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#266499 - 10/24/14 05:55 PM [User Showcase] All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write)
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This is another one of our Jazzy Blues. Working with Janice and Bud on these collaborations is pure joy. We seem to be locked in regarding the vision of the final product. Bud’s observations on the mix were indispensable. One interesting note was the use of two generations of B3 panned left and right creating a much fuller sound. All comments/suggestions are welcomed. Tom

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All I Do

Your eyes tell the story
Yeah it's getting kind of boring
Sittin round here every night

Bad dream we can't wake up
Too much time to make up
Seems you've lost the will to fight


All I do is try to make you happy
But I only make you cry
When I say that I’ll always be true
It comes out sounding like another lie.

I pulled out that old sweater
Maybe it's the weather
But it's feeling mighty cold in here

What started out so naturally
It's hard to believe that actually
It's gettin kind of weird


All I do is try to make you happy
But I only make you cry
When I say that I’ll always be true
It comes out sounding like another lie.

©2014 Thomas Adams / Janice Merritt

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#266508 - 10/24/14 06:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Janice and Tom,

What a wonderful listen!

Individually, your performances are as professional anything out there on the world stage. Collectively, your performances paint a masterpiece. Très magnifique!!!

I really liked the 6-line verses. The aabccb rhyme scheme is perfect and well set with two groups of two lines of shorter meter followed by one line of longer meter. (I was at a Steve Seskin seminar once and this line-length pattern of 'short, short, long' is one lyric-structure technique that he said he enjoyed working with.)

The arrangement (in particular, the stopping of instrumentation on line 2 of the chorus) is creativity at its most inspired.

There's nothing to criticize here. All I could do was sit back, close my eyes and enjoy smile In fact, I'm heading back there right now to do that again!

All the best,
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#266511 - 10/24/14 07:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Nailed it.

Nice bit on the drums.

Not really anything else to say. smile
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#266519 - 10/24/14 08:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy and Janice,

This sounds great! Unbelievable clarity in the audiomix here.
You guys probably use the audiophile edition? The drums sound really bright, and yes the panned organs work very nicely .
Janice, your vocals are terrific (again) the best I heard from you so far.

Regards,
Rob


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#266527 - 10/24/14 10:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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plus 1 all the way. You guys hit the mark with your collaborations.

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#266551 - 10/25/14 03:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Tom and Janice,

The stop at "always make you cry" is a masterpiece , really draws attention to that sad line.

beautiful guitar as always Tom, and need I say again that I think Janice's vocals are PERFECT.

Janice, your vocals are amazing.

Excellent!

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#266580 - 10/25/14 09:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janice and Tom,

What a wonderful listen!

Individually, your performances are as professional anything out there on the world stage. Collectively, your performances paint a masterpiece. Très magnifique!!!

I really liked the 6-line verses. The aabccb rhyme scheme is perfect and well set with two groups of two lines of shorter meter followed by one line of longer meter. (I was at a Steve Seskin seminar once and this line-length pattern of 'short, short, long' is one lyric-structure technique that he said he enjoyed working with.)

The arrangement (in particular, the stopping of instrumentation on line 2 of the chorus) is creativity at its most inspired.

There's nothing to criticize here. All I could do was sit back, close my eyes and enjoy smile In fact, I'm heading back there right now to do that again!

All the best,
Noel


Noel, thanks for the kind words. We ways enjoy your analyzation of the song structure. I have to admit I never think of those things in advance. I am concentrating on the rhythm of the words and how they roll off the tongue. I'm glad you liked the stops. Besides Janice's impeccable vocal that was my favorite part. Tom


Originally Posted By: dcuny
Nailed it.

Nice bit on the drums.

Not really anything else to say. smile


David, thanks for listening and commenting, we appreciate it. Tom

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#266587 - 10/25/14 10:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy and Janice & Bud,

vocals, guitar and arrangement: again a great collab.
Everything has already been said.
I can't get enough, heading for my third listen.

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#266596 - 10/25/14 01:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: R & AM
Tommy and Janice,

This sounds great! Unbelievable clarity in the audiomix here.
You guys probably use the audiophile edition? The drums sound really bright, and yes the panned organs work very nicely .
Janice, your vocals are terrific (again) the best I heard from you so far.

Regards,
Rob


Hey Rob, Tom's on vacation so I wanted to see if I could answer your inquiry and then let him elaborate and/or correct me! I don't use the audiophile edition and I'm pretty sure Tom doesn't. I attribute what you are hearing to the use of Izotope's Ozone 5 on mastering and Necter 2 on the vocals. Tom is really good at tweaking these to make a production sparkle. I'm a work in progress with them :-)

Janice says a big thanks to all who have commented on her vocals!!

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#266624 - 10/25/14 06:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Really? He's on vacation? Again?

Love the opening licks. And the little drum thing at the beginning. And the way the piano guy comes in...nice.

Solid lyrics - and even more solid melody. Sounding new and old (familiar) at the same time. And OH! that singer! Every word sung like she really MEANS it. You were BORN to this, girl.

