The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar)

Posted by: Janice & Bud

The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 01:52 PM

The Good News

I had but a hook, a rough chorus and a notion for a verse. Voila! floyd turned it into a song complete with melody and arrangement.
Thank you mr jane. And thank you Peter for the cool guitar.

Janice: lead vocal, harmony vocal (Nectar 2), vocal arrangement and percussion (cajon)
floyd: harmony vocal (Nectar 2), arrangement and melody
Peter: lead guitar and fills
Bud: engineering, mix, mastering, arrangement & SC photo of Janice

Comments are welcome and your time to listen is appreciated!

Bass: RT 3121 Acoustic, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085 / Waves Bass Rider & Neutron 2
Bass: RT 2475 Acoustic, HeldSimple Ev 085 / Waves Bass Rider & Neutron 2
Multiple generations were comped for both tracks.

Guitar: RT 3184 Acoustic, Rhythm GrungeSlowQuinn Ev16 060 / Waves CLA Unplugged

Piano: 3102 MIDI Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsMike Ev16 060 / Logic Pro X Grand Steinway sound & Waves CLA Unplugged
Multiple generations were comped.

Drums: RD ModernPopBallad16ths^01-a:Quiet hat, Sync-kick, b:Open hat, Sync-kick / Waves CLA Drums
Drums: Intro comped from Nashville EV / Waves CLA Drums
Additional snare, cymbals and kick: created from BiaB RD audio track / Waves CLA Drums

Cajon: Neutron 2 & EMT 140 Plate Reverb sim

Mastering: Logic Pro X EQ > Waves multiband compressor > Ozone Imager > Ozone Maximizer

THE GOOD NEWS
© 2019 Bud Merritt & floyd jane

when you said that it was over... i think i caught a trace of doubt
you left the front door standing open when you walked out
there were no angry words, no ultimatum or curse
so the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse
 
the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind
 
when you said that it was over... i think i caught a trace of doubt
you left the front door standing open when you walked out
there were no angry words, no ultimatum or curse
so the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse
 
the good news is there's still time i can say the right thing
show some redemption, gain the forgiveness that might bring
you've always been willing to look past my song and dance
to find it in your heart to give me one more chance
 
when you said that it was over... i think i caught a trace of doubt
you left the front door standing open when you walked out
there were no angry words, no ultimatum or curse
so the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse

SOLO
 
no final farewell read chapter and verse
the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse
the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse

Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 02:04 PM

the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind

Damn (sorry PG), that's just good writing....wonderful furniture and a tangible, relatable, real-life stuff!! Great title, great angle!! Great song!!! This is 3 members of the forum all-star team at their best!!
So glad to be the first to comment! GREAT STUFF guys!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: musician17

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 02:09 PM

That VOICE. Hats off. You could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing.

AND: this is certainly no "telephone book" ... in fact, if you'll allow me this, I think it's one of the best songs I've heard on this forum - and there are so, so many good ones, but - for me at least - this is right up there. That hook "when you said that it was over ..." ... wow. What a great, great job. Thank you for posting this up - it's made my evening.
Posted by: HearToLearn

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 02:47 PM

Immediately that voice pulls you in! What an unbelievably awesome ability to have available. One thing that I'm not sure I've mentioned; but I'm guessing others have, is Janice's ability to hit the lower notes and not drop out. I see/hear SO many female singers that go for the lower notes and their voice become non-existent. If the writing is good you may be able to figure out the word that should be there...but isn't. With Janice, as is with the best of singers, it's ALL there! You can't help but love that.

Also on the vocal side of things; but needing mention are the background vocals. Man, I know you are used to working together; but there's something different here for me. It feels a little less verb-y and more defined and tight. Not right or wrong; but I'm really liking it! It emphasis the emotions really well. Nice job on both singing and mix. I'm totally diggin' it!

The lyrics are on another level. From word choice for imagery, to alliteration and rhyme, there is SO much going on but in a way that doesn't sound even remotely forced. Everything fits as it should. It's pretty amazing to hear AND see something so well done that the complexity feels effortless. I will flat out say; I wish I had that level of skill.

The guitar, AGAIN, fits as it should. That may make it sound boring; but far from it. It's exactly what it should be. Not more, not less. I think that's called perfection! To me, it's an extension of what's going on in the vocal and lyric; but emotes the feelings with out the benefit of either. Really, really, really great!

Finally that mix. I could hear everything. That in itself is a task I would never even attempt. That's coming from someone who has attempted many times in school. I have nothing but total admiration for the gift of what is going on in this mix. It's part talent, part craft, 100% impressive. I can't imagine the time you spend on these mixes. They just sound so good to me. Great on monitors; but I really like listening with cans or buds. Wait a minute... Seriously, when listening that was I get a great sense of the space you design for your songs to sit in so well. It's immersive; and I like losing the world momentary to a song mixed like this. Thanks for creating that world for me to experience! It does NOT go unnoticed.

So much for my short replies. I just can't seem to pull that off.

Great job to all involved. The reward is in a fantastic song for you. I feel the best reward was getting to experience your talents as the listener. Thank you for that.

***All comments are from speech to text and not proofed. I'm getting better with being ok with that.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 03:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind

Damn (sorry PG), that's just good writing....wonderful furniture and a tangible, relatable, real-life stuff!! Great title, great angle!! Great song!!! This is 3 members of the forum all-star team at their best!!
So glad to be the first to comment! GREAT STUFF guys!! Take care. Greg


That’s pretty much the way we felt when we received that verse smile Man, does your review ever brighten another record heat drought ridden day! Thank you so much.

