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Here's a song written in 1926 by Niccolo Paganini and Giuseppe Verdi (you might know him better for his movie scores under the name "Joe Green"). Thanks for listening and hope the coming weeks brings little cartoon bluebirds landing on your shoulder as you sing some Disney song of some kind.

"Bye Bye Blackbird" was written by Ray Henderson & Mort Dixon in 1925 (PD)

Accompaniment and arrangement written and performed by Alan McPike
Vocal: MJK and some testy bird (I don't think it was really an actual blackbird either--I think it was some common variety bird that painted itself black just to get on this)
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Symphony101 said 2979 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
This starts the day
the best way possible. Loved it ! But just don't mention anything about Paganini, I tried some of his works on guitar and gave up ... I was way too ambitious.

Oh, firties BTW
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks again Yves
Yeah, that Paganini was rough, let me tell you! Rachmaninoff, even WORSE! Thanks again partner--you have a great week now! Michael
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alackbass said 2979 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
I love this classic and your wonderful performance goes well beyond doing it justice! I've told you before I love these tracks you're posting where you sing to a piano trio. The big band stuff is great. I just prefer the intimacy of the combo. And Alan's solo chorus is great! Nice mix Michael. Crisp and clear with great balance!
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Andrew
Much appreciated! I like anything I can hear the drums clearly on, yanno? I'm trying a new approach with the mixing, making the vox 50/50 on each side and then the musical accompaniment at 100%. I think I could take the vocal down a few notches on this, but really glad you noticed. Thanks again--from both of us! Michael
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Skean said 2979 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Michael
You are fantastic, have a nice end of Easter.
Take care, Kenta
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
You too Kenta!
In fact, several hours, I saw that the Easter Bunny left me a gift: an all white chocolate Easter bunny (that Easter Bunny knows what's good for him--let me put it this way!) Thank you so much and hope things are upward and positive for you lately Kenta--you deserve it. Take care now! Michael
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falcef said 2979 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
Salve hello from Italy. Good music good many compliments to the choice of musical instruments used in this song good. W SWING
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Gracie Falcef!
From Michael in USA!
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neilh79 said 2979 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
bye bye blackbird
cool as a cucumber man, great vocal again backed up by some great piano well done
michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks very much Neil
It seems I'll never get that electronic keyboard--was close but had to use the money to pay some back bills--ugh! But until then, I'm really happy to be croaking along on these excellent pieces by Mr. McPike. I'm glad you like them and very appreciative for your listening and support on these ancient relics. You take care now and looking forward to hearing from you! Michael
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RAVENS said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Well...
I wouldn't mind a bluebird landing on my shoulder, but with my luck it will...oh never mind! Love your eyepoke, that be a goodun!

Terrific song, your voice is just so wonderful. Your little pesky bird friend sounds good too. I'd like to book him for my next collab, does he charge a lot?

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
I wouldn't mind...
A gumby landing on my--well never mind. Wasn't that an especially poignant eyepoke? I must concede, I truly surpassed myself on that one Impsie! Thanks again--you are the best! Moe
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
PS
I should mention that I actually "sang" that eye poke!
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drakonis said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
you're mocking me?
There's nothing like a bit of MJK to give me a smirk. When I was a kid, dragged out to the opera with my parents (OK, actually I loved going), my dad would often refer to the great "Joe Green" too, the guy who wrote tunes you could hum afterwards. Your reference brought back warm memories. Great musical accompaniment as always, and your singing is sublime (ew, who's gonna clean that up now?)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
I have to admit...
...I got that bit from the late great Victor Borge and I've never forgotten it. I'm sure Verdi would have laughed along just as well too. Thanks again Eduardo--hope things are bright and rosy there in San Diego and I still hope to be out there for your gathering. You take care now, Michael
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PockBluesman said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Another Classic
Michael, another one hit out of the park. Love your stuff. Your vocals are second to none. Blackbird vocs a great touch.

Keep well
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Rick
Thanks many times over you bluesman you! Take care now, Michael
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mrattue said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Yep!
You didn't disappoint, Michael!

As always, hugely enjoyable and an oasis in this stressed, overly serious world!

Keep them coming, please!

