80s Music on the Violin

Submitted by: LaChica 10 years ago in Entertainment
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This guy rules!
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Female 4
fickin epicly awesome
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Male 1,403
absolutely insane
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Female 116
see, now, why can;t orchestra class be like that? I guess violins can be cool after all...
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Male 269
Breathtaking! Simply, breathtaking! But dude! If I had hair flying in my face like that I`d chop it off so faaaast!!!
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Male 606
1337
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Male 191
Rock on dewd
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Female 321
I found that the hair added to his conflicted genius/tempermental child molester je ne sais quoi. But thats just me. Excellent playing.
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Male 637
That was pretty freakin` insane. He even had a rock-ish sound to his violin playing! Shwank.
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Female 1,070
whoa o.o
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Male 236
Pfffffffffft i can play all of that on a comb and a piece of paper
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Female 275
spiccato isn`t too hard, however i think the technique he`s doing has a lot more vertical bounce than spiccato to create the rough percussion effect. so i have to say i`m impressed, the more force you put in the more the bow bounces back, so he really has a lot of control and skill. especially to keep it even and consistent for so long.
also, i don`t think the he desperately needs a hair cut. he`s in a freaking bar playing 80`s music. was he supposed to dress up and slick his hair back? it doesn`t matter that he looked like a bum or had bad posture, it was okay for the low-key chill situation he was performing in.

anyway, i think this is pretty dam good, considering he probably came up with the arrangement himself. it had a lot of character and he utilized lots of unique sounds a string instrument can make to bring it as close to the originals as possible. i think he`s great.

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Female 143
Awesome. Anyone who doesn`t think so is just jealous.
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Male 106
THAT right there made my day. I play viola and I was shocked by how good this guy is. I wonder where he got the music. He could make a fortune just playing on the street with a tin can. That thing would be filled with money faster than you could say "This guy`s so good, I`m going to give him a twenty."
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Female 1,264
i only recognised smooth criminal cause of alien ant farm
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Male 1,583
i didn`t recognize anything except for smooth criminal. I dint think that was an 80`s song i was thinkin that was like 90`s i didn`t know AAF was that old. unless some one else did it before them.
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Female 52
okaaaaay, Ravenhaft, you`re taking this waaaaay too seriously

yeah, so his posture needed some work, but so what if he didn`t look very put together? he plays well

and woohoo, he needs to get a new bow. whats the big deal? its his money, let him ruin a bow for the sake of makin music the way he wants to.

if that doesnt work for you, fine. don`t listen to him. simple as that

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Male 163
"What just happened?" is right.
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( O ) ( O )
^^^ > ^^^
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Female 1
woah.... that guy was fricken cool!
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Female 150
Mostly I`m impressed at his bow control. Of all the things I`m good at with violin, spiccatto is not one of them, after a measure or two the bouncing starts to escalate until the bow wants to bounce right out of my hand. I was insanely inpressed by him control of the spiccatto during "Smooth Criminal," even if he does have to buy a new bow every month.
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Male 7
You guys think he is nice [scoff] sure the tune was nice but 1)horrible posture 2)That bow is ruined 3)he looked like a godd*mn bum and 4)The violin`s value plummeted as soon as he looked at the noble instrument
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Male 48
Whats that song he played in the beginning I forgot what it is called?
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Female 2,220
"Owner of a lonely heart. Much better than and owner of a broken heart"


=) I love that song.

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Female 99
i feel obsolete
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Female 169
That was sick...
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Male 8
This is crazy good!!! Anyone know where to find more songs by this guy??? I found his website but the songs on that are regular songs... not remakes of pop/rock music... Anyway... This guy is amazing... watched that vid. 1000 by now.
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Male 562
That`s sickeningly good.
Should have played "Take on Me" by Ah Ha. That would have been even better.

lol exactly what I was gonna say. I wonder how he saw past all that hair o.o?

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Female 1,407
Beautiful playing
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Female 1
OMG ~ Alex you are still amazing ~ you can still make that violin TALK!!!! I am so very glad somebody posted this link and I miss the P!$$ out of you!!!!!

I sure hope you get on here and read these posts>>>>

To the Gal who wants to cut his hair!!!! This is short compared to what it used to be!!!!!

BIG HUGZZZZZZZ ~ U Know Who in SW Florida!!!!<3

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Female 108
pimp as hellll
i wana know how to do that
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Male 56
Douns like a one man Apocalyptica
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Female 52
Yes. Inferno was indeed an amazing piece. It sounds better when it`s got both the band and orchestra parts to it. It really adds a whole new depth to the pieces.

All four pieces are on a CD, however there are other pieces on there by Robert W. Smith as well.

The CD is called "The Divine Comedy - Symphonic Band Works of Robert W. Smith"

The pieces are all performed by the George Mason University Wind Ensemble.