Tom - you just keep getting better and better in all aspects. This lyric is quite "natural" sounding. The production is studio quality.

Janice. You should be famous. Period.

Y'all done good.

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#266626 - 10/25/14 06:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Guys and Janice.

Well, the production, arrangement, recording and mix just scream out professional whichever way you look at it.

Add to that Tom's wonderfully expressive guitar and the fact that I could listen to Janice sing all day long - you begin to get the idea that I quite liked this one.

In fact, I thought it was great throughout!

ROG.

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#266682 - 10/26/14 10:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom & Janice ..

Well, what's not to like? Just one thing ... it eventually comes to an end.

+1 to everything that's already been said. Love that descending chord group at the very end! Super in every way! Thanks fort a terrific listen!!!! Best to you ...

Alan & Di


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#266687 - 10/26/14 11:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Good write Tommy. Loved the piano and two B3's. Janice is in her zone - fits her like a glove.

Great production.

Josie

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#266710 - 10/27/14 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: R & AM
Tommy and Janice,

This sounds great! Unbelievable clarity in the audiomix here.
You guys probably use the audiophile edition? The drums sound really bright, and yes the panned organs work very nicely .
Janice, your vocals are terrific (again) the best I heard from you so far.

Regards,
Rob


Rob, Bud covered the answer quite well. Not the audiophile and I use Ozone5 soon to be Ozone6 for mastering. Thanks for your kind words. Tom

Originally Posted By: c_fogle
plus 1 all the way. You guys hit the mark with your collaborations.

Charlie

Charlie, Thanks for listening and commenting. We are glad you liked it. Tom
Originally Posted By: gibson
Tom and Janice,

The stop at "always make you cry" is a masterpiece , really draws attention to that sad line.

beautiful guitar as always Tom, and need I say again that I think Janice's vocals are PERFECT.

Janice, your vocals are amazing.

Excellent!

Alyn


Alyn, Thanks for your comments regarding my guitar work. As I mentioned earlier in response to Noel - I'm glad you liked the stops. Besides Janice's impeccable vocal that was my favorite part. Tom

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy and Janice & Bud,

vocals, guitar and arrangement: again a great collab.
Everything has already been said.
I can't get enough, heading for my third listen.

Guenter


Guenter, Anytime someone says they have listened multiple times, it brings a huge smile to our faces. Thanks so much for commenting. Tom

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#266721 - 10/27/14 01:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Janice's voice always gives me the shivers and so does Tommy's guitar. So guess what? I really loved this. Beautifully done guys!
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#266731 - 10/27/14 04:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Really? He's on vacation? Again?

Love the opening licks. And the little drum thing at the beginning. And the way the piano guy comes in...nice.

Solid lyrics - and even more solid melody. Sounding new and old (familiar) at the same time. And OH! that singer! Every word sung like she really MEANS it. You were BORN to this, girl.

Tom - you just keep getting better and better in all aspects. This lyric is quite "natural" sounding. The production is studio quality.

Janice. You should be famous. Period.

Y'all done good.

floyd



Hell yeah I'm traveling again. Anytime I get the chance. I'm already planning the next one. Glad you liked the arrangement and production. As you well know, working with Janice is downright inspiring. Thanks for commenting on the lyric- not trying to change the world. Just setting a mood. Tom

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#266732 - 10/27/14 04:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Another sweet and tasty tune!! Really nice musical vibe, killer guitar from Tom and a vocal to match from Janice. Another great effort guys! Take care. Greg

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#266752 - 10/27/14 06:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Guys and Janice.

Well, the production, arrangement, recording and mix just scream out professional whichever way you look at it.

Add to that Tom's wonderfully expressive guitar and the fact that I could listen to Janice sing all day long - you begin to get the idea that I quite liked this one.

In fact, I thought it was great throughout!

ROG.


ROG, Always great to hear your comments. Thanks from all of us. Tom
Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Tom & Janice ..

Well, what's not to like? Just one thing ... it eventually comes to an end.

+1 to everything that's already been said. Love that descending chord group at the very end! Super in every way! Thanks fort a terrific listen!!!! Best to you ...

Alan & Di


Alan & Di , Thanks for checking in on this one. I sure am glad someone said something about the ending. I really struggle with that, and I wasn't sold on the final version but I couldn't come up with anything better. I'm glad you liked it. Tom

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#266798 - 10/28/14 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Good write Tommy. Loved the piano and two B3's. Janice is in her zone - fits her like a glove.

Great production.

Josie


Josie, Thanks for listening and commenting. You know we appreciate it. Tom

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#266862 - 10/29/14 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: All I Do (Tom & Janice Co-Write) [Re: tommyad]
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Loved it! Janice's vocal is absolutely fantastic! That mixed with your outstanding guitar chops, backing tracks (love the B3), lyrics and stops coupled with a super mix make this a winner.

If you two keep making blues songs like this you may want to contact Alligator records: http://www.alligator.com/

I'm sure they would sing you!
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