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"Mean to Me" was written in 1929 by the almost colorful team of Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Roy Turk and in the public domain after all these hundreds of years. Pardon any unevenness in this thing, particularly that ending--I er, kind of did it in a hurry (Sorry Fred and Roy--I owe you one).

Thanks again and have a cackling, happy weekend,

Michael

Accompaniment/Arrangement: A. McPike, 2009
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alackbass said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Mean to Me
One of my favorite standards. Nice rendition!
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Thanks very much Andrew!
I think this tune has seen a lot of service over the centuries. You take care now, Michael
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Doadars Uncle said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Cheer up pal!
Great stuff!
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Doug
THANK YOU so very much--you're a champ in my book (no, not the Book of Routines--currently available at amazon.com for only $14.99--but my other book, the more important one. Take care now and hope your week gets off to a good start Doug! Michael
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drakonis said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
You can be mean to me any time...
I am sure, because you told me, that there is some unevenness here (perhaps it is that chickmunk on the keyboard)... but this comes across as smooth as a "Silver Cloud" on the rocks (with extra kahlua.) Straight up there Michael, this is great! You pull these off with Panache and Aplomb (weren't they the opening act for the Pointer Sisters once?)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Eduardo!
Actually, I've sung this fossil maybe 72 times in the past 8 years, but this arrangement kind of stymied me. I was doing good until the 6th lap and then that finale bamboozled me. I bit it in the armpit, made a clean break of it, and the referee deemed it a draw (courtesy of a little palm greasing from my astute and brilliant manager, Carmine Lemoncola). Thanks again Eduard--and take good care! Michael
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RAVENS said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Oh man...
No more meanness, Impsie's heart can't take too much. I so needed to hear your voice tonight. What a beautiful song, and your voice just shines like a bright star. Perfecto in every way, you da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Impsie
I probably don't even have to say anything... you KNOW what I'm thinking! Well, this did not come out like I'd have wanted, but it was a good example of channeling energy--I think I melted the fooking microphone while I was at it too! Well, let's do what the Clam Shell Sisters do and just close the lid for a while, hey? You take care now! xox
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gadzooks said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Mean to Me
You are such a crooner!!! I love it. It's always refreshing when I hear your voice. The big band production behind it is fabulous!
SG
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Stan the Man!
Geez, you know, you are way, WAY to kind to me in supporting this stuff I do here--I so very much appreciate partner. Thanks again, and do take care now! Michael
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Moviz said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
You
did it again Michael...... straight to the top of the class. Great version of this top song, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks again Moe!

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magnatone said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Mean to Me
you did this in a hurry? sounds like it was done with great care and to perfection. "the voice" - sounding better than ever!
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Oh yeah...
You can hear me smacking my lips and my chair squeaking--things I ordinarily try to fix, but you know, I usually fly by the seat of my pants if I can (I'm known as "One Take Klein" in some quarters). Thanks for listening Karen and for the nice endorsement! Take care now, One Take
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PeterB7858 said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Mean to Me
Hi Michael. Not sure I have heard this one before. Perhaps I'm not old as I feel. :-) Another wonderful rendition though. I like this. Another tune for the ipod. Take care, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks very much Peter!
It's one of those old warhorse songs that's probably been done in every imaginable style by performers of all kinds. It's the kind of song everybody can relate to in some way--thanks very much for stopping in and laying down the kind words. Take care now! Michael
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Wummimann said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
...
interesting....?
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
I think that is a compliment?
Anyway, thanks very much for listening chief! Take care now, Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Lyn
If you return, I done deleted your comment! I was putting this photobucket thing in there, noticed it said "I love you Angelique" instead of just plain "I Love You", deleted it and off you went. Anyway, thanks as always for your friendship and support and for making many a happy moment for me with your wonderful voice. I'm off this week and am putting the final touches on something I think you will be very happy about (think Jerome Kern). I've not let that new keyboard gather dust, let me tell you! Talk to you soon and sorry about the accident (this just ain't my day, yanno?)
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mvh9591 said 2626 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Nice___
Michael your always consistent with your productions. Sounds great - Thanks for bringing back the classics here.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks Micheal!
Actually I had been up some 27 hours (Insomnia Time at the OK Corral) when I did this, so that's why I made this quick: one more note and I'd have wound up in the hospital! Take care now, Michael
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Symphony101 said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Soft as silk
Michael, is that a "political" song ? Man, if politics were like this, world would be a (much) better place.
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Yves
Thanks very much my friend--actually my voice was a bit rough at the time, but a few liberal applications of the "Smooth This Crap Out" filter on my software helped a great deal! Actually, I like to sing these songs in a slightly deeper range than usual to make sure I still have a remnant or so of it left, yanno? You take care--best to you and Catherine! Michael
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scofugate said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Fred and Roy
Love it I am sure--where ever they may be. Sing the Blues MJK! I love it my friend, wonderful song! You can even swing the blues man!
Kudooos!!!
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Last I seen of them...
...they were paddling down the Amazon in a coffin. But seriousness aside, greatly appreciated Scott! Take good care now (and hope to work with you again on something this summer--you are tops in your line!) Michael
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Saltaireguru77 said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Mean to me
Quite a thump behind this Michael! Brings a smile to the face, without question. I second all the plaudits above and then third them. When do you get your own piano playing squirrel and how do I get one?
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Stephen!
Well, I have a piano-playing dog (Farina, The Liberace of Canines) but I doubt if he's as accomplished and finished as that weird squirrel sitting next to The Great Durante up dere). Say, thanks ever so much Stephen for your support, your wit, and for being an immensely talented fellow who also happens to be one very nice guy. Take good care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Mean to Me
Glad to hear that the controversy this weekend has not affected your voice! Sounding great Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Dave
Controversy, what controversy? Oh, you mean that splash in the bucket! Much ado about very little but it was interesting and a great learning experience. Thanks for dropping by Dave--as always! Take care now, Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
A lesson learned
I'm sorry Moe, I will be nicer in the future lol..super cool Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks Dave!

