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#448574 - 01/02/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: MarioD]
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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.
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#448586 - 01/02/18 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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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
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#448660 - 01/02/18 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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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!

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#448757 - 01/03/18 05:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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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
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#448793 - 01/03/18 07:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: ROG]
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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.

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#448807 - 01/03/18 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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hi Janice&bud awesome job perfect vocal mix great production thanks eric

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

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#448902 - 01/03/18 03:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow! The vocals really cut through fabulously! Great performance, mix and production!

Wonderful song!

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#448928 - 01/03/18 05:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Robertkc]
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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.

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#449000 - 01/04/18 06:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: PeterF]
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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.

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#449001 - 01/04/18 06:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Bud and Janice
This is really beautiful! I love all those old spirituals. Nice nice nice!

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#449060 - 01/04/18 11:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: floyd jane]
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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!

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#449213 - 01/05/18 04:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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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.

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#449386 - 01/05/18 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: F.M.M.]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi Janice&bud awesome job perfect vocal mix great production thanks eric


We appreciate it Eric!

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

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

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

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#449586 - 01/06/18 03:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: tommyad]
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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.

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#449592 - 01/06/18 04:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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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
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#449668 - 01/07/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: gruverider]
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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!

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