miss a beat I'm so PROUD of you, Moe!! This was downright Brilliant as far as I'm concerned!!! Loved It, my friend!! ♥♥♥
michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Lyn!!!
You now, if only you and another friend of mine wrote back to me about this deal, that means all the world to me. Thanks for everything (not to mention that cake!) and know that you and your beautiful singing will always will have a special place in my heart. Thanks again! xox Michael
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johnwhitehead said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Breaking
A truly auspicious song writing debut! Great word play & classic melody. Can tell you had a blast.
Love the "testimony/baloney" rhyme. Look forward to much more from the MJK song book.
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
John
Thanks again neighbor! John, coming from a talented performer and songwriter such as you, your endorsement puts me in the stratosphere! I really did have a good time with this and with such encouragement given me here, how can I stop? I hope to do much more now that I've gotten over my self-consciousness about sharing my lyrics (I'm rather strange that way for a pretty extroverted type). Thank you again and take good care now (and let's hope this weather holds up--ain't it been nice?!) Michael
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michaeljayklein said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
John!
You are such a professional, both in writing and performing, that with such encouragement you've given me here about this thing, I will definitely try to do more. What I think has always stopped me in the past is I'm very SHY about writing lyrics and letting others here them (this from a very extroverted person, which is probably a psychological anomaly, but then again, I'm pretty weird to start with!) Thanks again and let's hope this beautiful weather here in the Twin Cities continues straight through till April (now THAT would be nice, yanno?) Take care now! Michael
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Vic Holman said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws
how cool....... the total package. and very well orchestrated

you done good michael
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Thanks very much Vic...
and happy to hear from you! Take care now, Michael
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RAVENS said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Terrific
I've been waiting for this for a long time. Wow, it sounds incredible! Honestly, I'd never know this wasn't an old song. I'm so impressed, Moe. I haven't been around here much, so I am very glad I didn't miss this! You da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Impsie!
Well, yanno, I've always wanted to write my own karaoke track and now I have (if you know what I mean!) Thanks so very much for your kind words here and the encouragement you gave me when I sent you an early mishmash form of this thing--I really appreciated it! You take care now! xoxoxo Moe
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ic42 said 1991 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
Legally, it seemed a little "Brief"
I am a sucker for silly rhymes and wild double entendres, and of course, a very complex and fun feat of orchestration (loved the pizzicatos and peccadillos and the pimento.) And your singing goes without saying, well, except that you have to say something to sing, but anyway it was great!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Thanks Eduard
Hahahahahaha--I threw in the spoken intro just to pad this up to feature length time (I just didn't have it in me to write ONE more chorus to be honest with you). Appreciate hearing from and glad you could saunter by to listen--you take care now! Michael
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SCJohnson59 said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Makes me think ...
of Sylvia (lilmom) ... you oughta reach out to for a possible duet ... OH! and while I'm thinking of it, reach out to Andy (awigze) for a tenor solo? ... Enjoyed!! :D
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Thanks again Scotty
Appreciated your stopping by! Take care now, Michael
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SMT said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Michael
So this is what you've been working on down here the past few weeks. I know you told me not to listen to this version but I could not help it as you have been going on about it for weeks now. I am very proud of you! It is excellent! And by the way, you are a baritone because Farina told me this a long time ago.
michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Dear F-M:
You little sneak you! I figured you'd disobey my royal command!
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PeterB7858 said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Like the whimsy...
So true to style that I want to join your club... but any club that would have you as a member... :-) Really like what you have presented here Michael. Like the whimsy and the supportive arrangement. More! More! Take care, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Peter
And don't forget shooting an elephant in your pajamas! Thanks very much for the encouragement Peter! I hope with time I'll get a better handle on mixing the various instruments (all this is rather a novelty to me yet--for years I've only worried mainly about the vocal track) and look forward to trying this again in the very near future. Glad you are doing well! Take care now, Michael
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aRcTip said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
First written song, really?
Sounds like you've done this for years! This is really nice, lots of fine details, clever arrangement, lyrics and well done all around. I might not be in total agreement with the sound of those strings (?) though, but your outstanding vocal makes up for it. My gosh you sure can sing.

