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Happy Birthday Jack
To me, MacJams is a place of friends, friends that love to share. Sometimes we share music, other times we share life through a story or a video. Sometimes we just share a laugh in Chat... MacJams for many of us is life in a way... Sure we have other parts to our life but for some of us MacJams is that one place where we can dare to be more than ourselves. We know that MacJams will receive us and accept us. It is the people of MacJams that make it this way.

Jack was one of the first MacJammers I met shortly after I joined MacJams. There is a warmth to Jack... He can't help it. It radiates from him, warms everyone up and draws all of us in. But behind that radiance is a truly wonderful great guy... It's in his chat notes, it's in his music... It's simply in Jack.

Jack has been such a special part of my life since I joined MacJams that I wanted to do something little to commemorate his birthday. I decided a simple little birthday song would be fun... So I threw something together. With just me it was pretty simple and pretty lame... I needed help... I needed help badly... Heh... I had a problem though... I started this on Monday morning... Yes that's right... Monday 8/3/2009 at about 9:00 a.m. and I'm getting busy on a song for my friend... What an idiot I am to wait so long!

I figured ok well... hum... I'll just have to see what happens. So I sent it off to a few of the regulars here at MacJams and I was stunned by the response! I guess all that warmth and radiance Jack possesses has us all sucked in. People went out of their way to add whatever they could to this little silly project I started. I guess I should have figured with the love that Jack receives that this would become a project... It got busy real fast! I'm happy to be the originator and a small part of this... Jack deserves this and so much more...

So without further ado... Happy Birthday Jack... We think the world of you man! As was so aptly put by the Eagles back in roughly 1978/79:

Jack... "you can check out... but you can never leave" MacJams!

So on to the music... Ok... um... well how to describe this... I think Terry said it best in his last email to me: "Sounds like manure.  (If manure had a sound, this would be it.)" Well Jack... Just imagine a large part of MacJams all playing and singing their hearts out for you and we sound like manure! Even Terry's additions could not reclaim us from the compost heap it seems! Anyway, manure or not... Jack this was for you!

But on the positive side, as you listen to this you need to realize a couple of things... First... I achieved the impossible... Sheila sang!!! Yes by God she sang and it is there in the mix for you to hear... Listen for the cute chirpy girl voice! Thats raw Sheila!!! The problem is she was so happy about actually singing she started to dance rather wildly, got a foot caught under a Mic stand and fell into the B3 and knocked it over... Well what's a B3 among friends eh? Plus it was pretty distracting to the band when she started to dance and was removing... er we kinda lost the groove for a moment... To make up for the B3 she provided her own toe song art! (She was certain you would like that... I won't ask...).

The second major achievement was Shay... Yes Jack... Shay sang too! She was right there next to Sheila singing her heart out for you! And like I suspected she was perfectly on key and she sounded beautiful although she got a little riled up when the B3 fell over and almost stepped on her dog which started barking... Luckily Logic 9 has the new "Dog Bark Removal PlugIn" It saved that take for sure. But I think Shay got a little punchy near the end and was laughing at Sheila or maybe it was me... I have no idea...

I failed at my third goal of getting Karen to sing... but at least she does speak... She made up for with some amazing ad-lib piano work. While she didn't sing I did con her out of some great "woots" which really are "woots" but rather "whats"... I think we can use them for something so I'll hang on to them.

Jack, the amazing thing about this track is how easily all these people from all over the country and overseas seemed to fit... It was like a virtual band... Most of these takes you hear in this track of manure are single takes... It was really something to see this come together. Like flies to ah... hum... er you get the idea!

Jack... They wouldn't have done it for me... It would take someone like you to make this happen. Happy Birthday Jack! It comes from the heart! :-] (Blame Terry for the name!)

A couple of final notes... There were some casualties of war... or um the compost heap... We are missing Char... I know she would have loved to have been on this and she will be disappointed but her computer seems to have been repaired by somebody in east Nairobi and they are shipping it back via Klong boat or something... And poor Gail... Jack... she tried... She made parts to go in but due to computer hiccups she had no way to send them over. You know that throw PC emoticon in Chat? Well I'm guessing Gail did that for real last night!

The biggest casualties were numerous and were my fault my friend and I apologize... It was my late start on this that made impossible for many people to join in... I only gave them a day... Some were traveling (Harold). Others couldn't get time to lay down tracks with busy lives. Some took one listen to the current version and defected quickly to iComp or some other site...

I'm sorry Jack... this last is my fault... You deserve better and maybe next year someone with some brains will take over management of your birthday present. Maybe you'll get something that is not from the compost heap!

