The Christmas Eve Blues

Posted by: Janice & Bud

The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 04:39 PM

Christmas Eve Blues

It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Have a wonderful Holiday everybody!!

J&B

Vocal: Janice via Rodes NT1/Blue Icicle/Logic Pro X
Bass: 1394 Jazz
Guitar R: 952 Country Boogie
Reso Guitar: 585 Blues
Piano: 1566 Southern Rock
Drums: N'ville Shuffle

Effects: Ozone 6 / Nectar 2
Mastering: Ozone 6

Christmas Eve Blues

It’s the day before Christmas, can't you hear me cry,
I say its the day before Christmas, can't you hear me cry,
Just take me back baby, I'll give you everything you desire

I had a good chance, baby give me just one more,
I threw away a good chance, give me just one more,
I'll show you some lovin’ like you’ve never seen before.

I know I did you wrong, I'm just as sorry as I can be,
Mmmm, sorry as I can be,
It's the day before Christmas, please come on back to me.

Don’t turn away from me it's Christmas Eve,
Don't don't turn me down, on Christmas Eve,
Please let me come home I promise I'll never leave

It's one day till Christmas, bring me a present tonight,
It's the day before Christmas, bring me a present tonight,
You can be my Santa, even if your whiskers ain't white

Blind Lemon songs are PD as indicated by
- archive.org
- Africanamerican.com
-Publicdomain4u.com

We rewrote some of the lyric (mainly to make it from a lady's perspective) and changed the melody but all credit to the MAN. It's a shame the degree to which his lines and songs have been ripped off with no attribution, e.g. "That's All Right Mama," "Match Box," etc.

Trad. Arr. 2014 Janice and Bud Merritt
Posted by: Kemmrich

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 04:51 PM

Ha, I'm the first one to chime in on this one (unless someone beats me to it while I am rambling on!). Dang, Janice has a wonderful voice and the musical arrangement is super duper cool.

Hey, maybe this February we can to a co-write together as I battle to get 14 songs out for FAWM!

Wonderful tune. I have one BIAB Christmas tune, maybe I'll re-post it (but it ain't as good as this one!).
Posted by: Sundance

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 05:40 PM

You guys are really terrific at making these PD songs you're own.

I believe this is my fav song of yours this year Janice and Bud. The mix sounds great, the arrangement is super and the vocal is one of the best I've heard you do.

Merry Christmas!

Josie
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 06:14 PM

DANG!

If you could fly I bet this song would qualify you to become the 9th reindeer!

Quote:
It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Oh, puh-LEASE! well YEAH! You can sing any kind of song you want, as long as you post it here for your fans to hear!
Posted by: Noel96

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 06:42 PM

Hi Janice and Bud,

Whenever I hear one of your songs, these are nearly always the first thoughts that spring to mind.



Today was no different. Half a bar into the song and I was hooked. Janice, you sing this traditional style of blues so incredibly well, world-class well in fact! And the mix! Bud, there is such clarity with the instruments and the vocals. This really is 200% terrific!

Best wishes to you both for a great Christmas,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 06:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Kemmrich
Ha, I'm the first one to chime in on this one (unless someone beats me to it while I am rambling on!). Dang, Janice has a wonderful voice and the musical arrangement is super duper cool.

Hey, maybe this February we can to a co-write together as I battle to get 14 songs out for FAWM!

Wonderful tune. I have one BIAB Christmas tune, maybe I'll re-post it (but it ain't as good as this one!).



Thanks, we most appreciate those remarks. We talked about putting this together yesterday and It came together quickly this afternoon after working on our hiking/biking trails for most of the day (time to consider an arrangement!). Keep us posted on FAWM!
Bud
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 07:14 PM

Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.


Charlie
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/15/14 08:27 PM

Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 05:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Sundance
You guys are really terrific at making these PD songs you're own.

I believe this is my fav song of yours this year Janice and Bud. The mix sounds great, the arrangement is super and the vocal is one of the best I've heard you do.

Merry Christmas!

Josie


Thank you Josie very much. We did this on a lark and are very happy that it worked out. And Merry Christmas to you also!!

J&B
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 06:39 AM

Christmas is a bad time to have the blues......

Well done folks.... Loved this tune.

Loved that slide/dobro. delta blues are some kinda cool.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 07:06 AM

Bud, you could produce.. and Janice, you could sing...

the Atlanta phone book...

and we would all listen all the way through...


This is so very good.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!!!!

floyd
Posted by: boehm

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 07:09 AM

Hi Janice & Bud,
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.