Marc
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks again Marc!
I guess it's just that super-duper serious stuff never has greatly appealed to me--there's enough of that in the world without spending time revisiting it in music (although I certainly appreciate good music of any kind, don't get the wrong idea!). What I do is probably just an extension of my character I guess (I take very few things THAT seriously--I mean, why bother, yanno?) You take care and as always, grateful for your feedback and support! Michael
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Keedee said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
There's My Little Song Bird...
So happy to see you'd posted a tune! I've always liked this song and now, even more so!! No one chirps them out quite like you! This was Simply Sensational!!

blackbird

P.S. Thanks for your offer to help me out with that little issue. I'm sure I'll be taking you up on it this week. **hugs**
michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bapsie!
Actually, I'm not THAT little! Maybe a little song ostrich perhaps, but I've not been wren-sized since 1993! Always and ever, I greatly adore you and your fabulous voice and hope we can hear you in this joint soon Lyn. Thanks again, and already I kind of "think" I know where to fix your connection problem with the audio hardware so if you start pitching a fit with the thing, just let me know and with luck we'll get that sucker started. Have a terrific week and hope this Easter Sunday went as pleasant as could be for you. xoxo Mish
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gadzooks said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bye Bye...
This is great ...I laughed as my feet tapped.
SG
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks again Mr. Zooks!

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SMT said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Michael
So this is what all that noise was downstairs last night.
michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
@(%&*#&@&!
You should hear the NOISE you make up there while I'm struggling to record this stuff down here! Love you always--Farina too!
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PeterB7858 said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Confucius say, poke a bird in the eye and...
Love the cartoon! Love this riotous rendition as well. You better watch out though. Poking a bird in the eye is likely to lead to retribution when you least expect it. I wouldn't walk under any trees for a while. Warm regards, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Peter!
Hey my friend--I'm glad you liked the artwork; I worked a bit on cleaning that up a bit, so that really pleases me! Well, I have to tell you (and give me credit here), poking a bird in the yes is EXTREMELY difficult, because their eyes are placed on each side of their heads, yanno (same applies to poking a fish in the yes, although flounders are a bit easier). I had to utilize the two-handed index finger eye poke on that varmint--not especially easy, let me tell you. Thanks for listening and your always welcome and much appreciated support--you take care now! Michael
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Moviz said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Great song
had a reprise in the fifties early sixties over here when Billy Daniels had a hit with it but.... he didn't have the introductory qualities that you brought to the song Michael or the smiles from the comedy spots, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Billy Daniels
He was a singer that I became familiar with only much later in my listening career--just when I thought I heard them all (I caught him in some movie and he was wonderful; a very unique song stylist if there ever was one!) Thanks very much Moe--you take care now! Michael
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RAVENS said 2978 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Woohoo
White Chocolate Bunny Rabbit - CHECK! ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Why soitenly!
And all solid too! I think we down to his feet now....
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RochaMalhada said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
something
I hadn't picked up on before - Especially here, at the intro, your spoken part is swingin' with the beat. LOL; precious, this

I love this song, and you did it stupendously

. - Harold
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Harold
You know something? You are right! I didn't realize it at that time but I open on every down beat there in the intro--folks, it baffles science! I have to admire the acuity and perspicacity of those ears of yours Harold. Thanks again--and take great care, Michael
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Jarvoid said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
OOh yeh....
tried to jam along to this on guitar.......am now typing one handed while Mrs Jarvoid gets a luthier to come and extract my fingers from their entanglement in the fretworks...fortunately it was the left hand that became trapped ! Once again a post by yourself not containing any safety labelling.....disappointed ! !


You also seem to know a very non PC bird....but I like him all the more for not being afraid to show two fingers to the establishment.....oh hang on ...you only use one finger I believe...the middle digit....well all the better.

Oh and by the by,Bye Bye Blackbird is an all time fave of mine and this nailed it absolutely...great fun and a great job.Thanks.

Jarvo.
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Chris
(looking up the word "luthier" in my British dictionary--is that anything like what you guys call a "spanner"? I bet I'm close!) Yanno,the more I think back upon this, I'm beginning to wonder if that was just a very, VERY large moth that interrupted me there. I'll never know--I was in something of fog at the time! Thanks again chief--you take care now! Michael
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Genius_Lite said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
oh
bye bye blackbird. vocals are sweet. And that poke in the eye -
michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thanks Genius!

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magnatone said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
ooh MJK - this is wonderful! always loved this song, and you do it beautifully! thanks!
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thanks again Karen!

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ShadowofNine said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
Always liked this tune and it's lyrics, wonderful performance Michael...
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Great hearing from you Dave--thanks!

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sewer rod said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
You never cease to amaze me
and your smooth vocals slide so easily into my ears. It's a nice change from the crap that I do!
Really great job as usual!
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michaeljayklein said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Ah...
But you create your own music Jay--I admire you very much for that! You are much too kind--but I thank you very much for listening and for the exceptionally nice words. Take care! Michael
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dave_b said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
Classy arrangement and an "im-peckable" vocal tee hee!
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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Whatta wit!
Thanks Dave--I do appreciate it! Michael
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finkeldink said 2977 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Where
on earth did you find that artwork? ROFL!