Anyway... We love ya man... We sang and played our little hearts out for you!

The manure band:

MarkHolbrook - Three vocal tracks, opening birthday piano, record scratching, sound effects and mixing
Andy (awigze) - One vocal track doubled, two sax tracks
Ed (sloparts) - A rework of the base fast music and drums and a fantastic ending as well as vocal tracks
Dick (DWL) - An amazing wah wah yukei that just rocks and vocals throughout
Karen (magnatone) - Stunning jamming piano throughout and a few woots of happiness
Yeman (birdman wayne) - Guitars and vocals throughout
Michael (calchas) - Amazing and incredible offset vocals and a trip down number 9 lane
Roxylee - Vocals and kazoo
Len Gold - Vocals and the final ending happy birthday wish
Alannah - Ending happy birthday Mr. President that will probably keep Jack awake with nightmares!
Josh (bevdogg) - Vocals near the end
Sheila - Vocals (yes yes... she did sing) and destruction of a B3 along with numerous woots of happiness
Paul Page - added some offset piano that works with Karen's piano brilliantly.
Terry (davisamerica2) - Some killer harp and vocals
Shay (Kassia) - She does sing... and sing well!!! Excellent vocals by Shay!
Eduard (Drakonis) - Perfectly placed and timed vocals

(If I missed any of the manure players I deeply apologize... I was a little buried!)
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Happy birthday Jack
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MarkHolbrook said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack!
We love ya man!
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Roxylee said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Oh, yeah
We love ya, Jack. Thank you, Mark, for including me in this birthday greeting. MacJams is the best!
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magnatone said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
WE LOVE YOU JACK! There is nobody I would rather do a wacky thing like this for, than YOU!
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Bob Rodgers said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Yes!!
Happy Birthday Jack, great to have you here at MJ.
You was the first to welcome me here along with Gail and I appreciate your kind support.
What a great birthday greeting from everyone involved.
Mark......a wonderful thought for our wonderful friend Jack.

Bob
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davisamerica said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
right then.....
love the lyrics but there seems to be a bit of clipping about 1:01 ...would have centered the B3 crash a bit more.. vocals seem familiar ..but that's just me ....naw ..... seriously this just rocks and I am feeling very loved indeed ... you lovely loonies....
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magnatone said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
sigh
they are not WOOTS, they are WHOTS!

(we got your back, jack)
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MarkHolbrook said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Sorry
Karen... You are too cool... "whot!" Hee hee
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damiengh said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
A big one for ya!
I've heard that Alannah has painted her toe-nails Purple in honor of your day.

Happy Birthday Happy Man!
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drakonis said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
a whole lotta love...
Headed your way today, and every day... Happy Birthday to a wonderful guy. And Mark, thank you sooooo much for whipping up such an incredibly complex mix in such short notice. Awesome job! I'm glad I could find a little spot to squeeze in! That was one crowded party room!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Bob6stringer said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Good news, bad news:
What do you want first, Jack? I'll start with THE BAD NEWS: I really really wanted to chime in but I just couldn't get it together. THE GOOD NEWS: I really, really wanted to chime in, but couldn't get it together. That's not just good news but good luck--something I wish you lots of on your birthday.
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kassia said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
YEAH!
This turned out AWESOME! I love MacJams and I LOVE JACK!
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kevmikwa said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Genuine character
Anybody who has worked with you is blessed, and I'm among those lucky ones.

Mark: the sense of MacJams community really comes out in this epic mix. Kudos to you for making sure that everyone got heard. Mixing this many tracks must be a real challenge. Tack on that you were navigating a new version of Logic, and it's that much more of a herculean task. Do it all in a day, and it's downright ludicrous!

Jack: we all wish you the best and look forward to many more chats & collabs & trips down the "rabittwhole". You're the best!
awigze said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birtdhday Jack, wherever you are.
As a member in good standing of the Manure Band, I would just like to say: "Dementia"!!!!
Obligatory Kazoo Ya- whoot
oops, Oh no, I knocked over the B3.... Sheila!!!! Oh ya... who ya- whoot. I dont care what they say, All day long, That's why Mark wrote this song... We got'cha back, Jack... Happy birthday Jack, wherever you are, Mr President!
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magnatone said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
!!!
well put, Andy
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bevdogg said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Glad to be part of the manure band!
Happy birthday Jack

Nice Job everyone..... Sheila is gonna propel this thing to the #1 single lol
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lavalamp said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Sorry I missed....
...participating in this. Looks as though plenty did.