J&B
Posted by: Noel96

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 04:01 PM

Janice, Bud, floyd and Peter,

Every way that I listen to this song and read these lyrics, all I can think is that this is...



You've all done a mighty, mighty fine job.

The lyrics are awesome. I love that 'good news/bad news' hook and I love the way the verses work the hook. In addition to this, starting with the chorus is stellar! It's a great chorus and by beginning with it, the listener really gets to make the most of the journey.

From a lyric writing perspective, it's interesting how that instead of the verse leading to and providing background for the chorus, in this instance, the chorus leads to and provides necessary background understanding for verse 1. It's a great effect when it can be pulled off like you have.

The strongest possible way to open a song is to take a running start and jump right on into it without any introduction whatsoever. This is a technique that Elvis Presley (and many other highly successful artists) have used a number of times. In a recent song, floyd also demonstrated how powerful such a start is. It's not used so much these days. That said, though, now we have Janice clearly showing all of us here on the forum just how incredible and attention grabbing an introduction-free song is.

For me, the way this song started was akin to saying "Hang on to your hats, folks, we're off on the ride of your life!!!" So I just sat back and let the music carry me along on a thoroughly enjoyable roller coaster trip.

A while back, I read a quote by Iggy Pop where he said... "Really good music isn't just to be heard, you know. It's almost like a hallucination." If anyone wants to experience what Iggy meant, all they need do is to listen to this song. The combination of -- eidetic lyric imagery, Janice's soaring vocals, excellent background vocals, great guitar work from Peter, a wonderful melody, an inspired arrangement, a mesmerisingly great mix -- make for a musical journey that unfolds as a movie in the listener's mind.... at least it did that for me smile

Just wow! I bet if you sent this to a radio station in Nashville, it would get airplay!

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Scott C

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 04:12 PM

Loved this tune. Such a lovely vocal Janice and Floyds harmonies were so complimentary to the song. Very cool lyric. Love the clean sound of Peters solo. Some very cool guitar working going on in behind the vocal as well. One of my favorites..
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 06:04 PM

Originally Posted By: musician17
That VOICE. Hats off. You could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing.

AND: this is certainly no "telephone book" ... in fact, if you'll allow me this, I think it's one of the best songs I've heard on this forum - and there are so, so many good ones, but - for me at least - this is right up there. That hook "when you said that it was over ..." ... wow. What a great, great job. Thank you for posting this up - it's made my evening.


Whoa...that is very, very nice of you. If we made your evening I can assure you that you just made ours! Thanks for your support. We much appreciate it.

J&B
Posted by: rayc

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 08:35 PM

Wonderful, enjoyable, sweet on every level.
It was a pleasure to listen.
The one thing I noted that may need attention is the beginning of the line
"the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer"
The voice comes up in level and pitch across "the good..." then sits perfectly. It may be worth makinga little adjustment to either the level of the vocal or the level of the dominant cymbal or hold the panning to a place where the two elements don't butt heads.
Small beans and not really an issue - just something I heard inside an excellent piece of music.
Congrats to all involved.
Posted by: Leon1

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 10:11 PM

Totally agree with what others have said so eloquently. Wonderful writing and performance.
Regards,
Leon
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/02/19 10:13 PM

J&B + Crew.
Excellent input from all! Catchy, easy to follow tune. Clever lyrics! Vocal delivery / harmonies are powerful, yet not pressuring - listens very easy. Arrangement worked out well, FJ +1. No matter which style you do, you never disappoint my ears smile
Bud, great job! Mix shines! Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/03/19 04:02 AM

Man! Just so good.

Excellent writing Bud and floyd! Lots of great lines,

"the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor"

is my favorite. And "the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse", great hook!

Very nice the way it just starts with just Janice and the piano and builds from there.

Wonderful vocal by Janice, as always I just love her tone! And great job on the harmonies too.

Peter sounds great, love his tone and choice of notes. He added just what the song needed, no more and no less.

Killer job on the mix too, Bud, sounded great through both the monitors and the phones.

Loved everything about this, well done to all!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/03/19 05:58 AM

Originally Posted By: musician17
That VOICE. Hats off. You could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing.

AND: this is certainly no "telephone book" ... in fact, if you'll allow me this, I think it's one of the best songs I've heard on this forum - and there are so, so many good ones, but - for me at least - this is right up there. That hook "when you said that it was over ..." ... wow. What a great, great job. Thank you for posting this up - it's made my evening.


Well, you certainly put a big smile on Janice’s face! We appreciate every word of your nice review.

J&B
Posted by: musician17

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/03/19 07:01 AM

You're very welcome, Janice & Bud ... it's all true, every word I said, at least in my view - so no need for thanks - it's just my genuine thoughts. I can't wait to hear what you will come up with next.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/03/19 07:08 AM

Wow - what a tune smile You really did a good job on this one. Perfectly catchy, and your vocals are tremendous on this. The mix on it is top notch also - it sounds lush, and frankly just beautiful.

You should be proud of this one. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/03/19 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind

Damn (sorry PG), that's just good writing....wonderful furniture and a tangible, relatable, real-life stuff!! Great title, great angle!! Great song!!! This is 3 members of the forum all-star team at their best!!
So glad to be the first to comment! GREAT STUFF guys!! Take care. Greg

Greg - Thanks for listening...
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/04/19 06:26 AM

Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Immediately that voice pulls you in! What an unbelievably awesome ability to have available. One thing that I'm not sure I've mentioned; but I'm guessing others have, is Janice's ability to hit the lower notes and not drop out. I see/hear SO many female singers that go for the lower notes and their voice become non-existent. If the writing is good you may be able to figure out the word that should be there...but isn't. With Janice, as is with the best of singers, it's ALL there! You can't help but love that.

