Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)

Posted by: olemon

Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/14/20 06:01 PM

Since I'm good for about one song a year, whether it's needed or not, here goes. Feedback is welcome and appreciated - Scott

Near the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana there was a cafe known as the Joie de Vivre. One day a few years ago some friends and I wandered inside. I asked for the translation and eventually a song developed. And since our friends grew up in that area - one on his parents' farm nearby - they're all part of the story.

Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)

Upon a time in Lou'sian'
Was a woman and a man
She was fair and in her eyes he was everything

Love was born and it grew
Wasn't long before they knew
And when he offered her a ring he began to sing

Joie de Vivre, joie de vivre
That is what you are to me
You forever hold my heart
Never will we part
Till the stars no longer shine
I am yours and you are mine
We were always meant to be
Joie de vivre


There beside the Bayou Teche
Did the woman answer yes
And they were married in a chapel in the spring

With the people crowded near
He was fighting back the tears
When the bells began to ring she began to sing


And so it was they settled down
On some land not far from town
And they were blessed with all the gifts that love can bring

Through the years they worked the farm
Side by side arm in arm
At every family gathering together they would sing


Vocals are Nectar 2 and me
Ozone 8 for mastering

Style is M_SWWLZS.STY (Country Waltz Swing w/ MST Strin)

1122:Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 110
827:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 110
2119:Fiddle, Soloist CountryWaltzAndy Sw 085
RealDrums [in style:NashClassicWaltzSw^4-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Posted by: Tano Music

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 04:46 AM

Really liked the song/the story. Nice, clear, simple but perfectly serving the tale. Vocal excellent--again, well-told story!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 05:08 AM

Scott, first of all you should really write more. This is a great write, performance and production. The harmony is also perfect. The story is cohesive and the minimalist backing is just the right treatment. An excellent offering! Loved it, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 10:19 AM

- Great backstory

- Great write

- Great vocals

And a tight "everything hittin' the note" mix.

Drop by more often!

J&B
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 03:23 PM

Solid write, well done production. Nailed the story song.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 04:18 PM

I like a good story song, and this is a good one.

Excellent vocal.

Memorable tune--can't ask for more than that.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 04:30 PM

Scott,

I love this! The story, vocal and production are all a great fit.

Excellent!

Bob
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/15/20 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Scott, first of all you should really write more. This is a great write, performance and production. The harmony is also perfect. The story is cohesive and the minimalist backing is just the right treatment. An excellent offering! Loved it, Tom


I agree. You are to good of songwriter, singer, and producer to only do one song a year.

I think this song is absolutely fantastic.
Posted by: rayc

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 02:07 AM

Terrific song and performance.
The ban is pretty cool and your vocal is strong, assured and with a minimum of sibilant/mouthnoise etc.
I THINK the vocal may be a tiny bit loud or strident in some freqs. but I'm not in a position to assess that properly. I listen again when I don't have a brain ache.
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 06:07 AM

Scott,
Excellent vocals and production! Nothing sticking out. Listens very well. With such abilities, you should try more than a song-a-year deal. Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 06:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Really liked the song/the story. Nice, clear, simple but perfectly serving the tale. Vocal excellent--again, well-told story!


Thanks so much. It's definitely a simple song running straight on through with no breaks.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 07:09 AM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Scott, first of all you should really write more. This is a great write, performance and production. The harmony is also perfect. The story is cohesive and the minimalist backing is just the right treatment. An excellent offering! Loved it, Tom


Appreciate that, Tom.

I kept trying to work in an accordion to get that Cajun squeeze box vibe, but the even tempo RT just didn't fit. And I was hesitant about drums, but the kids of the friends I mentioned are planning to play this song at an anniversary celebration for their folks and a few other couples, if ever that's permitted, so that was my motivation for getting this recorded now. Anyway, I figured the steady beat wouldn't hurt if anyone decided to dance.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 07:25 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
- Great backstory

- Great write

- Great vocals

And a tight "everything hittin' the note" mix.

Drop by more often!

J&B


Thanks for that and for the previous listens and feedback. I ended up uploading the mp3 to SC also.

I would like to be here more often. I would like to retire one of these days and spend as much time in the studio as possible, but alas, stuff happens.

But hey, I have managed to get the new place set up and it's working out fairly well.

Take care, you two:)
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 02:00 PM

A lovely traditional sounding song!! Very nicely told story with the perfect delivery and musical backing!! Great to see you back around here Scott!! Don't be a stranger!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/16/20 06:00 PM

Scott ...