This was the only CD I could find with all four on there. It has some other pieces worth listening to as well, so it would be worth it, in my opinion at least.

I hope you enjoy the pieces when you hear them.

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Female 150
Classical or modern, I have to say that "Inferno" was one of the best songs I`ve ever heard performed by an orchestra, and I`ve been performing in and going to concerts for eight years now. I would love to hear the other three. Do you know if there are any albums that all four might be on?
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Male 24
That was amazing!

Im so glad that there are no 14 year olds commenting: `IDOTS! ONE OF THOSE WERNTY 80`S, SMOOTH CRIMINAL WAS MADE LIKE 5 YEAHRS AGO!!111!!!1!"

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Male 528
Reminds of the guy who played Eruption on the electric violin, he was good too. Favorite part was when he playes Smooth Criminal
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Female 52
by the way, his bow tone might`ve sounded rough because he was making it sound as much like the original version as possible. and we all know that guitars don`t flow between sounds very easily as a violin does.

this is merely speculation, of course

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Female 52
SanityInsane, the piece that the orcehstra played, "Inferno", is from the Divine Comedy written by Robert W. Smith to go along with the books written by Dante Alighieri.

The "Divine Comedy" is a series of books about a dream Dante had involving the rings of Hell and the acsension to heaven. There are 3 other pieces in the music.

"Purgatorio", "The Ascension", and "Paradiso" follow it. I played all 4 pieces last year in my highschool`s Symphonic band.

And yes.. I am a very intense classical musician

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Female 2
I love this guy, and i love the song he played,
holy crap. i think i wached this like 40958 times in awe.
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Male 85
"Still doesn`t get him laid, though"

That comment comes from a guy who has tried everything he could to get laid, and has yet to succeed. Poor bastard.

As for the guy in the video....bravo my friend, bravo

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Female 1,065
dude... EPIC!!
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Male 155
I now have a hero
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Male 561
thats was cool
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Female 62
*know
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Female 62
Amazing. I had years of violin lessons and would not no where to begin trying to play stuff like that. Totally brilliant.
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Female 395
(fodarexiii-not too young, probably just bad taste in music) That was pretty good, I`d like to hear what he could do to some 90`s grunge music though...
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Female 795
Dude, that guy did totally rule. But, dude, that guy totally needs a haircut :)
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Male 270
Owner of a Lonely Heart AND Smooth Criminal! That combination is golden. Mad skills.
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Male 522
The guy`s name is Alex DePue. He is a professional violinist.
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Male 2,506
OMFG AMAZING
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Female 218
The best part was the cute little bewildered asian man at the end.
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Female 1,492
that was very nice
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Male 50
dammmmmn
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Female 963
That was very good!
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Female 80
AAAAh oh my god i love that song....owner of a lonely heart, much better than an owner of a broken heaaaart! ok now i need to listen to it again.
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Male 90
Twas cool, 3/5
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Male 1,289
love the asian guy at the end! and...OH great playing too =]
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Female 127
As a freakishly dedicated violinist, I have to say that I`m not very impressed. Yeah, what he did was definatly cool, it was some fun music, but don`t be overly impressed by his "skills", people. It`s not that difficult. :)
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Male 115
sweeeeet
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Female 1
Very impressive!

I love Apocalyptica. My uncle told me about the band not too long ago and sent me a DVD of them to check out. It was awesome!

JAXLEY, personally... I think that spiccato is a rather difficult technique. (I`m not sure if you know the term but that`s the bouncing of the bow.) I know that for myself especially, but other violinists as well, it takes a lot of practice to have that kind of control over the bow.

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Male 593
Well done, I liked it :D
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Male 1,550
i knew the first song was "owner of a lonely heart" but i didnt get the second song
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Male 89
If you think that was great, there`s a guy in downtown Victoria (where I go to school) who dresses up like Darth Vader and Plays Violin...writes some of his own stuff, fricken hilarious...
heres a cover of "Fear is the Ultimate Weapon"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu3R-e-9t...

but yah, he was awesome, kinda reminds me of apocalyptica but not quite as good.

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Male 265
wow, he was pretty awesome :P I play the viola, but I couldn`t do anything like that :/ Maybe close.
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Male 226
owner of a lonely heart! dunanana
This guys my hero. I can`t even do that on a guitar. =D
....it was photoshopped! =)
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Female 105
manorrd, no... if you read other posts, you`ll see that two of us said we were annoyed by it before you did.
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Female 1,470
Dang hes got skill, but needs a hair cut.
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Male 2,781
I PREFER LISTENING TO MARIACHI MUSIC WITH THE VIOLINS IT`S WAY BADASS
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Female 150
Oh, and Led Zeppelin`s "Battle of Evermore." The regional orchestra did a song called "Inferno" that was supposed to sound like Hell. They dragged chains and groaned, and there was a whip being cracked. It was sweet.
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Female 150
"astounding. why can`t more violinists do cool pooe like this?"

