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#243751 - 03/12/14 08:37 PM [User Showcase] Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice)
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The other night I was watching the new documentary Twenty Feet To Stardom. It is about unheralded backup singers. It had a lot of gospel flavored music in it and I remembered these lyrics that I had been trying to fit with the right style. So a gospel feel was the just what I was looking for. I then contacted Janice because I thought she would be a perfect fit. She put her magic on the melody and Bud gave us the all important second line. I added some overdriven wah wah pedal steel in the spirit of Sacred Steel and we ended up with a modern day spiritual. Thanks to Bud Merritt for capturing the incredibly soulful southern style of Janice's vocal. We hope everyone enjoys this and we welcome all comments/suggestions.


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Vocal by Janice Merritt
Guitar & Pedal Steel by Tom Adams
Choir loops from Logic Pro 9

RealTracks in song: 1418:Bass, Electric, SouthernRock Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1602:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16 Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: ~368:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~688:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1600:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16ths Ev16 065
RealDrums: RealDrums in Song: NashvilleEven16^5-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
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Missed The Message


i’ve been waiting here so patiently

Trying to believe what I already see

but i can’t see across to the other side

i’ve never understood why the river was so wide

maybe I missed the message

there’s an angel flying next to me


That old big muddy runs through our very souls

It doesn’t seem fair it’s mostly out of our control

what can we do with all its twists and turns

it’s one more prayer , one more lesson learned

maybe I missed the message

there’s an angel flying next to me


I take a little time out of every day

To sit and listen it’s just my way

blood flows like water I’ve seen many go across

i try to understand but I’m at a total loss

maybe I missed the message

there’s an angel flying next to me

©2014 Thomas Adams, Janice Merritt


Edited by tommyad (03/12/14 09:04 PM)

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#243761 - 03/12/14 10:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Awesome!! Soulful, country-flavored blues!! Just a great job on everything. Loved the way the vocal and guitar played off each other, both beautifully performed!! Take care. Greg

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#243764 - 03/12/14 10:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Love Janice's bluesy voice and phrasing. The pedal steel is great. The whole package fits together so smoothly. Cheers.
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#243781 - 03/12/14 11:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy and Janice...

Great, great stuff! Country Blues as it should be done...with just the right hint of gospel. We had to give this a couple of listens!

Janice's voice is spot on (when is it not?) and the guitar work shines loud and bright!!!

Thanks for a super listen! Best to yas...

Al & Di
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#243812 - 03/13/14 08:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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For those that might have further interest in the Sacred Steel tradition as played by Tom on this tune here are several links. Although I had seen the Robert Randolph band I was not aware of the connection until several months ago when Tom made me aware of the tradition.

Gospel oriented pedal steel with roots in Florida African-American Pentecostal churches is a perfect example of the richness and diversity of American music traditions.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SOmZhhNNElM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Steel_(musical_tradition)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2013/09/16/robert-randolph-and-sacred-steel/20235/
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#243839 - 03/13/14 11:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy and Janice,

a very pleasant listen (several times).
Janice's voice and Tommy's guitar, just great.
I never heard a steel with wah wah.
And those choir loops are the icing on the cake.

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#243887 - 03/13/14 03:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Tom and Janice,

GORGEOUS!

Where to begin?... Solid write. "That old big muddy runs through our very souls" - What a great line! "maybe I missed the message..there’s an angel flying next to me" - love it. "Trying to believe what I already see" - doesn't get much better than that. And what a perfect melody to carry it all!!!

Janice - you always sound great - and this may be your best ever! Pure soul! Singing is about feeling and expression - this is it - nailed!

Tom - your playing - both guitar and wah wah steel - just as soulful and lyrical! You seem to step it up a little more with each new recording.

Excellent drum sound! The guitars are all right where they should be. I seem to be a piano crusade lately - I think it needs to be up more - prouder...

The choir loops are COOL! Why don't we have those in BIAB??!!!

One of the best things to ever hit the forum.

floyd

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#243919 - 03/13/14 07:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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hi guys wow Janice great vocal guitar was awesome great job guys loved it lyrics were excellent thanks for sharing eric
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#243975 - 03/14/14 08:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Greg, Thanks for coming by for a listen and the nice comments.

