I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud)

Posted by: Noel96

I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/15/16 11:53 PM

A little while back, I was reading through forum posts one Sunday morning when I stumbled across a comment by Bud. It piqued my lyric-writing senses and I sat down and mapped out a rough first-draft of lyrics. I sent this draft over to Bud and Janice and asked if they would be interested in helping me to shape the thoughts into a song. They jumped on board and after a few emails, BIAB files and mp3s zig-zagged around the world between Australia and the US, we arrived at this destination...




Please feel free to comment.

Hope you enjoy our collaboration!
Noel


BIAB Info
All Realtracks and Realdrums were generated using the Audiophile edition of the software

RT 1121: Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 085
RT 824: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 085
RT 2053: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryWaltzBrent Sw 085
RT 2557:Cello, Background SlowWaltz Sw 085

RealDrums: NashvilleWaltzSw^6-a:HiHat , b:Sidestick, Hihat

Lyrics
When I'm watching a Georgia sun rise
I remember days of summer fun
And the night when you asked me
“Do you want to dance till morning comes?”
From that moment onwards
A single thing's been true
I won life's lotto
When I said, “I do”

Our journey has been amazing
There's nothing that I want to change
The golden ring you gave me
It's a blessing I live to celebrate
How did fortune choose me?
I haven't got a clue
I won life's lotto
When you said, “I do”

When trails we are biking toss us to and fro
Or paths we are hiking are uncertain
You are there, always, a beacon full of hope
A keeper of promises made long ago

Whatever fate delivers
Whatever boat we're paddling
With you here beside me
Tomorrow is worth traveling
The days keep on dawning
With dreams to pursue
I won life's lotto
When you said, “I do”

Days keep dawning
With dreams to pursue
I won life's lotto
The day we said, “I do”

"I Won Life's Lotto" © 2016 Janice Merritt, Bud Merritt, Noel Adams. Words and Music. All rights reserved.
Posted by: ROG

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 01:03 AM

Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 02:25 AM

Noel Bud & Janice

That was lovely!
Loved the lyrics - (tingle down the spine stuff).
Pretty melody and beautifully sung (loved the last held note).

Great work.

Peter
Posted by: rsdean

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 02:27 AM

Noel, Janice & Bud,

A very cool collaboration - perfect all around.

Bob
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 02:57 AM

Well written lyrics (great hook!), track sounds great as does Janice.

Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 06:19 AM

Wow, That was spectacular. I love the personal notes ( hiking and biking etc.) that make this a believable and authentic story. A beautifully written and arranged love note from Janice to Bud that is delivered in a superb package from one of my favorite vocalists. Simply outstanding in every way. Standing ovation and congratulations to all three of you. Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 06:52 AM

We'll respond individually to the kind comments but I want to point our that our contributions to the lyric were minor. Noel had picked up on our love of the outdoors (biking, hiking, kayaking, etc.) through comments I'd made on the forum and to him via earlier conversations. With that and my comment about life's lotto he wove a lyric that stunningly defined our relationship and for that we will be forever grateful.

Bud
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 06:52 AM

Noel,
Very good on all levels!
A heartfelt and elegant song with vocals up there with the best- congrats to the three of you.

Robert
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 07:22 AM

Noel, Janice and Bud

How absolutely sensational! Janice has put her (usual) professional stamp on this.

The lyrics are both poetically thoughtful and masterful in every way.

The choice of tempo and style could not be more perfect.

Congratulations to you all, this is another piece of exemplary, classic genius.

Take a well deserved bow. All of you.

Trev

Posted by: 44kfl

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 09:11 AM

It's beautiful, it's personal, it warms the heart
the melody is lovely.

Kenny
Posted by: Sundance

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 09:27 AM

Noel, Janice and Bud,

You've woven a vividly rich lyrical tapestry into this lovely arranged waltz. it's a beautifully sung celebration of love for Janice and Bud that warmed and tugged my heart.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 02:46 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


Thank you Rog. Noel did a beautiful job with the write and the production. It was hard for me to keep the tears away when I sang it. I appreciate you mentioning my vocal!

