Tommie Collins

Tommie Collins
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

TC's True (c) Hollywood Stories Vol.2- Prince

I remember the time I met Prince. yes, Prince, the Artist. The same man who gave the world hits such as "Purple Rain," "Diamonds & Pearls," and "Little Red Corvette." I was working at a popular DC Nightclub at the time, and I was a host on the 1st floor. One of the managers asked me to be a waiter/server for the top floor for the evening because all of their wait staff had called out, and I was the only other person who knew the system at the time. I agreed to do it, not knowing who I would be waiting on. As I approached the penthouse, I saw two tall, beautiful women sitting beside what looked to be a small pretty lady with a fabulous hairstyle. That was no lady, it was PRINCE! Jamie Foxx said on one of his stand up DVD's that you are NOT to look directly into Prince's eyes when you meet him. Unfortunately I did. I didn't want to seem like I was overly excited to meet him, so I calmly walked on over to his table, introduced myself, and asked was there anything I could get them. Instead of answering me, he just stared at me like this: Image and video hosting by TinyPic
At that moment I didn't know what to do. I froze. it was just awkward silence for about 2 minutes while I searched my soul and my manhood. I eventually snapped out of it, and offered to get them something to drink while they looked at the menu. The two females asked for Cosmopolitans. I looked at Prince, and said, "You don't drink alcohol, do you?" Once again, he didn't answer me, just looked at me like Image and video hosting by TinyPic After gritting on me, he responded, "Who told you that?" in the deepest voice I had ever heard in my life. He ordered a bottle of Grand Marnier, I brought it to his table, and I left them for about 5 minutes. I didn't understand what had just happened, my heart was beating really fast and I felt dizzy. I immediately recited MC's Ren's verse from NWA's "Always Into Somethin" and then dropped down to do several pushups. I returned to the room to take their order, and walked in the middle of a sho nuff PAR-TAY. Prince had one of the lady's arms in thet air, and the other lady's thigh around his throat. When they saw me at the door, they paused, but Prince did not: he broke into a series of splits Image and video hosting by TinyPic and then stood perfectly still. The ladies put on their coats, then put his coat on him, and they headed for the door. "We're outta here, have a good night," said the deep voiced superstar. As he walked out he gave me a look that confused my life for almost 48 hours Image and video hosting by TinyPic
I looked at the table and saw that he had left money for the drinks & the bottle, and left me a $200 tip. I tried to act normal after that, but it was hard. When I got home that night I layed down in the bed with all of my clothes on and recited "When Doves Cry" lyrics over and over until I fell asleep.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

||The Pavilion|| A NYE '11 Affair

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Why pay top dollar for a NYE party at a club that you frequent all the time? Why pay top dollar for a ticket, then pay for drinks AND food? Join us for something different, something EPIC: 12/31/10, Hypnotik Entertainment, Good Life Dc, Julie Lee, Kai & Breeze Nightlife present:"THE PAVILION." Join us at the historic & luxurious Post Office Pavilion for an upscale NYE Event. Single Tickets start at $90 which includes PREMIUM OPEN BAR ALL NIGHT LONG and Hors D'oeuvres for your eating pleasure. Get your tickets while they last, this event WILL SELL OUT.



$90 for Singles

$170 for Couples

Table Packages:

$1750 for 10-Guests:

- 3 bottles of Moet Rose

- 2 bottles of Liquor from our selections to start off with table

- Unlimited bottles of Liquor After (Bottles will be served 1 bottle at a time)

- Includes Gratuity

$2500 for 15-Guest VIP Table:

- 2 bottles of Cristal & 2 bottles of Moet Rose

- 2 bottles of Liquor from our selections to start off with table

- Unlimited bottles of Liquor After (Bottles will be served 1 bottle at a time)

- Includes Gratuity




Monday, December 6, 2010

Cool Christmas Gifts for Guys

It can be hard to shop for a man. They don’t lust over shoes or purses, and you really have to know a man in order to shop for him. Here are some gifts that you can give a man whether you know him or not that he will genuinely appreciate:

-Video Games: Whether it’s an actual game, a special controller, or a new cheat code; some guys will love you for life for adding to their video game experience. This is a gift that they will LOVE, but you will hate because they’ll be paying even MORE attention to the game and less to you. But still get it, tis the season!

