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Classical Smackdown


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magnatone

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Like many pianists, I learned to play quite a list of classical pieces growing up. My piano teacher was a lover of the big guys - Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Haydn, and tried to keep my interest by finding pieces for me that were a good match for my incurable love of playing fast. I liked classical piano music, but it was never really in my soul. I was always coming up with my own little ditties, much to the chagrin of my teacher, who of course had her own agenda of how I should be spending my piano time. Somewhere around age ten I heard my first live “boogie” piano and I could not believe how that guy was flying over the keyboard, playing the most infectious and enthusiastic piano I’d yet heard in person. It really captured my imagination.

Shortly thereafter, I unveiled my own version of a boogie tune for my classics-only teacher and I think she about had a stroke. Thus occurred another milestone in a chronic tension between what I was learning in my piano lessons and what I was really wanting to play whenever I sat down at the piano. To me, these often seemed like irreconcilable energies causing a repeated stand-off. By the time I hit about age fourteen, I decided to stop classical piano lessons, and thus let loose the music that was really in there. A good decision for me, for all kinds of reasons, but the sheer joy of playing whatever the heck I wanted was the most important one to me.

Although it’s been many decades since I was “set free” to play and compose at will, I find the influences of the classics are undeniably in there, and of course I’ve learned to appreciate them far more over the years. This little piano ditty started innocently enough, but as I was playing, it began to morph in a familiar old way. Instead of fighting that, I just decided to enjoy it and let it be what it wanted to be. The first part has an obvious Haydnesque feel, but as you will hear, the opposing energies (let’s boogie!) ultimately prevail (Smackdown!!). Personally, I think Haydn probably would’ve loved to boogie – he was just born a little too soon. This was a total kick in the pants to do, and it reminds me of everything I love about playing the piano. Hope it makes you smile!
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davisamerica said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
lol ... first !!
Have given pre post feedback .... back after i assure my place in line ... VERY COOL !!
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davisamerica said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
"Wacky6"
This is why I love you. An extremely accomplished pianist and composer that has a wonderful infectious playful soul. Makes we wanna ask ... are you and Elton fooling around ???? LOVE this Karen !
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davisamerica said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
"we"
"me" ..... see ya made me all faklempth
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
my secret is out!
lol - maybe i should've left the "wacky" title! thanks jack, ya sweetie!
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gail60 said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Insure those hands!
Karen - I would LOVE to be able to play piano like you do. Seriously, This is exquisite. Top tapping, get down and boogie fabulous! You are soooo good girl and I thoroughly enjoyed this so much. It seems so easy and yet so hard!! :) What a great way to start my day off to work!! Thanks for the smile and awesome music. Whoa!!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Gail!
glad it made you smile - it was really fun to do and i thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of putting this together. thanks for the listen!
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anomalous said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Kudos!
This is a very cool approach. Theres something about this that made me think of Dudley Moore playing the piano..... I really like the way it just feels like the boogie just has to escape!

Brilliant.

aha oh yeeeaaahhhh....
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Dudley Moore
lol - i see where you'd get that! yes, it was a total escape of the boogie from the confines of haydn - glad you enjoyed it!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
yo
wow. i only wish i could play piano like this. After hearing work like this karen it almost makes me want to invest time into taking professional piano lessons. The piano is a beautiful instrument and one of my favorite ( its hard to put one instruments characteristics at the top )... and you play this instrument beautifully. very well done.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Thanks Jay!
glad you enjoyed the wild ride!
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composerclark said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Karenesque
Wha...? The boogie-woogie part just started! Woo hoo! Oh no... it's already over!

Okay, that was attempt at 'stream-of-consciousness' song reviewing. Not sure it worked, so I'll slow down and try again... I think it's a gorgeous, happy piece, and I really like the way you evolve into the boogie-woogie feel at the end, passing through what feels like a gospel feel along the way. Just lovely. Oh, and I see you go back and forth between these two characteristics (classical-ish to boogie back to classical back to boogie) again... cool.

I do wish the boogie feel had lasted longer, though... I was bopping around like a banshee possessed!

I know I'm probably being a pain when I say this, but I don't really associate the beginning with a particularly Haydnesque feel (or any other classical composer, for that matter); I associate it with a Karen-esque feel; you've got your own signature sound, which is very cool.

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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Clark
lol - that's funny reading your stream of consciousness comment. well to ME it feels Haydnesque, kind of reminding me of this one concerto of his i played as a kid, but you're probably right that the similarity is in my mind only. thanks for the listen and comment - means a lot coming from you!
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SISTERS said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
ahhhhhhh
oh, karen - that was like a glorious downhill run on the non-bunny ski trail
1:54 - let the boogie begin!
2:45!
you set a lovely thing in motion then got out of the way.
3:00!
what a delight imagining your fingers flying!
must be my week for piano appreciation - kassia's last piece could not have been more different from this - yet both made me cry for joy. a big amen to your oh yeah!
anne
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thanks anne!
yeah, shay and i were talking about how these two posts of ours couldn't BE more different - kind of fun to have them up at the same time. boogie on! :)
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awigze said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Smackdown
Great concept and execution... ha - like I know what I am talking about... anyway - I thought about Keith Jarret during some of this .. the last 40 seconds made me smile.... lets boogie Mag!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Keith Jarret
the first time i heard a Keith Jarret album (the one of a live concert), i couldn't get over how he kept moaning while he was playing. lol - that guy sure can play! thanks for the listen and yeah - let's boogie!
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kristyjo said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Go ahead and and play fast!
It sounds great. I just checked out your bio yesterday to see if you had something posted, and now, here's this. It feels like you are supposed to be practicing your 'classics' but keep on morphing into your boogie woogie, then remembering what you are supposed to be doing, only to be pulled off-task again. This is really fun stuff!

