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Here's a song popularized in the 1930s by that great singing group, The Ink Spots. I thought I'd try a little of the chorus filter to make it worse (I toyed with the idea of running this backward however). Never have sung this one before (it sounds like it!) so I may go back to it later in the year, if I'm still around.

Speaking of the year, thanks to all for the fine music here in 2011. Let's hope the coming year will be a much better one for everybody (yeah, I know, that entails Michael Rennie landing a flying saucer on the White House lawn at this point, but ya know--we can dream can't we?) I also wish this year that hiss I'm getting will go back where it came from, ugh!

Thanks again,

Michael

Artwork: Movie fans will get the connection, the rest of you will have to stay up, tossing and roiling around in bed nights wondering I guess!

PS: Please pardon the occasional lip-smacking sounds. Normally I deplore those things but I was eating a meatball submarine sandwich at the time I recorded this. Thank you!
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Philip18 said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Java Jive
Nice backing - is that Mr McPike again? The bass is very groovy. The guitar playing those Freddy Green style jazz chords is excellent. Very unusual instrument comes in around 1.40 or so. Is that a duck? :-) Nice trumpet lazily coming in here and there. And of course, a vocal style that is perfect for the song. Downloaded, with thanks!
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michaeljayklein said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Thanks Philip
I wanted to say the accompaniment was cobbled together blowing into a Chiclet box and working some clothes hangers, a squeaky toy and a slide whistle from a CrackerJack box, but it's the work of Robert Boyd. I like this arrangement too and think as a fun project, I may try to "recreate" it--might give me a little education in making my own junk to croon with. Appreciated hearing from you and have a Happy New Year! Michael
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Symphony101 said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Very nice way to finish the year
And "I love coffee" comes spot on at this moment of the day for me ! :-)

Very smooth vocals Michael and you put on a show on each song ! Very impressive !

I'm looking forward to 2012, plenty of great MJK tunes !

Michael, about the hiss, have you noticed any particular track or part of the song if you single each component out and isolate ? If you single it out and find out which component it comes from, it might be easy to resolve. With me sometimes the mic or guitars used to cause that and to some extent I could get rid of it.
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michaeljayklein said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Thanks Yves!
Oh this hiss--you know, I get it when I'm working with Adobe Audition, but when I work with Mixcraft, there's no hiss. I prefer working with Audition because it's more "vocalist" friendly so I believe the problem is in the settings somewhere in there--I need to dedicate a night toying with that to see if it goes away (it's been driving me nuts--I can put a "hiss" filter on it, but then it kind of deadens the vocals and I sound dead enough as it is!) You take care Yves and of course, I hope and wish for only the best to you and your family--you certainly deserve it! Michael
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Narad said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
JAVA JIVE
I like coffee, I like tea and I like especially your music.
Happy new year, uncle with plenty of new songs !
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Me too!
Harald, my dad was originally from Hungary and when I was growing up, we were the ONLY family that I knew of that had an espresso maker in our home back when I was growing up--it was quite a contraption, but my dad would ONLY drink espresso (I'm dating myself now, I just know it!) I think I inherited his habits in the coffee line myself. Thanks again nephew and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Michael
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neilh79 said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Java Jive
Really sweet job Michael have a great new year
michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Thanks Neil
Geez, listening to this over, I wish I had done it a little better--maybe a little more cream and sugar next time! Happy to hear from you and wishing you the best this new year, Michael
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alackbass said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
JAVA JIVE
Went perfect with my morning coffee! Happy New Year friend!
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Happy New Year to you too Andrew...
...by the way, there is less caffeine in a shot of espresso than a cup of coffee--a little factoid I just remembered! Thanks again now, Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
JAVA JIVE
Smooth and sexy...I love coffee and tea and this cupa musical joy
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Dave
Had I known you were coming, I would have added a dollop of freshly whipped cream to this deal--thanks again and wishing you a great new year! Michael
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AcetyleneJukebox said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
jitters
An artist on iCompositions and here on Macjams named dirigent did a cool version of this a while ago. Great to hear it again. Just had some cofee brewed in a French press so perfect timing.You have a unique scat singing style-heh-heh- About the hiss-A better make cable might cut down on the noise.Nice work.
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Thank ya!
Oh yes, I'm very familiar with Dirigent's work; he's very good! As for the "scat singing", actually, that was just my attempt at sort of mimicking a trumpet--I don't know if there is a term for that, but it's probably included in the same group as whistling is. Take care and happy new year to you!
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Keedee said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
Mmm..Mmm..Mmm.. Good!
Poor Debbie (Gloria Grahame). Vince (L. Marvin) shouldn't have gone and spoiled her good looks.
This Jave Jive went down real nice & smooth. Matter of fact, you can pour it all over me (assuming it's iced java). LOVED IT!!!
michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Lyn!
I just KNEW you would get it--it's been a while since I've seen that movie, but I do believe Gloria got her revenge on Lee in grand style (she MUST have!) Oh man, you go for iced coffee Lyn? I must be honest and tell you I've never developed a taste for that, although it's funny because there's really no reason NOT to like it if you drink coffee hot or cold (maybe it's a psychological thing--would be good material for a Fritz Lang movie). Did you notice the reference to "Mr. Moto" in this thing? I just could never picture him working behind the lunch counter at Woolworth's for some reason. Thanks as always for your kind support Lyn and hope this latest year is a good change of pace (I swear, all the years have been more or less the same since 1988). You take care now, xoxox Mish
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gadzooks said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
JAVA JIVE
I've been away for Xmas and I have a bit of catching up to do. No MJ's for two weeks!
What a treat hearing this tune ... your voice sounds very rich in the mix. What a sleazy sax and Michael that vocal horn scat is awesome!! What a great tune ... too late for coffee unless I put some baileys in it.
Happy New Year Michael and I sincerely thank you for your support in my first year of MJ's. You have been an inspiration.
SG
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Hey Chris
I missed you! Glad to see you back and thanks so very much for the kind words on this deal. I was going to share this ancient coffee recipe, but offhand the only thing I remember about it was that it called for the coffee to be strained through a mummy or something. I'm sure it was a very appealing potable in its day. Chris, regarding my supporting you work, you are terrific! What else is there to do?! Thanks again and wishing upon you and yours the beginning of what will be a very fine year in all ways. Take care now! Michael
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Vic Holman said 2485 days ago (December 31st, 2011)
JAVA JIVE
mornings don't happen until the coffee kicks in...... the new year morning won't start either until i had my couple mugs

