Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
You need to be logged in to post
Options
Index
#282237 - 01/27/15 09:54 AM [User Showcase] Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar)
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Hard Times, Come No More
(Please use the alternative link at bottom of page if you have SC issues. Thanks)

Hard Times, Come No More was written by Stephen Foster in 1853 (obviously putting it in the Public Domain smile ) He wrote it as a plea to the more fortunate to be more understanding of those less fortunate. A plea that continues to resonate through the years.

It has been recorded by countless artists with the first wax cylinder version appearing in 1905. We did a version years ago with our bluegrass band and have often thought of it after becoming introduced to BiaB. Since the vast majority of interpretations have been folk versions we decided to try something a bit edgier while attempting to maintain the melancholy feel. Toward that end we also placed it in a minor key. We slightly tweaked the lyrics here and there to make it a bit less Victorian in style.

Tom agreed to dust off his reso-guitar and play the lead track…and we are glad he did!

We always appreciate both your time to listen and your comments.

Janice: Lead vocal via Rodes NT1
Tom: Reso-guitar
Drums: RD BluesRock 12-8
Bass: RT 733 Jazz Ballad (very simple option) several comped generations
R Guitar: RT 1923 Texas Blues 12-8
Piano: Super midi 1886 12-8

All pre-mastering effects via Ozone 6 and Nectar 2
Mixing: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone 6

HARD TIMES, COME NO MORE

© 2015 Trad. Arr. Janice & Bud Merritt

LET US PAUSE IN LIFE’S PLEASURES AND COUNT IT’S MANY TEARS
FOR WE ALL SHARE SORROW WITH THE POOR
THERE’S A SONG THAT WILL LINGER FOREVER IN OUR EARS
OH, HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE

(turnaround)

WHILE WE SEEK FUN AND BEAUTY AND THINGS MUSIC CAN SAY
THERE ARE FRAIL FORMS WAITING AT THE DOOR
THOUGH THEIR VOICES ARE SILENT, THEIR PLEADING EYES WILL PRAY
HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE

IT’S THE SONG, THE SIGH OF THE WEARY
HARD TIMES, HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE
MANY DAYS YOU’VE LINGERED AROUND MY DOOR
OH, HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE

(turnaround)

IT’S A SIGH THAT HAS DRIFTED ACROSS THE WINTRY PLAINS
IT’S A WAIL THAT IS HEARD UPON THE SHORE
IT’S A DIRGE THAT IS MURMURED ACROSS THE LONELY GRAVE
HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE

IT’S THE SONG, THE SIGH OF THE WEARY
HARD TIMES, HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE
MANY DAYS YOU’VE LINGERED AROUND MY DOOR
OH, HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE
HARD TIMES, COME AGAIN NO MORE

Alternative play link: Here
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
#282240 - 01/27/15 10:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 6456
Loc: South Carolina
Charlie Fogle Offline
Veteran

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 6456
Loc: South Carolina
Nice interpretation of the song. Vocals, instrumentation, mix and arrangement are stellar.

Charlie
_________________________
BIAB Ultra Pak+ 2021:RB 2021, Latest builds: Dell Optiplex 7040 Desktop; Windows-10-64 bit, Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz CPU and 16 GB Ram Memory.

Top
#282241 - 01/27/15 10:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 6327
Loc: Davis, CA
Greg Johnson Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 6327
Loc: Davis, CA
A beautiful job by all!! I know this from Eastmountain South. You guys took it a completely different direction and did so expertly. Vocal is wonderful, Resonator sings the painful emotion, and everything works as it should. Another real treat!! Take care. Greg

Top
#282257 - 01/27/15 12:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Charlie Fogle]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Nice interpretation of the song. Vocals, instrumentation, mix and arrangement are stellar.

Charlie


Thanks Charlie. These minimalist production we've been doing lately make it a lot easier to mix and master.

J&B
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
#282261 - 01/27/15 01:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Grand Junction, Colorado USA
Achordocaster Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Grand Junction, Colorado USA
Very cool! Janice sounds great. As does Tom's resonator track.
The mix is very nice... everything sits nicely. I especially like how the piano sits & sounds. cool

Great Job,

Greg

Top
#282287 - 01/27/15 06:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 05/30/08
Posts: 4785
Sundance Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/30/08
Posts: 4785
Love it. Especially the way you sing "weary". Beautiful arrangement and resonator.