-Auto Work: Upgrade his car radio, get his car an alignment, or even get it detailed for him. Men love their cars, so hooking his car up in any way will please him. If your man doesn’t have a car, then replace auto work with a job application.

-Porn: It’s no secret that men watch lots of porn. Nowadays women do too, so why not break the ice and give him a few good porn videos? Don’t want to be seen in the adult video store by your house? Get a thumb drive and fill it up with a bunch of porn videos. Put it in a stocking with a soft hand towel and don’t forget the petroleum jelly.

-Spa Visit: Every now and then, a guy should take a trip to the spa. Get him a Men’s package at a spa because if you don’t schedule it, he'll never go. He’ll appreciate the massage and anything else they provide in the package. You’ll get extra brownie points if you splurge for a happy ending.

-Ammunition: Nothing says I love you like a pack of bullets or shells. Ammo is getting expensive nowadays, and opening up a box to see a pack of Remingtons would make any humbug crack a smile.

-Tickets to a Sporting Event: If your Man works a lot, get him some tickets to a game, and insist that he takes his boys with him, not you. This is like giving him a much needed outing with the guys that he hardly gets to take. He’ll love you for that, plus it gives you leverage when you want him to go with you to the Opera or one of those damn Tyler Perry movies.

-BECKY: Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like some good sloppy HEAD. Give it to him until he Harlem shakes and starts breathing like he has asthma. Then let him fall asleep without bothering him. If you don’t have the ring yet, you will after this gift.

-Tech Gift: A new phone, camera, external hard drive, Slingbox, etc; Men love technology. Whatever hobbies he has, see if you can compliment them with something electrical. If all else fails, get him a new laptop. You can never go wrong with that.

-Tools: Men love tools, point blank. Waltz on over to Home Depot (eff Lowes) and shop around for your Man. This might help you out in the long run; he can’t say he doesn’t have any tools when you ask him to fix something for you!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Status Update": Dec. 1st World Aids Day Event!!

"Status Update"
Wednesday, December 1st 2010
Eden's Rooftop
1716 I Street NW
Washington DC

Wednesday, December 1st is World AIDS Day. The AIDS epidemic in Washington DC is rapidly growing out of control. The only way to control it is through awareness, support and treatment. Join us at Eden's rooftop for a celebration of the strides we have made in AIDS research, a call to service to continue the progress, and education to share with others. Also enjoy:
Sounds by DJ Mixxed
Hosted by WPGC's Aladdin "Prince of the Airwaves"
Body Paint by Amajalé
Safe Sex Giveaways & Information
Guest Speakers & Mobile Aids Testing by AHF Blair Underwood Healthcare Center
Desserts by Kupkake Kraze
Fever Natural Stimulation Beverage Giveaways
$5 Ciroc REDberry Drinks
and a live performance by Black Alley!

This is a FREE event, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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AIDS Sux. Let's do something about it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sweet Dreamz Are Made Of Deez....