I love your descriptive story of youthful piano lessons. My daughter quit the moment I let her, but now, of course, she's swapping sheet music with all of her friends, and listening to youtube videos of other people playing stuff from Twilight, etc. and driving me NUTS with constantly trying it out.

This is really fun to listen to.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
lol
thanks KJ - yes, i'm supposed to be practicing but the boogie MUST be set free! your daughter's story is certainly a common one - alas - we live and learn i guess. thanks for the comment!
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Patriotpizzaman said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Nice Jam
You sure learned some stuff from your classics only teacher! Here's my take on what she'd say to you now if she could hear your songs. "You haven't lost anything by moving onto new horizons musically. You've grown tremendously and wonderfully into an inspiring artist."
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
well actually
she's probably just have a stroke - but thanks for the thought - LOL. And thanks for taking the time to hang on for the wild ride!
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kassia said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
let's BOOGIE!!!
oh yeah...LOL...this is FABULOUS! wow what a way to WAKE UP! Your performance is just breathtaking - I would love to watch you play this and see the blur as your hands fly over the keyboard. This is an infectiously fun composition, full of humor and joy. I love the fluidity and grace of the haydn-esque parts, and then the passionate improv feel of the boogie as it emerges through those almost hymnlike-gospel-ish syncopated chords. This piece has amazing flow to it, even through the slight tension of the classical-boogie showdown. Thank god the boogie wins! lol...well, you know I love this piece and your enjoyment with it has been palpable all week. It's just wonderful to see someone having so much fun with music - and sharing that joy with us. Thank you karen!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Shay
it was so fun to share this with you throughout the week! thanks for helping me peel my boogie enthusiasm off the ceiling long enough to get it posted!
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paul f. page said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Abandon...
...Wild Abandon! Including the kitchen sink...I absolutely love this, Karen. The piece itself is just delightful in every single way and your playing is top drawer. Your teacher must have taught you something good to have left you on your own (or you her) at 14 and now find you thinking and playing like this! This kind of music and performance brings a smile to my face, succeeding on every level in making me happy. Thanks, Karen. (2nd movement: a molto schmalzando number employing a ton of rubato. You need the discipline!!!)
Peace.
Paul
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
LOL
yes Paul, i certainly need discipline (you and my old piano teacher from the 60's would agree on that one!) so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for taking the time to listen. this comment means a LOT coming from the the piano virtuoso himself!
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ShadowofNine said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Oh My
What a cool piece, you are simply great Karen, and this proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt, love how you boogied it then came back to classical riffs, simply stunning....Deep bow my lady...
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
my very dear dave
thanks for the sweet comment, and for taking the time to boogie with me!
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Sigmund said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
smackdown
Well this morning I fall out of bed, grab a cup of joe, sit down to the computer, and press play - now I am awake! You don't waste any time grabbing my attention with this piece. By the way I think the Steinway is one of the best sounding pianos - I love it, and I love how you use it. I like how you start throwing in a little syncopated rhythm as you progress through this piece - kind of a taste of things to come - before you go all out into the boogie woogie stuff. This a really cool stuff Karen - I keep hitting replay as I write this. I have an idea - this is not a critique but just a way to make this piece sound a little more unusual - once you transition into the BW stuff (and this is the kind of weird stuff that I would probably do, if I could ever play like that, that is!) copy your piano track and change the voice to a nice gritty honky tonk upright piano sound. Then do a gradual fade out of the classical piano while concurrently fading in with the honky tonk so that the honky tonk takes over. Then the last minute or so of the piece is all honky tonk.

Again, that is my distorted mind at work - I really enjoy this piece a lot and am very glad I get to comment on a new piece of yours, for a change! Thank you for sharing this!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thanks sigmund!
i actually DID try what you suggested, with the "afro-cuban upright" (i think that's what it was called), also from the JP4, but it just didn't work to me, even though in my head it seemed like a great idea. YOU could probably make it work better than i could. anyway - thanks for the listen sigmund, glad you enjoyed it!
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abfkingsport said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
Masterpiece!
The King
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Anthony
thanks! (that means you liked it, right?)
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MarkHolbrook said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Smack me silly!
I'd give a left --- to play like this! Dang Karen you and Shay should do a piano race song!

I'm loving this for sure!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
i guess it's pretty easy to tell i was having fun! yes, good idea for shay and me to do a piano race song - talk her into it, would you?
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lavalamp said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
You gotta be kidding me...
You can PLAY. This is sensational. I wish I could play even a bit this good.

Great. BRAVO!

Dave
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Mr. Lamp
your a sweetie - thanks!
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Reinholt56 said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Karen........
An excellent piece of piano music and very well played. I'd also like to think that if Haydn was around today, he'd be one of the members, in cognito, here at Macjams, so would have probably heard your piece. I think he would have approved.

We need more of your playfulness here at MJ's.

It enriches my day and yes, it did make me smile.

Take care.

