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Well this was a nice way to start a Friday

Usually there is some sort of hint, an article on a classic rock website or something somewhere when an artist is going to release something new. One of the first things I saw when I got to work was a headline saying Stevie Nicks covered and released “For What It’s Worth” written by Stephen Stills and recorded by Buffalo Springfield. No, it does not disappoint. Just the perfect way to start the day.

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I’m not a guitar geek….

When I was watching Wolfgang Van Halen play Hot For Teacher during the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, my second thought was, wow, what is that guitar he’s using? I mentioned that to Forrest, and he sent me the link to the video below. It’s a long video, and I wasn’t sure I’d even watch it all, but I did. Even if you’re not a guitar geek, it’s worth the watch, so carve out 45 minutes or so and enjoy!

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In this video I’ve seen many times,

The Who’s “It’s Hard” was released September 4th of 1982. Athena was the first single, Eminence Front the second. I’ve seen the video for Eminence Front many times, but when I watched it over the weekend, I noticed something interesting. Roger Daltrey is seen arriving in a Cadillac limo. Pete Townsend and John Entwistle arrive together in a Ford van. I’m not saying anything specific, just that I had never noticed that before, and thought it was weird that I would notice that now. And yes, it’s a great song I hadn’t heard in a while.

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Boss Flashback

August 5th was the 30th anniversary of the death of Jeff Porcaro, probably best know as the drummer for Toto, but he left his mark on many songs we all know. He played on Steely Dan tunes, he played on Dire Straits tunes, Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry”-nope, Don didn’t play the drums on that one! Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, along with fellow Toto bandmates Steve Lukather and brother Steve. The one song he played on that I had forgotten about was Springsteen’s “Human Touch”. And if I’m being honest, when I saw the title of the song I went “Huh? What song IS that?” Once I heard it, I remembered it. And have since added it to my collection. I kinda feel sorry for the people that had to hear it loudly coming from my car the other day. Not really. And damn Jeff was a great drummer!

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Side note….Randy Jackson, the American Idol judge, was the bass player.

Side Side note…Jeff also played the drums on Pink Floyd’s “Mother”. Didn’t know that one…

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Don’t Know Why I Have Not Seen This Before

I was just scrolling through the internet, minding my own business, and came upon this video for Tom Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels (Home Recording). I clicked, and found myself 4 minutes and 44 seconds later very glad I did.

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A Cover Of Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop

I was looking at the Wikipedia page for this song, and I saw, or rather actually took the time to read, that someone by the name of Nina Nesbitt had done a cover of the song. Of course I was intrigued, wonder who this person was and did she do the song justice. Here is the answer to the first, below is the answer to the second. No, I won’t spoil it by answering. Go on, watch! – Scott Cruize

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Pick Up The Pieces

Yes, you read that correctly. The Phil Collins Big Band, something I seem to vaguely remember, covered the Average White Band’s Pick Up The Pieces. And they do it well, turning the song into a 20 something minute jam session. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the video, but really glad I did. So take 20 minutes out of your day and get funky.

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Billy Joel and Joe Elliot

When I saw that Joe Elliot jumped on stage with Billy Joel July 9th at Comerica Park the night before the Stadium Tour was to perform, I thought it would be well worth watching cell phone video to see Billy sing Pour Some Sugar On Me with Joe. Now, I will admit I didn’t watch the whole video, after a few minutes I scrolled to see where Billy might start singing. Oh, I did see him providing background harmonies, but come one…Billy Joel singing “Do you take sugar, One lump or two?!” would have been spectacular. Unless he did and I missed it. Because I could have missed it! And props to Billy’s band…they nailed it!

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New From Brian May and Graham Gouldman

If you don’t recognize the name Graham Gouldman, you may recognize the band he founded 10cc. “I’m Not In Love” is one of my favorites, even though part of it always freaks me out. He and Brian May teamed up for a song to celebrate the James Webb Space Telescope sending the first pictures back from space. If you have not yet had the pleasure of hearing it yet, let me offer you the chance.