Janice
Posted by: MarioD

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 04:42 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


I had the same thoughts so all I can add is this is a keeper.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 08:06 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


Hi ROG,

Thank you for passing through! Appreciate the comments.

When I first sent that rough lyric draft to Janice and Bud, I had no idea that the song would grow so well. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Merritts to create this. Each of us did our bit and, voilà (because I know you are fluent in French), it all came together seamlessly!

Thanks again,
Noel
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/16/16 11:14 PM

Hello, Noel, Janice & Bud

Simple but very beautiful melody supported with the best vocal.
You are a great melody maker.
This song reminds me “Lonesome Whistle” of Hank Williams Jr. a little bit.
But I think your song is much better, more beautiful and more modern.
As ROG said, it's an absolute classic! A professional package that you should all be proud of.
Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/17/16 05:47 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Noel Bud & Janice

That was lovely!
Loved the lyrics - (tingle down the spine stuff).
Pretty melody and beautifully sung (loved the last held note).

Great work.

Peter


Thank you Peter. Noel handed me a lovely gift. I tried to do it justice and am happy that you like it.

Janice
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/17/16 09:44 AM

Great song!!!!! Excellent lyrics!! Beautiful vocals!! Great hook! A winner!!!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/17/16 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Noel, Janice & Bud,

A very cool collaboration - perfect all around.

Bob


Thanks Bob!

Janice
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/17/16 05:06 PM

What a great collab!!! Noel, you are such a good writer, particularly in this style. And I can't think of anyone who would be able to deliver the vocals and help with the arrangements as well as Janice and Bud. This is just a beautiful song! Rachel and I celebrated our 40th anniversary back in June. I really feel that I won life's lotto when she said "I do", as well!

Thanks for sharing this!

Steve
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/17/16 08:37 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Noel Bud & Janice

That was lovely!
Loved the lyrics - (tingle down the spine stuff).
Pretty melody and beautifully sung (loved the last held note).

Great work.

Peter

Hey Peter,

Thank you for dropping in and commenting. Personally, I think that the 'tingle down the spine stuff' that you mention is entirely due to Janice's wonderful vocals. I never tire of listening to her sing.

Again, thanks!
Noel


Originally Posted By: rsdean
Noel, Janice & Bud,

A very cool collaboration - perfect all around.

Bob

Thanks, Bob. It's always good to see you. Working with Janice and Bud has been a highlight of my songwriting adventure so far! I thoroughly enjoyed it. If Aristotle was talking about collaborative songwriting when he said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts", then he was DEFINITELY correct! The end result is much better than anything I could have created by myself.

Regards,
Noel


Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Well written lyrics (great hook!), track sounds great as does Janice.

Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!

Hi Dave,

Thank you! It was the hook that first grabbed me too. The minute I read what Bud had written, it was like floodgates opened in my mind and a current of ideas tumbled out. That was where this song began.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/18/16 08:56 AM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Well written lyrics (great hook!), track sounds great as does Janice.

Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!


Thank you Dave. I appreciate your comments.

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Wow, That was spectacular. I love the personal notes ( hiking and biking etc.) that make this a believable and authentic story. A beautifully written and arranged love note from Janice to Bud that is delivered in a superb package from one of my favorite vocalists. Simply outstanding in every way. Standing ovation and congratulations to all three of you. Tom

Tom,

Thanks for taking the time. Your thoughts are appreciated.

After that first draft I sent across, everything wove together seamlessly. I used to look forward to a budandjanice email appearing in my inbox because I knew it would hold some more ideas and tweaks for lyrics and music. I don't think it's possible for collaborating to be any easier or more enjoyable than what I experienced. It was great to be part of the team.

Thanks again!
Noel
Posted by: PRADON

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 01:50 AM

Hi,

It reminds me of a Joan Baez's tune, very smooth ballad, I like it.
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.




Noel & Company -

Late on this one as usual, but ditto to what ROG said! He's a music professor, so he must know, right? grin

Excellent stuff. A 9000 mile collaboration.


Regards,

Bob
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 10:34 AM

Noel, Janice, Bud...

A lovely song. Neat hook - have heard Bud say that a number of times smile

The melody is a real standout. One of those that you feel you have known your whole life (like the perfect partner!).

