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I thought I'd post this one as it features a good example of what I call a "Routine 27" (purchase my book, "Singing Just for the Pure Hell of It", Scribner and Sons, hardcover $125.00, softcover $2.99, for more details).

Thanks again!

Michael

Written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
Accompaniment and arrangement by A. McPike
Vocal: The Creeping Fungus
Artwork: "Dr. Strange"--I loved those old Marvel comics growing up!
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Symphony101 said 1983 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Fantastic !
It's been a while I couldn't find a moment to listen at MJ Michael, it's a good way to resume :-)

Pro work Michael, awesome !
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michaeljayklein said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Hey there Yves!
Hahahahaha--sir, I know the feeling! Been working longer hours lately and I'm kind of burnt to a crisp these days. The good news is I had a second interview with a big ad agency here in town, and yanno, I "think" I got the job--I just have that feeling, but I'll know for sure after this week. Shorter hours and more pay--couldn't be better! Thanks for taking time out from your busy schedule to come listen to this thing! You take care Yves--hope all is going well for you, Catherine and all the little Yves and Yvettes over there! Best wishes, Michael
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Philip18 said 1983 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Magic!
Smooth as silk, Michael. Your diction is impeccable - well, except for that little bit after the solo :-). Your involvement in the song is superb. Love the dialogue and the entry after the solo. As you do so often, you breathe new life into an old song. Much enjoyed!
michaeljayklein said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Hi there Philip!
You are too kind! I kind of did this on the "raw", so your generous appraisal is greatly appreciated! I love all of Harold Arlen's songs and this one has always been a great favorite of mine. Thanks again and keep up the great work (get working now!) Michael
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TvRicky said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
Man you hear cat's trying to capture this style all the time. You my friend are a natural. There is no acting here..rather a individual who is this music..FANTASTIC MUSICAL ADVENTURE..Perfect for this time of the year!

Happy Holliday's

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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michaeljayklein said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Ricky!
Nah, just somebody trying to unwind in his own weird fashion after a crummy day at work! I'm unworthy of such praise, but it sure gave me a big glow on my end Ricky--much appreciated! And best wishes to you and yours as well this Thanksgiving--save some stuffing for me! Take care now, Michael
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Martin_Leroy said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
wow
This is great. Really like your voice and the arrangement is crazy good too.
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michaeljayklein said 1982 days ago (November 23rd, 2011)
Hi Martin
Well, thank you so very much for listening to this crazy thing! You know, I am so very elated that we have another person on board who enjoys performing the old classics of American music--thanks for being here and sharing your work! Have a great Thanksgiving! Michael
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PeterB7858 said 1982 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
The old Creeping Fungus touch...
Ah MJK, you've done it again. A classic, that sounds fresher than ever with the Creeping Fungus touch. You really need to give Mr McPike a raise, too. He is in great form of late. Brought a smile to my afternoon. Regards, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
Peter
Thanks greatly for the big lift you give me (I'll see about that raise too!) Take care Peter, Michael
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Skean said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
Thanks you just made my day, and one other thing is I go from temporary to permanent employment it must be black magic, love ya, and have a great day… Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Kenta
I hope that means you got a full time job now!! That is wonderful news Kenta--way to go my friend!! Thanks very much for coming in and listening. Best to you and yours, Michael
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Narad said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
You made my day too ! Thanks uncle !
(I keep my fingers crossed for your futur professional activity !) :)
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Harald
Thanks so VERY much nephew! I'd type more, but I also have my fingers crossed and it's pretty darn hard to type like that! You take care now and keep that great music coming--I'm due for a fix pretty soon from you! Michael
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alackbass said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
I'm running out of superlatives! As always your music is a joy to the ears!
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Andrew
You know, I need to get a book of superlatives to describe your work and a lot of other folks around here--I ran out of fresh ones a long time back! Thank you so much and hope you and the family had a great Thanksgiving Andrew. Take care now! Michael
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Jarvoid said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
Black Magic indeedy...
it's a magic song in any hue...great job....pity the old #27 bambolldezoedffghrinlehehehehinkyed you .....shame that you was doing so well.....