By the way: the animated GIF is strangely hypnotizing!
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
ARcTip
Thanks greatly for the warm reception on this thing! Well, coming up with melodies is fairly easy for me--it's the lyric writing that's a new racket for me, and I'm very relieved folks seem to like those (I'm a moon and June type of lyricist, but then again, that was the style they used back in the day). I think in retrospect I should have substituted an organ for the strings (I had an accident, lost my work file and could not fine tune these various instruments manually--just had one big WAV file with the works on it to deal with--that didn't help things either!), but you learn as you go I guess. Thanks for stopping by--you take care now! Michael
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Narad said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love
I agree completely with aRcTip.
What a fine tune ! And you did break here something.
Standing ovation.
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michaeljayklein said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Harald
Well, I sure am relieved by the nice words you and others have left on this song--otherwise, my next tune would be "Broken Hearted"!! Thanks so very much Harald--you take good care now, Michael
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DWL said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Brilliant
if you'd have said it was rarely heard Cole Porter song from 1936 I would have believed you!

Great work, great arrangement, great performance!

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Dick
That is quite a wonderful compliment--thanks again mate! You take care now, Michael
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Skean said 1991 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love
I needed this now, thanks you filed my day with joy. You take care my friend… Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Kenta
That pleases me very much--I'm really glad you liked this thing!! You take good care now! Michael
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J_Gretch said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love
Ohh this is so much fun!...Been extremely busy lately,,Glad I took the time check this one out.You are one of a kind man...So entertaining.
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
J
I know a thing or two about time constraints lately, so I appreciate your listening and taking the time to write to me--thank you so very much! Take care now, Michael
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rok41 said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Laws of Love
MJK, very nicely done, you have captured your familiar and excellent vibe once again with your original composition. Really, really good my friend!
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Chris
Say, thank you for stopping by! Alas, I can only write and play the way I sing I guess (i.e., "Retro Time at the OK Corral") but I'm really glad some folks enjoy that style of music--it makes me very happy knowing this. Appreciated hearing from you--and take good care now, Michael
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Moviz said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Michael,
This is such a success from every angle.... great tune, vocal and wonderful lyrics...... the instrumentation is fabulous and very evocative of those old films.... I'm sure you got such a lot of satisfaction out of doing this..... perfectionist you are....... and ....er.... just what can this 'Swizzle-Stick do?, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Maurice
Oh my, yanno, the hardest thing for me was trying to sing this! I should have written a three note song (hey, Cole Porter did that and it worked for him!) but overall, I truly DID have an interesting and pleasant experience writing my very first song and hope to do more over time. Thanks again and happy to hear from you! Michael
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jiguma said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Michael
It is so good to see/hear you doing an original song - I knew you had it in you! This is really classy and a terrific performance of a solid song. The quality of the sound (especially the drums) is not as good as it could have been. I guess you're trying for a 50s sound on the production, but I think that to really do this justice you might try a richer, cleaner, more modern mix to really get a great sounding song.
I certainly hope we hear a lot more originals from you - this is really good.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Neil
Thanks for the review and just for stopping by to listen. As I mentioned elsewhere, I (foolishly) lost the work file containing the score--my intention was to create individual settings for the various instruments (I found a site that showed you allegedly "good" settings for these things) but only had the WAV file to mix from later on, but I fully know what you mean (strings are rough aren't they?) Appreciated hearing from you--take good care now! Michael
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RochaMalhada said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
so shy
LOL

Great tune Michael. You need to keep breaking out of your shyness, and delivering like this. Thanks for this.

