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#329767 - 01/06/16 07:07 AM [User Showcase] Foes Of Happiness
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Foes Of Happiness

Happy New Year All!

Four years ago BiaB allowed us to leave our decades of traditional bluegrass and settle into our current comfort zone of Americana, blues and bluesy country. But every now and then we like to experiment with something a wee bit on the rock side so here is this year's effort :-)

During 2015 I ran into several folks I had not seen in years. They were overwhelmingly bitter about, well, seemingly everything. Most of their experiences seemed to be wrapped up in some form of negativity and they insisted on keeping the conversation there. I reflected a lot on this and ended up writing this lyric. It's obviously nothing profound but as I turn 70 this week it is an attempt to express my feelings on how to deal with negative folks. Don't engage - just run!

Thanks to Tom for his input on the write, arrangement and solo/rhythm guitar, to floyd for critiquing the mix and to my better half Janice for putting up with me by singing/creating melodies for whatever I throw her way.

As always we are very appreciative of your time to listen and comment.

Bass: RT 387 Electric Metal
Drums: RD Nashville Southern
Drums: RD Snare (grabbed from BiaB respective drum kit file)
Shaker: Apple Loop
Mandolin: RT 1755 Rhythm Pop 8ths
Guitar Rhythm: Tom Adams
Guitar Lead: Tom Adams
Lead Vocal: Janice, Rodes NT mic, Blue Icicle USB
Effects: Ozone 6, Ozone 5 and Nectar 2
Mixing/mastering stuff: Bud

Foes of Happiness
© 2016 B. Merritt/J. Merritt/T. Adams

Verse 1

I’ve never been told taking the high road would be easy
tolls, dead ends, wrecks along the way, nothing's ever free
pulling me back all the time, girl you ain't gotta prayer
well it may look like I'm still here, but I'm getting there

Ref

I've gotta get away, run from the foes of happiness.
I won't fall in their world of hatred and bitterness.

Verse 2

they're all around me, trying to put out my flame
chokin’ me like weeds in their garden of shame
get too close and they sprout up all around my soul
hang around too long, and they pull me down their hole

Ref

I've gotta get away, run from the foes of happiness.
I won't fall in their world of hatred and bitterness.

Solo

Verse 3

people that are stained by anger that'll never cease
I can't let them in, I won't let them poison my peace
give in and they'll steal everything that I value
stay on the high road, I can feel my spirit renew

Ref

I've gotta get away, run from the foes of happiness.
I won't fall in their world of hatred and bitterness.

I won't fall in their world of hatred and bitterness.

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#329779 - 01/06/16 08:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi there J&B, plus Floyd and Tom.

Fabulous. Loved it from the first chord to the last.

Super backing track that really rocks and great guitar work from Tom.

Janice, what can I say that I haven't said before. You have a voice which is immediately recognisable. There are lots of good singers, but only a rare few who are this distinctive. It's SO good to hear you turning your talents to something with a rock feel for a change. The key which you're in does something to the timbre of your voice which brings me out in goosebumps. This really was a treat.

Congrats to you all.

ROG.

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#329786 - 01/06/16 09:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi, Bud ,Janice, Tom and Floyd !

A super track and super doing by all
involved !:))

Just the right music to start
up this new year !:))

Cheers
Dani

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#329792 - 01/06/16 10:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice & Bud, Tom and Floyd,

what a great collab again.
I enjoyed everything about it.

Guenter
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#329817 - 01/06/16 12:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Awesome tune. Loved it Excellent collaboration

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#329834 - 01/06/16 02:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi there J&B, plus Floyd and Tom.

Fabulous. Loved it from the first chord to the last.

Super backing track that really rocks and great guitar work from Tom.

Janice, what can I say that I haven't said before. You have a voice which is immediately recognisable. There are lots of good singers, but only a rare few who are this distinctive. It's SO good to hear you turning your talents to something with a rock feel for a change. The key which you're in does something to the timbre of your voice which brings me out in goosebumps. This really was a treat.

Congrats to you all.

ROG.


ROG, you have made our week. Given both the always high quality of your productions and your rock foundation we feel our effort is validated! It's always fun (tempered with a little apprehension) to explore new territory but when the "forum man" of that territory is kind enough to make the above remarks it really means a lot. I (Bud) have encouraged Janice to explore the lower end of her range. She spent so many years in bluegrass which demanded singing lead and harmony at the upper end that I don't think she was initially aware that she had a voice in the lower end -- she's nodding in agreement smile Thank you!!

J&B

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#329843 - 01/06/16 02:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey You Four...