Excellent arrangement and mix...supporting that gorgeous vocal perfectly (another perfect partnership!). All parts (instruments) are so clear - nice space.

A terrific collaboration.

fj
Posted by: RnAM

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 02:52 PM

This is gorgeous guys.
Romantic, highly melodic and a beautiful vocal of Janice!!
That waltz style works so great.

Super all the way.

Rob & Anne-Marie
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/19/16 06:57 PM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Wow, That was spectacular. I love the personal notes ( hiking and biking etc.) that make this a believable and authentic story. A beautifully written and arranged love note from Janice to Bud that is delivered in a superb package from one of my favorite vocalists. Simply outstanding in every way. Standing ovation and congratulations to all three of you. Tom


Tom, that is so nice of you to say that! You know us well enough to understand how the lyric completely reflects mine and Bud's relationship. We really appreciate your support.

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/20/16 03:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Noel,
Very good on all levels!
A heartfelt and elegant song with vocals up there with the best- congrats to the three of you.

Robert


Hi Robert,

Thank you for your vote of confidence! Appreciate the visit.

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/20/16 01:34 PM

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Noel, Janice and Bud

How absolutely sensational! Janice has put her (usual) professional stamp on this.

The lyrics are both poetically thoughtful and masterful in every way.

The choice of tempo and style could not be more perfect.

Congratulations to you all, this is another piece of exemplary, classic genius.

Take a well deserved bow. All of you.

Trev


Hi Trev,

Glad you dropped in!

One of the beauties of BIAB is that we who write songs can get away with doing so little. I began this backing with the style _CELLOW2.STY (Dual Cello Waltz) and its default tempo. From there I played around with what other Realtracks were potentially available. When I received Janice's vocal, it became clear that a minimalist backing was all that was needed to frame her wonderful singing. From my perspective, too many instruments were distracting. I wanted to come up with an arrangement that allowed Janice and her melody to shine as brightly as possible. I'm pretty sure that I can safely say that we're all glad to read that it worked for you.

Thanks for passing through the thread.
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/20/16 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
It's beautiful, it's personal, it warms the heart
the melody is lovely.

Kenny


Hi Kenny.

Thanks for taking the time to listen.

While I sent a draft melody to Bud and Janice as a starting place. That was all it was meant to be... a starting place. This was my only contribution to the melody. The end result morphed quite a bit from that first draft. The best analogy I can think of is that of a butterfly and how it begins as a cocoon. My melody was simply a cocoon and under Janice's nurturing it became a butterfly. The final melody is Janice's and, like you, I think it's really beautiful.

Thanks again!

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/20/16 05:54 PM

great colab noel Janice and bud this was perfect its all been said here love the vocal great production thanks for sharing eric
Posted by: jannesan

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/21/16 02:49 AM

Nice waltz, beautiful lyrics with a crystal clear message and great lines like: "How did fortune choose me? I haven't got a clue". Completed with Janice's voice that fits the song perfectly, 'tomorrow' sounds really Noel smile I like also the cello, especially its raw power at the end.

Janne
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/21/16 11:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Noel,
Very good on all levels!
A heartfelt and elegant song with vocals up there with the best- congrats to the three of you.

Robert


Thank you Robert for the very nice comment about the vocal!

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/21/16 09:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Noel, Janice and Bud,

You've woven a vividly rich lyrical tapestry into this lovely arranged waltz. It's a beautifully sung celebration of love for Janice and Bud that warmed and tugged my heart.


Hi Josie,

Welcome to the thread. Thanks for giving the song a listen and taking time to comment. The lyrical tapestry grew with each trip across the equator. In so many ways, everything about this song was a team effort. If any one of our contributions were removed from the process, the song could not exist.... collaboration at its best, I reckon!!

Regards
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/22/16 06:14 AM

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Noel, Janice and Bud
How absolutely sensational! Janice has put her (usual) professional stamp on this.

The lyrics are both poetically thoughtful and masterful in every way.

The choice of tempo and style could not be more perfect.

Congratulations to you all, this is another piece of exemplary, classic genius.

Take a well deserved bow. All of you.

Trev



Trev, thanks for your time to listen and post those nice comments!