happy new year michael
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Happy New Year to you too Vic
Michael
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RAVENS said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Coffee...
Oh I certainly love java. And I love you too! Wonderful hearing your beautiful voice tonight, I needed it. Fabulous performance, you da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Impsala
Geez, had I known you'd appear I'd not have done such a fraudulent-assed ho-type job of it here, but yanno, Routine #82 and what have you...thanks again and here's to another year of dizzies, daffies, mo-mos, bimbos, TWB, NTWs, more highly original routines, BDI & Bubbles, MPs, maestros, Essies, veebifying, JMs (in essence, the same jinque as last year!) You take care now! xoxox
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DWL said 2484 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Another interesting arrangement
and another interesting take on a great song.

Keep 'em coming Michael!

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Thanks again Dick!

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falcef said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
JAVA JIVE
JAVA JIVE a song swing style jazz vocal Count Basie a solos trombons a beautyful. Bye happy 2012


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michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Gracie Falcef!

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Moviz said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
I actually
remember this played on the radio by the Ink Spots (didn't the Andrew Sisters also sing it?) in the '40's, though i don't recall seeing the film..... this is a bluesier version than the original and you do it so moody and slinky LOL..... tops as always Michael...... All the best for the New Year, M
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michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Maurice!

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J_Gretch said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
JAVA JIVE
Enjoying a cup right now,,and this song brings a smile to my face...Yur one of a kind man :)
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michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Thank you very much J!

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Jarvoid said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
nice laid back....
and what the heck is that ....?is the ...no ...there is a duck on the track....Phillip was right.......I don't drink much coffee but I might have to flash up a pot of diesel after hearing this ....Thanks !

Great stuff....


