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#448025 - 12/30/17 07:02 AM [User Showcase] I Am A Seeker
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I Am A Seeker

Our melody and some of the lyric are a derivative of "I am a Pilgrim" that has strong roots in traditional African-American spirituals. The earliest reference we found was 1864. It was popularized by Merle Travis in the late 1940's and has been recorded by hundreds of artists from the Byrds to Johnny Cash. We made lyric changes in the first three verses and wrote an entirely new fourth verse - all to more personalize it.

We based the last two lines of the lyric on Ghandi's "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world...as in being able to remake ourselves."

Happy New Year to all and comments are most welcome!

Vocal - Janice / two tracks w/ different FX stacked in the middle
Guitar 679: Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Sw 120 / fills comped from multiple tracks
Bass 1136: Acoustic-Guitar, FolkSwing Sw 110 / bars and notes comped from two tracks
(I rearranged a bit of the RT to play the notes that I would if I were not lazy and put new strings on my upright! FWIW)
Mandolin 610: Rhythm Chop Sw 120

Effects: Nectar 2 / Neutron / Waves Bass Rider / EMT 140 plate reverb sim
Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone 8 Adv
Equipment: Rodes NT1 mic / Focusrite interface / iMac



I Am A Seeker
© 2017 Janice and Bud Merritt
(A version of this was posted six years ago but this is a complete remake.)

I AM A PILGRIM AND A SEEKER
TRAVELING THROUGH THIS WONDROUS LAND
I MAY HAVE A HOME WAY ON DOWN THE ROAD, GOOD LORD,
BUT IT’S NOT (MY LORD, IT’S NOT) NOT MADE BY MAN

I’VE GOT FAMILY AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS
WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE
AND I WONDER IF I’LL EVER SEE ‘EM, GOOD LORD,
OVER ON (YES, OVER ON) SOME OTHER SHORE

I MAY CLIMB UP ON THAT HIGH MOUNTAIN
JUST TO REST MY WEARY SOUL
IF I COULD FIND BUT A MOMENT OF PEACE, DEAR LORD,
I DO BELIVE (I DO BELIEVE) IT MIGHT MAKE ME WHOLE

I AM A PILGRIM AND A SEEKER
TRYING TO DO SOME SMALL PART
I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, GOOD LORD
ALL I WANT (LORD, ALL I WANT) IS TO CHANGE MY HEART
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#448031 - 12/30/17 07:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great vocal! (Of course smile and a great mix too.

Nice way to end out the year Janice and Bud!
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#448056 - 12/30/17 10:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Nice vocals and uplifting song. Happy New Year.

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#448068 - 12/30/17 12:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great vocal! (Of course smile and a great mix too.

Nice way to end out the year Janice and Bud!



Thanks Dave. I let the Ozone robot master that one. smile
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#448069 - 12/30/17 12:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Back now that Di is home from the hospital again and resting as comfortable as possible.

What a nice way to come back! This song has everything it needs and not a thing it doesn't need. I love that old southern spiritual flavor - not spiritual in the sense of "Praise the Lord", rather in using the humanity God gave me to make myself a better person.

Janice's voice is second to none and Bud's playing with the duials is always so danged superior. Everyrthi9ng about this says "Very nicely done". ANd it is. Happy New Year.

Alan
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#448093 - 12/30/17 02:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Belladonna]
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Originally Posted By: Belladonna
Nice vocals and uplifting song. Happy New Year.


Thanks, glad you liked it!

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#448104 - 12/30/17 04:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Top notch and crystal clear recording!
Did that Ozone 8 Advanced have anything to do with that wink ?
For now we will do with the basic 7 version eek

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#448119 - 12/30/17 05:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Sounds great!!!

this song has a very charming quality

super vocal Janice, love the melody

nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing

instrument choices sound right on the money

love the new avatar,

Kenny

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#448135 - 12/30/17 07:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Back now that Di is home from the hospital again and resting as comfortable as possible.

What a nice way to come back! This song has everything it needs and not a thing it doesn't need. I love that old southern spiritual flavor - not spiritual in the sense of "Praise the Lord", rather in using the humanity God gave me to make myself a better person.

Janice's voice is second to none and Bud's playing with the duials is always so danged superior. Everyrthi9ng about this says "Very nicely done". ANd it is. Happy New Year.

Alan


Glad y’all are together at home! Thanks for the nice review. Glad you liked the sentiment also. Yeah, I got some new virtual dials to twist. smile
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#448190 - 12/31/17 06:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Top notch and crystal clear recording!
Did that Ozone 8 Advanced have anything to do with that wink ?
For now we will do with the basic 7 version eek

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks!

I used Ozone’s master assistant and nothing else but a one click change in it’s IRC selection. Everything else was auto. Lovin’ the tech.

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#448221 - 12/31/17 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I've got a version of this song by the Byrds.
I liked it a lot.

You've made a great version; in this one there is a super bass.
All the other things are excellent.

Happy new 2018

Sergio
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#448238 - 12/31/17 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!
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#448301 - 12/31/17 06:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Sounds great!!!

this song has a very charming quality

super vocal Janice, love the melody

nice mix, like the separation I'm hearing

instrument choices sound right on the money

love the new avatar,

Kenny


Thanks Kenny! We’re loving your new tune. Happy new year!

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#448316 - 12/31/17 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!


Exactly what I was going to say!

This is fantastic.
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#448368 - 01/01/18 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

I've got a version of this song by the Byrds.
I liked it a lot.

You've made a great version; in this one there is a super bass.
All the other things are excellent.

Happy new 2018

Sergio




Thanks Sergio! That Byrd’s album, Sweet Heart Of The Rodeo, had a lot of good material on it.

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#448371 - 01/01/18 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B, beautiful song! The new verse fits like a glove! Janice's vocal is so pleasant to listen to and it carries the song so well that there is no need for any backing vocal accompaniment! Thanks, Torrey
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#448416 - 01/01/18 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi there J&B.

A faultless backing track and mix, which serves as the perfect platform for Janice
to leave me spell-bound as usual.

What else is there to say?

ROG.

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#448497 - 01/01/18 05:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow!!!


What a great sound, a great recording, and a great mix.

Love it!

Happy New Year Y'all!


Thanks David and back to you with new year thang!
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#448501 - 01/01/18 05:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B,

Your lyrical changes give the song a more uplifting feel (particularly liked the change from "wearsome" to "wondrous land").
Lovely crystal clear mix ... and then there`s Janice singing the tune to make us forget anyone else ever did!

Robert

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#448525 - 01/01/18 07:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Am A Seeker [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Lovely. Simple but extremely effective backing - sounds crisp and professional and compliments Janice's performance. Liked the lyrical touches the dial twiddling and of course the vocal - could almost hear a choir singing along.

Peter


Edited by PeterF (01/01/18 07:35 PM)

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