Paul
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Paul
thanks for taking the time to listen - yes, I think Haydn would've been a great MJ'er!
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said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
cool the way you evolve it to boogie
that was fun! really cool (coming from a hothead, mind ya)

love it!

. - Harold
magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
My Dear Hothead
please don't delete your comment! (just kidding) thanks for the listen and comment Harold - you're the best!
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loricunningham said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Good Gracious!
Can you play! This is awesome! You are so talented.. I wish I had as much talent in my whole body that's in your pinky finger. Great job!!!
magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thanks lori!
coming from a talent such as yourself, that means a lot! thanks for boogying with me!
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Calchas said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
DANG!
This is absolutely SUPER! You really kick some booty on this one Karen...

Love the way you mix it up...Just like Keith Emerson.

Bravo and encore my friend!

Be well!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
great to have you back micheal
the chicken kicked haydn's booty i think!
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Char said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Karen,
you absolutely took me along for the ride. What a wonderful thing to be able to hear original music that comes from deep within the soul of a virtuoso musician who will remain ever the energetic and zesty 14 year old who celebrated her freedom to create as she wanted. I am grateful to you for all the gifts of beauty and vision and fun that you present us with. Thank you, Karen.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Char
thanks dear - i appreciate all of your support on MJ, you're a such a big part of this community! glad you enjoyed the little boogie
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Outtaorbit said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Om my, oh my......
Somebodys a little rocker.........hehehehe
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
ORBIT!!!
don't tell my mom
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Richard_Schletty said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Yes.

A bright specular in the New Golden Age of MacJams. Congratulations for a fine composition and performance.

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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thanks rich!
i'll check it out, although i HAVE Ivory, this was i guess just too much info too fast for my CPU, and i couldn't playback in ivory. sigh.....i gotta slow down!
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LunaTrick said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Undoubtedly...
There are strong classical strains in your playing... most notably for me the early classicists like Haydn, Clementi and Scarlatti. You have a strong command of contrapuntal rhythm between the two hands and the variations within a specific tonality that are required for that period. Listening to you, there is no doubt in my mind that you would have made (and still could) a wonderful translator for that period of music. That is a more general comment, applying to the body of your work, most of which I have listened to and enjoyed. What this particular piece does is showcase your ability to transcend that idiom with a very subtle transition into the Joplinesque. Your command of that language is impressive by the end of the piece - but even more so, is the way you go about producing the seamless transition, which is very clever and takes much skill. Your musicianship is unquestionable but I will dare to follow up with a couple of intuitions that I had while listening to the piece. At some point I was looking for a modulation, if only to a related key. I think this would have provided some extra tonal colour - and of course, as within the classical tradition, you could follow that with a modulation (resolution) back to the tonic key. Less importantly, I could hear this as a longer piece with a couple more stylistic transitions. One idea would be for the rag-time feel to develop into a more choppy stride piano - perhaps moving into Jazz. This is rather fanciful and I know that progressive history pieces are hard to pull off. I certainly couldn't do what I just suggested - but I thought you might find it interesting to see where my ear was leading me while listening.

You are a musician's musician Karen - and although we might not always see eye to eye - I'm glad for your creative input on this site and will remain an eager listener of your compositions. I also enjoyed the thoroughly hilarious visual of the powder-wigged George Frederick getting down to a good boogie!
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Thanks Daniel
those are all great ideas - well beyond my limited capabilities i'm afraid. i'm sure somebody here could pull that off though. glad you enjoyed the boogie!
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alfalpha said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Hiya Daniel...erm..
George Frederick, methinks, refers to Handel, not (Franz) Joseph Haydn...
I liked your critique though!
All The Best!
Cheers,
Alf
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LunaTrick said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
You're right
Damnit!

Seriously, thanks, get those two mixed up!
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the_odd said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
The Odd
Excellently played and a great concept done perfectly
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Thanks!
so glad you enjoyed it!
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Diviner said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
love what you have done here
the mix of classical and boogie, its so fluid. You are a genius, so talented. This made me have such a big smile, thank you and very well done.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thanks!
what a very sweet comment - i'm so NOT a genius, but i sure had fun playing this little ditty! thanks for taking the time to listen
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Joe Brady said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
What a pleasure!
First MJ song on my new computer speaker system! Wow! You've put together some of the best elements of classical and boogie and played wonderfully. Download for my iPod so I can show off my good taste at work. Thank you, Karen.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Thanks Joe!
what an honor to have firsties on your new speaker system - hope i did it justice! And thanks for the download - the ultimate compliment!
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I.G.M. said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
WOW
Karen, you`re the most artistic piano player I heard at MJ.
It`s a bit spooky, you perform so exactly, so tight, you change moods, everything is in the right place.
BUT :o) I can hear the classical education through all your playing, which is not bad, but the blues seems a bit too, uhm, let`s say proper in my ears.
Don`t get me wrong, your tune is fantastic...

I.G.M.
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magnatone said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
LOL
yes Ingo - I'm pretty "proper" in my playing, that's for sure. I also went through and pulled things to the grid after playing because i THOUGHT I'd be orchestrating this, but then later i changed my mind and decided to leave it as just solo piano. thanks for the listen ingo - always appreciated
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Feter said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Classical Smackdown
Off course ...who can play boogie in Beethoven's piano ? ...
this is terrific really ...what an imagenation and taste for music !!!
I couldnt blink till it end ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Feter
you're always so enthusiastic, and your support on MJ means a lot! thanks for taking the time to listen to my little ditty
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guitapick said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Well...
...Papa Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven...all those guys and many more were serious, serious improvisors who played that "longhair music" 'till the wee hours and had a blast doing it...