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A New Alan Parsons Album Is On The Way

“From The New World” is the name of the new album, and it’s set for release July 15th. Alan has recruited some great names to play and sing on the album, including but certainly not limited to Joe Bonamassa with guitar solos on two songs, David Pack from Ambrosia-a band Alan produced at one point-and Tommy Shaw from Styx, singing lead vocals on the song released yesterday, Uroboros. Interesting that Tommy only sings…there is no listing of him playing guitar on any part of the album. Hope a few more songs from the album are put out before July 15th…not sure I can wait that long for new Alan Parsons music!

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Burning Down The House…

Yep. Tom Jones, with help from The Cardigans (this might sound familiar) covered Burning Down The House by The Talking Heads for Tom’s 1999 Reload album. And um, it’s…well, it’s pretty good. I mean, it looks like Tom is having a great time during the video shoot, and the video itself is worth the watch, but do have the volume up.

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Nobody can do it better than Boston….

I got the link to this video from The Boss because he knows I like Boston. And I have to admit I was hesitant to watch it, because let’s face it, this song has never been anything less than number 2 on my list of favorite songs. Usually it’s Number 1, but there are times some other song takes over for a few minutes. To say I was impressed by this version would be an understatement! Go on and give it a watch. Even if you’re not a Boston fan, this version will impress you!

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Oh. My.

How many times have you heard Kashmir? Have you seen/heard the Live At Knebworth? I’ve posted videos of The Charismatic Voice before, so when I saw that she was viewing Kashmir for the first time, and it was the Live At Knebworth video she was watching….I was all in. I don’t want to spoil anything, but from 10:30 to about 16:12 , the genuine reaction is so contagious it made me smile.

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Breakdown Live

I remember hearing a live version of Breakdown by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers on the radio in Seattle where the audience starts singing at the beginning of the song, and Tom let’s them, then says…”you’re gonna put me out of a job…..”, and I always loved that version. I have been looking online for it for some time now, and I have finally found it! Oh happy day! I thought it was from sometime in the late ’70’s early 80’s, but I could have found it sooner if I had only been paying attention. It’s from the live album Pack Up The Plantation: Live! from 1985. Oh well, now that I know that, I can own it! If you’ve never heard it, give it a listen……

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This is amazing…

When I got a text from John Patrick from KTIK yesterday, I thought there was a problem. Not that there is always a problem when he texts on a Sunday, but the way the weekend had been going, it seemed likely. The only problem was the rabbit hole it took me down. He sent be a link to guitarist Gabriella Quevedo playing “Another Brick In The Wall”. After commenting back that I thought that was pretty cool, he texted back “Watch he do Comfortably Numb”. So I did. Um, wow. How had I not seen this before. Incredible. Amazing. Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the two David Gilmour solos are also incredible, and amazing. Oh, and all on an acoustic guitar. If you can, listen with headphones.

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Playing For Change Has Done It Again

John Paul Jones joins in this video for Playing For Change. These songs and videos are always spectacular….this is no exception. When The Levee Breaks.

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The Title Track From Presto

Music is subjective. You like what you like, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. I know people that think Rush is the best thing to happen to music ever, and some that just don’t get it. Me, I like a lot of Rush. And some songs I don’t care for. I have Rush’s Retrospective lll 1989 – 2008 in my phone (along with a LOT of other songs!), and yesterday on the way home Presto popped up. It’s not their most progressive, it doesn’t rock, but it is a really good song. I’d put the lyrics up as some of Neil Peart’s best, the mix of Alex’s acoustic and electric guitar, and Geddy’s harmonies……just wow. So give it a listen, Rush fan or not.

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Greed

Ann Wilson of Heart has a new solo album coming out April 29ht Called Fierce Bliss. The first song has been released, and I have to say it is getting me ready for the album. Ann still has It…her voice strong as it ever was. I’ve been playing it on repeat for a few days now, and nope, not tired of it! Enjoy “Greed” from Ann Wilson.

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Now Comfortable Numb….