Tried and tested Merrit quality.
Merry Christmas!

Guenter
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 09:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
DANG!

If you could fly I bet this song would qualify you to become the 9th reindeer!

Quote:
It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Oh, puh-LEASE! well YEAH! You can sing any kind of song you want, as long as you post it here for your fans to hear!


Pat, you are both hilarious and too kind. Thanks!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janice and Bud,

Whenever I hear one of your songs, these are nearly always the first thoughts that spring to mind.



Today was no different. Half a bar into the song and I was hooked. Janice, you sing this traditional style of blues so incredibly well, world-class well in fact! And the mix! Bud, there is such clarity with the instruments and the vocals. This really is 200% terrific!

Best wishes to you both for a great Christmas,
Noel


A huge thanks and best wishes to you also Noel!!!

J&B
Posted by: Tommyc

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 10:20 AM

Wow! What a Yummy Voice! smile
Posted by: Scott C

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 12:56 PM

Just love this style of music. As always very well done.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 02:58 PM

Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.


Charlie


Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg



Thanks y'all. It means a LOT to Janice. The journey this year toward a much more bluesy sound has been fun and we both appreciate the support.

Bud
Posted by: FredM

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 04:20 PM

I Love this song
Thumbs up !!!
Merry Christmas

Fred
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/16/14 06:15 PM

Wow!!! This is good! Everything has pretty much already been said. I totally like this arrangement, and Janice, your vocals are as good as I have heard from you! Glad I got to hear it!

Steve
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/17/14 06:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Christmas is a bad time to have the blues......

Well done folks.... Loved this tune.

Loved that slide/dobro. delta blues are some kinda cool.


Thanks Herb. Yep, Jack Pearson does a fine job on that reso RT. But then again shouldn't somebody who was a member of the ABB!

J&B

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Bud, you could produce.. and Janice, you could sing...

the Atlanta phone book...

and we would all listen all the way through...

This is so very good.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!!!!

floyd


Thanks floyd --- she makes is soooooo easy. I just kick back and watch it happen.

Bud
Posted by: MarioD

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/17/14 07:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg


SWEEEEET it is!

If this went commercial it would be the next Christmas classic!

This is a keeper.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/17/14 08:37 AM

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Janice & Bud,
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.

Tried and tested Merrit quality.
Merry Christmas!

Guenter


Originally Posted By: Tommyc
Wow! What a Yummy Voice! smile


Thanks y'all. I really do appreciate it!

Janice
Posted by: gibson

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/17/14 08:39 AM

Janice sure knows how to sing the blues.
Have I said I like her voice?? grin

Excellent

Alyn
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/18/14 05:06 AM

Bud & Janice, Great song! The two of you just shine on these acoustic blues. Your recordings continue to sound better and better. Merry Christmas to you both and thanks for all the time and effort y'all put forth on our 2014 collabs. It was a great year for our music. Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/18/14 10:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Just love this style of music. As always very well done.


Originally Posted By: FredM
I Love this song
Thumbs up !!!
Merry Christmas

Fred



Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Wow!!! This is good! Everything has pretty much already been said. I totally like this arrangement, and Janice, your vocals are as good as I have heard from you! Glad I got to hear it!

Steve


Thank y'all so much! It was a fun little ditty to sing.

Janice
Posted by: RnAM

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/18/14 10:35 AM

Hi Janice and Bud,

A very good song with terrific vocals!
We also like the piano very much.

Merry Christmas to you guys.

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/18/14 02:10 PM

B & J -

Great stuff. Love me some Geoja Blues!




Merry Christmas!


Bob
Posted by: ROG

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/18/14 02:53 PM

Janice, what can I say except that I'm a fan.

You have one of the best blues voices I've ever heard.

ROG.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/19/14 06:00 AM


Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg


SWEEEEET it is!

If this went commercial it would be the next Christmas classic!

This is a keeper.


Thank you! Singing the blues is getting to be a lot of fun.

Janice


Originally Posted By: gibson
Janice sure knows how to sing the blues.
Have I said I like her voice?? grin

Excellent

Alyn


Alyn, we always appreciate your comments very much.