Janice
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/22/16 10:39 AM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


ROG got it!! Works so well on every level. Beautiful sentimental write. Love the sparse arrangement, and the cello is beautiful. Janice KILLS it again! This is absolutely beautiful!!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Chris37

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/22/16 11:13 AM

Hi Noel, Janice and Bud !
Wonderful song very well written and very well sung, with great sensitivity ! Christian
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/23/16 08:21 AM

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
It's beautiful, it's personal, it warms the heart
the melody is lovely.

Kenny


Thank you so much! I'm so happy that you feel this way about it.

Janice


Originally Posted By: Sundance
Noel, Janice and Bud,

You've woven a vividly rich lyrical tapestry into this lovely arranged waltz. it's a beautifully sung celebration of love for Janice and Bud that warmed and tugged my heart.


Josie, that is such a lovely description of the song! It is indeed a celebration and I so appreciate you noting that.

Janice
Posted by: gibson

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/23/16 09:40 AM

Noel, Janice and Bud,

What a combination I thought and my ears were not disappointed, in fact they sat up and went WOW!!!!!

I just repeat with a +1 all the other comments.
Janice has a wonderful voice, dunno if I have ever mentioned that before grin

Alyn
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/23/16 08:11 PM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


I had the same thoughts so all I can add is this is a keeper.


Thanks Mario. Always appreciate your support!

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/24/16 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Noel, Janice & Bud

Simple but very beautiful melody supported with the best vocal.
You are a great melody maker.
This song reminds me “Lonesome Whistle” of Hank Williams Jr. a little bit.
But I think your song is much better, more beautiful and more modern.
As ROG said, it's an absolute classic! A professional package that you should all be proud of.
Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Hi Shigeki Adachi,

Thank you for having a listen. I know that Janice and Bud will appreciate your comments just as much as I do. It was a real pleasure working with them. Now if only I knew how to orchestrate like you!

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Anthony - PG Music

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/24/16 11:44 AM

Great song! smile
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/25/16 01:25 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Great song!!!!! Excellent lyrics!! Beautiful vocals!! Great hook! A winner!!!


Thanks David! Really appreciate your comments smile

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/26/16 01:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
What a great collab!!! Noel, you are such a good writer, particularly in this style. And I can't think of anyone who would be able to deliver the vocals and help with the arrangements as well as Janice and Bud. This is just a beautiful song! Rachel and I celebrated our 40th anniversary back in June. I really feel that I won life's lotto when she said "I do", as well!

Thanks for sharing this!

Steve


Hey Steve,

It's really good to see you. Thanks for dropping in and listening/commenting. Appreciate it.

Happy 40th to you and Rachel! That's a great milestone smile

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/26/16 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


I had the same thoughts so all I can add is this is a keeper.


Thank you Mario.

Janice
Posted by: JoanneCooper

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/26/16 10:06 PM

Just gotta love all the collaborations on this forum. Great job guys.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/27/16 01:21 PM

Originally Posted By: PRADON
Hi,

It reminds me of a Joan Baez's tune, very smooth ballad, I like it.



Hi PRADON,

Welcome to the thread. Thank you for having a listen. I have to say that the Joan Baez quality is entirely due to Janice! However I look at it, Janice is a world class singer in every way.

Thanks again,
Noel


Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.




Noel & Company -

Late on this one as usual, but ditto to what ROG said! He's a music professor, so he must know, right? grin

Excellent stuff. A 9000 mile collaboration.


Regards,

Bob


Bob,

Thanks! It's good to see you. And you're spot on... as the crow flies, it's a bit over 9,000 miles. I imagine that any crow flying that far would have to have pretty heavy duty wings.

Appreciate the visit.
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/27/16 08:18 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Noel, Janice, Bud...

A lovely song. Neat hook - have heard Bud say that a number of times smile

The melody is a real standout. One of those that you feel you have known your whole life (like the perfect partner!).

Excellent arrangement and mix...supporting that gorgeous vocal perfectly (another perfect partnership!). All parts (instruments) are so clear - nice space.

A terrific collaboration.

fj


Hey floyd,

I always smile when I see your name appear in a thread!