Also on the vocal side of things; but needing mention are the background vocals. Man, I know you are used to working together; but there's something different here for me. It feels a little less verb-y and more defined and tight. Not right or wrong; but I'm really liking it! It emphasis the emotions really well. Nice job on both singing and mix. I'm totally diggin' it!

The lyrics are on another level. From word choice for imagery, to alliteration and rhyme, there is SO much going on but in a way that doesn't sound even remotely forced. Everything fits as it should. It's pretty amazing to hear AND see something so well done that the complexity feels effortless. I will flat out say; I wish I had that level of skill.

The guitar, AGAIN, fits as it should. That may make it sound boring; but far from it. It's exactly what it should be. Not more, not less. I think that's called perfection! To me, it's an extension of what's going on in the vocal and lyric; but emotes the feelings with out the benefit of either. Really, really, really great!

Finally that mix. I could hear everything. That in itself is a task I would never even attempt. That's coming from someone who has attempted many times in school. I have nothing but total admiration for the gift of what is going on in this mix. It's part talent, part craft, 100% impressive. I can't imagine the time you spend on these mixes. They just sound so good to me. Great on monitors; but I really like listening with cans or buds. Wait a minute... Seriously, when listening that was I get a great sense of the space you design for your songs to sit in so well. It's immersive; and I like losing the world momentary to a song mixed like this. Thanks for creating that world for me to experience! It does NOT go unnoticed.

So much for my short replies. I just can't seem to pull that off.

Great job to all involved. The reward is in a fantastic song for you. I feel the best reward was getting to experience your talents as the listener. Thank you for that.

***All comments are from speech to text and not proofed. I'm getting better with being ok with that.



I'm lucky in many ways with Janice smile I've never used pitch correction, she typically nails it on one take and I don't use a vocal "rider" product. During our many bluegrass years she sang in the stratosphere as required by the genre. But I always felt she was a natural contralto and BiaB let us explore that territory. All meaning thanks for mentioning her low notes!

Regarding the harmony she and floyd have blended well since their first project six years ago. To a certain degree that either happens or it doesn't. Perfect harmony and phrasing does not always equal a great sound.

Thanks for mentioning the lyric. By and large it was an idea I had brought to fruition by floyd.

Peter has a knack for working with the vocal and other elements of a tune and it definitely shows here.

I hugely appreciate you mentioning the mix. They are always a struggle with my old ears and this one was no exception. The number of RT's I auditioned was, well, a large number smile And Neutron and my Waves CLA suite got a workout for sure.

All the above ramble means is thanks for the thoughtful, insightful and nice review!!!

Bud
Posted by: beatmaster

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/04/19 12:30 PM

That intro piano and Janice.. awesome.. and the rest pure pro stuff, the lyrics are absolutely minted.

I love Janice's voice when its lead singing plus doing her own backing vox on a song like this its WIN !! WIN !!.

The sound as commented on previously is absolutely stunning on my system well done Bud ( Bud also my wee bichon dogs name) need to get some tips from you on the mixing and producing side of things.

Peter on the guitar was enviously excellent, a great sound from the guitar is always a challenge to record let alone play .

Again this is to me as good as it can get, and Janice's vocals.. The range in her voice !! .. one word astounding.

Thanks
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/04/19 05:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Janice, Bud, floyd and Peter,

Every way that I listen to this song and read these lyrics, all I can think is that this is...

You've all done a mighty, mighty fine job.

The lyrics are awesome. I love that 'good news/bad news' hook and I love the way the verses work the hook. In addition to this, starting with the chorus is stellar! It's a great chorus and by beginning with it, the listener really gets to make the most of the journey.

From a lyric writing perspective, it's interesting how that instead of the verse leading to and providing background for the chorus, in this instance, the chorus leads to and provides necessary background understanding for verse 1. It's a great effect when it can be pulled off like you have.

The strongest possible way to open a song is to take a running start and jump right on into it without any introduction whatsoever. This is a technique that Elvis Presley (and many other highly successful artists) have used a number of times. In a recent song, floyd also demonstrated how powerful such a start is. It's not used so much these days. That said, though, now we have Janice clearly showing all of us here on the forum just how incredible and attention grabbing an introduction-free song is.

For me, the way this song started was akin to saying "Hang on to your hats, folks, we're off on the ride of your life!!!" So I just sat back and let the music carry me along on a thoroughly enjoyable roller coaster trip.

A while back, I read a quote by Iggy Pop where he said... "Really good music isn't just to be heard, you know. It's almost like a hallucination." If anyone wants to experience what Iggy meant, all they need do is to listen to this song. The combination of -- eidetic lyric imagery, Janice's soaring vocals, excellent background vocals, great guitar work from Peter, a wonderful melody, an inspired arrangement, a mesmerisingly great mix -- make for a musical journey that unfolds as a movie in the listener's mind.... at least it did that for me smile

Just wow! I bet if you sent this to a radio station in Nashville, it would get airplay!

All the best,
Noel


It’s humbling to know that somebody would take this much time and thought for our song. Thank you. BTW that intro free idea was 100% floyd! I’ve liked chorus first songs for many years. When they work they can as you described be very effective. And, of course Janice was most appreciative of your remarks about her vocal.

Thanks!!

J&B
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/04/19 07:16 PM

It's always fun to listen when a song is done right. The PGMusic Forum is manifesting into its own version of Nashville. Any more, stop on any song in User Forum and it gets harder and harder to imagine these pieces of art are being churned out in bedrooms, kitchens and garages by supposed 'amateurs'. It's like being at the Bluebird and getting blown away by some artist who deserves to be heard on every radio station play and sing the best song you've ever heard, finish his set and go to work washing dishes in some diner instead of boarding a half million dollar bus away on the tour date.