Jarvo
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Chris!
You are just too much! Thanks always for that way you have of making me smile and much obliged to you for the kind words you throw in there as well mate. Incidentally, I do believe reciting the word bambolldezoedffghrinlehehehehinkyed three times while standing in a chalk circle made on the floor could get you in some really deep doo-doo! Take care Chris, Michael
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thetiler said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
I think of Steve Lawrence
and the list goes on when I hear this terrific jazzy fun music. Lots of cool finger tapping tunes you supply.

Way to go.
Funny improv talking too!
Very entertaining indeed!
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Steve Lawrence
You know, I think he and Eydie are STILL trouping around the country! Thanks so very much for popping in and for that awfully kind praise from a topflight musician. You take care now Bill, Michael
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Vic Holman said 1981 days ago (November 24th, 2011)
smooth
your vocal delivery on this is perfect........ they must of had you in mind decades before you where born....... dr. strange must of told them so
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Vic
You are too kind Vic! I always get hung up on that "down and down I go, round and round I go..." section; very tricky! Glad you liked this deal and much obliged to you for your generous feedback. Thanks again! And take care now, Michael
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neilh79 said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
That old black magic
Its your consistency that I envy. You are so good at everything you do musically, excellent as always.
michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Hi Neil
You are so kind--thanks very much my friend! I'd much rather be working on stuff from my keyboard, but ugh, time is so limited for me at the moment--and it's always a pleasure to have Mr. McPike backing me up. Hope to get my fingers back to work on that thing soon however. You take good care and hope things are going well for ya Neil! Michael
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ShadowofNine said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
The Creeping Fungus
What a voice Fungi, Majic me thinks...Bravi
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
O. Henry....
Dave, quite accidentally, your choice of words there reminded me of one his famous short stories, "The Gift of the Magi" (although in this case, "The Magic of the Fungi"--whatta title!) Thanks again--and take good care chief! Michael
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dave_b said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
Routine 27, lol. Nice one!
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Hey Dave...
Yup, that's the one! Beware of them Routine 27s--they get you EVERY time! Thanks again my friend--you take care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 1980 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I get to listen too of them. I am very happy and dancing now. This song is so much fun and you sing so beutiful.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Tina!!!
你好吗? 我听见您得到了寒冷的位--您很快感觉好的希望! 并且对Yolanda的好运她的与Crackers的蜂蜜月亮的,请告诉她我为她非常感到高兴。 您能停止现在跳舞--保重好,迈克尔
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MJG said 1980 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Good one
I thought this was a Santana remake:) Enjoyable listen.
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michaeljayklein said 1980 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Thanks very much!

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Relic67 said 1979 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
DITKO!
Ha ha great artwork!
You have a great affinity for those wonderful Arlen tunes.
very funny bit in the middle.
Really enjoyed it, thanks for posting!
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michaeljayklein said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Hey Relic!
Steve Ditko had such an inimitable style and sense of composition. In my book, the three best Marvel illustrators were Ditko, Jack Kirby, Wallace Wood and John Buscema--I was fond of John Romita too (really however, all their artists were pretty topnotch). I recently glanced through a $3.99 cent comic book with 16 pages and the artwork was just puerile! People today don't know what they missed I'm afraid! Speaking of what they missed, I'm happy you caught this deal and thanks so very much for your generous remarks! You take care now, Michael
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Keedee said 1979 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Yay...
LOLOLOL!!! You're completely NUTS! I really do love this song and your rendition completely sends me!!
michaeljayklein said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
My Dainty Little Orange Blossom
Lyn! My little orange blossom...now that I think about it, I'm not sure oranges have blossoms--oh they must! Anyway, my little orange blossom, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for me (and yes, my mind periodically tends to veer dangerously to that fabled Land of Vacations Where No Suitcase Need Be Brought Along!) You take care now and hope things are running smoothly over there! xoxox--Your Little Pinecone
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gadzooks said 1979 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
That Old Black Magic
Man do you sing this one with passion Mr. Fungus! I just love the musical arrangement. You are too smooth... I think you should have added a "yeah!" after the last horn shot. Thanks again for a musical treat!
SG
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michaeljayklein said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Thanks so much Stan
Yeah, I can't help flashin' my passion now and then--an old hereditary disorder! Glad you like this skirmish and as always, I am inestimably flattered by your generous words of encouragement...you take care now! Michael
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Char said 1979 days ago (November 26th, 2011)
Oh yeah...
Now, that is the bestest crooner on the planet doing what only he can do. And, what would it be without the alter ego comic? Not as much fun but still an example of perfect singing. Thanks, both of you.
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michaeljayklein said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Thanks many times over...
..to the best audience on the planet! As you must realize, I have an awfully difficult time keeping that "other" bozo held in abeyance when I blurt these things out Char! On my next one, I miraculously held him off to the very end, but don't ya know that little varmint jumped in their when my attention was divided elsewhere? Never fails! You take care and always so happy to hear from ya! Michael
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egobandit said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Creeping Fungus
i got some on my knees, I think Sammy would be smilin Marvel is the best better than Dc Comics Love the spin this takes me in! Like the come back in here had me laughing!
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michaeljayklein said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Hi Tim
I'm glad you remember Sammy's version--probably the best of many, many versions (the tag intro itself is very memorable in it's own right!) I'm pleased you enjoyed this version with myself and Mr. McPike and that it gave you a smile! Thanks again--and take good care now, Michael
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Doug Somers said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Ahhhh haa!
I sometimes think that you're possessed by black magic the way you bring these great songs to life. Lovely job on this tune - it took control of my toes and there was nothing I could do to stop the tapping. You have a rich warm tone in your voice that serves perfectly what Arlen & Mercer had in mind no doubt.