So, "yeah"...I think Mr. Haydn would've dug this, Karen. At least, if not more, than I just did. You ROCK!
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Bob!
i was hoping you might have a chance to stop by! I have faith that Papa Haydn would be ok with it - maybe i should go reread Smokey's "total denial" thread though! thanks for the listen and comment!
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mike_d said 3120 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Now I'm wondering...
Do you have bionic hands? lol! This is truely amazing Karen! And yes, it did make me smile too :)

A definite download- thanks!!
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
hi mike!
i so do NOT have bionic hands - actually middle aged and arthritic messes, but thanks for the thought (and the download!)
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Ed Hannifin said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
What wonderful flow and swing....
Classical and boogie, sure, but also elements of pop and folk in this mix.... And it sounds like a happy piano player, too...

Ed
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Ed
happy piano player - definitely! glad that part came through, it was kind of the point for me!
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Roxylee said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Headphone ambrosia
Music should be fun, and I'm glad you broke free, even if your music teachers would keel over. Karen, you rock! Amazing...
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Roxy!
"headphone ambrosia" - that's just such a lovely vision. I haven't seen my piano teacher since about 1967 - now there's a weird thought! thank you for the listen roxy!
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drakonis said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
CGBWK!?
Classical Godspell Boogie Woogie Karenalia... that's exactly the right genre for it. This is really delightful, I love the different tug-o-war styles that wash into one another effortlessly and playfully, and there's this really strong hint of Karen throughout, really great fun to listen to. Love it!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
EDUARD!!!
let's see, when you heard the sneak preview you said "WHAT GOT INTO YOU??" - lol - i'm still trying to figure out if that's good or bad! Thanks for the listen eduard, and for your friendship and support on MJ!
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thetiler said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
wow
Sounds terrific. Not sure any is better, astounding really. You should be playing in at Carnegie Hall. Maybe you do :) You are keeping it secret !

Way to go. Loads of inspiration here ! Love how you push this. Incredible really.

You remind me of the flying keys of the blond ragtime player of the lawrence Welk, Joanne Castle. She really was Top, top notch and you really seem right up there with here. Again Amazing !



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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hi Bill!
well aren't you a sweetie! I actually DID play at Carnegie Hall - well - the BUILDING - when i was a kid, the national piano playing auditions were held there, in these little rehearsal rooms. it would be the pianist and several judges seated at a long table, taking notes, as they looked through your repetoire and told you what songs from that list they wanted you to play. HORRIFYING! Glad you enjoyed my little ditty!
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Relic67 said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
holy cow
wow... I'm blown away by how well you play. Haydn is one of my favourite composers so it's nice to hear a bit of that.
a lot of fun to listen to!
I like the picture too. those are two tough looking little dudes. (or dudettes).




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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Thanks Relic!
and i really loved your latest upload also - great work! that wasn't REALLY haydn - just my haydn knock off sound (but composer clark disagrees with even that - he's probably right). so glad you enjoyed the music AND the photo. the doggie on the right is mine, and the one on the left is his best friend. both dudes - for the record!
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alfalpha said 3119 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
...Haydn,
Mozart, Bill Haley, Keith Jarrett, Scott Joplin, Gottschalk, Pete Johnson, all morphed into one neat package!

I really think this ought to be transcribed & used as a teaching aid for piano students with 'irreconcilable energies' (as well as those 'classical-only' piano teachers!)

Great Stuff Karen!
Cheers from 'Down Under'
Alf
:)
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Hi Alf!
Thanks for such a nice comment - i suppose a lot of people here at MJ who started their music in the classics, can relate to the "irreconcilable energies" problem. it's always great to see you, thanks for your continued support!
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Skean said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
My lady
You playing with your soul, I guess you've a smile on your face when you're playing cos I am smiling when i listen, wow this is huge, should be at Broadway a 'la concerto thing... You're amazing I love ya.
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
my dear kenta
i was playing partly with a smile, and partly in utter terror, waiting for a train wreck. fortunately, no wreck this time. love you too!
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DeathArrow said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
lalala
this song is just wonderful !
it makes me happy and laugh !!
you know how to write songs !

fav'd


cheers, Luke
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Thanks Luke!
it really is happy music - glad you heard it that way!
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egobandit said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
:)
do I need to say anything else you piano mad woman. Just kidding .... To to good!!!!!
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magnatone said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
piano mad woman
hmmm .... guess so (thanks Tim :))
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shavingronaldscar said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
woooooohoooo!!
looky dem fingahs fly! you've got some chops, girl! and a seamless transition into that boogey, I love it! As always, brilliant progression, and a fine story to back it all up :D

you a classy lady...
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
and YOU
are a car shaver! lol - thanks shave, always appreciate your support on MJ!
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caroline said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
this is fab ....
jazz in top hat and tails!! brilliantly done - thank you so much for the dance around the room xoxo
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
CARO!!
i did it just to make YOU dance around the room - glad it worked (phew!)
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onesweetworld said 3119 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
smackdown!
This is pretty unbelievable Karen. You are quite talented and it did make me smile. I love the picture too :-) haha
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
thanks OSW!
yeah, the picture tells the story - wanna know which one of them won? lol - thanks again for the listen!
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Hydrogen3 said 3118 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
BEAUTIFUL!!!
Hi Karen! You are truly amazing!! WOW!!! I wish I could play like that!! I am in awe!! Holley :)
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Hi Holley!
and i wish i could play the geet like YOU! thanks for the listen - great to have you around MJ!
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Alannah said 3118 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Wow .....
... them's some severe ivory tickles .... !!!! Love the ending ! It sounded so HAPPY .... you sounded HAPPY .. which in turn made me (the listener in this case) HAPPY ! Great stuff !
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Ominous Happy
beware!
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guygrooves said 3118 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Made me....
:)
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
glad you
:)'ed
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Scorpjammer said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Simply..
Awesome! Killer playing. Most enjoyable.