. - Harold
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Harold
Well, that's the weird thing because ordinarily I am anything BUT shy, but perhaps it will be easier to write lyrics and let others hear them after breaking the ice here. Thanks so much for stopping in and the kind words my friend--hope you are doing well and take good care now! Michael
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Relic67 said 1990 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
awesome
there's nothing for you to be shy about my friend, this is the clever, catchy tin pan alley tune that I am sure no one is surprised you had in you!
Would love to hear more MJK originals. really liked the piano playing too. Applause!
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Relic
Thanks greatly for the positive reception! And thanks also for mentioning the piano--I do appreciate it Relic! Glad to hear from you and your most encouraging words. Take good care now, Michael
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Symphony101 said 1990 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
This is
going to be a MJ classic Michael ! The song is very thoughtfully created and arranged ! And you're awesome on the keys as much as you're on vocals. I wish I could be as accomplished as you are, as a musician.
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Yves
You do just great my friend--there's lots I cannot do on the piano (I am no "real" jazz pianist for one thing) just as there are things I wish I could do vocally, but you work with what you have and sometimes you get lucky maybe! Thanks so very much for your kind remarks Yves--hope all is going okay for you across the Atlantic. Best wishes, Michael
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awigze said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Klein Ko
I hate it... you used some sax loop guy or you've been holding out on me.... why-I-oughta. Ok - I dont hate it. just wanted to get a reaction outa yuz. very well put together... thats redneck fer composition. Enjoyed it alot !!!!
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Andy Baby!
Yanno, I have to confess, when I was playing those sax parts, I was thinking of you the whole time (you would have done much, much better I know, but that is one of the few instruments on my keyboard that sounds pretty nifty so couldn't help using it!) Thanks again Andy--hope you are doing well and take good care now, Michael
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grah3am said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Cocka doodly doodly doo
Any friend of Chico's is a friend of mine. This is sophisticated stuff. I'm tempted to break the copyright thingie as I've always wanted to meet a pixie. Then put him in a jar and make him do my bidding. I mean, give him a hearty handshake.
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Thank you...

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gadzooks said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love
Michael, I'm late arriving to your club but more than satisfied with the entertainment. I think you sang this perfectly. I heard no strain in your vocals ... it sounded easy and breezy like you've sang it a hundred times. The composition and lyrics are brilliant and and wonderfully performed in the genre you love so much and the style that I and obviously many others enjoy listening to here on MJ's..
I will be waiting for more! You also did a fine mix.! And to think you wrote this in 1930? ... that makes you how old? Thanks for a wonderful performance.
SG
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Hi Stan
Hahahahahahaha...actually I just turned 48 today so I think the 1930 claim might not work! Well, I think the world of your work Stan--just a few kind remarks from you give me great encouragement to do more and have brightened up my evening considerably (I'd rather have been turning 24 today for one thing!) Thanks so very much and take good care now! Michael
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egobandit said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
you
I love the fact that your alway happy and comical in your approach, great musician ship in this, I would love to see you do this live another great one and its all yours!
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Tim
Thank you!! I hope to do a video one of these fine days (heaven knows, that nice digital video camera I have has not been used in years now)and with supportive words like those you've just laid down here, how can I not?! Appreciated your coming by Tim--hope things are going okay for you and that the family is doing well. Michael
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CC_Connection said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I am so happy to here you singing again. It has been a very long time for me. This sound so beautiful.

Xoxo,
CC
michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Tina Baby!
It's been a while hasn't it?! Well, between this and another project I was working on for a very amazing singer I know named Lyn, I didn't have much time for anything else! Thanks so very much and know you always make me smile! Michael
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Jarvoid said 1989 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
up...you nailed
it,,,style ,mood and sound of a Marx Bros Fillum,great fun to listen to......and to hell with the cursor arrow....I just finnished putting new work surfaces into my "Studio/Art Room" and nearly walled myself in ....it means ya did it your own self and it's all your own work....masterful...