When I read Bud's hook, wheels in my mind started turning. He initiated everything. From there... all came together simply and easily. The melody belongs to Janice. She's done a great job and deserves all the accolades for this smile

Appreciate the kind words!

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/28/16 01:48 PM

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Noel, Janice & Bud

Simple but very beautiful melody supported with the best vocal.
You are a great melody maker.
This song reminds me “Lonesome Whistle” of Hank Williams Jr. a little bit.
But I think your song is much better, more beautiful and more modern.
As ROG said, it's an absolute classic! A professional package that you should all be proud of.
Nice collaboration, enjoyed the listen!

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Thank you! It was nice of you to mention the vocal. Noel wrote such a beautiful and very "singable" melody.

Janice
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/28/16 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Great song!!!!! Excellent lyrics!! Beautiful vocals!! Great hook! A winner!!!


Thanks David

Janice

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
What a great collab!!! Noel, you are such a good writer, particularly in this style. And I can't think of anyone who would be able to deliver the vocals and help with the arrangements as well as Janice and Bud. This is just a beautiful song! Rachel and I celebrated our 40th anniversary back in June. I really feel that I won life's lotto when she said "I do", as well!

Thanks for sharing this!

Steve


Steve, I'm so happy to hear that you also won that lotto! We are both happy that you enjoyed it.

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/28/16 02:43 PM

Quote:
...Noel wrote such a beautiful and very "singable" melody.

Janice


Hi Janice... I'm not sure what to say to this. All I know is that I cannot take credit where credit isn't due. It's true, I did send a draft melody across but that was in a completely different key and it was only a draft! The melody you sent back to me was significantly different and much better than what I gave you and Bud to work with. You have a wonderful sense musical flow. However I look at it, the final melody is due to you smile

Hope the sun is shining brightly on the other side of the equator.

All the best to you and Bud,
Noel

P.S. I'm not all that experienced at co-writing. One thing that I learnt this time around, though, is that once a song is completed, it's not easy to look back and to say who did what. Because one idea leads to another and this leads to even more, a thought from one person becomes a starting place for someone else and as ideas are tossed around and back and forth, they morph and grow and become a seamless patchwork quilt of individuals' contributions. I think that maybe the melody of 'Life's Lotto' is a bit of an example of this. My effort simply provided a beginning.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/29/16 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
great colab noel Janice and bud this was perfect its all been said here love the vocal great production thanks for sharing eric


Hi Eric,

Thank you for passing by. Appreciate the listen and comments.

Regards,
Noel


Originally Posted By: jannesan
Nice waltz, beautiful lyrics with a crystal clear message and great lines like: "How did fortune choose me? I haven't got a clue". Completed with Janice's voice that fits the song perfectly, 'tomorrow' sounds really Noel smile I like also the cello, especially its raw power at the end.

Janne


Hey Janne,

And you right! I guess I often look forward to "Tomorrow" in songs I write or help write. The future always seems to provide a good lyric material.

I'm really glad you isolated the lines, "How did fortune choose me? I haven't got a clue". I just love the way that Janice sings them. She's add a life and meaning to these words that's well beyond what's written.

Thanks for have a listen!

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/29/16 10:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


ROG got it!! Works so well on every level. Beautiful sentimental write. Love the sparse arrangement, and the cello is beautiful. Janice KILLS it again! This is absolutely beautiful!!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg. Really appreciate your comments.

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Sergio Guarneri

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/29/16 02:55 PM



Beautiful song. Very romantic.
Excellent in everything.

Sergio
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/30/16 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.


ROG got it!! Works so well on every level. Beautiful sentimental write. Love the sparse arrangement, and the cello is beautiful. Janice KILLS it again! This is absolutely beautiful!!! Take care. Greg


Hi Greg,

Great to see you. Thanks for giving the track a listen and for commenting. Appreciate it.

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/30/16 09:46 AM

Originally Posted By: PRADON
Hi,

It reminds me of a Joan Baez's tune, very smooth ballad, I like it.




Originally Posted By: 90 dB


Thanks!


Originally Posted By: ROG
Hey Noel, J&B.

What can I say? It's an absolute classic!

* Clever lyrics
* A great waltz style
* Beautiful arrangement
* Excellent mix
* Janice on top form.