BTW.. Are those your french bulldogs? We dog-sit a black frenchie named Max. He's a slobbering, snorting bundle of love. A very cool dog.
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
hi Scorp
the dog on the right is mine - he's a Boston Terrier not a Frenchie (easy mistake to make). the dog on the left is his best friend, who definitely IS a slobbering, snorting Frenchie! thanks for the listen!
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lengold said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Just knockout
fantastic. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
len!
a nod from the ROCK! whoo - hooo!
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ziti said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
is this as good as you can do???
i am so disappointed in this...man....

KIDDING

Very sweet music, full of love and warmth and humor...a terrific addition to your impressive catalogue for sure...and the boogie has enough woogie to be dangerous...

great stuff karen. you are a joy.

deepest bows
z
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
I'm sorry fran
i'll try to do better next time :)
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Bob Rodgers said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
I
really enjoyed this Karen!
Wonderful playing, such a great performance, you play the piano so well and a great boogie, made me smile!

Superb!

Bob
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
thanks bob!
so sweet of you to stop by to boogie with me!
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richard13 said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
What they ALL said!
No kidding: this is superb, as is everything else I've heard of yours, but this is definitely special. Still smiling. Thanks, Karen, for being.
Cheers, Richard
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magnatone said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
let the smiles continue!
thanks for the listen and comment richard - i really appreciate it!
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sloparts said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Who knew,
that Haydn had boogie in his soul. It's for sure you do Karen. Love the infectious feel of the and you playing. You really know how to tickle those Ivories girl.

What a fun raucous ride this is, I just love it. Bravo Maestro

Ed
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
hey slo!
"fast moves for sloparts"? alternative title - glad you caught the virus - i just had so much fun doing it!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3118 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Another one for my list!
Great job!!!

Cheers,
Jim
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
hey 10
why thank you very much! great to have you aboard MJ
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scaustrita said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
As always
It has all been said . . .
May I add delightful? Well I did anyway!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
and YOU
have posted a terrific song that i really enjoyed today too! thanks for the listen - really appreciate it!
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bud said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Kick my pants - and do it again
I am dumbstruck. Absolutely fantastic. Where have you been hiding this? It's not like your talent isn't abundant here at MJ in many different forms - but this just rocks so hard and kicks it till the morning light!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
BUD!!
first of all, let's just remember - you're so CUTE!! my original idea for this song was just the classical sounding part, that i would orchestrate, but as i said, once i started playing around with it, it kept turning into boogie. i'd have NO idea how to orchestrate that part to tell you the truth, and was kind of liking just the piano sound. then i thought - hey, it WOULD be ok to just post solo piano - right?? lol - what a dork i am. anyway, thanks for the listen bud!
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VicDiesel said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
LOL
And I mean that. Somewhere half way through your boogie influences really start taking over. I love the result. Very enjoyable.
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
LOL
back at ya Vic - thanks!
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sonnyjim said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Fess up
This is a long lost composition by Haydn's little brother, Eubie, isn't it?

That was great fun, Karen!

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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
LOL LOL LOL
i had to say that outloud before i finally got it! thanks SJ!
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jiguma said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
OK
so you can play a bit of piano ;)

Wish I could do that!

Neil
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lol
on a good day, a bit - thanks neil!
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12parsecs said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
magnanificent
i really dig the writing. especially the progression in the syncopated chords (countering the root F's) in the "classical" sections.

do you play to a click track? your meter is impeccable!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
thanks 12!
yes, i played to a click track - i was originally planning to orchestrate, so thought i needed to. i then pulled the worst offending notes back to the grid, so the meter sounds a bit more impeccable than it actually was. thanks for the listen!
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yrp said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Oh
My.
it´s embarassing and humiliating to hear this now that I am trying to insert piano on one of my tracks to fix a loose end...
Dear Lord.
It sounds like Art Tatum!He´s still alive!!!!!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
LOL
well thank you yrp - it's always a pleasure to have you stop by one of my little ditties - thanks for the listen!
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echoroom said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Stunner
Karen.... boy, you can play like an amphetamine angel. Just... wonderful!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
amphetamine angel
lol - well, i've been called worse! thanks echo, so glad you stopped by!
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Bowman said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
You
sure know how to use your hands on when they get near a keyboard. I love the way you bring your classical sensibility so playfully into our world. When you're having great musical fun so do we.
Terrific work Ms. M.
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Thanks!
it was indeed, great musical fun!
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mvh9591 said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Excellent_____

One word "EXCELLENT"

