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I need a dollar – Black covers Blacc. A jazzier twist on the 2010 soul tune.


Here I’m performing “I need a Dollar’ by Aloe Blacc. I’m playing all the instruments and singing background voices too, with tremendous audio/visual help from the awesome Tom Ford. I heard this as a jazz blend of ’16 Tons’ and ‘Hit the Road Jack’. It’s slower than the original, but that fit the darker mood I was going for.

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You should learn how to make the sounds you love first, as a way of motivating and rewarding yourself for doing frequently necessary hard work.

Inflection points rock.: There are techniques, ideas, shortcuts that give significant, noticeable advantage to learners; moments when significant changes may occur. Let's find them and use them.

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