Coolness. Happy birthday

Hope this doesn't get pulled

Dave
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Calchas said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
This was more fun than the law allows!
Happy birthday Jack!

Thanks so much for including me Mark.

Apologies to caroline for my impersonation of her in the beginning of the song.

Be well all!
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sheilad said 2823 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Jack....
You are so special you make me sing.... once... and only once! Have a spectacular birthday!!!!!
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WharmtonRise said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy birthday Jack!
What fun!
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lengold said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Have a
Great Birthday Jack and Very Many Happy Returns and thanks to Mark for organising this - good fun.
Can someone tell me what the f** a B3 is?
Cheers
Len

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Outtaorbit said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Brithday
I got ya a new fishhead......cool
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Henke said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack!
What an awsome song you guys put together. Love the rewind and start over in the beginning. Have been planning to use a similar one myself recently. Much fun all the way through.

Take care everyone!

/Henke
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gail60 said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
It is just a little obvious that you are loved a teeny bit here! I am included in that very smart group :) I hope your day is as fun and wonderful as you are! I am so sad that my computer does not like you - so I did not get to chime in... but what can I say? These fine people really came through to shower you with manure, er I mean love! Mark, many, many kudos for you and your efforts to spread the love. We are all just a great family, are we not?! Love you Jack, happy happy birthday!
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abfkingsport said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
Sorry I wasn't able to get to this. Happy BD Jack. Maybe next year. Way to go Sheila. Glad to hear your out of your box. Congrats to everyone on a perfect birthday song.
The King
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Kody106 said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Aha!
love the fake beginning! :D!!! :D

Great!
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Kody106 said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Aha!
haha!!!! :D cant stop laughing at how crazy this is!!!!! :D
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TheRye said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
-
it's cool that you all got together for this tune
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TheRye said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
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it's cool that you all got together for this tune, new concept for us
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Travesty said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
I've been
away from MacJams and need to get caught back up. This is hilarious.. What a way to re-enter MacJams...
egobandit said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Man
Im glad the description was short, :0 cool collab love the kudzu. Its against my religion to celebrate birthdays, but I hope you live a long life!
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MarkHolbrook said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Kept it short for you Tim!
Heh!
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sloparts said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
Your the best my friend

Ed
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Chimalus said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
HA
Happy birthday Jack!

...That was pretty funny.
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magnatone said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
FUNNY?
Whot? This was VERY serious!! :) (not)
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crissew said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
This song is proof
That when we musicians put our heads together, we can really come up with something special. Happy B-day Jack
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maxruehl said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Jam Packed...
...with birthday goodness.:) You must be feeling pretty special about now to have such a tune recorded in your honor. Hope you have a really great birthday--this tune is a terrific start.:)
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RyanHolbrook said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Dad told
me about this. there are a lot of people singing. happy birthday jack
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peacepiano said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack!
There can never be too many birthday songs!!!!

Happy Happy
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Alannah said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
A little late to the party as usual ....
.. but better late than never - I arrived just in time to find a few crumpled paper horns, one birthday hat with the elastic broken and a half eaten piece of cake left ..... having had a recent birthday of my own - I know all about the "stuff" ... ack .... Happy Birthday "Mr. President" and many more !!!! (I had to retype this cause my ORIGINAL COMMENT seemed to disappear after I clicked Post Comment !)
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davisamerica2 said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Hey Jack
Hope you're having a good good day! It's a special one indeed. Honored to be in this line-up of friends, but I truly feel I may have been the only turd in this. Catchy name, though. Thanks all you guys for letting me play along. And thank you Jack for being my friend and brother. Terry
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chronologic said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Very nice song
and a very nice birthday gift, the kind you can't get in any store, happy birthday Jack.

Mark -- great job on the mixing the timing for the spoofs, the ambiance, all first rate. Fun fun!
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Lennon714 said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Wow
it's like someone threw a Muppet grenade and recorded it! Just kidding. This is great. I wish I jumped on this. I'll do an unbirthday song for you.
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jbazemore said 2822 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Crazy man
Sounds like a lot of fun was had making this one. Happy Birthday Jack
apb said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Belated birthday wishes Jack ..
Also apologies I couldn't express my regards in song- but I was busy (still paintin' me 'as). Anyways, trust you had a good one? How could u not with such a great Happy Birthday song .. and a pic of pedicured toenails (?) [at least I hope it's not liver failure.. ]. Well done to all and again, happy birthday Jack!
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said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
hey -
I missed the party :(

H.B,Y.B!