Knowing when to come in is a good thing - and I think you've got it cracked, man. As for me, I can't seem to master using the keyboard in one hand and filing my nails with the other. Watching TV at the same time is way too advanced. Clearly, you are the master, and I am the student.

Thanks for this one Michael,

Doug
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michaeljayklein said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
I Fall for Somers
Doug, as usual, you are far too kind--thanks again! So far I can divide my time between waiting to take in the second chorus and rearranging my sock drawer in less than favorable lighting, so I'm increasing my skills that way exceptionally well! Thank you very much sir! Michael
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VicDiesel said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Preview
Can I have a peek at that book? You're obviously the expert on swinging singing. And routine #27 is very funny. Always wondered how they did that.
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michaeljayklein said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
Thanks again Vic!

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Ibstrat said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
This
is so good that it's turned me into a Satanist!
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michaeljayklein said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
Well...
...it couldn't have possibly transformed you into one of the best guitarists around because you already is one! Thanks again Mark! Michael
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H3nry said 1978 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
A fungus a mungus.
Glad to have you back a mungus with that Dr. Strange humor. I'm late to your party - busy lately, so 27's to you! Hope you land those shorter hours for more pay!
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michaeljayklein said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
Danke Henry!
I think back then, Dr. Strange was one of the few comics you'd read after dropping LSD or something--believe me, I was there! Thanks for taking time out from your busy schedule to listen and for the kind remarks professor--you take care now!
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tf10music said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
damn
you swing really well. Voice as smooth as ever. Consummate.
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michaeljayklein said 1977 days ago (November 28th, 2011)
Thanks again!

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damiengh said 1976 days ago (November 29th, 2011)
born too late
Pro - pro - pro.

Damn dude, Vegas is calling you.

Only criticism, you need a real big band, you rate better than sythn sounds.

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michaeljayklein said 1971 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Thank you so much Damien!
I most certainly will look you and your impressive music makers up whenever I'm up that way! Well yanno, it's not like I am really flooded with offers to collab here, so I have to work with what I can get! I'd much prefer singing with you and your boys. Happy to hear from you and take good care now! Michael
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paul f. page said 1975 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Sui generis
You pull these off without a hitch time after time after time. You are living in the the wrong century, but it sure is fun for the rest of us. I can't think of anyone else who can pull this stuff off with such panache and poise. I'm definitely gonna pick up the hardcover copy of your best-selling book. Wonder if it's available on Kindle?
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michaeljayklein said 1940 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Hi Paul!
Oh dear....really I was not poised at the time I popped this one out, but I'm glad it maybe sounds that way! As you well know, so many of these songs are not only great songs but they sure are a helluva lot of fun to perform--like this one! Thanks so much for stopping by Paul! Michael
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