Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
You need to be logged in to post on the forum
Topic Options
Index
#448025 - 12/30/17 07:02 AM [User Showcase] I Am A Seeker
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
I Am A Seeker

Our melody and some of the lyric are a derivative of "I am a Pilgrim" that has strong roots in traditional African-American spirituals. The earliest reference we found was 1864. It was popularized by Merle Travis in the late 1940's and has been recorded by hundreds of artists from the Byrds to Johnny Cash. We made lyric changes in the first three verses and wrote an entirely new fourth verse - all to more personalize it.

We based the last two lines of the lyric on Ghandi's "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world...as in being able to remake ourselves."

Happy New Year to all and comments are most welcome!

Vocal - Janice / two tracks w/ different FX stacked in the middle
Guitar 679: Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Sw 120 / fills comped from multiple tracks
Bass 1136: Acoustic-Guitar, FolkSwing Sw 110 / bars and notes comped from two tracks
(I rearranged a bit of the RT to play the notes that I would if I were not lazy and put new strings on my upright! FWIW)
Mandolin 610: Rhythm Chop Sw 120

Effects: Nectar 2 / Neutron / Waves Bass Rider / EMT 140 plate reverb sim
Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone 8 Adv
Equipment: Rodes NT1 mic / Focusrite interface / iMac



I Am A Seeker
© 2017 Janice and Bud Merritt
(A version of this was posted six years ago but this is a complete remake.)

I AM A PILGRIM AND A SEEKER
TRAVELING THROUGH THIS WONDROUS LAND
I MAY HAVE A HOME WAY ON DOWN THE ROAD, GOOD LORD,
BUT IT’S NOT (MY LORD, IT’S NOT) NOT MADE BY MAN

I’VE GOT FAMILY AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS
WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE
AND I WONDER IF I’LL EVER SEE ‘EM, GOOD LORD,
OVER ON (YES, OVER ON) SOME OTHER SHORE

I MAY CLIMB UP ON THAT HIGH MOUNTAIN
JUST TO REST MY WEARY SOUL
IF I COULD FIND BUT A MOMENT OF PEACE, DEAR LORD,
I DO BELIVE (I DO BELIEVE) IT MIGHT MAKE ME WHOLE

I AM A PILGRIM AND A SEEKER
TRYING TO DO SOME SMALL PART
I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, GOOD LORD
ALL I WANT (LORD, ALL I WANT) IS TO CHANGE MY HEART
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448031 - 12/30/17 07:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
BlueAttitude Offline
Expert

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1389
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Great vocal! (Of course smile and a great mix too.

Nice way to end out the year Janice and Bud!
_________________________
Dave

Blue Attitude: Homepage, Latest song: Time Flies

Top
#448056 - 12/30/17 10:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Belladonna Offline
Apprentice

Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 250
Loc: Virginia
Nice vocals and uplifting song. Happy New Year.

Top
#448068 - 12/30/17 12:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: BlueAttitude]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great vocal! (Of course smile and a great mix too.

Nice way to end out the year Janice and Bud!



Thanks Dave. I let the Ozone robot master that one. smile
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448069 - 12/30/17 12:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Al-David Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 2814
Loc: Alabama, USA
Back now that Di is home from the hospital again and resting as comfortable as possible.

What a nice way to come back! This song has everything it needs and not a thing it doesn't need. I love that old southern spiritual flavor - not spiritual in the sense of "Praise the Lord", rather in using the humanity God gave me to make myself a better person.

Janice's voice is second to none and Bud's playing with the duials is always so danged superior. Everyrthi9ng about this says "Very nicely done". ANd it is. Happy New Year.

Alan
_________________________
BIAB 2018 Ultra Plus/all Style*Paks Win10*8GB DDR4*I5-6th Gen*AT2035 Mic*Peavey Nash 112 Amp*Ibanez AR420 Electric/Washburn D200S Acoustic*Stromberg Monterey Jazz Guitar

Loops: https://aldavidmusic.wixsite.com/bestmusicloops


Top
#448093 - 12/30/17 02:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Belladonna]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Belladonna
Nice vocals and uplifting song. Happy New Year.