Richard, Thanks for taking the time to comment. Cheers.

Al, Glad you liked it. Janice and Bud are very easy to work with and the whole thing was a pleasure. Thanks.

Guenter, I tried to put a few ear twisters in there to spice it up. Thanks, glad you liked it.

floyd, You may be right about the piano. I had it up but I dropped it back some because it was eating up some of the mid range space and I wanted the guitars and B3 to come through. I may revisit and make adjustments to the mix. The choir loops had to be time stretched a bit to fit and I layered them to spread the sound. It was very tough to find the right level. You know how much we value your opinion and for you to say one of the best is high praise indeed. Thanks man! We appreciate it.

Eric, Thanks for checking in. We enjoyed your comments.

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#243980 - 03/14/14 09:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Bud, Thanks for posting those links. Sacred Steel is a little known secret outside of Florida. If you ever get a chance to see it live, I dare you to try and stay seated. I saw The Lee Boys in Key West a few years ago featuring Roosevelt Collier on steel and before the first song finished I was up and dancing and shouting and I never dance. Although our song is not a mover dance wise I hope it moves people in other ways. Thanks again for all your help on this. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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#244003 - 03/14/14 12:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Wow, great song and terrific performances. Love it all.
Thank you both!

John
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#244055 - 03/14/14 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Awesome!! Soulful, country-flavored blues!! Just a great job on everything. Loved the way the vocal and guitar played off each other, both beautifully performed!! Take care. Greg


Thank you Greg. Tom really has a feel for complementing a vocal!
Janice

Originally Posted By: RichMac
Love Janice's bluesy voice and phrasing. The pedal steel is great. The whole package fits together so smoothly. Cheers.


Thanks! Tom did a wonderful job of writing, playing, mixing and mastering this.

Janice

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Tommy and Janice...

Great, great stuff! Country Blues as it should be done...with just the right hint of gospel. We had to give this a couple of listens!

Janice's voice is spot on (when is it not?) and the guitar work shines loud and bright!!!

Thanks for a super listen! Best to yas...

Al & Di


Thanks you two! It was a lot of fun.

Janice

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy and Janice,

a very pleasant listen (several times).
Janice's voice and Tommy's guitar, just great.
I never heard a steel with wah wah.
And those choir loops are the icing on the cake.

Guenter


I much appreciate that Guenter. And Bud and I both really enjoy your compositions. We look forward to them!

Janice
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#244092 - 03/15/14 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Wow! This is absolutely great! A new forum favorite for me.

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#244203 - 03/16/14 05:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy, Janice and Bud.
This is awesome!! Also love the choir loops. Janice's vocal as always is outstanding. Strong lyrics. Love the pedal steel as well.

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#244213 - 03/16/14 08:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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John, I'm always glad when you comment on one of my tunes. This is no exception. We thank you.

Bob, Glad to hear you say a forum favorite. It means a lot to us. Thanks!

Josie, Those choir loops took a little adjusting to make them work. Glad to hear your kind words. Thank You.

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#244214 - 03/16/14 08:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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You guys are turning into a regular Brill Building. grin

Good song and production. I particularly like the line:

"Trying to believe what I already see..."


Regards,


Bob

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#244216 - 03/16/14 08:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Bob, Thanks for listening and commenting. All the credit goes to Bud Merritt for that line which captures the spirit of the song in a nutshell.

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#244258 - 03/16/14 10:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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No way!!! Way!!!

And did you see that the film won an Oscar? Darlene Love sang an acceptance.

There is just too much here to love and comment on after one listen. I agree that this is the best vocal I've heard Janice deliver. I mean, wow!!!

The guitar tone and chops, wow as well!!!

I'll be back.

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#244313 - 03/16/14 04:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Scott, I saw that the film won. Thanks for your generous comments.

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#244321 - 03/16/14 06:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi, Tommy, Janice & Bud !

What a superb collab allthrough !!:))
Nice tune and superb vocals !!:))
Just great !

Cheers
Dani

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