Josie

Top
#282290 - 01/27/15 07:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1718
Loc: New Zealand
RichMac Online   content
Expert

Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1718
Loc: New Zealand
Very nice trad type blues. Excellent guitar work.
My goodness you people are prolific with the quality productions.
Cheers.
_________________________
https://soundcloud.com/tuigorge



Top
#282295 - 01/27/15 11:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 13477
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
VideoTrack Online   content
Veteran

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 13477
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
J & B
Really top delivery.
Agree with Josie's comment about the 'weary' sounding vocals. Perfect for this number.
Tom certainly got the dust off his reso-guitar, too.
Really well presented,
Thanks
Trevor
_________________________
BIAB & RB2021(Audiophile), SonarPlatinum, Izotope Prod.Bundle, Roland RD-1000, Synthogy Ivory, Kontakt, Focusrite 18i20, KetronSD2, NS40M StudioMonitors, Pioneer Active Monitors, AKG K271 Studio H'phones

Top
#282301 - 01/28/15 02:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Greg Johnson]
Registered: 11/15/14
Posts: 313
Loc: Belgium
FredM Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 11/15/14
Posts: 313
Loc: Belgium
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
A beautiful job by all!! Vocal is wonderful, Resonator sings the painful emotion, and everything works as it should. Another real treat!! Take care. Greg


Hi Janice and Bud,
Greg said it well! Blues performing is not easy! You three are catching the essence! Loved your interpretation, loved Toms guitar playing!

Grts
Fred

Top
#282328 - 01/28/15 06:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Sundance]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: Achordocaster
Very cool! Janice sounds great. As does Tom's resonator track.
The mix is very nice... everything sits nicely. I especially like how the piano sits & sounds. cool

Great Job,

Greg


Thanks Greg. And thanks for mentioning the piano. FJ has schooled me on mixing them!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Love it. Especially the way you sing "weary". Beautiful arrangement and resonator.
Josie


Thanks Josie!
Janice
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
#282342 - 01/28/15 07:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 2873
Loc: Karlsruhe, Germany
boehm Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 2873
Loc: Karlsruhe, Germany
Hi Janice, Bud and Tommy,

wonderful vocals and emotional resonator guitar. That piano is nice, too.
Very enjoyable listen.

Guenter
_________________________
http://www.21d.de/
Latest Song: What You Desire

Top
#282355 - 01/28/15 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 7785
Guitarhacker Offline
Veteran

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 7785
Yep... just want to say ditto...

Nice work.

I don't know this song, but I like your interpretation of it.
_________________________
You can find my music at:
www.herbhartley.com

Add nothing that adds nothing to the music.


As the sword chooses the warrior, so too, the song chooses the writer.

Top
#282364 - 01/28/15 09:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 9483
Loc: Florida
floyd jane Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 9483
Loc: Florida
I don't know how it could get any better than that.

The production is perfect. The mix is perfect. Every instrument strong, yet all joining together as a perfect whole.

The vocal is perfect. Emotive. Sounding effortless...natural.

The dobro - perfect. A very talented man...

This should be held up with/against the best versions of the song...

Ya'll are GOOD.

fj

Top
#282367 - 01/28/15 10:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 2646
Loc: Kentucky
PgFantastic Offline
Veteran

Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 2646
Loc: Kentucky
Another great work from your team. As always the vocal is just amazing; but there is no weak link in this one. thanks for sharing
_________________________
My Tunes

Psalm 57:7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

Top
#282375 - 01/28/15 10:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: RichMac]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: RichMac
Very nice trad type blues. Excellent guitar work.
My goodness you people are prolific with the quality productions.
Cheers.


Thanks! We're having a lot of fun with this thanks to great collaborators, this community and BiaB!

J&B
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
#282378 - 01/28/15 11:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7971
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
Pat Marr Offline
Veteran

Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7971
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
I always love blues in a minor key with a mournful dobro and believably blue vocals!

Janice, part of what makes your blues so good is that you have a way of traversing that middle ground between sounding defeated and feeling hopeful. Maybe it's that elasticity in your voice that makes it a little bit sure and a little bit in transition... much like the thinking of somebody struggling to stand up under the pressures of life... which is the blues in a nutshell.

Tommy... I'm hoping you give lessons! Your talent manifests in yet another way! Not surprisingly, you nailed it! But more importantly than nailing a technique is nailing the perfect accompaniment for a specific vocal. Your sliding notes echo Janice's sliding voice better than any other accompaniment yet! I'm betting that's exactly what Bud had in mind when he asked you to play Dobro.. ?

Bud, once again your interpretation of a classic shows what a good sense you have for what makes a song enjoyable. All of these different songs you've arranged, all of them different yet you haven't missed a lick yet. Every one has hit the mark.. and IMO, that's quite an achievement.

As a collaboration, my hat is off to each of you and all of you! Thanks for sharing such good music with the rest of us!

Top
#282423 - 01/28/15 04:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1980
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Steve Young Offline
Expert

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1980
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Do you guys ever do anytning that is not good? I don't thinks so. I like everything I have heard you post. I like what Pat said, Janice - you do have that expression in your voice that points out defeat, but somehow brings hope.

And Tommy, you really shine on this one, too (as you do on everything I've heard you do).

Great job, guys!

Steve
_________________________
Steve Young
Music
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

Top
#282465 - 01/29/15 05:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: VideoTrack]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA



Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
J & B
Really top delivery.
Agree with Josie's comment about the 'weary' sounding vocals. Perfect for this number.
Tom certainly got the dust off his reso-guitar, too.
Really well presented,
Thanks
Trevor



Thanks y'all. We are delighted that the "weary" feel worked for you. And, yes, Tom did a wonderful job of complementing the vocal. We had a lot of fun with this one and we most appreciate the comments.