. - Harold
Jarvoid said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Happy Birthdude
Jack,from one looney to another have a ggod one,sorry could not participate on the song but I got all confused by the instructions and had to go and lie down in a dark room(my fault not the instructions....everyone else followed them I apparently followed the yellow Brick Road)Great effort folks ,allya'....Jarvoid.
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davisamerica said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Overwhelmed and Happy .....
To all of you so many thanks ... I love this place ... simply because of each of you here. This community has enriched my life with more smiles per hour than should be allowed. To each of you lovely loonies who worked on my present .. to each of you who stopped by to say "happy birthday ... you are in my heart and I wish all of you the best. I am still having a hard time getting my head around all this love. Mark ... man ... no words to adequately express how much your efforts made to my day ..... but you are a cherished friend and I will always owe you .
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MarkHolbrook said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
twas nothin at all...
Sir Jack... Mr. President.... how fitting! We love ya Jack!
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Char said 2799 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
A belated Birthday wish, Jack:
Few people inspire grace and generosity like you do. With each year you gain 10 years of wisdom, which makes you an old soul but keeps you in touch with the youthful spirit with which you first were born. Heaven is in your eyes. Love is in your heart. May you stay forever young. All my love, dear friend.
Charlene
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davisamerica said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Overwhelmed and Happy .....
To all of you so many thanks ... I love this place ... simply because of each of you here. This community has enriched my life with more smiles per hour than should be allowed. To each of you lovely loonies who worked on my present .. to each of you who stopped by to say "happy birthday ... you are in my heart and I wish all of you the best. I am still having a hard time getting my head around all this love. Mark ... man ... no words to adequately express how much your efforts made to my day ..... but you are a cherished friend and I will always owe you .
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bud said 2822 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Need I add?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!
Great work Mark - wonderful idea and it couldn't be for a nicer guy.
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Moviz said 2821 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
Belated
Happy Birthday wishes Jack.....hope you had a nice one, cheers M
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Vic Holman said 2821 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
so how many candles.......
......... doe's Jack have to blow out these days?

there's a great party going on here. fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Jack!
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ziti said 2821 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
eheheheh
nice to be loved eh, jack??

good thing here....

many more buddy!

z
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JonMShaw said 2821 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
That's mad that is!... in a truly excellent way!
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PockBluesman said 2820 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
May it be one of many. A true international ensemble. I think the track should be released but not the participants they should remain in the high security Macjams Prison for the forseeable future for general public safety.
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T_Being_esq said 2820 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Yes Happy Birthday dear Jack
A bit late sorry. Oh, and the tunes great as well.
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davisamerica said 2820 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
still reading these
wonderful comments and still very blown away ...thanks again you lovely macjammers!!
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MarkHolbrook said 2820 days ago (August 8th, 2009)
We love ya Jack!
Mr. President... Get back to posting more cool music now!!!
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Go_Turtle_Go said 2820 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
no speakers
but a well meant happy birthday my friend. I wish you many years to come, in good health and with lots of love and creativity. Marc and Lisanne
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guitapick said 2819 days ago (August 9th, 2009)
Killer Kazoos!!!
Happy birthday, Jack! And thanks for the tune, Mark & Co....
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davisamerica said 2818 days ago (August 9th, 2009)
mark and co.....
...and you lovely MJ Loonies ..still feeling the love you guys....
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ShadowofNine said 2818 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
hahah
What a trip and neat dedication...
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MarkHolbrook said 2817 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Since this
is getting close to dropping off the radar I wanted to say that this was one of the most rewarding and fun projects I've done on MacJams... I mean my biggest mistake was starting it too late for some to jump in...

But those that did jump in did so with both feet! Really an amazing effort!

It also gives me great pride that this effort has spawned a new pop sensation band... The MacJams Chick Monks.... I'm thinking that with the popularity I'm seeing there will be many more appearances by this group.

But seriously what a wonderful thing this was... It made me feel good all day! (and for quite a few days afterward!)

Thank you all!
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BossHook said 2816 days ago (August 11th, 2009)
This will become
a standard in my house for all birthdays, even though we have no Jacks!
awigze said 2791 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
if that's really who you are.....
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MarkHolbrook said 2722 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Happy Birthday Jack
or Chuck, or Mr. Big, or Mr Grand... ah... hum...
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Hickling_Stan said 2670 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
Too late to say HB?
Blimey this is some community to stumble across. Wonderful mix of, of, of everything!!!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2604 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Sweet...
... work went into this. I like it!!!
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awigze said 2397 days ago (October 4th, 2010)
ya gotta love Jack
well, ya know, ya aint gotta, but you are better off if ya do.
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