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
you are
so very welcome! :)
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FEEL said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
And
U can play!
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magnatone said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
and....
SO CAN U!!
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Scott Carmichael said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
sheesh
my arms would fall off... I'd hate to arm wrestle you... my forearms cramped up just listening... your transition from classical to boogie-woogie... was seemless and priceless... and then you get all proper again.. only to have the powdered wig fall off one more time... artistry wrapped in a veil of humor somehow.... so impressive!

smiling all the way through
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi scott!
playing piano for me can be a pretty darned good work out. i love that image of the powdered wig falling off in the boogie!
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musichead said 3117 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
nice tech!
Nice movement on the piano. I can you have worked hard at your playing. Not too sure how I missed a comment on this one. Well better later than never! Sounds like a party Mozart would have played. Way to let go!!!! Nice recording!
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
thanks steve
and i'm thoroughly enjoying your new collab with char! MJ rocks!
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MotherofMeursault said 3116 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
I felt the same way about 'sports'
Still do, too.

This is wonderful! Is that your voice at the end?

Love,

MoM
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi MoM
you felt the same way about sports that i felt about taking classical piano lessons? if i understood that right, it's probably a really good analogy. thanks for the listen - and yes, that's my voice at the end saying "oh yeah" - i think i put too much echo on it, or it's not quite loud enough - a little hard to make out.
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Ibstrat said 3116 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
I'll
add myself to the huge list of people who love this.Great idea to mix the 2 styles-wonderful playing.I'd love to hear you play a straight blues/boogie piece!
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
thanks!
what you hear here of my boogie playing is about it for what i can do, without just repeating myself. i have limited capabilities and about shot my wad with it here (frankly). i'll keep that idea in mind though - and hey, i could always PRACTICE! :)
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dajama said 3116 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Way
You have the touch. Magnificent stuff. The playing is mind-blowing, not just note-perfect, but filled with spirit. You really make the piano sing, and rock, the rhythm as you hit those keys is excellent. There's humor here, too, mixed with the musical inventiveness and serious musicianship. I'm in awe. Wonderful track. Sorry it took so long to get here! Kudos, Karen. This is mightily impressive. Thanks for sharing your talent. Peace.
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
let it be said...
i definitely went through and fixed the worst note boo-boos, and also pulled notes back to the grid that were a little off from the click track - so it sounds "note perfect" NOW, but didn't quite start out that way! i'm glad you hear and enjoy the humor in here - the whole thing made me laugh all week, as i recreated the musical tensions of my youth. thanks for the listen!
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spitlogic said 3116 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Great work
You are a very talented individual.
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi mitchell
and thank you very much sir!
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T_Being_esq said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
T_Being
says, this is great. I love the interplay between different themes. I can hear the Bach and the Blues. Have you thought about adding drums, bass and a guitar part. The exchange between guitar and piano could be great. Would have to be an exceptional guitarist though. I'm sure there is one out there.
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
yes
i DID think about all of that - and i agree, it would be awesome with other instruments in here. i'd originally planned to orchestrate it, but i just ended up liking the sound of solo piano (and also felt a bit overwhelmed by the job of orchestrating). but right, there'd also be the option of using it as a collab, and adding real instruments from other MJ'ers - interesting thought!
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sschedra said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Karen, Karen, Karen!
You are a total delight to listen to, whatever you play. I so admire your total ability to use the piano as an extension of your personality. Your skill and compositions are a great inspiration to me and help this fledgling keyboardist to practice a little more (or cheat harder when I am recording LOL). Seriously, I so appreciate the hours you spent training AND the prison break you made for your souls sake. They are a joy and a testament to someone set free to use their gift.
Thanks more than I can say,
Stephen
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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi stephen
well thank you very much! just so you know, my piano teacher (from 100 years ago), mostly thought i was a total slacker (and mostly, she was right) :)
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Jarvoid said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Now then Karen
We might have to go down the totally gobsmacked route again !! Brilliant,bloody brilliant encore and more... I loved to boogy so my piano teacher could hear it at school....'tho it may explain why I was asked not to take piano lessons after a while!! Be Loopy and feel the Boogy

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magnatone said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
gobsmacked!
i remember that word from some other song comment of yours - LOL - at least i know what it means this time! thanks chris!
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Vic Holman said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
born to boogie
excellent job on the blending of classical and some good time boogie. that rocked!

it got me to thinking that my grandmother use to be a professional concert pianist in her day. never would give me lessons though.
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi vic!
thanks for taking the time to come and listen. wow - your g'ma was a concert pianist - that's a hard road - did she tour and the whole bit?
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mowguy3 said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
It begins with
the Description and gets better and better. Damn, this is tallent. Boogie, Rag time whatever, this is a fantastic listen. Thank you so much.
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Hi Mr. Mow
glad you enjoyed it - it was sure fun to do!
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Macaudion said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
You got fire...
and you be burnin da... nVrmNd... hehehe... you tell 'em, Karen! love your confronting nature and I especially like the way you have it packaged up in such a fun and not quite, "a pretty little package"... I'm thinkn', Karen don't do pretty... And really, there's nothing little about how or what you tend to present so, we don't be knowing why the side of my mouth is stretched to open and drippn' yap like dat...

But thanks for what you have given, here! I'm kinda diggn' it! Dion
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Dion!
it's so GREAT to have you around again! thank you for gracing my little song with your very formidable presence! um.....i can do "pretty" (kinda) :)
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damiengh said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Hanontone
You've become your teacher and then some, thank goodness for the "and then some"

I want to hear you and Tobin do dualing pianos, yeah.

