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#288662 - 03/20/15 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice)
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A duet. In the grand tradition of Country Duets...
George and Tammy...Conway and Loretta...Kenny and Dolly...

Donnie and Marie????!!! smile wink

The amazing Janice Merritt joins me for this.

The Band....
Style is _SHINING.STY (Praise&Worship PopShining)
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MIDDLE GROUND

i drive an old gmc, that suits me just fine
i'd just as soon wear this worn out pair
of wrangler's all the time

he calls me a "society girl"
i like living in my champagne world

so we strike a balance between her world and mine

   we compromise for a kiss
   find love on middle ground
   like night and day, we meet halfway
   and our world slows down
   we might not always see eye-to-eye
   but we're heart-to-heart 'til the day we die
   sharing the love we found
   on middle ground

somedays it seems we can't agree at all
i'm a honky tonk guy, she gets invited
to the annual govenors ball

i've got shoes for every occassion
he's of the one-pair-of-boots persuasion

but when it comes to love, it's a mutual fall


Janice - thanks for being a (BIG!) part of this!!!!
Bud - thanks for your help (I used Bud's processing of Janice's vocal for this - plug 'n' play..)

Comments encouraged.
Thanks for listening.

floyd

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#288672 - 03/20/15 08:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Gotta love a duet. Most excellent.


Regards,

Bob

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#288683 - 03/20/15 09:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi,
this is the kind of country music (very melodic and sentimental) that I like best.
Great melody, voices, and guitar.

Hello
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#288684 - 03/20/15 09:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Very nice! You both sound great (as usual). The backing tracks sound good as well... If I had one critique it's that the vocals seem a little hot overall, Janice especially on the first verse (to me) when she comes in it's noticeably hotter than your vocal. Just my .02

Another fine job!

Greg

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#288695 - 03/20/15 11:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Gotta love a duet. Most excellent.

Regards, Bob

thanks much, Robert....


Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

Hi,
this is the kind of country music (very melodic and sentimental) that I like best.
Great melody, voices, and guitar.

Hello

Well, thanks, Sergio. we appreciate the listen...

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#288697 - 03/20/15 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Beautiful song. You guys sound great together.

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#288698 - 03/20/15 11:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd.

I always like your songs and as everyone knows by now, I'm Janice's biggest fan, so this was always going to be a treat for me.

Everything beautifully put together and working as it should. Stellar performances from both of you and the band's not half bad too!

Mix? Well, it goes without saying..

ROG.

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#288699 - 03/20/15 11:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd Hi Janice. Fabulous vocals on here. Greatly enjoyed the melody also.
Tasteful guitar work. Backing nicely restrained. Like it. Cheers.
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#288704 - 03/20/15 12:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Very interesting concept for a country song! Sort of an odd couple song. Might be a new trend, I've heard several country songs in the past year with similar themes, but usually zeroing in on the girl being comfortable in two worlds... ("Looks like California, Feels like Carolina")

But this study in contrast between the members of a couple really opens up some interesting possibilities, and I found myself wishing the song were longer so you could keep exploring them.

I liked this line the best:
Quote:
I've got shoes for every occasion
he's of the one-pair-of-boots persuasion


I also like this line:
Quote:
we might not always see eye-to-eye
but we're heart-to-heart 'til the day we die


Greg mentioned that the vocals sounded hot to him. I'm not sure I'd describe what I heard quite that way, but there was a stark clarity to them on this end. They definitely aren't obscured by the mix.

You both sing so well individually, and together you really shine. The obvious pop-culture parallel that comes to mind is Green Acres, and when Janice sang
Quote:
he calls me a "society girl"
I like living in my champagne world
her Georgia accent didn't conjure up an Eva Gabor image. wink ... so I had to ditch that comparison and let the song be itself.

I like the song that it is, and all that you both put into it.

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#288713 - 03/20/15 01:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Donnie & Marie? Yeah surely that's it! Haha. This is a wonderful write for sure. The old "cowboy fancy lady" theme. Fantastic vocals and melody. The mix is spot on per usual. My one very small nit is the dry sounding acoustic in the beginning seems strange against the reverbed vocal. Maybe a little reverb on Brent would be in order.