Elizabeth Zharoff is the Charismatic Voice. Last week I posted her hearing Rush’s Spirit Of Radio for the first time, and as expected, that led to a rabbit hole of her videos. So when I saw she did Comfortable Numb, I had to watch. Her analyzation of the song is fascinating. Usually I don’t want to spoil anything in the video, but I feel there are a few thigs to warn you about. First, she admits to knowing nothing about Pink Floyd. This is important to note as she doesn’t know who is who in the band, and does get some things wrong. She also admits she head Comfortably Numb before, in a car. In the video she watches the Pulse performance; not MY favorite live performance, but a Pink Floyd live performance. She really gets into the song, and really GETS the song and performance. Oh, one more warning….she does stop the video she’s watching right at the start of David Gilmour’s first solo, and during the second solo as well. it was jarring the second time, so I thought you should be ready for it. Oh, and if you’re like me, you’re going to want to listen to the song without commentary right after you watch.

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Well, I Was Not Expecting That!

Bryan Adams Cuts Like A Knife album is one of my favorites. And the title track is one of my favorite songs. I saw that Bryan had released a new single, and really wasn’t expecting to like it much as I’m not a big fan of his more recent stuff. I was wrong. “Never Gonna Rain” is part of Bryan’s upcoming So Happy It Hurts album due out on March 11th. And I’m going to have to give the whole thing a listen, because if it’s as good as “Never Gonna Rain”, the album will have to enter my collection!

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Edgar Allan Poe

Ah, the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Love them. I am also a fan of The Alan Parson Project. So the combination of the two is right up my ally. The Tales Of Mystery And Imagination album is one of my favorites, and this is one of my favorites from the album. So enjoy The Raven….

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I woke up with this song in my head…

I’ve said it before…I almost always wake up with a song in my head. This morning was no different, but the song…..not my first choice. And I have coworkers to blame. Yesterday afternoon, I was stopped by the coworker (not using names to protect the innocent) that has the office across from mine. Two other coworkers were in there, and through a boring conversation that I will spare you from, it turns out one of them was dressed like one of the Pink Ladies and one like Olivia Newton John, from Grease. No, they did not coordinate, and no, I didn’t immediately recognize that fact. I quickly found myself wandering back into my office and forgot about the whole thing. Until this morning. When I woke up with this song in my head. I blame them. And have told them so. They laughed. Watch it yourself if you dare.

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A Tribute Album I Can’t Wait To Hear

Edgar Winter will release “Brother Johnny“, a tribute to his brother Johnny on April 15. With the likes of Steve Lukather, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh and so many more superstars, it should prove to be a fantastic tribute. The first release was made last week….a cover of Johnny B Goode, with Joe Walsh and Edgar Winter sharing vocals. If this is how the whole album sill sound, I cannot wait.

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This Song Popped Up Today

“The way you bit my lip and you drew first blood/It warmed my cold, cold heart/And you wrote your name right on my back/Boy/your nails were sharp” . Mick wrote Don’t Stop when he was writing for his Goddess In The Doorway solo album, but thought it would be better as a Stones song. Either way, it’s a great song that popped up as I was randomly listening to the iPad. Form Forty Licks, “Don’t Stop”

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The Weather Made Me Do It

It’s been fine during the snow, but the past few days with the slush and wet roads, I’ve needed the windshield wipers more. back in August I had them replaced during some regular maintenance, but the past few days has proven that only one was changed. Fortunately for me it was the driver side blade, but now I have to get the other one done. So this is an appropriate song for the times…..Heywood Banks, from the Bob &Tom Show, and Wiper Blades!


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Another Great Cover

Vanilla Fudge has recently covered some Led Zeppelin songs…”Immigrant Song’, “Rock And Roll”, and now they have released their version of “Ramble On”. All these will be included on an album called Vanilla Zeppelin, soon to be released. I have not listened to the other songs, but the thought of them covering “Ramble On” intrigued me, so I jumped. It is….different. Not a bad different, but definitely different. You’re just gonna have to try it for yourself…..go on, try it…….

