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#372171 - 10/29/16 01:41 PM [User Showcase] Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar)
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We recently watched (again) the great Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg "Band of Brothers" series. Somehow the battlefield imagery and verbage worked their way into this song.  And for some inexplicable reason I tried to write it with no pronouns - an interesting exercise grin Tom (tommyad) joined in with some fine guitar and Janice added percussion. Another "two verses, a chorus and we’re outa here" production.

Thanks for taking time to listen and we always welcome your thoughts!

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Lover’s Battlefield
© 2026 Janice and Bud Merritt

another fight fades to silence
an eerie calm follows the storm
one that never heals wounds
more dark clouds form

thunder echoes through a valley
rain dances on a windshield
miles behind lay two hearts...
bleeding out...
on a lover's battlefield

dreams turned into nightmares
time ran out for reflection
running from hurt, in full retreat
no shield for protection

thunder echoes through a valley
rain dances on a windshield
miles behind lay two hearts...
bleeding out...
on a lover's battlefield
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#372177 - 10/29/16 02:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent song as usual.
Great guitar.

Sergio
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#372191 - 10/29/16 02:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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What shall we say first....
We already know, super cool solo guitar by Tommy!
Nice video too, Bud.
And definitely a very good vocal by Janice, but it's sounds kinda dry, in our opinion it could use a little more verb...
And this sounds different from your usual work (in a very good way).

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#372199 - 10/29/16 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

Excellent song as usual.
Great guitar.

Sergio


Thanks Sergio! It's always good to hear from you.

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#372223 - 10/29/16 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Tommy, that is some fantastic guitar chops and tone!

Janice, although this is very different from your other songs you did a fantastic job on this one and you should be very proud of it. Like RnAM an effect or two on the vocal might make it sound better, don't know for sure.

However this is still a keeper.
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#372228 - 10/29/16 06:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
What shall we say first....
We already know, super cool solo guitar by Tommy!
Nice video too, Bud.
And definitely a very good vocal by Janice, but it's sounds kinda dry, in our opinion it could use a little more verb...
And this sounds different from your usual work (in a very good way).

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks you two! Glad you liked it. For 90% of our productions I use essentially the same reverb, compression, delay and EQ on Janice’s vocal that I’ve added for the last 3 or 4 years. While looking for a different more haunting sound on this song I started the settings looking for a little more “bite” and, yep, I very slightly reduced the reverb while slightly increasing the delay and also tweaked the compression and the EQ a bit. But I did put a ton of reverb on the very last word in the song smile

On our system it seems to work but we have pine walls and floors in our home and things are inherently “lively” sounding. Also I don’t mix with headphones so it’s all based on the “room sound.” Given the very high quality of your productions I very much appreciate your observations on the sound! And we are glad that it did seem different from a lot of what we have been doing. As y’all know it’s fun to venture out a bit.

Thanks again for listening and commenting. We appreciate it.

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#372241 - 10/29/16 08:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud, great song all the way around, Vocals, guitar work, writing and production. Very clean, very good. Thanks, Torrey.
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#372273 - 10/29/16 10:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice Tom & Bud

Bud - excellent pronoun free lyrics evokes the battlefield perfectly. Nicely mixed.
Tom - beautiful guitar parts that really compliment the song and encase the vocal.
Janice - lovely vocal(as expected and wonderfully delivered)!

A really superb piece - and great collaboration.

Peter

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#372289 - 10/30/16 04:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Good song! Janice has such an expressive voice, and such great tone. And a big tip of the hat to Tom, guitar playing is right in the pocket, great tone too.

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#372309 - 10/30/16 06:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Nice work. So much to like about this.

The vox are well sung.

Nice RT production.

TA's guitar parts...fills and solo are well played as well.

My only nit is the guitar is a few cents sharp. The sharpness stands out in quite a few places.
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#372311 - 10/30/16 06:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Tommy, that is some fantastic guitar chops and tone!

Janice, although this is very different from your other songs you did a fantastic job on this one and you should be very proud of it. Like RnAM an effect or two on the vocal might make it sound better, don't know for sure.

However this is still a keeper.


We're sure Tom appreciates that. He definitely has the ability to complement a singer with both his solos and fills.

Thanks for mentioning the vocal. It's fun to venture out -- and biab and collabs sure facilitate that.

Thanks for listening and commenting!

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#372334 - 10/30/16 08:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Janice & Bud, great song all the way around, Vocals, guitar work, writing and production. Very clean, very good. Thanks, Torrey.


We much appreciate that Torrey. Thanks for dropping by!

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#372362 - 10/30/16 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This one's all about mood!! Set from the first minor chord, it is dark and somber, and powerful. Janice's amazing vocal, and Tom, oozing out emotion with every note, make this a real treat. So well done! Video is very cool too-really matches the vibe of the music. Baritone guitar is the perfect addition. Excellent job on the whole nine!! Take care. Greg

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#372378 - 10/30/16 12:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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"thunder echoes through a valley
rain dances on a windshield
miles behind lay two hearts...
bleeding out...
on a lover's battlefield"

Great descriptive lines start to finish. Nice write.

The BAND is perfect for this - simple, sparse, subtle. Tom's guitar is the perfect compliment. Love the solo. Great drum sound.

All topped off with the best instrument of all - Janice. The voice of an angel-with-a-devilish-twinkle-in-her-eye.

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#372401 - 10/30/16 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud,

I love a slow burn song and you`ve really captured that brooding mood here. The guitar lead and fills are just so right for the song.
"Expressive" hardly does justice to Janice`s vocal but I can`t think of a better word.
Nice video images - particularly that broken window pane heart.
Very good!

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#372427 - 10/30/16 10:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hello, Janice & Bud, Tom

The lead guitar of intro. and interlude is so good.
Janice's vocal is excellent as usual.
The choice of instruments is superb.
Nice video images and great collaboration.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best Regards.

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#372430 - 10/30/16 11:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Tom, Janice and Bud,

EXCELLENT all round as usual. Superb guitar by Tom as I have come to expect!
I like Janice's voice as it seems to be closer to the listener, if you see what I mean, as if she is singing this "just for me", more intimate.

Really enjoyed.

Alyn
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#372439 - 10/31/16 01:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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What a great collaboration.

Excellent in every way. The guitar work is really way up there, Janice's vocals are rich and deliver the song perfectly.
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#372441 - 10/31/16 02:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

Another great song! Moody, plaintive and sultry all in the right measures.
I listened to this on Soundcloud before you posted it here so was lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

Highlights :-
- Lyrical imagery
- Overall production and open sound
- Tom's guitar
- The extra oomph added by the Cajon in the chorus
- No pronouns - adds to the "mystery" i.e. we don't know who Janice is singing about.

Loved it,
Jez


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#372450 - 10/31/16 03:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lover's Battlefield (tommyad on guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Late night, smoky bar, souls that don’t want to go home for many different reasons, but a few listening to Janice singing this song, knowing darn well why and every word cutting to the bone.
That is where I was taken in my imagination. That is the ability of good songwriting each must take from it what they want, and how they see it.

Good show Janice & Bud

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