Cheers

Jarvo
michaeljayklein said 1988 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Chris
Thanks right much mate! Right! I guess it were time that I showed some folks I'm bloody well a wee more than a "karaoke" singer. I 'ad a super time workin' on this and anxious ter try me 'and at anuvver soon. I 'ope yer don't get trapped in yor next 'ome improvement project partner! Oi! I've done similar fings but too embarrassed ter mention them--stuff that would make the 3 Stooges 'ave a look like rocket scientists, right, believe me! Oi! Yer take care now, right, Michael
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richard13 said 1988 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Fabulous Michael
Don't know when this challenge started (how much time you had) but you've done a really fab job on everything (music, vocals, lyrics) and, I think, met the "rules" of the challenge very well. Not only that, you've proven to yourself that you could do it all: listen to all that applause. Well done Dude ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Richard
You are much too kind--thanks so very much for stopping by and leaving such positive remarks for my seminal effort in the songwriting racket! I'm one of those types that needs to be pushed sometimes, and I think this challenge gave me that impetus. You take good care now and keep the fine work you've been doing lately! Michael
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H3nry said 1988 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Sure sounds like '30s
You captured that feel of a tin pan alley comedy number very nicely. Clever lyrics of the sort not much in evidence today. I got a real kick out of it. You're brave to share a first effort, but I'm glad you did. You're getting a lot more adventurous with the arrangement and your MIDI stuff, too. Thumbs up!
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michaeljayklein said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Henry
Thank you very much! I love your work and always appreciate hearing from you. I'm afraid most ANYTHING that comes out of me sounds no later than 1946, but I'm very much okay with that--it is what I like to do. Really appreciated your encouraging and motivating words Henry--you take good care now! Michael
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VicDiesel said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Shall we dance?
This makes me want to get up and foxtrot. Wonderfully smooth tune.

The drum is a tad obnoxious. Mix it down, and lower the high frequencies. For that authentic mono black and white effect you should not be able to hear cymbals......
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michaeljayklein said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Thanks Vic!
Yeah, I kind of sabotaged my track when it came to mixing (see above somewhere) but with the deadline constraints I was kind of stuck. I do plan on redoing this again sometimes in the future and a bit more perhaps to my own satisfaction, but appreciate your mostly positive feedback on this deal. Take good care now! Michael
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papag said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Busted
I really enjoyed this tune. Congratulations on your first original! This fits right into your catalog. Even better on the second listen. The instrumental accents you toss in are sweet.

Thanks for the download :)
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michaeljayklein said 1986 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
PapaG
Hey, thanks so very much sir! I'm very glad you liked this romp of mine and appreciate greatly hearing from you! Take good care now, Michael
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sonnyjim said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Really good!
This has a very loose 'demo' feel that I like a lot. You're a very strong singer (as everyone here already knows). When you sing a standard (or a classic or a whatever), you're always in control and confident enough to relax and riff a little, make jokes, wallow a bit, etc. Here, though, you're a little reserved, a little more careful and that lends an unpolished, first-time-through air to the whole thing that I like a lot.
My hat's off to you!