Thanks, glad you liked it!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448104 - 12/30/17 04:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
RnAM Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2992
Loc: The Netherlands
Top notch and crystal clear recording!
Did that Ozone 8 Advanced have anything to do with that wink ?
For now we will do with the basic 7 version eek

Rob and Anne-Marie
_________________________
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

Top
#448119 - 12/30/17 05:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
44kfl Offline
Expert

Registered: 11/19/12
Posts: 1402
Loc: Middletown, PA.
Sounds great!!!

this song has a very charming quality

super vocal Janice, love the melody

nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing

instrument choices sound right on the money

love the new avatar,

Kenny

Top
#448135 - 12/30/17 07:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Al-David]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Al-David
Back now that Di is home from the hospital again and resting as comfortable as possible.

What a nice way to come back! This song has everything it needs and not a thing it doesn't need. I love that old southern spiritual flavor - not spiritual in the sense of "Praise the Lord", rather in using the humanity God gave me to make myself a better person.

Janice's voice is second to none and Bud's playing with the duials is always so danged superior. Everyrthi9ng about this says "Very nicely done". ANd it is. Happy New Year.

Alan


Glad y’all are together at home! Thanks for the nice review. Glad you liked the sentiment also. Yeah, I got some new virtual dials to twist. smile
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448190 - 12/31/17 06:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: RnAM]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Top notch and crystal clear recording!
Did that Ozone 8 Advanced have anything to do with that wink ?
For now we will do with the basic 7 version eek

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks!

I used Ozone’s master assistant and nothing else but a one click change in it’s IRC selection. Everything else was auto. Lovin’ the tech.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448221 - 12/31/17 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Sergio Guarneri Offline
Expert

Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 1566
Loc: Cremona-Italy

I've got a version of this song by the Byrds.
I liked it a lot.

You've made a great version; in this one there is a super bass.
All the other things are excellent.

Happy new 2018

Sergio
_________________________

Sergio

Top
#448238 - 12/31/17 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
David Snyder Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3743
Loc: North Carolina

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!
_________________________
David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers
ASCAP, NSAI

www.davidsnydermusic.com
www.reverbnation.com./davidpsnyder
www.soundcloud.com/davidsnyderchannel
www.songtradr.com/user/profile/david.snyder







Top
#448301 - 12/31/17 06:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: 44kfl]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Sounds great!!!

this song has a very charming quality

super vocal Janice, love the melody

nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing

instrument choices sound right on the money

love the new avatar,

Kenny


Thanks Kenny! We’re loving your new tune. Happy new year!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448316 - 12/31/17 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: David Snyder]
MarioD Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10983
Loc: Hamlin NY
Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!


Exactly what I was going to say!

This is fantastic.
_________________________
The only exercise I did this month was run out of money!

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

Top
#448368 - 01/01/18 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

I've got a version of this song by the Byrds.
I liked it a lot.

You've made a great version; in this one there is a super bass.
All the other things are excellent.

Happy new 2018

Sergio




Thanks Sergio! That Byrd’s album, Sweet Heart Of The Rodeo, had a lot of good material on it.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448371 - 01/01/18 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Torrey Bliss Offline
Expert

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 1468
Loc: Missouri
J&B, beautiful song! The new verse fits like a glove! Janice's vocal is so pleasant to listen to and it carries the song so well that there is no need for any backing vocal accompaniment! Thanks, Torrey
_________________________
Torrey Bliss
www.soundcloud.com/torrey-bliss
BMI

Top
#448416 - 01/01/18 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
ROG Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2515
Loc: York, England
Hi there J&B.

A faultless backing track and mix, which serves as the perfect platform for Janice
to leave me spell-bound as usual.

What else is there to say?

ROG.

Top
#448497 - 01/01/18 05:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!


Thanks David and back to you with new year thang!
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448501 - 01/01/18 05:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Robertkc Online   content
Expert

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1486
J&B,

Your lyrical changes give the song a more uplifting feel (particularly liked the change from "wearsome" to "wondrous land").
Lovely crystal clear mix ... and then there`s Janice singing the tune to make us forget anyone else ever did!

Robert

Top
#448525 - 01/01/18 07:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 2167
Loc: Sydney Australia
Janice & Bud

Lovely. Simple but extremely effective backing - sounds crisp and professional and compliments Janice's performance. Liked the lyrical touches the dial twiddling and of course the vocal - could almost hear a choir singing along.