Some do. I play violin in my highschool`s orchestra, and our concerts have included "Sweet Dreams are Made of This," a medly of songs from various horror movies, the themes to both Pirates of the Carribean movies and King Kong, a few songs by Mannheim Steamroller, and "The Best of Greenday."

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Female 32
LOL AKappy!!! That dude roolz! Hope he does some more...
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Male 46
That guys poo isn`t weak.

The guy at the end kinda ruined it.

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Male 1,386
aweesome. i didnt recognize any of the songs, but i liked it
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Female 3,696
Still wont get him laid.

Wrong :D

But I`m amused that so many people had the same thought I did. "DO TAKE ON ME"

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Male 29
smooth criminal was better than owner of a lonely heart by far.
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Male 2,372
Am I the only one who found his hair hanging in front of his face to be annoying?
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Male 1,364
noice job
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Female 75
Wow, pretty awesome. I`m agreeing with GeneralPhyL though; A-Ha would have been even cooler for the first part.
This actually makes me think of Apocalyptica. Great Finish band who does Metallica covers on cello. 8-) Talk about awesomeness.
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Male 393
That was excellent. Respect where it`s due. So much cr*p on here, makes a change to see something that actually makes you sit up and watch.
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Female 727
beautiful
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Male 988
wow

i was about to turn off it, but then it got good (cos it started bad).

However it`s not too hard to `bounce` the bow on the violin like that.

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Female 61
I don`t know enough about the violin to be able to tell whether his technique was good or not, but I sure know that I liked hearing what he played!
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Male 967
Best damned pop music on a stringed instrument I`ve ever seen. Those two pieces rocked!
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Female 873
wowzers :D kool!
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Male 838
My ass is shudown for work.
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Female 25
O_o
He makes me skeet.
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Male 315
You know something? I think I`m going to go buy a violin today.
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Male 2,004
woah, that was truly amazing, loved the ending
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Female 105
His hair annoyed me also... it was as if he has it specifically that length to hide the stupid faces you make when you`re concentrating on an instrument. I refer to it as a guitar face, but really, it applies to this too.

Also, does he smack his head into the mic toward the end?

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Male 219
That was amazing.
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Male 99
asian guy was the best part
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Female 182
Not many people could pull that off. I`ve heard pop music on string instruments and it can sound pretty dorky. I`ve always loved "Owner of a Lonely Heart" because of the violin solo. Where was this filmed?
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Male 1,704
that was very nice.
makes me wanna search for Miri-Ben Ari.
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Male 7
A Violin is the male and Viola is the female. As usual, the female is larger than the male but you can also tell the difference by the number of pegs: the Violin has a fifth peg or extra peg for mating. I am not sure you can notice the 5th peg in this video.
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Male 437
was that a violin or a viola? its to early in the morning for me to do any thinking.
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Female 20
OMG! I played for seven years and only got to play boring crap. Even then, I know how much skill it takes to do something as amazing as that. The bowstrokes are rather hard to master, and I reckon he got them spot on.
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Female 132
Holy crow! That is freaking insane!
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Male 213
Maybe I am just crazy, but I thought his bow tone was a little rough. Otherwise it was ace.
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Male 256
Where can I find more of him, anyone have a link
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Male 204
PRETTY good
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Female 9
The Yes bit was amazing! The guy is really incredible.
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Female 1,496
I`ve always have had a respect for violins. The way they are made all the way to how they are played.
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Female 51
wow
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Female 173
fooooook
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Male 2,567
holy ownage
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Female 198
awesome!
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Male 133
That`s sickeningly good.

Should have played "Take on Me" by Ah Ha. That would have been even better.

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Male 1,385
AKappy, I would say that he is the owner of a lonely heart
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Female 1,228
that was pretty awesome.
the only thing that annoyed me slightly was his hair, I wanted to cut it, but apart from thar,
COOL!!!
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Male 902
My jaw actually dropped when he got into `owner of a broken heart`. It was one of those Holy-Sh*t-I-didn`t-think-that-was-possible drops. As if I was hit by, no struck by, a...?
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Male 2,616
nobodys too young for michael jackson
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Male 1,354
dude can fiddle
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Male 312
oh my that was quite good indeed
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Male 623
Am I too young? I couldn`t recognize anything
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Male 4,246
Hearing "Owner of a Broken Heart" on the violin actually put chills up my spine. Who knew?
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Male 122
astounding. why can`t more violinists do cool pooe like this?
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Female 17
This guy just made my day. :]
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Male 2,616
that guy is a smooth criminal
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Male 880
Still wont get him laid.
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Female 171
mmm Violin sounds so good...
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Female 1,596
Link: 80s Music on the Violin [Rate Link] - This guy rules!
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