Ever wonder why sleep is so important? Check it out: This was a must read for a "Night Owl" like myself...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Every year around the end of October, Washington DC is taken over by the phenomenon that we call HU HOMECOMING. The city is invaded by both Alumni and people who have never stepped foot on Howard University's campus in their lives. Whatever the case may be, this is definitely a "party hard" weekend for college freshmen, as well as grown men and women whose undergrad years are llooonnggg gone. As an event planner(I hate calling myself a promoter), Howard Homecoming has always been a profitable weekend. You can charge extra just because it's homecoming weekend, you can demand that chicks show you their racks to get in V.I.P., you can throw 3 and 4 parties in one night because there will be SO many folks out that you are BOUND to catch a crowd wherever you set up shop. But as you get older, the thrill kinda dies down, and you look for the QUALITY events instead of trying to go wherever you see your favorite rapper making an appearance. Well that's what I'm here for ladies and gentlemen, to let you know what's what, and to direct you to places that I think might be your best bets for HU Homecoming. Oh, and did I mention that my events are FREE?
First of all, Friday, October 29th Hypnotik Entertainment Presents
"HU-UMD Homecoming: The Battle of the Border" @ Penang
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Now I'm kinda torn on this one, because I went to Maryland, but I spend lots of quality time at Howard. I guess I'd give my vote to UMD for academics, and a vote to Howard for pretty, sexy dark skinned chicks. Either way, it's gonna be a hot party, get there as early as possible, I'll be there doing my usual two step:
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Next, we have a "Grown Folk" Party during the day on Saturday, October 30th in Mitchelville MD @ Myplace Lounge.
Saturday, October 30th from 3-8pm |The Monumental|
Sponsored by "Fever: The Natural Stimulation Beverage"
Hosted by Lyle Silva from Donald Trump's "The Ultimate Merger"
Music by DJ Mixxed & The Kinda Blu Band( )
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Free Admission & Free CD's & Free Gift bags!

I donno if you have heard that band before, or if you have heard me and DJ Mixxed rock a party before, but this joint is sure to have you partying like this: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Saturday Night is the HU Finale: We'll be at 201 Lounge for an HU Celebration with no stupid ridiculous lines, no outrageous cover charges, and none of the HU Homecoming BS that you witness every year around this time...come check us out, and of course, hit me to get on that good ol' guestlist:
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Now if you're reading this and you're under 25, I've heard that Wacka Flocka, Rick Ross and a host of other folks will be in town this weekend, so LIVE IT UP!! If you are from out of town, or are simply new to this scene, do some research before you commit to going to a spot that you've never heard of...if you see folks that look like this outside of the event, Image and video hosting by TinyPic You might wanna check out another venue.
Everybody else, you might wanna come holla at us at our events, or check out The Usual Suspectz parties, and my man Eric Taylor's events. Nuff respect.

I'll see ya'll this weekend, be safe and party hard!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Memoirs of a Shot Caller

This Saturday marks my 1 year anniversary at Ozio Restaurant & Lounge. As I prepare to celebrate this milestone, I can’t help but think back to how this all started…and who better to share my memories with, than YOU!!
It all started when I was 16 years old. My best friend and I decided to throw a party for our birthdays at his house. Image and video hosting by TinyPic The party lasted for 2 hours; police had shut the entire neighborhood down and folks that LIVED there had to show I.D. just to get to their house. It wasn’t shut down due to violence, it was just so many people there that it wasn’t enough space to do anything but park your car and walk around. This house party created a monster.
Once in college, I used the fact that I knew every damn body to my advantage. I started throwing everything from Black Student Union Parties at The University of Maryland, Image and video hosting by TinyPic to pool parties, Image and video hosting by TinyPic to Cabarets. Image and video hosting by TinyPic I was a natural, and hey, partying and getting paid for it wasn’t a bad hustle! Soon, my man who was into the club scene pulled me into the DC Club nightlife. It was cool, but very different from the events I had previously been throwing. Suddenly I had to deal with guestlists, bar minimums, and email lists. At first it didn’t appeal to me at ALL. Then, I got a job working at DREAM (aka LOVE) when it first opened. Image and video hosting by TinyPic This changed everything for me. As much of an asshole that Marc Barnes is, he knows his shit. I learned a lot working with him, and it helped me make the transition from just a host in a club, to an actual promoter.
After a few years working at Dream, I got hooked up with some Indian gangsters that I’d known from college. Image and video hosting by TinyPic They were doing their thing in the promotion game, and they asked me to be down with them. I accepted the invitation, and from that point on, it has been one of the wildest rides of my life. My first time promoting was at Vida, followed by Republic Gardens. Vida was a bust, but my time at Republic was legendary. Image and video hosting by TinyPic The Gardens closed a few years after we got there, and then we moved to the then relatively unknown spot called LIV. Our crowd followed us to LIV, and even though it wasn’t the prettiest, or flashiest spot in the city, we made it do what it do. Image and video hosting by TinyPic A lot of great relationships came out of our time at LIV, both business AND personal. The staff is still like family to me, from the bartenders to the security to the owner, I met most of the members of the now defunct “Christian Happy Hour(blog on this soon to come)” and the list goes on. From there I have gone to many spots, The Park, Eyebar, Current, 1223, Indie Bleu, and even back to Republic Gardens. We have even expanded to Baltimore & Waldorf, how many folks do you know can say that they’ve thrown events in different markets like that?
They say in order to know where you’re going, you have to look at your past. I look at how I started and I chuckle, but I want to thank each and every person who ever supported me and my Hypnotik crew in all that we have done, and special shout out to my boo boo for putting up with me being a part time party animal. Image and video hosting by TinyPic I hope to see you all This Saturday at the “Vintage” Anniversary party at Ozio, and thanks again for all of your support through the years!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why Did I Get Carried?