Peter


Edited by PeterF (01/01/18 07:35 PM)

Top
#448574 - 01/02/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: MarioD]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!


Exactly what I was going to say!

This is fantastic.


Thanks Mario. Best to you and yours this year.
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448586 - 01/02/18 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
floyd jane Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5899
Loc: Florida
Janice & Bud...

The clarity in this is stunning. Each instrument and vocal sitting perfectly against each other. At any one time the ears hear the bass, the mandolin, the acoustic guitar "doing their thing" AND perfectly supporting the vocal.

And what a gorgeous vocal it is. One of the best recorded vocals that has ever been posted here. I think.

Your re-write/addition - excellent.

Y'all are at the top of your game. Lucky us to be able to share that...

fj
_________________________
125+ BIAB Songs

Top
#448660 - 01/02/18 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
J&B, beautiful song! The new verse fits like a glove! Janice's vocal is so pleasant to listen to and it carries the song so well that there is no need for any backing vocal accompaniment! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks Torrey. We're glad you like the minimalist arrangement!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448757 - 01/03/18 05:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Charlie Fogle Offline
Veteran

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4418
Loc: South Carolina
Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Janice Merritt....

Yep, she belongs right there with the greats.....

Stunning recording.

Bud, the stars aligned when they placed Janice's talent in your production hands. I don't think its the software Bud. You have what it takes hands down. (pun intended) ;=)

You don't often hear this specific type song end using a fade out but it works and adds that bit of modern and unique personal touch to the song to make it your own.

Superb on every level.

Charlie
_________________________
BiaB Ultra Pak 2018:RB 2018 Build 5; Windows 7 64 bit AMD Athlon IIX2 215 Dual-core processor; 500GB hard drive; 4GB DDR3 Memory.

Top
#448793 - 01/03/18 07:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: ROG]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi there J&B.

A faultless backing track and mix, which serves as the perfect platform for Janice
to leave me spell-bound as usual.

What else is there to say?

ROG.


We appreciate that Rog! Those three backing tracks proved to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. Glad they worked for you.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#448807 - 01/03/18 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
F.M.M. Offline
Expert

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 1158
hi Janice&bud awesome job perfect vocal mix great production thanks eric

Top
#448864 - 01/03/18 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
tommyad Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2766
Loc: Florida
J&B, this is another in a long line of great vocals. The mix is crystal clear and the instruments are placed perfectly. The added verse is just right. Absolutely top shelf from the song picked to the finished product. Tom

Top
#448902 - 01/03/18 03:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
gruverider Offline
Expert

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1435
Wow! The vocals really cut through fabulously! Great performance, mix and production!

Wonderful song!

Top
#448928 - 01/03/18 05:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Robertkc]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Robertkc
J&B,

Your lyrical changes give the song a more uplifting feel (particularly liked the change from "wearsome" to "wondrous land").
Lovely crystal clear mix ... and then there`s Janice singing the tune to make us forget anyone else ever did!

Robert


Thanks for checking out the changes Robert. That was most thoughtful of you. And we’re delighted that you liked them. Thanks for mentioning the mix and Janice’s vocal. She was very happy when reading it.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449000 - 01/04/18 06:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: PeterF]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janice & Bud

Lovely. Simple but extremely effective backing - sounds crisp and professional and compliments Janice's performance. Liked the lyrical touches the dial twiddling and of course the vocal - could almost hear a choir singing along.

Peter


Thanks Peter. Sometimes less is indeed more...but I’m never sure so your comments are very supportive of the effort.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449001 - 01/04/18 06:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
JoanneCooper Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 2288
Loc: South Africa
Bud and Janice
This is really beautiful! I love all those old spirituals. Nice nice nice!

Top
#449060 - 01/04/18 11:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: floyd jane]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Janice & Bud...

The clarity in this is stunning. Each instrument and vocal sitting perfectly against each other. At any one time the ears hear the bass, the mandolin, the acoustic guitar "doing their thing" AND perfectly supporting the vocal.

And what a gorgeous vocal it is. One of the best recorded vocals that has ever been posted here. I think.

Your re-write/addition - excellent.