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The Next From “Turning To Crime”

Not too long ago, Deep Purple released a video for their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” from the album of covers Turning To Crime, and they have just released another for the Huey “Piano” Smiths song. Again, they do a great job with the song, and even tip their collective hats to a few of the greats….and one of their own tunes. Worth the watch indeed! The album is set for release on November 26th. Can’t wait to hear their take on Little Feat’s Dixie Chicken and Cream’s White Room…

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The Foo Fighters Have Done IT Again!

“Learn To Fly” was the first Foo Fighters video I saw, and naturally I think it’s a great one, so when I saw they released one for the song “Love Dies Young”, and it stars Jason Sudeikis….well, I knew it was going to be a good one…and I was right! Written and directed by Dave Grohl, the video might not be for everyone though……it is one of my favorite songs from the Medicine At Midnight album, with or without a video.

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Deep Purple has done it again!

The new Deep Purple cover album Turning To Crime will be released November 26th, and if their version of “Oh Well”… is any indication, this is going to be a great album! The video takes up the theme of the title, and is a bit….well, you be the judge, I won’t ruin it for you. The song is well worth it though, so if you have not yet seen/heard it, enjoy!

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Happy Birthday Bryan

OK, yes that is cheesy and bad, but the song rocks. Bryan Adams is 62 today, and a great way to celebrate is to once again enjoy the title track from his third album. So crank it up!

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I just watched the trailer for the Brian Wilson Documentary.

I have been a Beach Boys fan as long as I can remember. I have had Beach Boys 8-Tracks, cassettes, vinyl, and of course mp3’s. I saw Brian live when he performed at the Morrison Center and it was amazing. The documentary Brian WIlson: Long Promised Road made it’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and will be released to theaters and on VOD November 19th. In it there are interviews with Brian, Elton John, Taylor Hawkins, Bruce Springsteen and more. If the trailer gave me the chills, I cannot imagine what will happen when I watch the whole thing. Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of the Beach Boys, this will be worth the watch.

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Can The Muppets Do ELO Justice?

I stumbled across a video of The Muppets doing Mr. Blue Sky by The Electric Light Orchestra. And I will admit that at first I didn’t’ click the link because I’m not sure why actually. After a few hours I saw it again and thought “Huh. OK, I’ll give it a shot.” Naturally I was not disappointed, but I am wondering why I didn’t just click the first time. So don’t wait! Click now!

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This song popped up somewhere last night…

As an Allman Brothers Band fan, . It’s the title track of the 1990 Seven Turns album, written be Dicky Betts, the first album after the band got back together in 1989. The song did quite well, getting to number 12 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1990, the album peaking at #53. Seven Turns by The Allman Brothers Band.


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OK, that was weird….

I woke up this morning with a song in my head. I almost always do…doesn’t matter if it’s a song or a jingle, or just an odd tune, more often than not there is some song knockin around my noggin first thing. This morning it was Hot Rod Lincoln, by Commander Coy And His Lost Airmen. What’s odd about that? Well, about an hour after waking up I read that George Frayne, aka Commander Cody, had died at the age of 77. Yeah, freaked me out just a little…so naturally I had to give it a listen.

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I’m not sure what happened

It’s not every day that I wake up thinking, “You know, a tune from Donnie Baker And The Pork Pistols would sound good right now.”  But that’s what happened.  This was live in the Bob & Tom Studios, and if the date on the video is correct, it’s from WAY back,  So if you find yourself in need of some interesting entertainment, enjoy Donnie Baker And The Pork Pistols “Let Me Put The Tip In”.  Oh, and it’s good to see and hear Bob again!

 

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Time For A Bob & Tom Flashback

I was listening to some of my Bob & Tom CD’s…I have a few….and some Tim Wilson songs came up.  Tim was a regular on the show till his passing in February of 2014. This was always one for my favorites…Church League Softball Fight, from the Bob & Tom Studios.

 

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The New yes Album Is A Month Away

The new Yes album, The Quest, will be released October first, and the latest single is out now, called ‘Dare To Know’.  As a Yes fan, even though I prefer Jon Anderson as the lead singer, I gave it a listen, and I’ll admit, I kind of like it.  And I really like the video.  If you are a Yes fan, it is worth the watch, and I will give the whole album a listen October 1!

