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#442205 - 12/02/17 05:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Al-David Offline

Registered: 12/29/12
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Loc: Alabama, USA

Can't recall hearing this one a couple of years ago. Sure did enjoy this, though! When I think of the blues, half a dozen names come to mind, but the first three are: Ray Charles, BB King and Janice Merritt.

Loved everything thing about this. Super listen! best to you both,

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#442318 - 12/03/17 09:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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First, I am such a fan of lyric videos over any other kind of video. I'm sure I've mentioned that before; but I really like how you allow us to still create the song for yourselves. Thank you for that!

Now to address the pack of elephants in the room. Yes, one elephant would not have been sufficient. If you continue to post Janice singing this way, I can't guarantee no one is going to steal her away to sing anything and everything under the sun. Have you considered maybe having her hit a wrong note here or there? Maybe use bad intonation on occasion? Just suggestions of course. I have a feeling she may not even be capable of such things.

In all seriousness, tell me/teach me your methods for melody embellishment. Is it both of you playing off of each other? I'm ALWAYS impressed with anyone that can take a 1 syllable word and craft it into multi-syllables effortlessly; YET have it sound like your aren't just doing it to do it. It's just great and smart melody creation. My God, it's awesome!

Edited by HearToLearn (12/04/17 01:31 PM)
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#442623 - 12/04/17 12:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: bluage]
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Registered: 12/05/11
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Great work with this Janice & Bud! Very classic bluesy vibe with this song that is quite enjoyable. Excellent vocals as always. Well done!

Thanks Joe!


Originally Posted By: bluage
Dear Ms. Janice & "Bud"...

Oo-o-o, lawd, lawd, have mercy, yes, chile! G'awn 'head an' sang them BLUES, Ms. Janice!

Your voice squeezes out so much "you-done-me-wrongness" from the lyrics that they drip onto the floor and run down the cracks in the wood.

The combination of Real Tracks was perfect for setting the mood of the song, 'specially that resonant, tip-toeing acoustic bass, which made the "soul stealer" sound like a cat burglar on a jazz tip.

And who would'a thought that a mandolin performance could swing so sweet n' low! That's some inspired musical "casting" that works.

I could drink songs like this from a cup all day!


Thanks Loren for all of the above comments you made. We much appreciate them. Thanks for mentioning the bass -- I always spend extra time trying to get an acoustic bass to sit nicely in a mix. Guess it comes from having played one for so long!

Hey, we LOVE your new song! Will comment soon.

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#442629 - 12/04/17 01:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Sergio Guarneri Offline

Registered: 10/13/14
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Loc: Cremona-Italy

Super sound and excellent real tracks choice.
Great mandolin sound.

super performance as usual.



#442635 - 12/04/17 02:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5545
Loc: Florida
A delicious slow blues.

Good blues write. Really like the AAAB rhyme scheme - and some cool rhymes they are...

The band is great. Impeccable mix.

A vocal as expressive as they come (no surprise there).

A delightful listen. The video images are nice - love the hues...

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#442909 - 12/05/17 06:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Glad you remembered. This is a great tune guys. Thanks for listing.

Thanks Rob (aka Mariachi Man)!

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#442911 - 12/05/17 07:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Samuel Davis Offline

Registered: 08/09/17
Posts: 204
Loc: Florida
Wow! what an amazing song. The vocals sound amazing. I feel like I'm transported to an old time cabaret listening to this. Great job.
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#443031 - 12/06/17 10:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3730
Loc: Davis, CA
Great to hear this one again!! Love the way Janice sings them blues!! Nice addition with the video too. Enjoyed!! Take care. Greg

#443113 - 12/06/17 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: RichMac]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
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Originally Posted By: RichMac
There's that blues singer again.
Real old time sound. So nice.
I love the 12 bar blues and the lyrics are spot on.
Much enjoyed. Cheers.

Thank you! We do love the blues.

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#443272 - 12/07/17 07:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: 44kfl]
Janice & Bud Offline

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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Great video Bud,

this is a smooth slow burning inferno of a song

super vocals

great feel, great job


Slow burning that a cool and appreciated description!

Glad you liked it.

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#443491 - 12/07/17 11:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
animarorecords Offline

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 882
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Janice & Bud

It is a very legitimate blues.
Very orthodox!
The vocal of Janice is perfect for such music.
Her vocal accompanied with the piano echoed to the bottom of my heart.
Even if I use blues chord progression I can never write blues.
I really admire your works.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

#443497 - 12/08/17 12:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 7745
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
What a great collaboration.

This is just so cool form the very first note. Video slots in just so well. Glad you remembered!

Top effort, J & B Team.

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#443670 - 12/08/17 04:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1384
This was a great one! The video sets the perfect mood.

So glad to hear it again.

#443783 - 12/09/17 08:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Registered: 12/05/11
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great stuff Janice and Bud!

Janice is her usual cool self, I've mentioned many times how much I dig her phrasing and tone.

Backtrack sounds great, love the piano especially.

And killer job on the mix, Bud! Just about perfect to these ears.

Thanks Dave for nice remarks. We are big fans of your productions and that makes your remarks all the more meaningful.

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#443792 - 12/09/17 09:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Soul Stealer (video) [Re: Janice & Bud]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3180
Loc: North Carolina
Man, I don't know how I missed this one, but this is a great piece of work.

Fantastic production and great vocals as usual.

I really enjoyed this. Happy Holidays!
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