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#274778 - 12/15/14 04:39 PM [User Showcase] The Christmas Eve Blues
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Christmas Eve Blues

It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Have a wonderful Holiday everybody!!

J&B

Vocal: Janice via Rodes NT1/Blue Icicle/Logic Pro X
Bass: 1394 Jazz
Guitar R: 952 Country Boogie
Reso Guitar: 585 Blues
Piano: 1566 Southern Rock
Drums: N'ville Shuffle

Effects: Ozone 6 / Nectar 2
Mastering: Ozone 6

Christmas Eve Blues

It’s the day before Christmas, can't you hear me cry,
I say its the day before Christmas, can't you hear me cry,
Just take me back baby, I'll give you everything you desire

I had a good chance, baby give me just one more,
I threw away a good chance, give me just one more,
I'll show you some lovin’ like you’ve never seen before.

I know I did you wrong, I'm just as sorry as I can be,
Mmmm, sorry as I can be,
It's the day before Christmas, please come on back to me.

Don’t turn away from me it's Christmas Eve,
Don't don't turn me down, on Christmas Eve,
Please let me come home I promise I'll never leave

It's one day till Christmas, bring me a present tonight,
It's the day before Christmas, bring me a present tonight,
You can be my Santa, even if your whiskers ain't white

Blind Lemon songs are PD as indicated by
- archive.org
- Africanamerican.com
-Publicdomain4u.com

We rewrote some of the lyric (mainly to make it from a lady's perspective) and changed the melody but all credit to the MAN. It's a shame the degree to which his lines and songs have been ripped off with no attribution, e.g. "That's All Right Mama," "Match Box," etc.

Trad. Arr. 2014 Janice and Bud Merritt
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#274786 - 12/15/14 04:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Ha, I'm the first one to chime in on this one (unless someone beats me to it while I am rambling on!). Dang, Janice has a wonderful voice and the musical arrangement is super duper cool.

Hey, maybe this February we can to a co-write together as I battle to get 14 songs out for FAWM!

Wonderful tune. I have one BIAB Christmas tune, maybe I'll re-post it (but it ain't as good as this one!).
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#274794 - 12/15/14 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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You guys are really terrific at making these PD songs you're own.

I believe this is my fav song of yours this year Janice and Bud. The mix sounds great, the arrangement is super and the vocal is one of the best I've heard you do.

Merry Christmas!

Josie

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#274796 - 12/15/14 06:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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DANG!

If you could fly I bet this song would qualify you to become the 9th reindeer!

Quote:
It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Oh, puh-LEASE! well YEAH! You can sing any kind of song you want, as long as you post it here for your fans to hear!

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#274797 - 12/15/14 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

Whenever I hear one of your songs, these are nearly always the first thoughts that spring to mind.



Today was no different. Half a bar into the song and I was hooked. Janice, you sing this traditional style of blues so incredibly well, world-class well in fact! And the mix! Bud, there is such clarity with the instruments and the vocals. This really is 200% terrific!

Best wishes to you both for a great Christmas,
Noel
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#274798 - 12/15/14 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Kemmrich]
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Originally Posted By: Kemmrich
Ha, I'm the first one to chime in on this one (unless someone beats me to it while I am rambling on!). Dang, Janice has a wonderful voice and the musical arrangement is super duper cool.

Hey, maybe this February we can to a co-write together as I battle to get 14 songs out for FAWM!

Wonderful tune. I have one BIAB Christmas tune, maybe I'll re-post it (but it ain't as good as this one!).



Thanks, we most appreciate those remarks. We talked about putting this together yesterday and It came together quickly this afternoon after working on our hiking/biking trails for most of the day (time to consider an arrangement!). Keep us posted on FAWM!
Bud
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#274808 - 12/15/14 07:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.


Charlie
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#274826 - 12/15/14 08:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg

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#274858 - 12/16/14 05:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
You guys are really terrific at making these PD songs you're own.

I believe this is my fav song of yours this year Janice and Bud. The mix sounds great, the arrangement is super and the vocal is one of the best I've heard you do.

Merry Christmas!

Josie


Thank you Josie very much. We did this on a lark and are very happy that it worked out. And Merry Christmas to you also!!

J&B
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#274870 - 12/16/14 06:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Christmas is a bad time to have the blues......

Well done folks.... Loved this tune.

Loved that slide/dobro. delta blues are some kinda cool.
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#274886 - 12/16/14 07:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Bud, you could produce.. and Janice, you could sing...

the Atlanta phone book...

and we would all listen all the way through...


This is so very good.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!!!!

floyd

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#274888 - 12/16/14 07:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Hi Janice & Bud,
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.

Tried and tested Merrit quality.
Merry Christmas!

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#274911 - 12/16/14 09:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
DANG!

If you could fly I bet this song would qualify you to become the 9th reindeer!

Quote:
It's OK for a poor little blues girl to sing a Christmas song -- ain't it?

Oh, puh-LEASE! well YEAH! You can sing any kind of song you want, as long as you post it here for your fans to hear!


Pat, you are both hilarious and too kind. Thanks!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janice and Bud,

Whenever I hear one of your songs, these are nearly always the first thoughts that spring to mind.



Today was no different. Half a bar into the song and I was hooked. Janice, you sing this traditional style of blues so incredibly well, world-class well in fact! And the mix! Bud, there is such clarity with the instruments and the vocals. This really is 200% terrific!

Best wishes to you both for a great Christmas,
Noel


A huge thanks and best wishes to you also Noel!!!

J&B
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#274914 - 12/16/14 10:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow! What a Yummy Voice! smile

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#274953 - 12/16/14 12:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Just love this style of music. As always very well done.
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#274985 - 12/16/14 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Noel is so right. Your vocals are world class and as a team, the arrangements, mix and productions match beautifully with Janice's vocal performance. First rate stuff here.


Charlie


Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg



Thanks y'all. It means a LOT to Janice. The journey this year toward a much more bluesy sound has been fun and we both appreciate the support.

Bud
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#274997 - 12/16/14 04:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I Love this song
Thumbs up !!!
Merry Christmas

Fred

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#275009 - 12/16/14 06:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow!!! This is good! Everything has pretty much already been said. I totally like this arrangement, and Janice, your vocals are as good as I have heard from you! Glad I got to hear it!

Steve
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#275082 - 12/17/14 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Christmas is a bad time to have the blues......

Well done folks.... Loved this tune.

Loved that slide/dobro. delta blues are some kinda cool.


Thanks Herb. Yep, Jack Pearson does a fine job on that reso RT. But then again shouldn't somebody who was a member of the ABB!

J&B

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Bud, you could produce.. and Janice, you could sing...

the Atlanta phone book...

and we would all listen all the way through...

This is so very good.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!!!!

floyd


Thanks floyd --- she makes is soooooo easy. I just kick back and watch it happen.

Bud
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#275089 - 12/17/14 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Christmas Eve Blues [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Could Janice still be getting better blues chops?? I didn't think it possible but I'm pretty sure it's true! This is SWEEEET!!! Loved it! Take care. Greg


SWEEEEET it is!

If this went commercial it would be the next Christmas classic!

This is a keeper.
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