There's nothing amateur about this song. Great write, arrangement, production and performance. We are lucky to have you gifted artists share your talents and stories with us.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 12:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this tune. Such a lovely vocal Janice and Floyds harmonies were so complimentary to the song. Very cool lyric. Love the clean sound of Peters solo. Some very cool guitar working going on in behind the vocal as well. One of my favorites..


Thanks Scott. Glad you liked it and, yep, Peter did add just what was needed.

J&B
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 12:32 PM

What a sweet listening experience from the kick in to the last little chord hit. The lyric is tight, appreciatable, and liberally peppered with visual references. In short, it made me smile and remember a time or two. Or three. The icing on that layered cake is the song pic. Something in that stance says, "I just need a moment alone." Janice sounds great! Both leads and harmonies shine. Peter's lead is tasty and tasteful down to the little last licks. Thoroughly enjoyed here.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 02:24 PM

Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Immediately that voice pulls you in! What an unbelievably awesome ability to have available. One thing that I'm not sure I've mentioned; but I'm guessing others have, is Janice's ability to hit the lower notes and not drop out. I see/hear SO many female singers that go for the lower notes and their voice become non-existent. If the writing is good you may be able to figure out the word that should be there...but isn't. With Janice, as is with the best of singers, it's ALL there! You can't help but love that.

Also on the vocal side of things; but needing mention are the background vocals. Man, I know you are used to working together; but there's something different here for me. It feels a little less verb-y and more defined and tight. Not right or wrong; but I'm really liking it! It emphasis the emotions really well. Nice job on both singing and mix. I'm totally diggin' it!

The lyrics are on another level. From word choice for imagery, to alliteration and rhyme, there is SO much going on but in a way that doesn't sound even remotely forced. Everything fits as it should. It's pretty amazing to hear AND see something so well done that the complexity feels effortless. I will flat out say; I wish I had that level of skill.

The guitar, AGAIN, fits as it should. That may make it sound boring; but far from it. It's exactly what it should be. Not more, not less. I think that's called perfection! To me, it's an extension of what's going on in the vocal and lyric; but emotes the feelings with out the benefit of either. Really, really, really great!

Finally that mix. I could hear everything. That in itself is a task I would never even attempt. That's coming from someone who has attempted many times in school. I have nothing but total admiration for the gift of what is going on in this mix. It's part talent, part craft, 100% impressive. I can't imagine the time you spend on these mixes. They just sound so good to me. Great on monitors; but I really like listening with cans or buds. Wait a minute... Seriously, when listening that was I get a great sense of the space you design for your songs to sit in so well. It's immersive; and I like losing the world momentary to a song mixed like this. Thanks for creating that world for me to experience! It does NOT go unnoticed.

So much for my short replies. I just can't seem to pull that off.

Great job to all involved. The reward is in a fantastic song for you. I feel the best reward was getting to experience your talents as the listener. Thank you for that.

***All comments are from speech to text and not proofed. I'm getting better with being ok with that.



That was an amazing review and the guitar comments certainly brought a smile. It was a privilege to be asked to play on this one!

Peter
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 03:27 PM

Such an awesome collaboration on this one guys. It's going to get stuck in my head. I found it super catchy.
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 04:01 PM

Excellent. Just excellent! Through and through a really good song, well written, arranged and performed! Just as I would expect from you guys. Kudos to all of you!

I even like the surprise reverb slap treatment on Janice's voice on the last line of the song. Nice touch.

Really enjoyed this!

Steve
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 08:19 PM

Great hook, great everything, enjoyed it a lot. Not much to be said when it's all so perfect.
Posted by: JoanneCooper

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/05/19 09:54 PM

Bud, Janice, Peter and Floyd
Wow! This is just lovely. What a great collaboration.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 12:09 AM

Exceptionally good professional work, everything just works so well together from vocals to mix. Nice idea to start with the chorus, because the chorus melody is so catchy. Simple lyrical idea implemented with heart and good selection of signs.

Janne
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 06:14 AM

Originally Posted By: rayc
Wonderful, enjoyable, sweet on every level.
It was a pleasure to listen.
The one thing I noted that may need attention is the beginning of the line
"the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer"
The voice comes up in level and pitch across "the good..." then sits perfectly. It may be worth makinga little adjustment to either the level of the vocal or the level of the dominant cymbal or hold the panning to a place where the two elements don't butt heads.
Small beans and not really an issue - just something I heard inside an excellent piece of music.
Congrats to all involved.


Thanks Ray. I'll check that out but I have to confess that 73 year old ears with hearing aids are HIGHLY unlikely to hear that smile But younger Janice has extremely acute hearing so I'll set her to the task although she's never a particularly happy girl when invite to sit in front of the digital board!

Bud
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 06:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Totally agree with what others have said so eloquently. Wonderful writing and performance.
Regards,
Leon


Thank you Leon!

J&B
Posted by: gruverider

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 06:35 AM

Great write and performance! Love that hook! Great production too!
Posted by: Al-David

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 08:43 AM

Janice, Bud, Peter & Floyd ...

Now, if that combination of exceptional talent can't write, produce and deliver a hit song, then it just can't be done any way I know of. There is so much talent in those four individuals ... it should almost be illegal (i'm glad it's not!).