TC Presents: “Why Did I Get Carried?”

Working in the club lately has been hilarious. I have seen so many guys trying their hand with ladies and getting SHUT DOWN. These young cats clearly need some guidance, and who better to shoot some wisdom their way then an O.G. like myself. The summer is approaching fast, so fellas take heed to this advice or else you’ll be alone playing Xbox with random fan boys for the next 4 months! So you rolled up on a nice looking young lady at the club, and she dismissed you almost immediately. You think to yourself, WHY DID I GET CARRIED? Well it was probably because:

- YOUR APPROACH SUCKED: You can’t be acting all shy and timid, asking her dumb questions when you first step up to speak to her. Try to make her smile/laugh, and ask open ended questions so that she can’t shut you down with a one word answer. If you still use pickup lines, then you might just want to go ahead and kill yourself after reading this sentence.

-SHE WAS SHOWING OFF FOR HER FRIENDS: If you see a pretty thing that you wanna holla at, the best thing to do is try to get her by herself. I’m not suggesting that you stalk her all around the club until you see her go off on her own( we’ll get to that later) I’m just letting you know that your chances are always better when she’s away from her buddies. There will always be an ugly friend in the bunch that will try to hate because she’s not getting any play. Best thing to do is either catch her by herself, or get a wingman who has a mean set of beer goggles on, if you know what I mean.

-CONFIDENCE, NOT COCKINESS: Yes, women love a confident man, but that doesn’t mean that you should be the ultimate a$$hole when you approach a woman. Flashing your money and bragging about yourself is either going to get you carried, robbed, or classified as a “sponsor.” Either way, you lose.

-YOU DRESS LIKE A TEENAGER: Slim, your skinny jeans, small blazer and plaid bow tie make you look like the Black Pee Wee Herman. You really expect a respectable woman to take you seriously? And on top of that you have on shades in the club: now I’ll admit, I used to do that, and I apologize to all of those whose lives I almost ruined by doing that. Image and video hosting by TinyPic But learn from my mistakes and get some clothes that don’t make you look like a Soulja Boy stunt double.

-YOUR BREATH WAS OFFENSIVE: “Oooh..Your breath smells HARSH, cover your mouth up like you got SARS…” – Kanye West. Drinking dark liquor or thick mixed drinks can leave a sticky feeling in your mouth. That stickiness mixed with thirst, and the heat in your mouth can produce a 5 fingered cloud of stank that will smack the sh*t out of an unsuspecting woman when you say “hello” to her. Keep a bottle of water with you, and invest in some Altoids.

-YOU ARE OLD AS DIRT: Come on son; you’re 40 years old in the club on college night. You pop bottles in front of a crew of girls with “X’s” on their hands trying to impress them. You are a dateline episode just waiting to happen. I think your time has come and gone, and so do the young ladies who you think are smiling at you, but are really laughing at your old ass.