Y'all are at the top of your game. Lucky us to be able to share that...

fj


Thanks so much for that review! I (Bud) spent considerable time comping bars that I thought supported the vocal and it is very cool that you felt it worked. And, we are both delighted that the "stacked tracks" on the vocal sounded good to you.

Thanks again!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449213 - 01/05/18 04:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Charlie Fogle]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Janice Merritt....

Yep, she belongs right there with the greats.....

Stunning recording.

Bud, the stars aligned when they placed Janice's talent in your production hands. I don't think its the software Bud. You have what it takes hands down. (pun intended) ;=)

You don't often hear this specific type song end using a fade out but it works and adds that bit of modern and unique personal touch to the song to make it your own.

Superb on every level.

Charlie


Charlie, the stars, the moons, the galaxies and the planets all aligned when I met Janice 40 years ago! Thank you for the kind and supportive words and I appreciate you mentioning the fade. I tried to time it to not distract. Glad you liked it.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449386 - 01/05/18 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: F.M.M.]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi Janice&bud awesome job perfect vocal mix great production thanks eric


We appreciate it Eric!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449471 - 01/06/18 07:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
rsdean Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 3203
Loc: Woodstock, NY
Janice & Bud,

What a great sound! Love the traditional feel of this one. Excellent pacing, vocal and mix.

Bob
_________________________
SoundCloud Tracks


Top
#449521 - 01/06/18 11:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Greg Johnson Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3934
Loc: Davis, CA
Great one guys!! Not aware of the original but I'll have to check it out. This is a perfect arrangement, and Janice (Again) totally nails the vocal-BEAUTIFUL!! Some really interesting lyrics, and just a great vibe to the song. Loved it!! Take care. Greg

Top
#449586 - 01/06/18 03:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: tommyad]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: tommyad
J&B, this is another in a long line of great vocals. The mix is crystal clear and the instruments are placed perfectly. The added verse is just right. Absolutely top shelf from the song picked to the finished product. Tom


Thank you Tom. Praise from you regarding a mix is golden! We appreciate it.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449592 - 01/06/18 04:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
dani48 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3344
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi, Bud & Janice !:))


This is just phenomenal
and probably the all time
best you´ve done as far as
I am concerned !

What clarity in that
beautiful voice too !!!

Cheers
Dani

Top
#449668 - 01/07/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: gruverider]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: gruverider
Wow! The vocals really cut through fabulously! Great performance, mix and production!

Wonderful song!


We had hoped to do well with everything you mentioned. Your thoughts on it are most supportive and appreciate!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#449787 - 01/07/18 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
HearToLearn Offline
Expert

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 1456
Loc: -
Wow, talk about nailing a sound! That was just great. The feel is spot on, and I so get the influences you were referencing. Isn't the feel what this song is about? You can't fake that. You can't teach that. It's genuine...as it needs to be.

Janice's vocals. What could I possibly say that hasn't been said a hundred times...per song! I would have to lie and say it wasn't good or something. I guess, that wouldn't be a lie though would it? They're not good. They are outstanding...again...as always.

Now, I am a production junkie. I love how you can add, and add, and add to a song to make something that is so sonically interesting that there is always some ear candy to enjoy. I also equally love when someone has the insight to be able to do exactly AND only what is needed to support and give justice to the realism of a song. In short, to get out of the way, but perfectly support. That's what this production was. I could sit and listen to what WAS done and what WASN'T done (by intelligent choice) with total appreciation...and awe.

I am a seeker and found a great song smile







Edited by HearToLearn (01/07/18 02:43 PM)
_________________________
"That's what"
-She

Top
#449791 - 01/07/18 02:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Rob4580 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 2259
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
History in a song. Wonderful write.
Sorry I missed this one. Rob

Top
#449814 - 01/07/18 06:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: JoanneCooper]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Bud and Janice
This is really beautiful! I love all those old spirituals. Nice nice nice!


Thank you Joanne. Yes, they are a treasure trove!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#450103 - 01/09/18 09:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: rsdean]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Janice & Bud,

What a great sound! Love the traditional feel of this one. Excellent pacing, vocal and mix.