Everyone before me has pretty much covered all the bases.We all know, already, the superior vocals by Janice, fabulous fretwork by Peter, vocal/lyric writing/delivery of Floyd ... but I think the contributions of Bud's knob-twisting deserve a little more spotlight at times. He is truly a magician at the control board. This is my analogy: I could have the engine, body parts, transmission and everything else needed to build the nicest luxury car in the history of the automotive industry ... but if I don't have a top-of-the-line mechanic to put it all together, it's just a pile of parts. I see Bud as a musical mechanic. You can throw anything at him, music wise, and he'll find a way to put it together like no one else. Excellent work, Bud!

The voices of Janice and Floyd, particularly when blended, is ear candy sweeter then just about any other I've encountered. My ears are still smiling!

And Peter certainly gives good reason for guitars to exist. He has the perfect touch and tone ... but knows when and where to slice and dice it.

Great stuff, folks.

Oh ... one other thing. I've written a couple of songs that opened with the chorus over the years and nearly got burned at the songwriter's stake for doing so. It's not something that works most of the time, but when it does ... it's the best.

Congrats to all involved. What a team and song! Wishing all of you the very best ...

Alan
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/06/19 12:19 PM

HTL, Noel, Scott....Thanks!
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/07/19 01:24 PM

ray, Leon, Misha - Thanks, y'all...
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/07/19 05:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
J&B + Crew.
Excellent input from all! Catchy, easy to follow tune. Clever lyrics! Vocal delivery / harmonies are powerful, yet not pressuring - listens very easy. Arrangement worked out well, FJ +1. No matter which style you do, you never disappoint my ears smile
Bud, great job! Mix shines! Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Thanks Misha. Glad it worked for you!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/08/19 09:49 AM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Man! Just so good.

Excellent writing Bud and floyd! Lots of great lines,

"the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor"

is my favorite. And "the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse", great hook!

Very nice the way it just starts with just Janice and the piano and builds from there.

Wonderful vocal by Janice, as always I just love her tone! And great job on the harmonies too.

Peter sounds great, love his tone and choice of notes. He added just what the song needed, no more and no less.

Killer job on the mix too, Bud, sounded great through both the monitors and the phones.

Loved everything about this, well done to all!


Hey Dave, glad you liked it. Thanks for mentioning the build. Shoutout to floyd for helping on that. Nice of you to mention vocals, guitar and mix. It’s much appreciated.

J&B
Posted by: Deej56

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/08/19 11:08 PM

J&B (and Peter and Floyd),


Well, I’m late to the game . . . and all the great accolades have been take. Just want to say this is just . . . well, stellar . . . impressive . . . compelling . . . beautifully sung, executed . . . all with a killer hook. Was I too redundant with those who commented before me? Sorry, tried to be fresh with my praise. Wonderful tune! :-)

My humble regards,

Deej
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/09/19 04:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune smile You really did a good job on this one. Perfectly catchy, and your vocals are tremendous on this. The mix on it is top notch also - it sounds lush, and frankly just beautiful.

You should be proud of this one. Thanks for sharing!


We appreciate your comments!

J&B
Posted by: AudioTrack

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/09/19 10:40 AM

What a sensational write.

Amazing lyrics, delivered by a totally professional team.

The engineering in this arrangement is masterful and the contributions from each party are exceptional.

Congratulations to you all.
Posted by: bluage

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/10/19 12:55 AM

Dear "Bud', Ms. Janice, 'PeterF', and Floyd Jane...

All right, all right, now, everybody, sumpin' fishy's goin' on here shocked !!! You folks are just too dang good in the following departments: lyric writing, music composition, singing, instrumental performance and sound engineering. Time to reveal your secret(s) !!! Was it...

1) Massive doses of vitamins added to your breakfasts?
2) You kidnapped the 'The Muse' and locked her up in your basement?
3) Signed a contract in blood with that wiley ol' debbil? mad
4) You were all abducted by aliens who boosted your brain power? What? WHAT is it? Ah'm just dyin' ta' know, don'cha know laugh !!!

(A NOTE: Please use a No. 2 pencil to mark your choices for answers.)

Okay, but seriously, folks, it's obvious to me that the four of you through your long association with each other have bonded with each other artistically. It just...shows. If we lived near each other, when I hosted a party I would invite you all to supply the music. Serious as a heart attack, I would !!!

Keep it up, you four. Ohhh, yes-sss, you just keep, this, UP, and see what happens next -- us fellow forum members will keep lookin' forward to the next one, that's what'll happen, ha, ha !!!

I really love what you guys (and Ms. Janice, who is not a guy laugh ) do on this User's forum. Thanks for "The Good News".

Truly-ooly,

- bluage -
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/10/19 07:50 AM

Dave, James, Deryk, beatmaster - thanks, y'all...
Posted by: dcuny

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/10/19 11:58 PM

Not sure how I missed in commenting here. blush

I cheated and read the lyrics first. Great write, and the song didn't disappoint. It's got a bit of that '70s LA rock sound to it, with a touch of Jackson Browne in the melody.

Love Janice in the lower range. Great arrangement - organic build of instruments, everything clean and clear. Love how you pare instrumentation down in the intro and ending. Band sounds excellent - I wondered how you got the guitar to nail the solo, until I saw the guest list. laugh

And Janice also plays cajon? Cool!

Really nice, I listened through multiple times.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/11/19 06:21 AM

Originally Posted By: beatmaster
That intro piano and Janice.. awesome.. and the rest pure pro stuff, the lyrics are absolutely minted.

I love Janice's voice when its lead singing plus doing her own backing vox on a song like this its WIN !! WIN !!.

The sound as commented on previously is absolutely stunning on my system well done Bud ( Bud also my wee bichon dogs name) need to get some tips from you on the mixing and producing side of things.

Peter on the guitar was enviously excellent, a great sound from the guitar is always a challenge to record let alone play .

