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#454406 - 01/29/18 09:10 AM [User Showcase] "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna"
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Any of you who have given your undivided attention to Ms. Belladonna's posts to the User's Forum should already know that she writes lyrics you can see, taste, feel, hear, and smell. She conjures up a sense a place, of time, and reveals character with an economy of poetic expression that I personally find stunning.

The lyrics she dreamed up for "Bottom Dollar Blues" were so electrifying to me that the music came to me almost immediately upon reading them. This is my second collaboration with a User's Forum member, and it was absolutely, positively, e-x-h-i-l-a-r-a-t-i-n-g smile.

Ms. Belladonna, you are an artist. Thank you for allowing me to keep the ad-libs!

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=1321235&songID=13686052

Style is _BCJO110.STY (Boom Chick Joe Train Guitars 110)
Key = Ab, Tempo @ 120, Meter = 4/4
8 bar intro.

RealTracks in style: 2421:Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySlapBoomChicka Ev16 100 (Dave Roe)
RealTracks in style: 2514:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickJoe Ev16 110 (Joe Robinson)
RealTracks in style: 2513:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickHighJoe Ev16 110 (Joe Robinson)
RealTracks in song: 433:Banjo, Bluegrass Ev 130 ( Scott Vestal, Soloist)
RealTracks in song: 601, Fiddle, Soloist, Train, Country, Ev 130 (Wanda Vicks, Soloist)
RealDrums in style: Country Train: a: Brushes Soft b: Brushes Hard (Shawn Soucy)

Thank you for listening, folks!

LOREN

Verse 1
She’s a candy, red hot
Fire whiskey, tequila shots
She’s waitin’ for me at the bar
Spends my money like a wild fire
Think I’m scorin’ but I lose
Got the bottom-dollar blues

Verse 2
Hopin’ she’s my Lucky Star
She plays me like a lotto jar
We cruise and smooze around
My ticker tape’s a-runnin’ down
Then, some final rounds of pool
Goes my bottom-dollar blues

(16-bar instrumental fiddle and banjo solos)

Refrain
Sunday church I’m confessin’
Can’t seem to learn my lesson
Party girls and booze
Give me the bottom-dollar blues

Verse 3
She always revs my engine
Sparing an intervention
I’m addicted to the night life
We live the weekends right
For her I’ll be the fool
With the bottom-dollar blues…

“Ain’t got no shoes…‘cause I got those bottom-dollar blues..”

“No gas in the tank…’cause I ain’t got no bank..”

“Folks lookin’ at me strange…’cause I’m begging for their change…”

“Think I better make like Dolly, and git t’ Parton from this hear woman, know whut a’ mean?”
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#454417 - 01/29/18 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
sslechta Offline
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Hey Loren, nice version of the song on Donna's lyrics. Really loved the brush percussion. Your vocal blended with the song greatly. Keep 'em coming!
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#454441 - 01/29/18 12:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
Robertkc Offline
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Loren,
I like the way your vocal gives the train sound a jazzy feel... and the ad-libs at the end are nicely done.
Enjoyed!

Robert

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#454444 - 01/29/18 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
David Snyder Offline
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Love this version. Really dig the acoustic jazz feel of this.

Nice!
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#454448 - 01/29/18 12:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
floyd jane Offline
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Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5812
Loc: Florida
LOREN,

Really nice job on that.

A very engaging vocal - a lot of feeling.

Nice musical bed for this. All well mixed. I liked how you brought the fiddle and banjo in the raise the heat a bit.

(I'm hearing the vocal panned to the left. Is that intentional?)

Well done. Enjoyed.

fj
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#454466 - 01/29/18 01:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
Belladonna Offline
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Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 250
Loc: Virginia
Loren what a great take on the song. Really brought my lyrics to life. Music and vocal style adds so much to the story of lyrics. Thank you so much for putting your personal touch on these lyrics. I have been pleased and impressed by all the talent on this site.

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#454477 - 01/29/18 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
RichMac Offline
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Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1646
Loc: New Zealand
Very enjoyable Loren.