Bob


Thanks Bob. It's great to see you around again!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#450255 - 01/10/18 05:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Greg Johnson]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Great one guys!! Not aware of the original but I'll have to check it out. This is a perfect arrangement, and Janice (Again) totally nails the vocal-BEAUTIFUL!! Some really interesting lyrics, and just a great vibe to the song. Loved it!! Take care. Greg


Thank you Greg. We had hoped that you would like this - particularly the lyric.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#450590 - 01/12/18 05:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: dani48]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Bud & Janice !:))


This is just phenomenal
and probably the all time
best you´ve done as far as
I am concerned !

What clarity in that
beautiful voice too !!!

Cheers
Dani


Thank you Dani. We appreciate you saying that about the vocal!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#450780 - 01/12/18 11:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
animarorecords Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 1186
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Janice & Bud

This is correctly one of the roots of your music.
I have never heard any version of this song, but I immediately understood that.
I entirely agree with Kenny.
Sounds great!!!
this song has a very charming quality
super vocal Janice, love the melody
nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing
instrument choices sound right on the money
love the new avatar,
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

All the best for 2018!

Shigeki Adachi

Top
#450872 - 01/13/18 12:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
bluage Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear Ms. Janice & "Bud"...

I was raised as a "Catholic", but as a child in Chicago I spent a great deal of time in African-American churches of the Pentecostal, African Methodist, C.O.G.I.C. (Church of God In Christ) denominations and, let me tell you, the sound, the soul and the spirit of "I Am A Seeker" transported me back in time in a glorious way!

As I listened to Ms. Janice revealing her soul's desire to the good Lord, I recalled the sounds of hand-clapping, the richly harmonized call-and-response from the choir, the shouts of spirited affirmation from the congregation, and the minister's "Church say a-men? A-men, church, a-men, a-men, a-MEN! Praise gawd. P-r-a-i-s-e him", at song's end.

Your skillful editing (???) of the Real Tracks produced a simple, soothing and soulful accompaniment for Ms. Janice's testimonial.

I consider this as one of the best musical listening experiences I've had so far in this New Year of 2018, in or out of the User's Forum.

Sincerely,

LOREN
_________________________
"Music is what feelings sound like."-- borrowed from a Cakewalk Music Creator forum member, "Mamabear".

Top
#451048 - 01/14/18 05:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: HearToLearn]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Wow, talk about nailing a sound! That was just great. The feel is spot on, and I so get the influences you were referencing. Isn't the feel what this song is about? You can't fake that. You can't teach that. It's genuine...as it needs to be.

Janice's vocals. What could I possibly say that hasn't been said a hundred times...per song! I would have to lie and say it wasn't good or something. I guess, that wouldn't be a lie though would it? They're not good. They are outstanding...again...as always.

Now, I am a production junkie. I love how you can add, and add, and add to a song to make something that is so sonically interesting that there is always some ear candy to enjoy. I also equally love when someone has the insight to be able to do exactly AND only what is needed to support and give justice to the realism of a song. In short, to get out of the way, but perfectly support. That's what this production was. I could sit and listen to what WAS done and what WASN'T done (by intelligent choice) with total appreciation...and awe.

I am a seeker and found a great song smile


It’s difficult express how much a review like this means to us. We are but a few years into our new musical journey after leaving decades of playing and recording virtually nothing but traditional bluegrass. We always feel that we are still “winging” it with different genres, arrangements, etc. Your insightful and positive comments are supportive more than you could imagine.

Thank you!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#451633 - 01/16/18 06:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Rob4580]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Rob4580
History in a song. Wonderful write.
Sorry I missed this one. Rob


Thanks Rob...we’re really diggin’ your latest,

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#451966 - 01/18/18 08:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: animarorecords]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Janice & Bud

This is correctly one of the roots of your music.
I have never heard any version of this song, but I immediately understood that.
I entirely agree with Kenny.
Sounds great!!!
this song has a very charming quality
super vocal Janice, love the melody
nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing
instrument choices sound right on the money
love the new avatar,
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

All the best for 2018!

Shigeki Adachi


Thank you very much Shigeki for the very nice review. Most people who have heard this song remember it from "I Am A Pilgrim" on the Byrd's "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" album but there were much earlier versions. But they popularized it.