-YOU DANCE LIKE YOU’RE GAY: First off, there’s nothing wrong with being gay. HOWEVER, if you are trying to get a woman to take you seriously, percolating and letting her freak you from behind is NOT the way to do so. I ain’t gonna lie; I had to compose myself when Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” came on in the club the other day. Image and video hosting by TinyPic“WAWN WAWN WAWN WHATCHU WAWN WAWN WAWN…”

-YOU ARE TOO THIRSTY: Fellas you can’t win them all. If she turns you down, just accept it, and move on to the next one. Do NOT proceed to stalk her around the club, trust me it will not make her change her mind about turning you away. Check your ego at the door dude, and don’t let some leggings and a phat ass turn into a restraining order and a lifetime ban from the club.

-YOU ARE TOO WASTED: There’s a fine line between being “nice,” and being just plain TWISTED. If you are slurring your words, spitting, or losing your balance when you’re trying to holla, then you might need to sit down before the room starts spinning on you. There’s nothing more unattractive than a drunk person trying to get at you, you are put in the same bothersome category as a bum asking for change or someone from Greenpeace trying to talk you to death on your lunch break.

Fellas, take heed to this advice and all you’ll do is WIN this summer!! Happy hunting and I’ll see ya’ll next time!



Tommie Collins

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TC's True (c) Hollywood Stories Vol.1-"El Debarge"

Back in 2002, Platinum Nightclub was the place to BE on Sunday nights. It was 21 & up, and it was the official chill spot for people who worked in the DC Club scene. Bartenders, security, managers and even club owners could all be found in the V.I.P. room regularly on a Sunday night. My man Tim and I were regulars up there on Sundays, but there was one night that will forever stand out. It was a cold evening, my crew and I were anxious to get out of the house and into a hot party. We pre-gamed extra hard, because we were determined to party like some pure rock stars once we got in the club. We arrived early (there wasn’t even a line outside) and walked right on in. There were only about 10 people in the club, you could hear the echo from the music because no one was there. I looked on the dance floor, and saw a petite redbone dancing all by herself like her life depended on it. As I looked a little closer, I found out that it wasn’t a lady, but a man; a grown man with 20 gold chains on, an over sized party shirt with all but 3 buttons loose, stretch pants, and some high heeled boots. Before I could even laugh, I heard the DJ yell, “Shout out to my man El Debarge in the house!!” Image and video hosting by TinyPic I held my ribs and let out a 5 minute laugh. I could NOT get myself together, I laughed so hard that I couldn’t breathe. I went and talked to security, and he informed me that the dancing man was indeed El Debarge; he was up there with a bodyguard. I laughed some more until tears rolled down my face, and then proceeded to go cop a drink and mingle with the people who were starting to come into the club. After about a half hour, I stepped off to the bathroom for a second. I opened the door, and walked in on El Debarge snorting a line of coke off of the sink!! He turned around startled, and after an awkward 3 seconds of silence asked me, “You want a bump homie?” I politely declined, turned around and left out of the bathroom; I was cool with holding it until he got out of there. I told my friends what happened, but they didn’t believe me :-/ 45 minutes after that, me and the crew decided to go upstairs because the V.I.P. was about to open up. I walked in the room, dapped up Jason & my man Crown Royal, and suddenly heard a yell. I turned around to see a bartender yelling for security to come and GET EL DEBARGE FROM DANCING ON TOP OF HER BAR! The whole visual was hilarious: El Debarge doing Figure Skater Spins on top of the bar with those 20 gold chains flinging around with those Rick James “F*ck Yo Couch” boots on.Image and video hosting by TinyPic Security was too busy laughing with us to immediately go over and get him down. They politely told his Bodyguard that any further disruptions would result in him having to leave the club. They rolled their eyes at security and stepped off, and Mr. Debarge kept right on dancing. This dude had been dancing the ENTIRE time that we were there, and didn’t look like he was about to stop anytime soon. Next thing you know the VIP room was getting crowded and the party was getting started. By this time I had taken lots of shots, and I was feeling NOICE. I was in the middle of getting my two step on, and I saw a disturbance in the crowd to my left. I walked closer to make sure that it wasn’t anyone that I had come with, and guess who it was: El Debarge. He had been gliding and sliding across the dance floor grabbing girls asses. Security had him up in the air by his arms with his feet dangling like a little kid. His bodyguard was trying to plead his case, but the security team had enough, he was getting put out. Laughing hysterically, my friends and I followed the situation downstairs and then outside. There was a long line outside of the club by this time, and El Debarge saw that he had an audience. He cussed out the entire security team, the front door staff, their mothers, and their future children. By now my stomach was hurting from laughing so hard, I could NOT believe that all of this was happening right in front of me! A Police Officer was in his squad car during all of his, and got out of the car to make sure that everything was alright. He tapped El Debarge on the shoulder and asked, “Hey man, are you ok?” El Debarge spun around, yelled “Don’t touch me,” and SLAPPED THE OFFICER IN THE FACE. The crowd went silent. The cop seemed to be in shock that he just got bitch slapped by a frail prettyboy with heels on. After he got himself together, he grabbed his club and POPPED El Debarge on the top of the head. El Debarge whimpered, and then collapsed on the sidewalk. The front door staff and my crew let out a 10 minute roar of gut wrenching laughter, and the man of the hour was carried away like a newborn baby by his bodyguard. I’d like to thank Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin, Belvedere vodka, and EL Debarge for making that a night that I will never forget. R.I.P. Platinum Nightclub.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Soul Covers: The Blog & The Event