Had the feel to me of something I might hear in a speakeasy in the 1920's.
You make the backing sound more jazzy. Good one.

Cheers.
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#454504 - 01/29/18 04:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
rsdean Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 3094
Loc: Woodstock, NY
Loren,

This is excellent! You've got a great voice - love what you did with Donna's lyrics. I really enjoyed this.

Bob
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#454535 - 01/29/18 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
Scott C Offline
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Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Super vocal and backtrack Loren. Excellent version of Donna's excellent lyrics..
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#454576 - 01/30/18 12:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: sslechta]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Hello, Mr. Sslechta...

Yeah, that brush percussion really kept that country train rhythm chugging on down the track, didn't it smile ?

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your comments.

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#454577 - 01/30/18 12:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: Robertkc]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Dear "robertkc"...

Well, you can take the boy out of jazz, but you can't take the jazz out of the boy, eh cool ???

I wasn't trying to do that intentionally, but I'm pleased that it pleased you.

Truly,

LOREN


Edited by bluage (01/30/18 12:34 AM)
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#454578 - 01/30/18 12:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: David Snyder]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Mr, Snyder...

You're the second person who felt the song has a "jazz" feel to it frown. But...but I was trying to sing a country song (sniff, blubber, wail) !!!

But then, come to think of it, those "country train" RealTracks and Real Drums could be said truly to raise some jazz dust, huh?

Thank you, Mr. Snyder!

LOREN
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#454579 - 01/30/18 12:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: floyd jane]
bluage Offline
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Mr. Jane...

I'm particularly grateful for your comment about the "mix" because whatever I did to earn your approval I learned entirely from User's Forum members such as yourself.

The fiddle and banjo solos did "raise the heat a bit", didn't they? Had me clapping my hands to all that joyful noise. Should have recorded it.

That left-panned vocal wasn't intentional. In the recording audio track I selected "stereo" output, but the sound came out of the left speaker. Was going to correct it, hopefully, by playing around with the "audio in" options, and then re-record the vocal, but the first take exhausted me because I am not used to singing notes that high and --truth be told -- I'm as lazy as all get-out laugh !!!

Thanks for your close listening, Mr. Jane. I appreciate it!

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#454580 - 01/30/18 01:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: Belladonna]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
My dear Ms. Belladonna...

Well, thank YOU for allowing me to live in the world -- if only for three minutes and twenty seconds -- that your lively, finely realized lyrics for "Bottom Dollar Blues" created. Because of them, I discovered that I have another musical soul inside of me.

Most sincerely and respectfully,

LOREN


Edited by bluage (01/30/18 01:09 AM)
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#454581 - 01/30/18 01:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: RichMac]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Hi, there, "RichMac"...

And yet another listener who likened what they heard to jazz!

Glad it sounded that way to you, "RichMac"!

I'm grateful to you for listening to it.

LOREN
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#454583 - 01/30/18 01:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: rsdean]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Mr. "rsdean"...

Believe me when I tell you that Ms. Belladonna's lyrics inspired me to sing. They tell a story...that had to be told!

Thank you, "rsdean"!

LOREN
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#454584 - 01/30/18 01:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: Scott C]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear "Scott C"...

Interpreting Ms. Belladonna's lyrics was a pleasure and a treasure without measure. What you heard out of me was what she inspired in me.

Thanks a whole lot, "Scott C"!

LOREN


Edited by bluage (01/30/18 01:32 AM)
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#454630 - 01/30/18 07:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
Deryk - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 1054
Wow - I thoroughly enjoyed this! I love how you kept it minimalist, and gave the voice room to breathe. Not to mention, the groove on this is wild! I was tapping my foot the whole way through. I would have never thought something could be a little jazzy and country-ish at the same time, and come out this well!

Great work, and thanks so much for sharing smile
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#454661 - 01/30/18 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
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Thank you for sharing this - I LOVE IT!
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#454664 - 01/30/18 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Bottom Dollar Blues" with lyrics by "Belladonna" [Re: bluage]
furry Offline
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NICE, Not usually my scene, but I enjoyed this one.
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