SJ
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michaeljayklein said 1986 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Sonny
You said something which interested me, about the vocal, which is I really was looking at this from the standpoint of the song itself and not the trimmings and I kind of sang it that way as well--like the old fashioned song pluggers of Tin Pan Alley might have done (although being up some 24 hours when I sang it maybe gives it that feel too!) Thank you so very much for your awfully generous remarks on my first outing in the original song realm--I sincerely appreciate it! Take good care now, Michael
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Elevator_Funk said 1987 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
...
Cool Man. Glad to finally hear an MJK original. I don't like hearing my voice or lyrics at all so I understand the courage at least about sharing your own lyrics. Now keep doing it.
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michaeljayklein said 1986 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Thanks again Funk!
Well, I rather dislike hearing myself either singing or piano after it's all said and done (you hear things that you wished you had done differently or stuff that you kind of fooked up and just hope nobody notices!) but sharing lyrics was the hardest part. I wrote in that sort of idiom that's no longer in fashion and was not sure how that would go, so all the kind remarks from you and others has certainly emboldened me to continue doing things like this in the future. Thanks again! And take good care now, Michael
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apb said 1986 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Bloody marvelous
Excellent tune, excellent lyrics & vocals (would like them to sound a little warmer/richer (EQ?)and perhaps a smidge higher in the mix- don't think it's the key lessening the natural timbre of your voice: sounds natural for it to be sung in this key).. hmm perhaps a little cheeky splash cymbal at the very end (or gavel smash??) just after the "court dismissed" line?? Congratulations on an extremely fine piece of work. Bravo (more originals please)
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michaeljayklein said 1985 days ago (October 16th, 2011)
Thank you!
That's a good idea about the cymbal crash after the very end--maybe I'll tack that on. Oh, I had such a bad time with singing this--things got a little screwed up as far as being able to lower the key just a bit (would would have preferred that) but I agree a little warmer tone would be better for this thing. Appreciate hearing from you and thanks for the constructive feedback! Take care now, Michael
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dave_b said 1986 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Breaking All the Laws of Love
Very well crafted song. Clever lyrics & the melody moves around nicely and resolves in the right places. "B" section with contrasting melody - check. Great vocal, and the arrangement has a lot of variety. Congrats on your first original, and I hope we get to hear some more.
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michaeljayklein said 1985 days ago (October 16th, 2011)
Dave!
I thought about adding one more full chorus but I think by that point I had run the gamut with the "legal" angle for the lyrics, so really pleased you thought this was well balanced. On the "B" section, part of that where the whole "orchestra" comes in, that is a song called "Every One Says I Love You", which was performed individually by all three Marx Brothers in their movie "Horsefeathers". Thanks greatly (as always) for your continued support of my junk here--it means much to me Dave. You take care now and have an aces week! Michael
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Bob Rodgers said 1986 days ago (October 16th, 2011)
It's
great to hear you do an original song Michael, really enjoyed this. This is a classic, great vocals, lyrics, arrangement and performance.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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michaeljayklein said 1985 days ago (October 17th, 2011)
Bob!!!
I was just wondering about you last night--hope you are doing okay! Say, I really appreciate hearing from you (not just on this song but in general) and it really makes my day knowing you liked this outing of mine! Thanks so very much (and hope to hear your work soon--it's been a long time now Bob!! Don't be stingy!) Take care now, Michael
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bud said 1985 days ago (October 16th, 2011)
This is so wonderful
It's great hearing one of your own compositions. You're every bit as good as the men and women you admire. The arrangement alone is making me grin - but the lyrics and vox are divine.
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michaeljayklein said 1983 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Thanks very much Bud!
Well, I wanted to write a song that was a song in the more conventional sense (and I'm pretty conventional I'm afraid) and I'm glad it went over well! I guess I am very fortunate that my voice is serviceable--that gave me a nice advantage in being able to croak this thing out as well as the other stuff. Appreciated your positive reception! Take care now, Michael
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J.A.Stewart said 1949 days ago (November 21st, 2011)
Your Secret Affair...
with Margaret Dumont is now part of the court record.

Thanks for this nostalgic trip, Michael. It was delightful. ;)


--- Joe
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michaeljayklein said 1949 days ago (November 21st, 2011)
Thank you Joe!
May the Spirit of Gummo Bring You Many Gifts! Appreciated hearing from you on my very first original song here--I'm hard at work cobbling together another (just wish I had more time!) You take care now and have a zesty and tantalizing Thanksgiving! Michael
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Damroze said 1626 days ago (October 9th, 2012)
" This is the City ".
Love it. Great arrangement, tune, delivery etc.
I do hear you straining a bit here and there as you said.
My only critique would be that, in my headphones anyway, the vocals are a bit to the side and at times the instruments, particularly a somewhat trebley cymbal, are competing with the vocal.
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michaeljayklein said 1574 days ago (December 1st, 2012)
Thanks Chief!
Oh yeah, I know--I completely lost the work file of the accompaniment I did in Mixcraft but fortunately had a rendered Mp3 of it and that's what I had to work with--it was one of those situations where I couldn't "tone" down one thing without dampening another. This was a lot of fun and I guess I did pretty good for a first time effort working with all this stuff--I really appreciate your stopping by to listen and for those every encouraging words! Take care now, Michael
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