Janice

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Bud & Janice, Great song! The two of you just shine on these acoustic blues. Your recordings continue to sound better and better. Merry Christmas to you both and thanks for all the time and effort y'all put forth on our 2014 collabs. It was a great year for our music. Tom


Thank you Tom for your support, your help with mixing/mastering and for the collabs. It has indeed bee a great year!
Posted by: fgrittner

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/19/14 10:33 AM

Very cool. Great vocal and arrangement. The mix is perfect.
Posted by: dani48

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/20/14 08:55 AM

Hi, Bud & Janice !:))

I do not think Janice
can do anything or anyone
wrong though she sings she´s sorry !
Her voice just exudes sincerity
and honesty !

Hey, what guy could be so cold
as to leave a woman alone
on Christmas Eve !!!!!!!!

Merry Xmas to you two too
and naturally I do wish
that the New Year brings you
even more innovative and musicfilled
moments (and new tunes!!!!) !

Cheers
Dani
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/22/14 06:10 AM

Originally Posted By: R & AM
Hi Janice and Bud,

A very good song with terrific vocals!
We also like the piano very much.

Merry Christmas to you guys.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks you two. We've certainly enjoyed your
productions over the year. Have a wonderful
holiday.

J&B

Originally Posted By: 90 dB
B & J -

Great stuff. Love me some Geoja Blues!

Merry Christmas!

Bob


Thanks!

Now surely you don't mean Janice sounds southern
do you?

J&B


Originally Posted By: ROG
Janice, what can I say except that I'm a fan.

You have one of the best blues voices I've ever heard.

ROG.


ROG, I'm sincerely flattered that you would say that. Wow....thank you so much!!

Janice



Originally Posted By: fgrittner
Very cool. Great vocal and arrangement. The mix is perfect.


Thanks for listening!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/24/14 02:45 PM

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Bud & Janice !:))

I do not think Janice
can do anything or anyone
wrong though she sings she´s sorry !
Her voice just exudes sincerity
and honesty !

Hey, what guy could be so cold
as to leave a woman alone
on Christmas Eve !!!!!!!!

Merry Xmas to you two too
and naturally I do wish
that the New Year brings you
even more innovative and musicfilled
moments (and new tunes!!!!) !

Cheers
Dani

]

Thank you so much Dani. We look forward to hearing your music throughout the New Year. Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Jim Fogle

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/26/14 10:09 AM

Janice and Bud,

What a great listen. Janice I love how you sing with authority! It's like I KNOW I gots the chops! Enjoy your music choices. There are a lot of songs waiting to be rediscovered. Bud the arrangement, instrument choices, mix and mastering are superb. Gotta' get me some of that Izotope kool-aid but then, that would be so-o easy. whistle
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/28/14 09:55 AM

Originally Posted By: JimFogle
Janice and Bud,

What a great listen. Janice I love how you sing with authority! It's like I KNOW I gots the chops! Enjoy your music choices. There are a lot of songs waiting to be rediscovered. Bud the arrangement, instrument choices, mix and mastering are superb. Gotta' get me some of that Izotope kool-aid but then, that would be so-o easy. whistle


Thanks Jim. We appreciate those kind remarks. It was a quick but fun little production. And yeah get yourself some of that kool-aid! I've been drinking buckets of it. (-;

Bud
Posted by: Digital Angel

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/28/14 07:20 PM

Nice mood setting arrangement.

"Please let me come home I promise I'll never leave." Whoooo that's a loaded line, be carefully of that one Bud, or you'll never grow them white whiskers.


DA...
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/30/14 08:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Digital Angel
Nice mood setting arrangement.

"Please let me come home I promise I'll never leave." Whoooo that's a loaded line, be carefully of that one Bud, or you'll never grow them white whiskers.


DA...


Thanks! And, hey, my whiskers have been white for 15 years....poetic license smile
Posted by: PatrickH

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/30/14 07:04 PM

1:09 umm, umm, ummm uMerry Christmas and Happy NewYear....yeah!

-Patrick
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 12/31/14 03:37 PM

Originally Posted By: nobilis
1:09 umm, umm, ummm uMerry Christmas and Happy NewYear....yeah!

-Patrick


Thanks Patrick and have a great New Year!
Ummm yeah smile
Posted by: SpaceDog

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 01/02/15 09:55 AM

Janice and Bud,
Great job. Another wonderful vocal performance!
SD
Posted by: dcuny

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 01/02/15 11:17 AM

Hot buttered wow! If I take up hiking will I get this good?

Excellently done, as usual.

-- David
Posted by: PgFantastic

Re: The Christmas Eve Blues - 01/02/15 12:08 PM

I love the blues and this song is everything that make the blues good. The vocal is outstanding as it always is, and the mix is perfect; thanks for sharing!