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I always get excited when I see that artists have covered other artists work, just so I can see them put their spin on an already quality project. Sadly, remakes and covers have turned into a way of stealing momentum, instead of paying homage. There are still a few covers that have caught my attention, and have been on heavy rotation for the past few weeks. I would like to share them with you, and also invite you to "Soul Covers:" The event is an art/music showcase at Ben's Next Door, Ft. Jaye Luke & Wes Felton, 2 of DC's own most prolific artists. Jaye Luke will transform your favorite album covers into digital art, and Wes Felton will make those albums come to life through the speakers. 1|17|10 @ Bens Next Door|1211 U Street NW DC|Doors Open @ 9pm

Stevie Wonder originally wrote this song for MJ (with the help of Susaye Green from the Original Supremes) On this live remake, Quincy Jones produced it and added the flutes & horns like only he can. Stevie did his joint justice.

Michael Jackson- I Can’t Help it-

Stevie Wonder- I can’t help it

This dark melodic track was so rock starish, that many garage bands tried to cover it. Lil Wayne killed it live, and only one band could capture that energy and passion with a remake. Introducing Framing Hanley.

Lil’ Wayne- Lollipop

Framing Hanley-Lollipop

It's hard to cover an Earth Wind & Fire song, but if you are gonna jump out there, THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. You never know what direction a song is gonna take when Bilal is on it, but he's one of the only artists with enough soul to pull this remake off.

Earth Wind & Fire- Can’t Hide Love

Randy Watson Experience ft. Bilal- Can’t Hide Love

What? You mean to tell me that someone did a respectable cover of a Prince song without hotstepping across the stage in some assless chaps? YES. Raheem not only held his own on the track, but he also takes you to church at the end of the song. A must have for Prince(and Raheem)fans.

Prince-I Would Die 4 U

Raheem Devaugn-I Would Die 4 U

I'm a big Mary J. Blige fan. But I must admit, her new stuff can't touch her old work. It's something about the pain in her voice, I could feel each note that she sang. Her albums were the soundtrack to a lot of smoking sessions back in the day.(or so I heard...) | When I saw that Eric Roberson remade "My Life," I was worried...but after listening to it, I have a new found respect for the man.

Mary J Blige- My Life

Eric Roberson- My Life

This is the most surprising remake of all! I remember sitting in my room listening to Rakim flip this song to a crazy drum sequence, it was the first time I'd ever heard him curse in a song. Years later, Robin Thicke is flipping the song with the same beat, same sample and the same lyrics into a blue eyed soul session. Classic.

Eric B. & Rakim- Mahogany

Robin Thicke- Mrs Sexy

You already know how I feel about this of MJ's BEST slow songs EVER. I am proud of DC's own Lissen Band for remaking this and adding their own swing to it.

Michael Jackson- Lady In My Life

Lissen Band- Lady In My Life

I hope you all enjoy these songs as much as I have, and I hope to see you all on Sunday!!

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