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Well! I see today marks my 6th anniversary with MacJams (leave it to me to join on Friday the 13th!) Thanks to you all so very much for the always excellent music you talented folks bring to the site and also for putting up with me! It's been a rewarding six years and I hope there are many more to come.

I wanted to mark the occasion with something, but due to recent events lately (he's doing just fine by the way!), I've not had time to sing or do much musically, so all I have to share is this practice track I was working on several weeks ago. What I usually do is just sing throughout the entire arrangement so maybe there's a few spots in here you'll like. :) Hopefully, I can get back to work on this soon!

You guys are the best--take good care now,

Michael

"Pennies from Heaven" was written by Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke (introduced by Bing Crosby in the film of the same name) in 1936.

Arrangement and accompaniment: The astonishing Alan McPike
Vocal: El Frogo Moutho
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Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015 - 05:44:08 PM
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Little_Hooligan said 832 days ago (February 13th, 2015)
Adding more than 2 Cents
Greetings Michael..Very good to hear you again.. Happy Anniversary... and most of all glad to know your significant other is on the mend.. I like how your vox was neatly placed in the center and I laughed at your banter with the muted trumpet or sax?? ( is that what it was?) This was a natural for you.. I thought I may have heard a former version from you many moons ago.. In any event, you are Mr Entertainment
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Thanks Joyce!
Sometimes with these synth sounds that Mr. McPike does (and does well of course), as they are recreations, I admittedly am sometimes perplexed and confounded as to what they should be--but they always work in context of the track content. You have an impeccable memory--I've recorded this several times in the past. You take care now Joyce! Michael
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egobandit said 832 days ago (February 13th, 2015)
Rains
Good ol Bing , spot on with the vocals , a ticklebox yep always entertaining Tops!
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Thanks again Tim...
...you are too kind! Michael
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Dadai.2 said 832 days ago (February 13th, 2015)
Love this old wonderful...
... song. Sometimes I find myself starting to sing it when someone mentions penniess or a cloudy day. This renditon, Michael, has your own unique signature. Something old made new. Thanks again!
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Greatly obliged Jack
I feel like a heel answering comments when I should be commenting on others, but I'll grab some time tomorrow I'm sure. I just left this as is, because it's essentially how I practice and record. I always start out singing what I think is the loudest note acapella while keeping my orbs glued to the meter, just to make sure I'm all set. I like to talk to nobody in particular during the bridge so that I'm not concentrating too hard (I get severe mic fright, even on these deals!) You take care now and great hearing from you! Michael
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Narad said 832 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
Pennies from heaven
I needed actually some pennies from heaven. Thanks uncle for your generosity and for making my day DL included. :)
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
And thank you Harald
For just being you! I greatly appreciate it nephew, thanks so very, very much! You take care now, Michael
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alackbass said 832 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Such a great tune! Love your performance. Happy anniversary.
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Andrew...
...I'm really thrilled you could stop by to listen to this thing and for such generous and kind words. You are appreciated--and take good care now! Michael
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KCsGROOVE said 832 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
pennies from heaven
You always make me think of my mom who used to sing these songs too :-)
Happy Anniversary Michael!
Just keep 'm coming those great ole songs...
(btw your keyworks always make me smile :-) )
KC
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
That makes two moms who sang this!
Thanks again Cees--I was also blessed with a mother who generally could not let one hour pass without singing or humming one of these old tunes--I guess they kind of stuck in my memory! Thanks to my dentist, who checks your bank account before giving his diagnosis, my mouth is just about as good as new now and I'm hoping to get cracking on that great song of yours--I'm really anxious to start it! As always, your nice words go a long way toward encouragement--thanks so very much! You take care now, Michael

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grah3am said 832 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
Do you do requests?
Another charmer, Michael. Have you done any more Marx Bros tunes? No, not "Tenement Symphony". Would you consider "Everyone Says I Love You"?
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Groucho, Chico, or Harpo?
Of course, I know that ditty and yes, I'd be very happy to honor your request--keep an eye out Graham. Oh god, "Tenement Symphony"--that reminds me of a true story my dad told me about the time Tony Martin came into the mess hall at 2:30 am and my dad had to get out of bed (this is during WWII) to cook for him. The rest of this is unprintable in public, so I'll fill you in privately a bit later. You're much too kind--thanks so very much Graham! Michael
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Philip18 said 831 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
Pennies from Heaven
Lively, engaging and with a touch of humour - always a good blend of qualities! Alan also in fine form. Much enjoyed, Michael.
michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Hey there Philip
I'm absolutely chuffed by your graciously kind remarks--thanks from both Alan and myself mate. You take care now! Michael
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rok41 said 831 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
Pennies From Heaven
Enjoyable listening fuel. As always, you capture that vibe that most people can't. Excellent.
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
And now that I've captured it...
...I'm trying to figure out if it eats hamster food or bird seed! Thanks again Chris--I greatly appreciated hearing from you. You take care now, Michael
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RAVENS said 831 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
Bee-U-Tee-Ful
Did I ever tell you the story about this song? Yanno, about my crazy grandma? I'm sure I did!! Just wonderful, what a treat to hear your voice this evening. ~ Imps
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Impsie Baby!
Let me guess: grandma was standing in the middle of the street one sunny day in Brooklyn when suddenly, a jar of pennies came crashing down on her head? Perish the thought--I hope the actual story is a bit more benign than this scenario! Oh, I am so happy to hear from you Impsie--thank you, thank you, thank you! xox
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roblox said 831 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
really nice mike
I liked this alot!
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Miss Kelly!
Hey, thanks Karen--it was nice hearing from you and I'm really happy to hear you finally made the audition! Hooray!! Talk to you soon and please, stay warm! Mischa
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DWL said 831 days ago (February 15th, 2015)
Just gets better
A very fine performance with those wonderful asides. They always remind me of "What a swell party" with Frank and Bing from High Society.