Our resident Hornsby, motorcycling through the ivory landscapes of her piano, giving us a sweet on-fire treat.

Would love to see you in concert, how bout a youtuber someday?


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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
hi Damien
me and Tobin doing Dueling Pianos? He would KICK MY BUTT!!
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blindsidedpoets said 3116 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Classical Smackdown
I'm going to be honest here... I don't understand how this could be a person. It's inhuman. You and thetiler, it's insane the level of musicianship. Unbelievable. Love the Jerry Lee Lewis feel in there.
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Hi Nigel
haven't seen you around for a little while - glad you're back (or maybe i've just been around at the wrong times). Let me say again, i definitely went back through and fixed the worst of the boo-boos, pulled notes to the grid, cleaned things up. i did NOT play it this well right out of the gate - sigh......if only! now thetiler - he's on a real guitar, and can't fix anything after the fact. so you're RIGHT about him!
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peacepiano said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Piano
Amazing piano work, and tons of fun. Sometimes wish I had practiced enough to play like this, but I can sure appreciate the skill and joy going down here.

Thanks
Bill
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
hi Bill
ain't piano the best??
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segiperkasa said 3115 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
awesome
that was some awesome piano play...
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
well
thanks segi!
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racerat said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Last to the picnic
Mag,
The boogie woogie transition in this is so surprising and unexpected and so unbelievably deft in execution, zipping in and out I never knew what era to embrace. Amazing key work. I am blown away!--P
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
lol
i never know what era to embrace either - thus, the problem! thanks for the listen racerat - really enjoyed your new one too!
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KellyMarkSmith said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
OMG!!
You know no matter how hard I practice I will never be that good!! first I love the very classical composition, then how you break into a very "boogie woogie" style. This is a great piece! Love It LOTS!!

Oh (In my best boxing ring reverbed voice)
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
thanks kelly
let's boogie!
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einstien said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
haha ....
katz pajamas !!
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magnatone said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
lol
i love katz! (thanks einey)
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dadgarus said 3115 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Great piano work!
It's great! I like it so much! It's much more than nice to my ears!
I downloaded and will keep it always on my mp3 player, a CD, and my hard disk!
Really good!
Rock on Karen!
=\DadgaR/=

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magnatone said 3114 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
thanks dad!
so nice of you to drop by for a listen - glad you enjoyed it
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ktb said 3114 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
remarkable
astonishing Karen. Incredible life and joy in them keys. Bravo
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magnatone said 3114 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
thanks karma
glad the joy came through - i was having WAY too much fun!
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ste said 3114 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Excellent
Wow. Love the control and phrasing here. Very accomplished playing. I must practice harder, must practice harder...
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magnatone said 3114 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
ste
welcome to MJ! i look forward to hearing much more of your music - and thanks for coming by for a listen!
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SmokeyVW said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
smiling
tons of fun, and great execution!

thank you
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Bubowski said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Shaweet!
You make that JP4 Steinway sound like the real thing. Outstanding playing! Which pug is the boogie-woogie pug?
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magnatone said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
hi Graham!
actually, neither of those are pugs! (easy mistake to make though). The pooch on the right is my Boston Terrier, and on the left is his best friend, who's a French Bulldog. All flat faced dogs look alike? thanks for the listen!
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Joanna said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Classical Smackdown
I am a big fan of boogie and have the Andrews Sisters CDs to prove it. This was so much fun! What a wonderfully inventive thing to do, mixing the two styles into one cohesive whole. Absolutely gorgeous, Karen.
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magnatone said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Boogie
such an infectious kind of music, and SO much fun to play! Now the Andrews Sisters - they could BOOGIE! thanks for stopping by Joanna!
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WharmtonRise said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Erm...
I'll start with a 'W' and I might as well as end with a 'W' so that leaves an 'O' that needs to go somewhere..... but just the three wouldn't really do this magnificence justice so....

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW

:-)
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bug67 said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
:heart
Blown away doesn't even begin to describe how this made me feel. The whole juxtaposition of the classical and boogie is utter joy!
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Dj French Toast said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Hell
at this point I just wanted to help you get to a hundred :) what can I say that hasnt alredy been said ! Its wonderful ........
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Andy-bm said 3114 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
This is so COOL!
I would love to hear this as a full production morphing into a real boogie woogie with upright bass and brush drums!
IbotenicParadigm said 3113 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
This is
sonnyjim's vocal 'project' checking in to boost your fan numbers a bit.......... I already think the song is quality; let's gun for quantity, yes?



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davajonah said 3113 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Great stuff Karen!
I'm truly envious of anyone who can play this well, in any style! Haydn would approve, I've absolutely no doubt. One for my collection, thank you so much.
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announcer said 3112 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Nothing to really add
but I did want you to know that I came here, I listened, I enjoyed ... and I left with a smile.
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Pete_NB said 3112 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
Way to Roll!
Very nice Karen, you have a unique way of controlled breakneck bumbling that seems so naturally expressive and unique. Not hard to tell you've truly found your voice.

Great write up in the song description as well. Really sets the tone for what to expect, and make us appreciate it all the more.
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ramonaji said 3111 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Terrific!
Wonderful, vivacious playing! Great!
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woofer3 said 3111 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
just one word
Excellent playing as usual - so much disipline. - love the jazz gait in the middle.... hats off...........