I had friend, now deceased, who lived in Houma, LA for many years. he then moved to France, his parents' home country. He spoke Cajun French more than English.

He was the drummer in a band I was in for about 15 years. He was a dear friend and I miss him so much. This took me back to those days. His name was Robert Loreau ... we always called him "Frenchy". He was like a brother to me. Thank you for the sweet, yet poignant, memory. It put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.

A great song ... lyric, band, arrangement, and vocal. No way to go wrong with that! Would love to hear more original music from you.

Wishing you the very best. Be safe ...

Alan
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/17/20 04:23 AM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Solid write, well done production. Nailed the story song.

Thanks for the listen and the feedback, David.

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
I like a good story song, and this is a good one.

Excellent vocal.

Memorable tune--can't ask for more than that.

Thank you so much.

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Scott,

I love this! The story, vocal and production are all a great fit.

Excellent!

Bob

I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the spin, Bob.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/17/20 04:25 AM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: tommyad
Scott, first of all you should really write more. This is a great write, performance and production. The harmony is also perfect. The story is cohesive and the minimalist backing is just the right treatment. An excellent offering! Loved it, Tom


I agree. You are to good of songwriter, singer, and producer to only do one song a year.

I think this song is absolutely fantastic.

Gosh. Thank you, Mario.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/17/20 04:44 AM

Originally Posted By: rayc
Terrific song and performance.
The ban is pretty cool and your vocal is strong, assured and with a minimum of sibilant/mouthnoise etc.
I THINK the vocal may be a tiny bit loud or strident in some freqs. but I'm not in a position to assess that properly. I listen again when I don't have a brain ache.

I don't doubt it. Oh how I struggled to balance the mix. It's close, but like you noticed, there are still a few iffy spots. I had to go back several times and cut resonant freqs in the vocal. Then of course it was too harsh. My last move was a cut around 5k with a Pultec emulation.

My home studio is in a larger room now with some treatment and so I'm finally mixing on speakers - trying to learn the KRK Rokit 5's I've had for a few years.

I referenced David Ball's 'When the Thought of You Catches Up With Me,' Darius Rucker's 'Wagon Wheel' cover, Alan Jackson's 'Small Town Southern Man' and more:)

I truly appreciate the listen and the critique.
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/17/20 06:48 AM

excellent vocal and backing tracks thanks for sharing Eric
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/18/20 04:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
A lovely traditional sounding song!! Very nicely told story with the perfect delivery and musical backing!! Great to see you back around here Scott!! Don't be a stranger!! Take care. Greg

The people are happy with the way it turned out, which makes me happy, but it ain't over until the song gets a few critical listens here in the Showcase.

Thanks for giving it a spin and for that lovely review, Greg. Take care yourself.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/19/20 04:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Scott ...

I had friend, now deceased, who lived in Houma, LA for many years. he then moved to France, his parents' home country. He spoke Cajun French more than English.

He was the drummer in a band I was in for about 15 years. He was a dear friend and I miss him so much. This took me back to those days. His name was Robert Loreau ... we always called him "Frenchy". He was like a brother to me. Thank you for the sweet, yet poignant, memory. It put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.

A great song ... lyric, band, arrangement, and vocal. No way to go wrong with that! Would love to hear more original music from you.

Wishing you the very best. Be safe ...

Alan

Alan,

I lived and worked in that Houma/Thibodaux/Morgan City area for almost 20 years. Which is why several of my songs are about the people and the places of the Bayou State.

I'm glad you enjoyed the song. And thank you for sharing the memory of your dear friend.

Take care.

Scott
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/21/20 05:24 AM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
excellent vocal and backing tracks thanks for sharing Eric

Thanks for listening and commenting.

Take care.
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/21/20 06:06 AM

Great, impressed by the simplicity of the band, and the quality of the production.

Excellent choice of instrumentation.
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/21/20 01:42 PM

Classic, classy and very sweet. Perfectly pared down band and a comfortable chorus and vocal make this such an easy sing-along...and that's just what I did on the second listen.

The Cajun side of my family was very much part of my upbringing (as much as a military brat can be upbrought by extended family). Those ties remain.

I like this a whole heckofa bunch.
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/22/20 02:27 AM

Hi Olemon,

A pitty you make a song once a year...
This one was very nice! A bit Irish in the composition, a nice fiddle an a sweet story!
Pleasant to listen to.

Stay safe,
Hans
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/24/20 09:05 AM

Scott,
A strong uplifting story sung with feeling.... and that sweet Cajun fiddle sounds great.
You gave my morning a happy singalong start!

