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#396539 - 02/17/17 10:51 PM [User Showcase] Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt
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Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman

Leon sent me a song idea with Janice in mind.
It was an interesting lyric! – just had to fit lines such as:
Like a fish needs a velocipede
Had to look that one up on Wikipedia.

Fortunately for us Janice kindly agreed to sing – Leon obviously channeled his feminine side whilst writing this but I’m not sure it would have sounded right with him singing.

Lyrics – Leon
Vocals -the incomparable Janice Merritt
I played the guitar and put it all together

Thanks to Bud for recording Janice, feedback on the mix and encouragement.

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Horns – some old horn samples I had lying around


Don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman


You think that ladies love outlaws
But honey let me set you straight
What gets my temperature rising
Listen up, and I will relate
I need a man I can talk to
Who understands what I need
Not a stud with only one talent
I got to care for and feed

I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true
I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true


I’m looking for a man who’s not afraid
To reveal his softer side
A man who knows just when to push
And when to let it slide
I need a man who’s not a stranger
To poetry and art
Who’s gentle, kind and sensitive
But with a lion’s heart

I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true
I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true


You think that ladies love outlaws
Oh, but that’s been overstated
A lady wants a man to make her life
Easier, not more complicated
Some say a woman needs a man
Like a fish needs a velocipede
And while I don’t agree
There are certain qualities I need

You’ve got to treat me like an equal in every way
Pick up on the subtle signs I send
Pay close attention to every word I say
Be my demon lover as well as my best friend

I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true
I don’t need a man to make me feel like a woman
Just need a man I can rely on to be true

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#396542 - 02/17/17 11:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Janice, Peter and Leon,

This is very entertaining! from start to finish.

The writing is strong, the melody is top notch, the arrangement is as creative as they come, the mix is excellent and Janice's vocals raise the proverbial roof (Janice, you've absolutely nailed singing the lyrics!).

I don't know what to say! For that reason, I'm leaving it up to you. Please choose whichever one or more of the below appeal to you smile

  • first class
  • stunning
  • totally enjoyable
  • professional through and through
  • clever
  • skillful
  • music at its best
  • absolute quality

All the best,
Noel

P.S. I'm in awe of anyone who can use 'velocipede' in lyrics and then set it to music!
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#396556 - 02/18/17 03:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Love the groove on this, a fun track! Guitar work is right on the money, as is the vocal (no surprise there!)
Nice one!

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#396560 - 02/18/17 04:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Nice work on this.

The groove fits Janice to the tee.
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#396563 - 02/18/17 04:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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This song shines. A good fit for Janice's outstanding vocal. The addition of the horns really worked well to me.

Enjoyable all around.

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#396582 - 02/18/17 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Very cool feel to this song. Excellent collaboration. Vocal, guitar, lyric and backtrack all excellent . Well done Janice, Peter and Leon...

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#396621 - 02/18/17 11:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Love the honky talk blues sound with the horns and organ - really cool arrangement. Janice sounds terrific.
Velocipede - really? LOL!

Fun song. Love it!


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#396628 - 02/18/17 01:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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This rocks right from the off!

Nice guitar and the vocals handled so well, very tuneful and foot tapping.

Great solo and nice Brass.

Cheers.
Mike.
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#396648 - 02/18/17 02:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: Noel96]
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Thank you very much Noel. This was a LOT of fun!

Janice

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#396657 - 02/18/17 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Leon/Peter/Janice

A terrific listen. (I did have to look up "velocipede").

Everything is right where it needs to be. As I listened, I simply... Listened!

The horns work!

The vocal - golden.

Nice.

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#396658 - 02/18/17 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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This is just so much fun to listen to. someday if I ever get good enough, I'm gong to write a song with the lyrics that match your voice.


Edited by Marty Sorensen (02/18/17 03:07 PM)

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#396734 - 02/19/17 01:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Janice, Peter and Leon,

This is very entertaining! from start to finish.

The writing is strong, the melody is top notch, the arrangement is as creative as they come, the mix is excellent and Janice's vocals raise the proverbial roof (Janice, you've absolutely nailed singing the lyrics!).

I don't know what to say! For that reason, I'm leaving it up to you. Please choose whichever one or more of the below appeal to you smile

  • first class
  • stunning
  • totally enjoyable
  • professional through and through
  • clever
  • skillful
  • music at its best
  • absolute quality

All the best,
Noel

P.S. I'm in awe of anyone who can use 'velocipede' in lyrics and then set it to music!


Noel
Thanks for the kind review. Janice certainly nailed it. Have to get me a velocipede one day.
Peter

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#396753 - 02/19/17 05:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Well, what can we add to all this positivity?
We'll give it a try:

top-notch mix
very cool guitar work
Horn section beautiful
the ending of the song, just sounds like a real band.
And once again top-notch vocals by Janice!

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#396773 - 02/19/17 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Love the groove on this, a fun track! Guitar work is right on the money, as is the vocal (no surprise there!)
Nice one!


Thanks! I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate you mentioning my vocal. Peter and Leon handed me a very cool song to work with.

Janice

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#396785 - 02/19/17 08:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: Mike. R.]
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Originally Posted By: Mike. R.
This rocks right from the off!

Nice guitar and the vocals handled so well, very tuneful and foot tapping.

Great solo and nice Brass.

Cheers.
Mike.


Plus 1 to that and a big kudos on your guitar playing, Peter- really well integrated with the Real Tracks.

Robert

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#396853 - 02/19/17 05:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Nice work on this.

The groove fits Janice to the tee.


Thank you Herb

Janice

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#396862 - 02/19/17 06:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Totally loved this! great beat and arrangement. And, of course, Janice's vocal is top notched. Great sound on the guitar and the horns are a great touch in the last half of the song. Great job in every way!

Alan & Di
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#396879 - 02/19/17 11:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: PeterF]
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Hello, Peter,Leon and Janice

Very nice honky talk blues with horns.
As, Noel said,
This is very entertaining! from start to finish.
Top-notch vocals by Janice!
And your guitar playing is very cool.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#396890 - 02/20/17 12:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Love the groove on this, a fun track! Guitar work is right on the money, as is the vocal (no surprise there!)
Nice one!


Dave
Thanks for those nice comments glad you enjoyed.

Peter

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#396951 - 02/20/17 11:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Need A Man To Make Me Feel Like A Woman - Featuring Janice Merritt [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Nice work on this.

The groove fits Janice to the tee.


Thanks Herb.

Peter

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