Some super talent shining here. Great song and terrific performance by all. Janice's voice is as sweet as a truck load of sugar and Tom's guitar is as edgy as ever. The lyric is refreshing and well done. Of course, Floyd's mixing skills are second to none.

Great job ... we loved it!

Alan & Di
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#329860 - 01/06/16 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Bud ,Janice, Tom and Floyd !

A super track and super doing by all
involved !:))

Just the right music to start
up this new year !:))

Cheers
Dani


Thanks Dani. Have a great year!

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Janice & Bud, Tom and Floyd,

what a great collab again.
I enjoyed everything about it.

Guenter


We are happy that you like it Guenter. Thanks!

J&B


Edited by Janice & Bud (01/06/16 04:22 PM)

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#329890 - 01/06/16 06:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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people that are stained by anger that'll never cease
I can't let them in, I won't let them poison my peace
give in and they'll steal everything that I value
stay on the high road, I can feel my spirit renew

Great verse!! I also love the refrain-just tells it straight. Very cool song all the way around. Vocals are great and mix excellent. The guitar......it's got me thinking there should be some Tom Adams RTs in 2017!! Great job guys! Take care. Greg

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#329895 - 01/06/16 07:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Good write, arrangement, mix and production. Stellar start to the new year. Enjoyed my listen.
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#329908 - 01/06/16 08:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi guys, another great collaboration. Super job on all aspects from vocals, mix, writing to great overall sound with Tom adding his magic on guitar. Thanks Janice, Bud, Floyd and Tom for working so good together and bringing us a super song.
Sonny

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#329927 - 01/07/16 02:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice, Bud & Tom
Seriously when is the album coming out!

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#329933 - 01/07/16 03:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great stuff guys. Super song superbly put together. Wow, I love that vocal delivery!
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#329958 - 01/07/16 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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You folks can do it all. You are surely right -- keep negativity at bay the best you can. good message and good tune.

One suggestion, if you want to do rock, study someone like the lead singer from Counting Crows. He really pushes his vocal to the limit during the verses -- and then cranks it up during the chorus (ha, ha). Janice is mighty close, but I think she can even dig deeper. Hmmm, easy for me to say.

Still an excellent performance, though. Good write and arrangement, too.
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#329965 - 01/07/16 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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It's good to see you break out of the confines of your "normal" style that you had cast for yourselves. I like this.

Everything sounds good. One thing that stuck out to me was the snare. It sounds really nice but it's a bit too loud in the mix.

Negative folks are all over the place and it's easy to commiserate with them, but you can't afford to do that if you want to be happy and get things done. I don't like hanging with or having discussions with folks who are always going to the negative side of things. The sun is shining in my world.
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#329978 - 01/07/16 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Awesome tune. Loved it Excellent collaboration


Thank you very much Scott for listening and commenting...

J&B

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hey You Four...

Some super talent shining here. Great song and terrific performance by all. Janice's voice is as sweet as a truck load of sugar and Tom's guitar is as edgy as ever. The lyric is refreshing and well done. Of course, Floyd's mixing skills are second to none.

Great job ... we loved it!

Alan & Di


Thanks y'all....Janice smiled when she read that!

Bud

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#330048 - 01/07/16 02:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
people that are stained by anger that'll never cease
I can't let them in, I won't let them poison my peace
give in and they'll steal everything that I value
stay on the high road, I can feel my spirit renew

Great verse!! I also love the refrain-just tells it straight. Very cool song all the way around. Vocals are great and mix excellent. The guitar......it's got me thinking there should be some Tom Adams RTs in 2017!! Great job guys! Take care. Greg


Thank you very much for those kind words Greg. From a writer like you it means even more to have the lyric mentioned. Hey, we agree with Tom and the RT!

J&B

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#330099 - 01/07/16 09:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud.

First off.... and most importantly....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bud!


I really enjoyed listening to Janice sing this. The change of style took me by surprise.... but it was a good surprise. As always, Tom's contribution is like co-icing on the cake.

I also found myself thinking, "What a great use of connotation!" and "What a great use of metaphor!" on a number of occasions. Phrases such as "foes of happiness", "stained by anger", "sprout up around my soul", "garden of shame", "poison my peace" are so very visual and add a huge emotional punch. The rhyming of Happiness with Bitterness is also a masterstroke -- minor stress rhyme and using words that have opposite meanings.... very effective!

Really excellent work from everyone!

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#330145 - 01/08/16 06:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Good write, arrangement, mix and production. Stellar start to the new year. Enjoyed my listen.




Glad you enjoyed the spin Charlie. Thanks.

J&B

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#330158 - 01/08/16 07:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Foes Of Happiness [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B,
Excellent vocals on this. Thx for posting.
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