Thanks for listening and taking the time to write such kind words.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#451982 - 01/18/18 09:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Joe -PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 786
Hey Janice & Bud, thanks for sharing this! Marvelous piece and very easy to listen to as usual. Keep up the great work! smile
_________________________
Cheers,
Joe

Top
#452098 - 01/18/18 03:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: bluage]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: bluage
Dear Ms. Janice & "Bud"...

I was raised as a "Catholic", but as a child in Chicago I spent a great deal of time in African-American churches of the Pentecostal, African Methodist, C.O.G.I.C. (Church of God In Christ) denominations and, let me tell you, the sound, the soul and the spirit of "I Am A Seeker" transported me back in time in a glorious way!

As I listened to Ms. Janice revealing her soul's desire to the good Lord, I recalled the sounds of hand-clapping, the richly harmonized call-and-response from the choir, the shouts of spirited affirmation from the congregation, and the minister's "Church say a-men? A-men, church, a-men, a-men, a-MEN! Praise gawd. P-r-a-i-s-e him", at song's end.

Your skillful editing (???) of the Real Tracks produced a simple, soothing and soulful accompaniment for Ms. Janice's testimonial.

I consider this as one of the best musical listening experiences I've had so far in this New Year of 2018, in or out of the User's Forum.

Sincerely,

LOREN


Thank you so much Loren. Some of my (Bud) earlier musical memories are walking across a field from my grandmother’s house and listening to the singing from a small African-American church. I’d never heard anything like it and was mesmerized with the songs and the passion. We are so glad this reminded you of that feeling. I think that church lead me to my later love of the blues and R&B and about any singing of any genre that has soul. . Thanks for everything you said!!

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
#452106 - 01/18/18 04:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
Noel96 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 13216
Loc: Australia
Janice and Bud,

This truly is a really....



As many others have already said, the clarity of this production sparkles with brilliance. Janice's vocals really shine. I agree with floyd when he spoke about how everything sits perfectly in the mix and each individual component complements the other components so incredibly well. I found that if I tuned my hearing in, I could listen to each instrument and isoloate it from the rest. To my way of thinking, this is not only a sign of a great mix but it's also a testament to Bud's ability to produce at the very highest of levels.

May 2018 bring lots of good fortune your way!
Noel
_________________________
LINKS TO MY BIAB/RB SONGS


Top
#452363 - 01/20/18 05:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Noel96]
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5767
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Janice and Bud,

This truly is a really....



As many others have already said, the clarity of this production sparkles with brilliance. Janice's vocals really shine. I agree with floyd when he spoke about how everything sits perfectly in the mix and each individual component complements the other components so incredibly well. I found that if I tuned my hearing in, I could listen to each instrument and isoloate it from the rest. To my way of thinking, this is not only a sign of a great mix but it's also a testament to Bud's ability to produce at the very highest of levels.

May 2018 bring lots of good fortune your way!
Noel


Noel, thank you for your comments regarding the vocal and the mix. Often the simplest sounding mixes are the hardest to get “right.” Your description of it means a lot to us. And best 2018 wishes to you also.

J&B
_________________________
Never grow up...it's a trap.
J&B SoundCloud Sampler
J&B YouTube Sampler
J&B Website

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >


PG Music News
Tutorials - How to Install Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Here are some tutorial videos we've created to help you install your Band-in-a-Box® purchase.

Our Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, and PlusPAK are delivered as a download, on DVD, or on a 32GB USB flash drive.

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from DVD: click here to watch.

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from the 32GB flash drive: click here to watch.
Your flash drive shipment also includes a Band-in-a-Box® keychain!

The Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK is available as a download or shipped on a portable hard drive. When you receive the hard drive version, there are a few different installation options:

Option #1 - Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only: click here to watch.

Option #2 - Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks and RealDrums on the USB hard drive: click here to watch.

Option #3 - Install Band-in-a-Box® AND RealTracks on your computer hard drive: click here to watch.

All of these videos are available on our YouTube Channel or Videos support page.

Video - Making A Song in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Ever wonder how to create a song in Band-in-a-Box®? We start off with the basics in our latest video for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

Windows users: click here | Mac users: click here

RealTracks Patch Update for Windows Users

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest RealTracks update patch (519) here.