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michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Chris, thanks for the kind and humorous response!
Take care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
10 Stars!!!
I have so much listens to do. I love this song and you singing so perfect.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2483 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
10 Stars
Hey, what do you think this is, Iclumps or something??! All seriousness aside, thanks so very much Tina--send my regards (as always) to Yolanda and I think the new paint job on your house looks really good (send more pix!) Take care now, Michael
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magnatone said 2482 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Java Jive
Michael, you're just such a wizard! your voice is incredible, and YOU are incredible! happy new year my friend - thanks for all the wonderful music in 2011!
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Karen
Much appreciated and hopefully this coming year will be featuring some original instrumentals and perhaps a song or three--I'm working on stuff now in fact. You take care and happy new year to you and yours, Michael
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eanbardsley said 2482 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Really Feel Good Stuff!!!
Marvelous!
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Thanks very much Ean!
Michael
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dave_b said 2482 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
JAVA JIVE
Jazzy bluesy vibe. Expressive vocals, cool the way the melody jumps around. Nice break @ 1:40 - is that the AFLAC duck? :) This goes with my hyper-caffeinated morning!
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Hi Dave
Hahahahahahahaha...yanno, speaking of that duck, for a while a few years back I used to correspond with Gilbert Gottfried, the one who did the original voice for that character (very nice guy, loves old movies like I do and does NOT sound like he does at all in real life). Thanks for dropping by and for the positive review on this old gem. Take care now, Michael
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Char said 2482 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
And you
didn't save any sandwich for me? You sound great. A little bit of Rudy Vallee there. Thank you, Michael. You are way too hard on yourself. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Char
This is weird because in addition to Gilbert Gottfried (see answer to Dave), I got to shake hands and get Rudy Vallee's autograph (I'm not kidding). He appeared at the Radio Hall of Fame in East Orange NJ. My DJ friend took me there--I was about 16 I think. Nah, I'm too soft on myself! Glad you liked it! Michael
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UncleNazz said 2482 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Alta Rica
Gorgeous
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Thank ya Uncle
Glad you could stop by--I enjoyed your latest very much this afternoon! Take care now, Michael
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thetiler said 2482 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Is that Alfalfa of OUR GANG?
on your main pic page? It has been so long ago I am not sure but I thought it was Alfalfa. Your background is so stellar and of course your singing is always high grade and the comedy is of course an extra bonus.
The scat singing is almost like a Jimmy Durante sound. You really add so much to Majams in character of music, entertainment enjoyment. And the fact that you stick to this kind of WELL MADE music is so much fun to listen to and a big breather from the constant rock that is so often dished out on most radio stations ! WAy to GO Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Hello Bill!
Yes, that is indeed Alfalfa, King of Crooners Bill! Oh really, I was half asleep when I did this but glad you liked what I could get out on it. I only wish I could write the songs I sing, but I'm working on it, I'm working on it! Thanks again--I admire your musicianship to the max and I'm flattered you could stop by to listen Bill. Take care now, Michael
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drakonis said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Sir Moka Pots
Great fun, and one of my favorite subjects. Did you know that the longer hot water stays in contact with the coffee as it brews, the MORE caffeine is extracted, so drip-brewed is the highest caffeine (90%), french press has less, and espressos, having the water zoom through at 20 seconds only has 50% of the caffeine, but all the taste. And then there's roasting your own fresh beans to get hooked on. But I'm hooked on your voice, smooth and assured... great work here.
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
I figured you loved coffee somehow...
Speaking of extra strong, we bought ourselves a new cofee maker for Christmas and this deal has a setting to run the water through twice, for that extra powerful cup 'o' coffee as detailed in your scientific description dere Eduard. Since getting this machine, my life has taken on the dimensions of a Mexican jumping bean. Thanks for stopping by and for the informative and kind words chief! Michael
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dimm witness said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
lol
too much!! happy new year :D
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Dimm
I do believe you've broken the previous record held by Mrs. Wanda Stapp of Beebeetown, Iowa back in the summer of 1964!
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
PS
As mentioned in my PM to you earlier today, please fix the excess favoritage on this thing--actually, Richard's or Maurice's music should be in this spot to begin with--thanks! :)
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dimm witness said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
but but --
I love the ink spots!! I still have a heart on...
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michaeljayklein said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
I'm not one for double entendres...
...but I have to admit "I still have a heart on" sounds--well, yanno! Glad you like the Ink Spots too. There was a fellow who ate at my dad's place whenever he was in town, Cha-Cha Hogan (LOVE that name), but he wasn't one of the original Spots, but rather, sang with what was billed as "The New Ink Spots" (I guess you could say they were a replacement cartridge in fountain pen terminology). I caught Cha-Cha a couple of times on "Sanford and Son" later on! Thanks again and happy new year to you Dimm, Michael
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abzwork said 2481 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Java Jive...
Your smoothe prance here takes me to Broardway, where there is a promoter waiting and wondering whats taking you so long to get there...Par Excellence indeed my friend!..:):):)peace
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KCsGROOVE said 2479 days ago (January 6th, 2012)
coffee
Can't live without the stuff..... :-)
Cool slow groove, Michael
The scatting is crazy :-)
Cool one!
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Doug Somers said 2478 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
a cup a cup a cup a cup a cup
I first heard this one done by the Manhattan Transfer and they can't hold a candle to your bridge interpretation. You are the Kroonmeister Michael. This vocal has a great swing to it, and the way you pair with that trombone makes me think of the last song as the restaurant is closing up (I'll get my upturned chair off my desk now and keep typing...)

Is there anything you can't sing well??? Certainly we are not complaining.

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tf10music said 2477 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
your voice
is so expressive that you have no trouble establishing an internal dialogue within your performances. It's pretty inspiring, man.
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grah3am said 2474 days ago (January 11th, 2012)
I dare you
to run everything backwards, smack your lips and eat a sub whilst telling Gort what to do with these pesky humans. But keep the horn player at all costs. Great fun, and damn the hiss and the torpedoes.
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egobandit said 2471 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
WHere have I been
your a :coffee pot, love your vocal tone in this! always entertaining and pleasant! Tops Like the scatting!
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Godchaser said 2464 days ago (January 20th, 2012)
Javalicious
Michael you are one of the few that continuously delivers the goods.Truly this one has it all....hiss or no hiss,it's all good!
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Ibstrat said 2446 days ago (February 7th, 2012)
Great song
and your delivery is amazing as usual.
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