And Mr McPike is indeed a very fine arranger.

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Thanks Dick!
Funny you mention that song from the movie because I was reading only the other night that Bing Crosby considered that sequence not only one of his best onscreen duets, but his favorite scene in the film that included him! Dick, really though, I talk to myself on these things because it helps me relax and forget I'm recording--as I was mentioning to Jack above, I get incredibly uneasy recording. You know the bit I'm sure! So, I jabber away and it somehow makes it easier to sing without being too self-conscientious about it (I call this Crooner Routine #32). Alan gave this the full treatment--it's a great arrangement from him, I agree! Thanks again--and you take care now, Michael
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michaeljayklein said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Thanks Dick!
Funny you mention that song from the movie because I was reading only the other night that Bing Crosby considered that sequence not only one of his best onscreen duets, but his favorite scene in the film that included him! Dick, really though, I talk to myself on these things because it helps me relax and forget I'm recording--as I was mentioning to Jack above, I get incredibly uneasy recording. You know the bit I'm sure! So, I jabber away and it somehow makes it easier to sing without being too self-conscientious about it (I call this Crooner Routine #32). Alan gave this the full treatment--it's a great arrangement from him, I agree! Thanks again--and you take care now, Michael
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scaustrita said 830 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Pennys
Great feel
An entertainer...
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michaeljayklein said 829 days ago (February 17th, 2015)
Thank you Steve!
Always nice to hear from you and happy you enjoyed this great old tune! Michael
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bud said 829 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Oh I needed this
so good to hear you back in action. LOve the arrangement - and the loosey goosey approach you took with it. Totally cool.
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michaeljayklein said 829 days ago (February 17th, 2015)
Thanks Bud!
Oh I like to work as loose as I can get; so many times, I hear others singing this kind of material on other amateur sites and they approach the tune like it was Puccini or something. These were pop songs of the day! I'll have to look for this series you mentioned--maybe it's set in the same Miami Hotel where I was conceived!
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Outtaorbit said 829 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
One of my
Favorites
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michaeljayklein said 829 days ago (February 17th, 2015)
Thanks Patrick!
I'm very fond of this song myself and glad you like it! Take care now, Michael
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thetiler said 829 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
wow
what GREAT backing track, not sure where you get that music, I even wondered if it is from you are it is done by a relative of yours.
But the singing you do is quite pro! Some of the most entertaining stuff on Macjams! Again, wow! Love it! :)
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michaeljayklein said 829 days ago (February 17th, 2015)
Thanks again Bill
Wow, that is such a very generous remark, for this was something of a practice track, although I had been singing it around the house for a week or so previously; I really appreciate that! Oh, the arrangements and orchestrations I use are created and performed by Alan McPike--he's from Scotland. You'll see his name at the bottom of the intros to any of the charts I use by him. You take care now! Michael
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Bob Rodgers said 828 days ago (February 17th, 2015)
Congrats
on your MJ anniversary Michael and thanks for this wonderful song.
A fav this one with a nice arrangement from Alan, great vocals and a fine performance.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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michaeljayklein said 827 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
Thanks again Bob...
...I so very much appreciate having you in the audience; you're much too kind! Take care now, Michael
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PeterB7858 said 827 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Bit late, computer problems, sorry. Congrats on your 6th MJ anniversary, Michael. Let's hope for many, many more. Such a classic song! Great rendition! All the best. Thanks, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 827 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
Thanks again Peter...
...so good to hear from you! Take care now, Michael
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alley-oop said 827 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
Wowza
Great singing! I very much enjoy the loose vocal banter on the track. In my mind's eye, I'm in a groovy night club, you, with you tux bow tie loosened, swoon the crowd. It's all groovy, baby. Whoa...thanks :-)
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groovehounds said 826 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Great vocals Michael ... I really like your performance. There are songs that make my toe tap and this is one of them. What treat!
Cheers
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Ibstrat said 825 days ago (February 20th, 2015)
So this
Is practicing a run thru!? You always sound great, no autotune needed! I like your comment about loose interpretation, that is why these songs will never die. Always room for another version. I also like your sense of humor. Too many people play jazz with a stone face trying to impress with mathematical patterns and "hipness"
Great!
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paul f. page said 819 days ago (February 26th, 2015)
Not disappointed...
...in the slightest. Always a delight to hear your work, Michael. This is smooth, smooth, smooth. Such a nice surprise to hear this this evening. Thanks again for your talent and for sharing it so generously.
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Bowman said 818 days ago (February 27th, 2015)
As
far as I'm concerned you turned Friday the 13th upside down 6 years ago.
Your voice is in top shape and your style impeccable.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Charday said 809 days ago (March 9th, 2015)
Every time you sing!
I forget I'm listening to some cool dude friend on macjams from Alasota, singing in his living room, wtf? bff? You should go on The Voice! You'd be a sensation! Jd. I LOVE this song! Great arrangement!
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