Ants! Ha!

this is really great MJK.

You rock. that black bird voice was classic!
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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Finkel
Mike, I had to look high and low for that one (not too much comic imagery in the blackbird/crow line--mostly pictures from Edgar Allan Poe stories 'n chit, yanno?) I always enjoy utilizing the Chipmunk Filterâ„¢ now and then because honestly, it sometimes cracks me up! Thanks again--you take care now, Michael
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ted23 said 2977 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Buh-bye
I'm gonna have to start recycling my old comments.
I've nearly exhausted all my positive adjectives to create original comments.
I need to start using up some if my negatives... Not on this song though it's faberrifelicious!
michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Ted!
I am most kleinified by your warm reception of this old sawhorse and your tedacious approbation contained in your remarks will be well remembered for many months to come (or go--depending on how you look at it). Thanks again Ted--you take care now! I might have a song idea that I'll share with you after I've worked some stuff out (no obligation though!) Michael
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FEEL said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Testy bird
Birds usually maintain their distance. Great production, vocals are strong and have that personal touch as I would expect. Enjoyed on the way to work this morning.
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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
John
Greatly appreciated your tuning in--me and the bird both thank you greatly! Michael and Raoul
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scofugate said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
The Special Please
Classic Mr. MJK!! That last poke in the eye did it!!
You sure can swing it man. Always Amazing!
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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Scott
I just wish I had more free time to work out some more elaborate vocal tricks and things (often these come to me AFTER I've recorded something) but a vote of confidence from you is of great value--thanks again Scott! Michael
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nick_w said 2976 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
stellar
Always a pleasure Michael. Fine work
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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Nick
If this is the Nick I think it is, it means a great deal to me that you stopped by and commented, thank you for the kind words! Hope you are doing well--take care now, Michael
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DWL said 2976 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
It's all been said
but nonetheless... great work Michael!

Always entertaining and those backing tracks are excellent.

Cheers

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michaeljayklein said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Dick
Hey, you can always say it again, suit yourself Dick! Thanks for listening and hope things are hopping for you over across the pond (PS: Special Request--While your current picture is remarkable and quite interesting, I do miss seeing that dashing,handsome, devilish and urbane you!) Take care Dick! Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2972 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
PS
Re: Profile picture: Now that's more like it! Thanks Dick!
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Ibstrat said 2975 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Well
I really like this song and your swinging version is fantastic, way different than mine but I love it!
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michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Thank you Mark...
Actually--and to be honest--this is not one of my all-time favorites, but I liked the arrangement very much and thought I'd have a go at it. I'm really delighted you approved! Take care now, Michael
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KCsGROOVE said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
wonderful singing
Michael, your songs often give flashbacks of my mom singing which is a good thing
Enjoyed as always
KC
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michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
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Char said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Your blackbird
voice reminds me of Heckle and Jeckle. What is astonishing, I say, astonishing.. is the fact that that voice, the emcee voice and the Kleinesque crooning voice are all one person. As soon as you sing a note, I think of Frank and Bing and Vic. Such a gift you have. Such a free child you are. So much a complete entertainer. Thank you.
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michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Char
Those were some of the nicest remarks I've ever received--thank you so very, very much!! Michael
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egobandit said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
may the bird
of happiness poop on your head :) just kidding but I hear its good luck not that I believe in luck or anything, you accent the piano with your vocals nicely, and of course the ad lib fight with the bird is classic!
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michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Tim
It was very kind of you to listen and I greatly appreciated hearing from you--glad you liked this thing! Take good care and hope you and the family enjoy a very fun weekend! Michael
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thetiler said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
I always know
I am in for a treat when I hear your wonderful tunes.
It is SO important to go back in to time to hear the great tunes, not enough radio for that! Nice comedy added in to give a fun twist.
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michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Bill
I could very easily say the same for you! I've greatly enjoyed my 2+ years here and very grateful for the warm reception you and others have given these fine old song--I thank you very much for that. You take care now and keep that guitar playing from sunrise to sunset (you can get a few winks in now and then--we understand!) Michael
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CC_Connection said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I dance and I sing and I love when I listen to you singing so much. So much fun.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2974 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Tina
You are the sweetest! Thanks again my little snookums! Michael
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scaustrita said 2973 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Wow
Great package, delivered flawlessly!

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michaeljayklein said 2972 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Thank you very much! Michael

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Narad said 2973 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Bye Bye Blackbird
Gorgeous vocal performance with blackbirdy singing exercises ! Great ! :)
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michaeljayklein said 2972 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Harald
Always happy to hear from you and I'm very obliged to you for checking out my things on such a regular basis over the years--thanks again and have a great week! Michael
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