John
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Moviz said 3107 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
MY Word!
Karen, those lessons certainly paid off.... this is just sensational. I love the Classical style which is top notch and you also have the syncopational abilities of a crazy rocker. Now just what venues do you play Concert Halls or Rock festivals.... or both? Sorry I'm so late with this and I don't know how I missed it till now, but it was worth the wait, Fantastic playing...... and composition of course, regards M
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B. Flat said 3105 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Wowsie!
It doesn't get better than this! I love the transition to the boogie section. What a pleasure to have someone of your talent as an active part of this community!
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thoddi said 3104 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Good God
This is breathtaking. You are an incredible talented pianist:) You move from classical stuff to Chuck Berry or Bill Haley and throw in some ragtime and traces of pop-music from the last decades. It almost sounds like you decided to jam a little on the living room piano before you headed off to the kitchen to make yourself some dinner... like nothing special was going on... But indeed... this is so cool:)

Very impressive:)
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segiperkasa said 3096 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
awesome ......
that was really awesome piano play....
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Cashed-In said 3096 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
well.....
I'm speechless..... thanks! This is top notch amazing...
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Bazz said 3094 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Blimey Karen....
I was about to say "awesome" but I see others have beat me to it. Oh if only I had a fraction of your talent and ability to jump across the false divides. Sigh!
rsolorio said 3090 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Keys and spirit
both tickled.
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LonePineMusic said 3083 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
LOVIN' IT!!
The very best of both worlds! (Classical and boogie, that is.)
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Daugrin said 3080 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Jumping Hayden
What ya gonna do? This was working for me right out of the box. Is that story about yer teacher true? Send her and MP3? Both things at once, very nice.

Daugrin
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nyakki said 3079 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Great Piece
Like you I learned a lot of the classics. My love went the way of RagTime but I really love what play here.

Great job. I might need to add Boogical (Classical with Boogie) to my list of things I need to learn before the rest of my hair falls out or turns gray.

Downloaded and added to my favorites.
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Doug Somers said 3071 days ago (May 26th, 2009)
What a ride!!
A playfully joyous concoction that tries it all on and yields to nothing in its path. Expertly done Karen - I wish I could play 1/10 that well, not to mention how you wove the styles together.

I'll bet you were having fun too!

All the best,
Doug
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blaky smith said 3071 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Grandiose...
Hello Karen, I'm so sorry, I was absent for a long time and I missed this great masterpiece which I discover today with a lot of pleasure and sincerely with admiration. Excellent. Thank you...
Marc
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Damroze said 3070 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
Lol .. Love the pic.
Uh.... wow ! If Patti Wicks ever comes to town you should check her out for her Bossa Nova version of Chopins' "Waltz In C# Minor " . She plays Bakes Place periodically.
I'm also reminded of Belushi's Beethoven sequeing into Ray Charles.
I just love the way the spirit of Fats Waller keeps crawling under your powdered wig. Great stuff.
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WG said 3063 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
Wow Fantastic
I haven't been on MacJams much since I first posted a song back in like 2006 but I am glad I came back on recently. I have seen some of your comments in other peoples music and decided to give it a listen and glad that I did. I can see that I may have to ask you to do some piano work on some of my songs maybe if you do collabs...

Any how I just love this tune and you are very talented and look forward to listening to more of your work. Maybe you can take a listen to one of mine and see if you could work with me. Thanks... WG.
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debmac said 3010 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
phenomenal ....
I would buy a whole CD of your piano playing Karen, just had the headphones on and listened....maybe I haven't read enough to know, maybe you do have some for sale! Incredible ....
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PentaRay said 2989 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
it surely did make me smile
more than that, it made me laugh aloud. yet, to me the music doesn't really sound like a culture clash. in fact I was amazed how smoothly you make one style change into the other, almost as if they were meant to be together in one piece of music. hmm, I'm not a native speaker of english, I hope you'll understand what I mean. thanks for sharing!
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maxruehl said 2980 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Wow
That's some terrific playing. I'm really impressed, Karen.:)
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FleshFest said 2978 days ago (August 28th, 2009)
Nice!
You are an amazing piano player, I wish i could sit in your living room and hear this for hours while drinking a bottle of wine in a recliner. I love piano.
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georgeptingley said 2952 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Wow
Great sound and I hear all those influences - Eubie, Willie, Elton maybe,
as well as James P., Pinetop, Meade Lux, and not a little classical!
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Gaylen75 said 2952 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
love this
Oh how I wish I could play piano. This is such a great piece of music.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2938 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Sheer Delight!
I love this. I feel light and refreshed as the clock towards midnight. It's like smelling a freshly squeezed lemon.

Thank you!
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Philos60 said 2928 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Hats off!
I love it!
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AlexSanchez said 2871 days ago (December 12th, 2009)
Awesome!!
This is a jam for sure! I love the way you lead into the blues! I can completely relate to you and I truly believe that if you can't express the real you on your instrument, then the really great ideas become forgotten memories! The best stuff comes from what's stuck in your head! Amazing piano skills too!!
alackbass said 2751 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
That's Amazing
Beautiful, fun, genre bending and melding genius.
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lilmom said 2657 days ago (July 15th, 2010)
Smiling all the way!
HA, ha, ha,ha, this is just so much fun to hear! You are incredible!
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Briguy777 said 2631 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Nice!
Extremely energetic and excellently well played. you are talented beyond measure. I love your music.
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