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#453517 - 01/25/18 03:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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When two of the best performing acts on the forum team up - this is what happens. Powerful - poignant - a lesson in collaborative writing and producing. There are some amazing compositions and performances on the forum right now (as usual) - this one ranks right up there among the very best.

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#453535 - 01/25/18 05:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: RichMac

A lovely comment on a tragic situation.
All very well done.
Great backing band.

Cheers.
Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Nice collab.

Maria sure was a storm that they will never forget in PR. Nice work on the song and the video.


Thanks y’all! Glad you liked it. Herb, appreciate you mentioning the video.

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#453589 - 01/25/18 09:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
FJB. That combination seems to work SO well. I'm not kidding when I say I feel like I could almost write the comment THEN listen to the song. There is a standard that I, and I'm sure others have come to expect. Great job!

Thank you or including the video. Many times I don't like the distraction of a video that takes you somewhere you wouldn't have gone just listening. In this case, it brought me to where I wouldn't have known to go. So again, thank you for including it.

I'm always amazed at every aspect of your songs. You can hear everything. The old "you could hear a pin drop"...if it was in there, you would manage to have it heard. The other side of that coin is, you would do it in a way that wouldn't distract or beat us over the head with. I can't do that! This is one jealous dude typing right now. wink

Great song, great video, great production, great performance. Ladies and gentlemen...FJB


Thanks, a lot, for mentioning the video and the audio production. I was surprised at how few pictures of the aftermath were available in the public domain...and I never use copyrighted material so I felt a bit limited. I used the effects on them to try and reduce the distraction. Thanks for noting that! The mix was a challenge with that number of tracks - not used to that at all - but floyd was assuredly the right person to get feedback from and to offer suggestions...like the held chords. We appreciate your nice comments!

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#453663 - 01/25/18 02:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Always love working with you guys - from whatever angle.
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#453665 - 01/25/18 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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A beautiful tribute to a tragic event. Nobody can hold nature back.

Every level of this song and recording are top shelf! Heartfelt delivery of pensive and melancholy lyrics. All captured by a well crafted arrangement and spot on mix.

Well done all!

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#453795 - 01/26/18 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
B,J&F, This is a great write and a brilliant performance. The vocals convey the emotion of the tragedy. The mix is spot on and really comes to light with the cajon and handclaps. Nice call. I would be kicking myself if I didn’t say that I think we completely failed the island in the recovery efforts. I won’t get political and I know this year has decimated the resources available for help due to these devastating storms, but I still think we could have done more. Thanks to all three of you for your socially conscious decision to create this song, Tom


Thanks Tom. Yes, it's easy to envision how many Puerto Ricans might wonder why as US citizens they are continuing to suffer months afterwards. As I mentioned it was it not our intent to disparage any of the folks who were early on the ground to help. But I think not so many kudos to some governmental entities in both Puerto Rico and the mainland. Glad you liked it and thanks for mentioning the percussion and the mix!

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#453853 - 01/26/18 11:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That is a beautiful song, you guys put the right touch to it, production, vocals all so good!!!

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#454001 - 01/27/18 05:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
J&B,
The first thing that struck me was: a great arrangement - how can there be so much space in there with all the tracks?
Inspired percussion choices.
There`s a heart to the social commentary of your lyrics Bud, which cuts through the politics... and Janice makes us feel that with another fine vocal.
Love the sweet sound of Floyd`s high harmony too.


Robert


Thank you Robert. There are a lot of tracks but often they aren’t playing at the same time and the handclaps while 4 tracks take up little of the soundstage. Same with Janice’s doubled vocal. We appreciate you mentioning the commentary and the vocals both of which floyd greatly enhanced. floyd really surprised us with harmony part!

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#454108 - 01/27/18 06:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Serious but very good song J&B!! Once again you folks have produced totally pro sounding results! Janice just sounds great song after song! Floyd's parts work so well also! Final production is good enough for anyone considering this for any project! Thanks, Torrey


That is much appreciated Torrey. And even more so as we are big fans of your productions.

Thank you!

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#454135 - 01/28/18 03:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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A quick "Thanks" to all who listened and commented... fj
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#454259 - 01/28/18 03:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Incredible - this is astonishing smile Simply put, this is a beautiful song. The way the instruments and those vocals work together is flawless. It sounds sincere and heartfelt. And even though it is slightly unconventional, I love the drums you chose here! The stomping sort of groove help bring the whole thing together.

You guys outdid yourself - thanks for sharing!


Thanks man. We much appreciate every word of that! And extra thanks for mentioning the percussion - we had hoped that would work out.
And, yep, floyd really polished the sound with his harmony.

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#454308 - 01/28/18 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

This is great. Very powerful.

Great job people.

Makes me want to write a song called Captain Midnight now.

Oh wait, already did that.

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Hahahaha! Yeah you did.

Thanks!

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#454319 - 01/28/18 09:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Sorry guys, slow off the mark on this one. As always very thoughtful and powerful. Perfect vocals and a great story line. Production A+.
Rob

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#454518 - 01/29/18 05:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Belladonna]
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Originally Posted By: Belladonna
Loved the emotion and the message of the song. Great imagery. Well done compilation.


Thank you!

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#454724 - 01/30/18 01:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Dramatic song about a dramatic event.
There's a lot of emotion in this song which has perfect percussion in the arrangement.
Great vocals by Janice as always and we also love Floyd's vocal contribution on this!

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