Again this is to me as good as it can get, and Janice's vocals.. The range in her voice !! .. one word astounding.

Thanks


Thank you for ALL of the above. You certainly made Janice smile! And we have to give floyd a shoutout for his harmony part as it very much rounded out that harmony.
Great to hear that the mix sounded good to you. This was one of those sparse track productions that seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to mix.
Appreciate it!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/11/19 06:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
It's always fun to listen when a song is done right. The PGMusic Forum is manifesting into its own version of Nashville. Any more, stop on any song in User Forum and it gets harder and harder to imagine these pieces of art are being churned out in bedrooms, kitchens and garages by supposed 'amateurs'. It's like being at the Bluebird and getting blown away by some artist who deserves to be heard on every radio station play and sing the best song you've ever heard, finish his set and go to work washing dishes in some diner instead of boarding a half million dollar bus away on the tour date.

There's nothing amateur about this song. Great write, arrangement, production and performance. We are lucky to have you gifted artists share your talents and stories with us.


And we are lucky to have folks like you that take time to listen and offer thoughtful and supportive comments. It means more than you can imagine.

Thank you!

J&B
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/11/19 11:51 PM

Janice & Bud, floyd and Peter,

Really good music with wonderful vocals.
I agree with musician17.
That VOICE. Hats off. You could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing.
I remember that such a compliment was sent to Edit Piaf in France.
The singing is outstanding anyway.
The back teamwork that supports it is also really great, of course.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/12/19 06:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
What a sweet listening experience from the kick in to the last little chord hit. The lyric is tight, appreciatable, and liberally peppered with visual references. In short, it made me smile and remember a time or two. Or three. The icing on that layered cake is the song pic. Something in that stance says, "I just need a moment alone." Janice sounds great! Both leads and harmonies shine. Peter's lead is tasty and tasteful down to the little last licks. Thoroughly enjoyed here.


Hey, thanks for everything and also for mentioning the photo. I thought the road leading into the distance and Janice carrying a cell phone as though waiting for THE call might work. Glad you noticed it!

J&B
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/13/19 01:42 AM

Hi Janice and Bud,

I was on holidays and wasn't able to login on this forum. But I wrote on your SoundCloudpage that your song was really Good News!
I enjoyed it! Strong lyrics and nice harmonies (as allways in your songs).
But where is the pedal steel grin ?
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/13/19 08:38 AM

Charlie, Tangmo, Ember - thanks y'all...
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/15/19 07:51 AM

Steve, TuneMonger, Joanne - thanks, y'all...
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/15/19 12:51 PM

Quote:
so the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse


that line hooked me.... and I had to finish listening. (and it is the hook in the song... it did it's job)

This is a good one. This is one of my favorites in the more recent songs you've done.

Really nice work. To all the contributors as well.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/17/19 06:00 AM


Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
Such an awesome collaboration on this one guys. It's going to get stuck in my head. I found it super catchy.


Thanks Ember. Glad it worked for you.

J&B

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Excellent. Just excellent! Through and through a really good song, well written, arranged and performed! Just as I would expect from you guys. Kudos to all of you!

I even like the surprise reverb slap treatment on Janice's voice on the last line of the song. Nice touch.

Really enjoyed this!

Steve


Thanks Steve. And extra thanks for mentioning that vocal effect! Something I rarely use. Glad you liked it.

J&B
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/18/19 02:36 AM

Dear Janice, dear Bud,

you were so very kind to let me have a sneak pre-listen to that song that really struck me. Please forgive me, if I repeat here what I wrote you after I had heard it for the first time:

"What a terrific song that is - you're just keeping 'em coming !!!! The treat started with that great photo which really represents what I was going to hear a couple of seconds later.

'The good news is the bad news could’ve been worse' - oh boy, waht a hook that is. I don't think I ever heard the topic 'he's gone' being regarded from that side in a song, but isn't that actually exactly that kind of thoughts of hope we all have when being left by our loved one?

A gorgeous song, a great composition, brilliantly arranged by Floyd, very nice playing by Peter, and like always perfectly engineered and produced by Bud.

Did I forget something? Oh no: I am totally unable to imagine that any other artist could sing this song as soulfully and as convincingly as you do, Janice - I don't know if there is a word more intense than 'sublime', but if there is it's exactly what I feel.

Maha loves the song a lot, too, and sendes you her warm regards.

Hats off!!!!"

Well, guys - the only thing I might add is: I love this song even more with every listen !

All the best,

Stefan
Posted by: cliftond

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/18/19 07:31 AM

Wow, Wow, Wow, man, what a GREAT SONG!!!!, yeah the tom petty t shirt is over the top writing, the vocal and harmonies so smooth and rich, instrumentation perfect, Just a top of the line song, as good as I have heard in a long time. CLiff
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/18/19 09:30 AM

B,J,F,P, This is a tremendous collaborative piece of art. That cold open vocal kick off sets the hook and all I could do was hang on for the ride.
“the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind”
Now that is some seriously good writing right there. Janice’s low register is extremely emotive and has always been one of many things I absolutely love about her voice. Great reading of the song Sis. The build is super and the production and mix is beyond stellar. Peter adds the perfect restraint in the complimentary guitar part. This is among your best works and definitely should be included in your greatest hits collection. If you don’t love this you don’t belong on this site!!! Lol, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/18/19 06:27 PM

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Great hook, great everything, enjoyed it a lot. Not much to be said when it's all so perfect.


Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Bud, Janice, Peter and Floyd
Wow! This is just lovely. What a great collaboration.


Thanks y’all!!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/19/19 06:46 PM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Exceptionally good professional work, everything just works so well together from vocals to mix. Nice idea to start with the chorus, because the chorus melody is so catchy. Simple lyrical idea implemented with heart and good selection of signs.