"somedays it seems we can't agree at all
i'm a honky tonk guy, she gets invited
to the annual govenors ball

i've got shoes for every occassion
he's of the one-pair-of-boots persuasion
but when it comes to love, it's a mutual fall "

Expertly crafted verse. As usual I end up scratching my head and thinking "How in the world are floyd jane and Janice Merritt not household names?" They most certainly are in this household. What a great way to kick off the weekend! Tom

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#288723 - 03/20/15 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Another fantastic arrangement Floyd, and Janice's vocals add the usual style and polish to the number.
Very easy listening, top job.
Best
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#288727 - 03/20/15 03:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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A little humor, a lot of craft, and just the right dose of sentiment!! A real treat in every way. Excellent vocals, perfect use of the boys in the box (that solo guitar really nailed it!). Enjoyed it very much!! Take care. Greg

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#288732 - 03/20/15 04:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd and Janice,

A good song, solid vocals and a professional musical arrangement.
As always!

regards,
Rob & Anne-Marie
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#288738 - 03/20/15 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
As usual I end up scratching my head and thinking "How in the world are floyd jane and Janice Merritt not household names?" Tom


There's still time. Fame & fortune don't always schedule their visits.

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#288746 - 03/20/15 06:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Floyd and Janice,
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
A little humor, a lot of craft, and just the right dose of sentiment!! A real treat in every way. Excellent vocals, perfect use of the boys in the box (that solo guitar really nailed it!). Enjoyed it very much!!

Couldn't say it better.
It was a pleasure listening (not only once).

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#288749 - 03/20/15 08:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Good write. Love the way your voices blend so well together.

I especially liked the melodic rhythm phrasing in the chorus which gave that pretty melody such a really nice flow.

Only tiny nit on the mix is Janice comes in a bit noticeably louder in the first verse but that's not much of a nit. Cool arrangement both musical and vocal.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. My new fav of your duets so far.

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#288760 - 03/21/15 12:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd and Janice,

What can be said?!?!

What a vocal combo! Janice and floyd, or floyd and Janice as I don't want to put either first, both are EXCELLENT!

On my speakers Janice is a tad louder that floyd in the mic but as the song progresses that seems to settle down, but it does not detract from a wonderful song.

You lot produce songs that SHOULD be famous.

Thoroughly enjoyed as usual

Alyn
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#288767 - 03/21/15 05:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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Historically speaking, (A duet. In the grand tradition of Country Duets...
George and Tammy...Conway and Loretta...Kenny and Dolly...) this is an 'almost cliche' song that works wonderfully well staying just short of being 'cliche' but being a fun song and enjoyable listen without the theme distracting. This is a well-crafted song, performance and production. Great job by the trio.

enjoyed my listen.

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#288775 - 03/21/15 06:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: ROG]
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I have replaced the file with a new mix based on the comments.
Adjusted Janice's level and added reverb to the Brent fp guitar.


Originally Posted By: Achordocaster
Floyd,

Very nice! You both sound great (as usual). The backing tracks sound good as well... If I had one critique it's that the vocals seem a little hot overall, Janice especially on the first verse (to me) when she comes in it's noticeably hotter than your vocal. Just my .02

Another fine job! Greg

Thanks for the comments Greg... I have uploaded a new mix to correct this...


Originally Posted By: Jeff S
Beautiful song. You guys sound great together.


Thanks, Jeff... if you mix Janice in, anyone would sounds good... she's like a magic plugin...


Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Floyd.

I always like your songs and as everyone knows by now, I'm Janice's biggest fan, so this was always going to be a treat for me.

Everything beautifully put together and working as it should. Stellar performances from both of you and the band's not half bad too!

Mix? Well, it goes without saying.. ROG.

ROG - appreciate that....

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#288776 - 03/21/15 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Middle Ground - (Duet w/ Janice) [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ, you seem to have identified some magic crafting of lyrics and music which is on par with what many professionals do. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is since I just don't know enough about song writing to explain what I am hearing in your songs. But I do hear it.

Maybe it in the vocal phrasing? A changing in tempo of the vocal versus the tempo of the backing? Or is it that you are singing more against the chord than with it (I mean that in a positive way)? You now - the chord raise and you descend. It has to be more than just the cleaver lyric, which is certainly a part of it. Folks refer to your songs as "well crafted"? But, I don't know exactly what that means. Perhaps some day you can educate us on your secret.
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