J&B


Edited by Janice & Bud (01/29/15 02:12 PM)
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
#282484 - 01/29/15 08:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1831
gruverider Offline
Expert

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1831
Low down done right! Super job on the arrangement.

much enjoyed!

Top
#282530 - 01/29/15 02:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard Times, Come No More (feat. Tom on reso-guitar) [Re: boehm]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 10725
Loc: GA USA
Originally Posted By: FredM
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
A beautiful job by all!! Vocal is wonderful, Resonator sings the painful emotion, and everything works as it should. Another real treat!! Take care. Greg


Hi Janice and Bud,
Greg said it well! Blues performing is not easy! You three are catching the essence! Loved your interpretation, loved Toms guitar playing!

Grts
Fred


Thanks! Glad you liked this bluesy version.

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

wonderful vocals and emotional resonator guitar. That piano is nice, too.
Very enjoyable listen.

Guenter


Thank you Guenter. I was lucky to stumble upon that piano track!

J&B
_________________________
J&B Soundcloud
J&B YouTube
J&B Website

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® - Boxing Clever - Sound on Sound #TBT

Did you know that Band-in-a-Box® is more than 30 years old? I stumbled across this 1990 magazine article explaining the relatively new program, and think it's an enjoyable read for any Band-in-a-Box user - it really shows that we are always listening to user feedback when developing our program!

Read the article: Boxing Clever: Band-In-A-Box Software

A few of my favorite statements:

"The intention of PG Music's Band-In-A-Box package is to couple that speed and convenience with the improved flexibility of the personal computer. Versions are available for the Atari ST, Mac, and PC compatibles. Have the programmers succeeded? And can they rid themselves of the stigma of the auto-accompaniment section? Given the above state of affairs, the first hurdle that the program has to overcome is one of acceptance and, frankly, a name like 'Band-In-A-Box' is a bad start."

(I think our name was a great start!)

"The final results are, to say the least, impressive. Band-In-A-Box achieves something that most hardwired auto-accompaniment sections have never been able to do - inject a degree of feel into the music. It really does sound more human than so many of the computer generated pieces I've heard."

"...I'm quite convinced that PG Music will have a winner on their hands. This is one piece of software that you can get more out of than you put in."

#TipTuesday Convert RealDrums to MIDI!

Did you know that you can convert RealDrums to MIDI?

VintageGibson shared this tip to our Tips & Tricks forum, which is a great place to look for program tips from other Band-in-a-Box users!

Read this handy trick.

Have a program tip or trick of your own? Share it on our Tips & Tricks forum today!

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Italian for Mac is Here!

Abbiamo lavorato tanto e abbiamo aggiunto 80 nuove funzionalità e una straordinaria collezione di nuovi contenuti, tra cui 202 RealTracks, nuovi RealStyles, SuperTracks MIDI, Studi Strumentali, Performance degli Artisti, Bonus RealDrums "Singoli", trascrizioni RealDrums, MultiStyles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAKs 10 e 11, e altro ancora!

Pacchetti | Nuove Caratteristiche

Export / Print a List of Selected Styles (Band-in-a-Box®)

Did you know that you can export a list of your Styles from Band-in-a-Box®?

Head to this forum post in our "Tips & Tricks" forum, where VideoTrack shares another handy tip for Band-in-a-Box® users!

Band-in-a-Box® Chord List Resource

Ever wonder which chords are supported in Band-in-a-Box®? Access the information from the Help file in the program, or read through the list with our Online Manual!

Chord List - Mac Online Manual
Chord List - Windows Online Manual

Review the other Reference topcs while you're there - with explanations of the different menus and the Keystroke Commands (Hot Keys), you'll definitely learn something new!

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 French for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 contient quelques 80 fonctionnalités inédites!

Nous avons beaucoup travaillé pour offrir à Band-in-a-Box® 2021® cette étonnante panoplie de quelques 80 fonctions inédites et sa collection de contenus originaux à savoir : 202 RealTracks, des RealStyles inédits, des SuperTracks MIDI, des Etudes Instrument, des Performances Artiste, un Bonus RealDrums "Solo", des transcriptions RealDrums, les MultiStyles PAK 1, les Xtra Styles PAKs 10 et 11, et bien plus encore!

Achat | Nouvelles Fonctionnalités

VIDEO: Band-in-a-Box® Works Great in Windows®11!

Here's an introductory look at Band-in-a-Box® running on the preview version of Windows® 11!

Watch the video.

Forum Stats
34866 Members
66 Forums
70809 Topics
612936 Posts

Max Online: 2537 @ 01/19/20 07:09 AM
Newest Members
learn2turn, KennGordon, Fajar1995, sinnfein2, Drew_An

34866 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
MarioD 174
VideoTrack 165
Simon - PG Music 142
Jim Fogle 135
Matt Finley 129
Mark Hayes 128
Torrey Bliss 124
rayc 120
David Snyder 115
Pipeline 106
Today's Birthdays
acorvazzmusic17, mgbchuck, WienSam