Janne



Originally Posted By: gruverider
Great write and performance! Love that hook! Great production too!


Thanks y’all for your time to listen and comment. We appreciate you!

J&B
Posted by: PeterF

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/19/19 09:58 PM

Thanks to all who commented about my small part in this wonderful project.

Peter
Posted by: Sundance

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/20/19 11:02 AM

Great production as always and cool hook line. I think the key should've been moved up at least a half or maybe even a whole step higher with all those low notes in the verse melody. Harmony on the chorus was great. NIce collab.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/20/19 05:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Janice, Bud, Peter & Floyd ...

Now, if that combination of exceptional talent can't write, produce and deliver a hit song, then it just can't be done any way I know of. There is so much talent in those four individuals ... it should almost be illegal (i'm glad it's not!).

Everyone before me has pretty much covered all the bases.We all know, already, the superior vocals by Janice, fabulous fretwork by Peter, vocal/lyric writing/delivery of Floyd ... but I think the contributions of Bud's knob-twisting deserve a little more spotlight at times. He is truly a magician at the control board. This is my analogy: I could have the engine, body parts, transmission and everything else needed to build the nicest luxury car in the history of the automotive industry ... but if I don't have a top-of-the-line mechanic to put it all together, it's just a pile of parts. I see Bud as a musical mechanic. You can throw anything at him, music wise, and he'll find a way to put it together like no one else. Excellent work, Bud!

The voices of Janice and Floyd, particularly when blended, is ear candy sweeter then just about any other I've encountered. My ears are still smiling!

And Peter certainly gives good reason for guitars to exist. He has the perfect touch and tone ... but knows when and where to slice and dice it.

Great stuff, folks.

Oh ... one other thing. I've written a couple of songs that opened with the chorus over the years and nearly got burned at the songwriter's stake for doing so. It's not something that works most of the time, but when it does ... it's the best.

Congrats to all involved. What a team and song! Wishing all of you the very best ...

Alan


Alan, we really are speechless...well nearly smile All we can say is that your time to write this and what you said is very, very meaningful to us. And hard to live up to. Thank you so much!

J&B
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/21/19 09:32 AM

Thanks to all for listening and for those who mentioned the bits I might have been involved in.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/22/19 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Deej56
J&B (and Peter and Floyd),


Well, I’m late to the game . . . and all the great accolades have been take. Just want to say this is just . . . well, stellar . . . impressive . . . compelling . . . beautifully sung, executed . . . all with a killer hook. Was I too redundant with those who commented before me? Sorry, tried to be fresh with my praise. Wonderful tune! :-)

My humble regards,

Deej


Thanks man, that is thoughtful of you and appreciated.

J&B


Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
What a sensational write.

Amazing lyrics, delivered by a totally professional team.

The engineering in this arrangement is masterful and the contributions from each party are exceptional.

Congratulations to you all.


Thanks! We are all glad you enjoyed it.

J&B
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/23/19 09:41 AM

J&B & colloborators,
A wonderful build to the earworm of the hook on this song... which in a better world would be playing on a bunch more stations than the good PGMusic best of when I turn on my radio.
Very well done.
BTW- did you add a little more reverb to Janice`s last chorus repeat?

Robert
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/24/19 05:49 PM

Originally Posted By: bluage
Dear "Bud', Ms. Janice, 'PeterF', and Floyd Jane...

All right, all right, now, everybody, sumpin' fishy's goin' on here shocked !!! You folks are just too dang good in the following departments: lyric writing, music composition, singing, instrumental performance and sound engineering. Time to reveal your secret(s) !!! Was it...

1) Massive doses of vitamins added to your breakfasts?
2) You kidnapped the 'The Muse' and locked her up in your basement?
3) Signed a contract in blood with that wiley ol' debbil? mad
4) You were all abducted by aliens who boosted your brain power? What? WHAT is it? Ah'm just dyin' ta' know, don'cha know laugh !!!

(A NOTE: Please use a No. 2 pencil to mark your choices for answers.)

Okay, but seriously, folks, it's obvious to me that the four of you through your long association with each other have bonded with each other artistically. It just...shows. If we lived near each other, when I hosted a party I would invite you all to supply the music. Serious as a heart attack, I would !!!

Keep it up, you four. Ohhh, yes-sss, you just keep, this, UP, and see what happens next -- us fellow forum members will keep lookin' forward to the next one, that's what'll happen, ha, ha !!!

I really love what you guys (and Ms. Janice, who is not a guy laugh ) do on this User's forum. Thanks for "The Good News".

Truly-ooly,

- bluage -



Your reviews are priceless! It’s as much fun reading them as it is making the song. Thanks for your support and the joy you bring with your posts.

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/25/19 05:53 PM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Not sure how I missed in commenting here. blush

I cheated and read the lyrics first. Great write, and the song didn't disappoint. It's got a bit of that '70s LA rock sound to it, with a touch of Jackson Browne in the melody.

Love Janice in the lower range. Great arrangement - organic build of instruments, everything clean and clear. Love how you pare instrumentation down in the intro and ending. Band sounds excellent - I wondered how you got the guitar to nail the solo, until I saw the guest list. laugh

And Janice also plays cajon? Cool!

Really nice, I listened through multiple times.