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If you like a good Distortion Pedal…

The description of the video is “I found the heaviest distortion pedal and used it on a harp”, I clicked the link without thinking.  So worth it!

 

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There is a new Billy Idol album coming…

OK-so it’s actually an EP of 4 songs called The Roadside , and the single is called “Bitter Taste”  You can read a great article about it here, or if you want to skip straight to the video, that’s below.  And without spoiling it, by watching the video you should be able to tell what the song is about.

 

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New Doobie Brothers Album On The Way

The new album is called Liberte, and will be released on October 1st, but if you can’t wait that long (I can’t), there are 4 songs from the album on all major streaming services as an EP.  The first single is called “Don’t Ya Mess With Me” and is very much a Doobie Brothers song.  If you haven’t heard it yet, here you go!

 

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It’s Not Rock & Roll…

The trailer for the New Ghostbusters movie Ghostbusters Afterlife is out.  If you have not seen it yet….watch now!

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we Knew They Were Going To Do It…

It was not a surprise when the video for the Foo Fighters doing You Should Be Dancing came out.  We knew they were going to pay tribute to the Bee Gees, but damn!  This is….well, incredible.  Even if you have no love for the Bee Gees…even if you cannot STAND this song….it’s well worth the watch.  At least once.  I’m on my 5th viewing, and it still makes me smile every time!  And it looks like they are really having a good time with it as well.  Cannot wait to hear the rest of the songs on Hail Satin.   The Dee Gees, and You Should Be Dancing

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Tot’s Album Has been Released

Recorded November 21, 2020, release June 25 2021, “With A Little Help From My Friends” sports a new Toto lineup with familiar songs.  This new lineup is fantastic…incredible musicians all, and each song seems to absolutely highlight all their talent.  And the title track is, well, breathtaking.  At least it was for me.  So enjoy With A Little Help From My Friends from Toto!

 

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The Foo Fighters are back

On June 16, there was a Foo Fighters performance at The Canyon, getting ready for a Madison Square Garden show on Sunday.  Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl switched spots, and Taylor belted out a great cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love”.  Enjoy!

 

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Time for another Flashback…

I’m not sure what happened to get this song back in my head.  It’s not like I was actively seeking out The Outfield, but it happened.  I have a copy of Play Deep on vinyl, but it’s not like I got it out to give it a spin….but this song jumped back into my head and has not left for a few days.  So here you go….Say It Isn’t So…The Outfield form 1985!

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The New Styx album is almost here…

The new Styx album, Crash Of The Crown, will be released Friday June 18th, and the band will hit the road that week along with Collective Soul.  The new tune was written by Tommy Shaw and Will Evankovich, and, just like the other songs that have been released for the album, make me want to hear the whole thing.  Guess I’ll have to wait till the 18th!  Till then “Reveries” from Styx!

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New Toto Video

You may recall that the 15th incarnation of Toto performed live on November 21 of last year in an online performance.  That performance will be released June 25th.  The band has released a new video of the performance, and it’s a classic from their debut album.  It sound just as good with Joe Williams singing as it does with Bobby Kimball, and it really makes me look forward to the release of the full project.  You Are The Flower-Enjoy!

 

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Bob Dylan is 80 years old today

I’m not sure if I am a Bob Dylan fan or not.  Sure, I love some of his songs, but mostly the ones done by other artists.  All Along The Watchtower of course,  but My Back Pages is also one of my favorites.  I mean, with lyrics like “Ah But I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”….genius!  IN honor of his 80th birthday, here is My Back Pages from The 3oth Anniversary Concert.  Oh, and the talent  on that stage is unbelievable.

 

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Dennis DeYoung has release a new single…

Which shouldn’t be a surprise…I mean, how many Styx songs did he write?  Dennis has said that this is his last album, and as such I plan on giving it the attention it deserves.  It’s title:  26 East Volume 2, due out June 11.  Featuring Tom Morello from Rage against The Machine, “The Last Guitar Hero” was released yesterday, and I gotta say, I like it!  If you haven’t heard it yet, watch the video below!

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