This patch includes some RealTracks audio updates we have made since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2018. 2018 users should be sure to download the latest Band-in-a-Box 2018 update patch (519), as that patch includes the bulk of the fixes for RealTracks released with 2018. This is a larger download than typical because it updates the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks audio files. There is more information and Audiophile patches available here.

Summary of RealTracks Audio updates:
Improved: There were small issues with the tuning of several Bass styles. This has been fixed for both the original mix and the direct input mix. This affects the following RealTracks:
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow128Byron Sw 040
- Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySwingByron Sw 190
- Bass, Acoustic, BluesyPopByron Ev 100
Improved: Audio glitches have been removed from the ends of phrases in the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks.

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest (free) update patch (519) here.

Summary of changes:
Added: Additional dialog available for detailed information in the StyleMaker (fields for memo, examples, and other parameters). These are set in the StyleMaker (more dialog, a button called "Style Memos etc").
Added: Help Video button Added to the Audio Harmony dialog.
Improved: ABC opening improvements with some accidentals, and leadin bars that occur in middle of song.
Improved: Audio harmonies now used Improved algorithms, and can be easily set using N voices above, M voices below (and have additional functions like duplicate melody, and dup. melody octave below).
Improved: Lyrics will be now read from .mid files that used to be karaoke files (.kar) and got renamed somewhere along the line.
Improved: Support for RealTracks that should be transposed only lower (ie heavy metal guitars) and for future Improved metal guitar comping.
Improved: The Audio Harmony Dialog has been rearranged to be more intuitive when using Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: Audio harmonies might be missing some notes.
Fixed: Audio harmonies would be generated with the wrong notes if selecting a range of audio in the middle of the track.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash on bootup with error "Read Beyond end of file".
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box should show message if the latest VJT application is not installed when the user tries to render videos.
Fixed: File > Open Special > Open Audio was importing audio instead of opening it in a new song.
Fixed: In the Bar Settings window, "Chordsheet and Notation - Start a New Line" should say "Notation - Start a New Line".
Fixed: It was not possible to record audio using WAS audio drivers if "Output always on" was disabled.
Fixed: Misc. RealTracks updates.
Fixed: Quicklist drums picker sometimes showing too many drums in the list.
Fixed: Redundant flash messages were showing.
Fixed: Removing a custom drums from a track would still display Drums as the name of the loop in the track.
Fixed: Rendering audio while there is a region of bars highlighted in the chord sheet might cause a crash.
Fixed: Saving a MIDI file would fail unless saving as type 1.
Fixed: Some 12-key RealTracks were incorrectly set to allow transposition.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog needed some hints.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog was missing the new Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: The VJT application should print out its version number in log files.

Tutorials - How to Install Your Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Hard Drive

When you have your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac UltraPAK shipped to you on a portable hard drive, there are a few different options for installation. We go over these 3 options with our latest video series:

Option 1: Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only: click here to view.

Option 2: Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks & RealDrums on the USB hard drive: click here to view.

Option 3: Install Band-in-a-Box® and the RealTracks & RealDrums on your computer hard drive: click here to view.

Check out all our Band-in-a-Box for Mac videos here.

Video - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets for Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Have you purchased your Band-in-a-Box® package, and want to make sure you're downloading and installing the RealTracks Sets correctly?

Well, we've created just the tutorial video you're looking for! Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets.

Video link:
www.pgmusic.com/?vid=QndXu8H_IwM

Thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 - Mac Power Users Discussion

David Sparks and Katie Floyd discuss a variety of topics in their recent episide of Mac Power Users: https://www.relay.fm/mpu/432 - listen all the way through (and laugh along with them - it was a very entertaining episode!), or jump to 1:37:40 where David shares his thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac!

Thank you David and Katie!

Forum Stats
27632 Members
50 Forums
52267 Topics
432722 Posts

Max Online: 2434 @ 11/14/17 12:37 AM
Newest Members
AStefanuk, War Eagle, reaper19, Waaree, Eridanus

27634 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
Icelander 180
Noel96 165
Janice & Bud 140
David Snyder 132
rsdean 120
Deryk - PG Music 113
beatmaster 104
Ember - PG Music 96
Scott C 96
eddie1261 - gone 96
Today's Birthdays
david parker