Thanks David. Glad you heard that LA vibe. Thanks for mentioning the vocal range. After many years of singing bluegrass in the stratosphere Janice has enjoyed exploring her lower range. And we appreciate your mention of the arrangement and Janice’s cajon. Maybe we can work it in more. Thanks for your support!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/26/19 06:17 PM

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Janice & Bud, floyd and Peter,

Really good music with wonderful vocals.
I agree with musician17.
That VOICE. Hats off. You could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing.
I remember that such a compliment was sent to Edit Piaf in France.
The singing is outstanding anyway.
The back teamwork that supports it is also really great, of course.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Shigeki, Janice thank you for such a wonderful compliment!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Janice and Bud,

I was on holidays and wasn't able to login on this forum. But I wrote on your SoundCloudpage that your song was really Good News!
I enjoyed it! Strong lyrics and nice harmonies (as allways in your songs).
But where is the pedal steel grin ?



Thanks! The steel man was on vacation smile

J&B

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Quote:
so the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse


that line hooked me.... and I had to finish listening. (and it is the hook in the song... it did it's job)

This is a good one. This is one of my favorites in the more recent songs you've done.

Really nice work. To all the contributors as well.


Thanks Herb. We all appreciate your comments!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/27/19 06:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Dear Janice, dear Bud,

you were so very kind to let me have a sneak pre-listen to that song that really struck me. Please forgive me, if I repeat here what I wrote you after I had heard it for the first time:

"What a terrific song that is - you're just keeping 'em coming !!!! The treat started with that great photo which really represents what I was going to hear a couple of seconds later.

'The good news is the bad news could’ve been worse' - oh boy, waht a hook that is. I don't think I ever heard the topic 'he's gone' being regarded from that side in a song, but isn't that actually exactly that kind of thoughts of hope we all have when being left by our loved one?

A gorgeous song, a great composition, brilliantly arranged by Floyd, very nice playing by Peter, and like always perfectly engineered and produced by Bud.

Did I forget something? Oh no: I am totally unable to imagine that any other artist could sing this song as soulfully and as convincingly as you do, Janice - I don't know if there is a word more intense than 'sublime', but if there is it's exactly what I feel.

Maha loves the song a lot, too, and sendes you her warm regards.

Hats off!!!!"

Well, guys - the only thing I might add is: I love this song even more with every listen !

All the best,

Stefan


Thank you very much Stefan for the great review and please tell Maha we are excited that she likes it also. Best to the both of you!!!

J&B
Posted by: Mark K

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/28/19 08:51 AM

Well written, produced, and mixed song. Janice's vocal range suits the key/register of the song - gentle and powerful at the same time. Simple, but effective guitar solo. Enjoyed the listen.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/28/19 06:27 PM

Originally Posted By: cliftond
Wow, Wow, Wow, man, what a GREAT SONG!!!!, yeah the tom petty t shirt is over the top writing, the vocal and harmonies so smooth and rich, instrumentation perfect, Just a top of the line song, as good as I have heard in a long time. CLiff


Thanks Cliff for listening and taking the time to write those nice comments!

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/29/19 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
B,J,F,P, This is a tremendous collaborative piece of art. That cold open vocal kick off sets the hook and all I could do was hang on for the ride.
“the good news is you didn't clean out your drawer
your tattered Tom Petty t-shirt’s in the corner on the floor
i don't believe you'd ever leave that coffee mug behind
it's all these little hopeful signs that keep running through my mind”
Now that is some seriously good writing right there. Janice’s low register is extremely emotive and has always been one of many things I absolutely love about her voice. Great reading of the song Sis. The build is super and the production and mix is beyond stellar. Peter adds the perfect restraint in the complimentary guitar part. This is among your best works and definitely should be included in your greatest hits collection. If you don’t love this you don’t belong on this site!!! Lol, Tom


Tom, reading this makes us feel that this music thing is worthwhile. Something we are often not sure off. Thanks for the friendship, the support and the collabs over the years. It means more than you can imagine.

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 10/30/19 05:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Great production as always and cool hook line. I think the key should've been moved up at least a half or maybe even a whole step higher with all those low notes in the verse melody. Harmony on the chorus was great. NIce collab.


Glad you liked the collab!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
J&B & colloborators,
A wonderful build to the earworm of the hook on this song... which in a better world would be playing on a bunch more stations than the good PGMusic best of when I turn on my radio.
Very well done.
BTW- did you add a little more reverb to Janice`s last chorus repeat?

Robert


Thanks Robert. That is much appreciated. Yes I added a touch of delay and a bit more reverb. Thanks for noticing!

J&B


Originally Posted By: Mark K
Well written, produced, and mixed song. Janice's vocal range suits the key/register of the song - gentle and powerful at the same time. Simple, but effective guitar solo. Enjoyed the listen.


Thank you Mark. “Gentle and powerful” is a great compliment. We appreciate that!

J&B
Posted by: Jim

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 11/02/19 02:16 PM

You guys have always produced a lot of good songs...
But this one has to be one of your best...
Congratulations on this splendid collaboration!
PS: I really like that hook...
"the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse"
A tip of the hat to whomever thought of it?
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 11/05/19 03:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim
You guys have always produced a lot of good songs...
But this one has to be one of your best...
Congratulations on this splendid collaboration!
PS: I really like that hook...
"the good news is the bad news could’ve been worse"
A tip of the hat to whomever thought of it?


Thanks Jim. Glad you are back around. Bud can claim the hook but floyd turned it into a song!

J&B
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 11/05/19 05:44 PM

I've been trying to catch up on all the posts. I thought I had listened to this one, but I hadn't.

Another solid production. Vocals are commendable. Love Peter's guitar work. I particularly like the lyric "the good news is there's still time i can say the right thing/show some redemption, gain the forgiveness that might bring."
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Good News (co-write with floyd jane / Peter on guitar) - 11/06/19 04:02 PM

Thanks. floyd owns that line!

Glad you liked it.

J&B