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awigze said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
I dont know why
this sounds so good! well, I do actually- each day of the year! Oh dear!

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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks Andy!

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neilh79 said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Mean to Me
Excellent Michael, really great, and I dont believe this was rushed lol ;-)
michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thanks again Neil!
But ever since you gave me that wonderful opportunity to sing a soft rock kind of song, it has opened all kinds of new, potential vistas for me. I might drop this crooning gig before you know it! Thanks again my friend--you take care now! Michael
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bronco said 2625 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Uneven?
I'm grinning and tapping my foot. For the duration of the song I was lost in feeling good. Got me out of the doldrums and into the maniacal, mellow, musical world of Michael Jay Klein. Your voice is always welcome in my world. Good one.
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Hi Tom
Oh, by that, I mean, I really didn't spend a lot of time on the mix, so my vocal kind of dips under or over sometimes (I usually try to even it all out in the decibel department). I'm really glad to hear from you and even more happy that you appreciated and liked this old song--thanks again Tom, and take care now, Michael
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ted23 said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
I
Think this is my favourite McPike backer yet.
Not to busy and very smooth, just right to show off those vox.
michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Thank ya Ted
Yes, the moment I got this track I immediately sat down to sing it--I agree, it's a nice crisp and cool toned kind of thing and it sure helps a great, great deal to have a fine accompaniment and arrangement behind you like that. Hope you are doing well Ted--and: Thanks for dropping by™! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
cracking good job
..great stuff...and who's being mean to you ?...the noive of dem !!
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michaeljayklein said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Chris Baby!
Well, let's just say I ran out and got my tetanus shots! Thanks as always Chris--take good care now! Michael
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Doug Somers said 2624 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Such a joy
to hear you sing. You make every note smile.

This is yet another in a string of delightful classics that we are so lucky to hear. Don't stop, because that would be mean.

Cheers,
Doug
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thanks greatly Doug!
Take good care now and much appreciated hearing from you! Michael

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michael2 said 2623 days ago (June 15th, 2011)
excellent
great rendition and it makes me wish that you lived in my town so I could have you come over and wow the family. thanks Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thanks Michael!
However, if I moved to your town, the property values would drop drastically in record time! Much appreciated--do take care, Michael
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Relic67 said 2622 days ago (June 16th, 2011)
a mean rendition
I'm with alackbass, this tune is one for the ages. As always, your voice is in great form ... very enjoyable!
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thanks mucho Relic!
And take care now, Michael
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Bob Rodgers said 2622 days ago (June 16th, 2011)
A
great performance of an old fav, great vocals as always Michael, wonderful stuff.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Cheers mate...
...and thanks once again! Michael
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Smooth
Michael, someone at Hollywood should snap you up and cameo you as a nightclub singer in period movies. Dude your voice has such a rich effortless quality on these old standards, you put my squawking to shame. Love the instrumentation too, what do you use to achieve it?
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thanks redhead!
This backing, like most of my others, is courtesy of Alan McPike, who works these out on some rather amazing contraption known as the Bespoke Organ (as I remember, the word "bespoke" means "custom made" in your vernacular across the pond!) Working on making some of my own arrangements right at this moment with my keyboard and anxious to slap them up there once I'm satisfied ('tis not the playing, it's the technical part of this that's driving me bonkers!) Thanks again--and take good care mate, Michael
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RochaMalhada said 2620 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Mr.
Why can't we get a video of you performing???

Question - do you typically record these in a full take after practicing it? Only on rare occasions have I been able to do that; usually I end up having to grab pieces off several take when I "sing"

Another good one Michael!

. - Harold
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michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Brother Harold!
I had a video up of me up here one time and 3 people saw it--probably a good thing. Well, I have various ways of doing these things Harold. Usually, I'll listen to the arrangement and spin it around my head for a day or so and try to attempt it in one take. A majority of what you hear is basically two to three takes--the best chorus of each. Any more takes after that and I get kind of bored with the thing so if nothing is working I just leave it and try again another night. My worst habit looking down as I sing--this has caused me much grief (it's a habit hard to get rid of--my voice teacher told me NEVER to do that even when singing without a mic, yanno? I'm incorrigible sometimes! Anyway, hope that answers your question and as always, thanks so very much for listening! Hope you are doing well partner--take care now, Michael
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finkeldink said 2620 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Best Political Song Ever!!!
Great work MJK!

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I think the ending is just fine.

I am going to have a crackling good weekend sir.
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michaeljayklein said 2560 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
Thanks so much Mike!

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CC_Connection said 2619 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I love this song so much. Your singing is beautiful and I am very happy now. I am dancing again.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2560 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
Tina!
Forgive me for being so late in replying, but you KNOW what a bimbo I am! Thanks for listening, toots! You are the nicest....thanks so very much!

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J_Gretch said 2619 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Mean to Me
Smiling from ear to ear right here,,,,
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michaeljayklein said 2560 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
Thankee Mr. Gee
Good grief--I truly and honestly don't remember even recording this! I really don't! Hope it came out okay and if so, thanks for listening to it! Keep up the good work--I think you are a standout around these parts...Michael
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