Robert
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/25/20 07:17 AM

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Great, impressed by the simplicity of the band, and the quality of the production.

Excellent choice of instrumentation.


Thanks. I was trying to keep it simple, organic, maybe. BIAB gives us so many creative options, it's easy to over do it. I have to be careful about that.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/25/20 07:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Classic, classy and very sweet. Perfectly pared down band and a comfortable chorus and vocal make this such an easy sing-along...and that's just what I did on the second listen.

The Cajun side of my family was very much part of my upbringing (as much as a military brat can be upbrought by extended family). Those ties remain.

I like this a whole heckofa bunch.

Oh my gosh, what a lovely review.

One never knows how or if a listener will relate to a song. I very much appreciate you letting me know.

Be well.

Scott
Posted by: Frankp

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/25/20 07:54 AM

Enjoying your track, great Americana. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Deej56

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/26/20 09:01 PM

olemon,

A darn shame you are good for about one a year . . . this was a fun listen—sweet country-folk waltz, one you can’t help but want to dance to. Well written, well sung and really well performed. Enjoyed this a whole ton!!!

My best regards,

Deej
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/28/20 12:04 PM

Scott

Sounds like a classic folk song that has been sung for 100 years.

Good vocal. Good production. Good mix.

Well done

.fj
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 08/29/20 05:06 PM

Awesome vocal and lyric. Backtrack was very cool. Loved the fiddle playing along with the vocal. Well done
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/04/20 07:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Olemon,

A pitty you make a song once a year...
This one was very nice! A bit Irish in the composition, a nice fiddle an a sweet story!
Pleasant to listen to.

Stay safe,
Hans

Thanks for listening and commenting, Hans.

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Scott,
A strong uplifting story sung with feeling.... and that sweet Cajun fiddle sounds great.
You gave my morning a happy singalong start!

Robert

Glad you liked it, Robert. I have an affinity for certain RT's and those country fiddles are most definitely in the top 10.

Originally Posted By: Frankp
Enjoying your track, great Americana. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for listening. I appreciate it.

Originally Posted By: Deej56
olemon,

A darn shame you are good for about one a year . . . this was a fun listen—sweet country-folk waltz, one you can’t help but want to dance to. Well written, well sung and really well performed. Enjoyed this a whole ton!!!

My best regards,

Deej

I'm so glad you mentioned dancing. I'm really hoping that happens if they ever hold that anniversary celebration. Thanks for the kind feedback.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/07/20 03:48 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Scott

Sounds like a classic folk song that has been sung for 100 years.

Good vocal. Good production. Good mix.

Well done

.fj


Classic folk? What a nice thing to say! Thanks.

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Awesome vocal and lyric. Backtrack was very cool. Loved the fiddle playing along with the vocal. Well done

I'm glad you liked it. I feared the music and structure were too basic. Verse/Chorus three times, no bridge, etc. And so I was hoping the fiddle would generate some interest. Thanks for the spin and the kind review.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/07/20 09:03 PM

Well if that's it for the year it was a really good one!

Look forward to hearing your next one.

Peter
Posted by: Angelomusic

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/07/20 09:58 PM

Only 1 song a year ??? NO. We want more ! Very good piece of music, I love the general vibe coming from it, you have a great voice, the tune is great, and since I'm French... well, I had to listen to it when I saw the title! Good job!
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/12/20 07:32 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Well if that's it for the year it was a really good one!

Look forward to hearing your next one.

Peter

Thanks, Peter. I appreciate that.

Originally Posted By: Angelomusic
Only 1 song a year ??? NO. We want more ! Very good piece of music, I love the general vibe coming from it, you have a great voice, the tune is great, and since I'm French... well, I had to listen to it when I saw the title! Good job!

Well, stuff just gets in the way. But it turns out I'm on the verge of posting a new old one.

Thank you so much for the listen and those nice comments.
Posted by: EdZ314

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/12/20 07:39 AM

Great song and I loved this. I really like the nuances that you put into the vocals, which take it up a level. When you extend some of those notes selectively, it adds an extra bit of feeling. Everything works well here and nothing detracts.
Posted by: olemon

Re: Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) - 09/13/20 07:25 AM

Originally Posted By: EdZ314
Great song and I loved this. I really like the nuances that you put into the vocals, which take it up a level. When you extend some of those notes selectively, it adds an extra bit of feeling. Everything works well here and nothing detracts.

Thank you for giving it a spin and commenting.