A professional package that you should all be proud of.

ROG.




Noel & Company -

Late on this one as usual, but ditto to what ROG said! He's a music professor, so he must know, right? grin

Excellent stuff. A 9000 mile collaboration.


Regards,

Bob


Thank you Bob....can we get there on I-75? smile


Originally Posted By: RnAM
This is gorgeous guys.
Romantic, highly melodic and a beautiful vocal of Janice!!
That waltz style works so great.

Super all the way.

Rob & Anne-Marie


Thanks you two! I love a waltz and I appreciate you mentioning my vocal.

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/31/16 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Chris37
Hi Noel, Janice and Bud !
Wonderful song very well written and very well sung, with great sensitivity ! Christian


Hi Christian,

Thank you. Bud's outstanding hook was a gift for a great song. It was great to part of the team.

All the best,
Noel


Originally Posted By: gibson
Noel, Janice and Bud,

What a combination I thought and my ears were not disappointed, in fact they sat up and went WOW!!!!!

I just repeat with a +1 all the other comments.
Janice has a wonderful voice, dunno if I have ever mentioned that before grin

Alyn


Hi Alyn,

Thanks for taking the time to listen and to comment. I totally agree... Janice has a wonderful voice indeed!

Best regards,
Noel


Originally Posted By: Anthony-PG Music
Great song! smile


Thanks Anthony. Appreciate your taking the time.

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 08/31/16 03:12 PM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
great colab noel Janice and bud this was perfect its all been said here love the vocal great production thanks for sharing eric


Thanks Eric!

Janice


Originally Posted By: jannesan
Nice waltz, beautiful lyrics with a crystal clear message and great lines like: "How did fortune choose me? I haven't got a clue". Completed with Janice's voice that fits the song perfectly, 'tomorrow' sounds really Noel smile I like also the cello, especially its raw power at the end.

Janne


Thank you. Noel wrote a lot of great lines in so well describing mine and Bud's
Life!

Janice

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson


ROG got it!! Works so well on every level. Beautiful sentimental write. Love the sparse arrangement, and the cello is beautiful. Janice KILLS it again! This is absolutely beautiful!!! Take care. Greg


Thank you Greg! Noel did a wonderful job with the production.

Janice



Originally Posted By: Chris37
Hi Noel, Janice and Bud !
Wonderful song very well written and very well sung, with great sensitivity ! Christian


Thanks Christian! I appreciate you saying that.

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/01/16 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: JosieC
Just gotta love all the collaborations on this forum. Great job guys.


Hi Josie,

You were a bit of a forum trail-blazer when it comes to collaborations. You've had some fantastic work! Thanks for the positive feedback on "Life's Lotto".

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/01/16 07:29 PM

Originally Posted By: gibson
Noel, Janice and Bud,

What a combination I thought and my ears were not disappointed, in fact they sat up and went WOW!!!!!

I just repeat with a +1 all the other comments.
Janice has a wonderful voice, dunno if I have ever mentioned that before grin

Alyn


Alyn, I really appreciate your comment. You are very thoughtful.

Janice
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/01/16 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Anthony-PG Music
Great song! smile


Originally Posted By: JosieC
Just gotta love all the collaborations on this forum. Great job guys.


Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri


Beautiful song. Very romantic.
Excellent in everything.

Sergio


Thank y'all so much for listening and commenting!!

Janice
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/02/16 01:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri


Beautiful song. Very romantic.
Excellent in everything.

Sergio


Sergio,

I really appreciate your jumping into the thread and commenting. Thanks for listening.

Regards,
Noel
Posted by: Scott C

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/04/16 02:23 PM

Awesome collaboration Noel, Janice and Bud. Loved the vocal and lyric
Posted by: Noel96

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/05/16 06:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Awesome collaboration Noel, Janice and Bud. Loved the vocal and lyric


Hi Scott,

Thanks for giving the song a listen. I have to say that working with Janice and Bud makes creating good music very easy!

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I Won Life's Lotto (a collaboration with Janice and Bud) - 09/11/16 09:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Awesome collaboration Noel, Janice and Bud. Loved the vocal and lyric


Thank you Scott!

Janice