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#454109 - 01/27/18 06:44 PM [User Showcase] Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans
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https://soundcloud.com/lawrence-olivier/d-evans-bottom-dollar-blues

Belladonna posted the words to a song she wrote and invited anyone to write music for it. I heard it as a jazz thing and I'll add that it was a lot of fun as I'm always looking for an excuse to Croon! The vocal was so dynamic It gave me fits. I wound up downloading and using "Waves Vocal Rider" plugin.

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Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans, music by Lawrence Olivier

Verse 1
She’s a candy red hot
Fire whiskey, tequila shots
She’s waitin’ for me at the bar
Spends my money like a wild fire
Think I’m scoring but I lose
Got the bottom dollar blues

Verse 2
Hoping she’s my Lucky Star
She plays me like a lotto jar
We cruise and schmooze around
My ticker tape’s runnin’ down
Then some final rounds of pool
Goes my bottom dollar blues

Bridge
Sunday church I’m confessin’
Can’t seem to learn my lesson
Party girls and booze
Give me the bottom dollar blues

Verse 3
She always revs my engine
Sparing any intervention
I’m addicted to the night life
We live the weekends right
For her I’ll play the fool
With the bottom dollar blues

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#454113 - 01/27/18 07:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence

That's a hell of a big amazing vocal! Wonderful stuff.
Excellent song, nice use of the band and a good set of lyrics.
Really nice all round.

Peter

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#454120 - 01/27/18 08:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence & Belladonna

This is simply outstanding.

You've got those horns piping hot. You got the vocals sitting there just great.

This cooks, from start to finish.

Top effort, team!
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#454121 - 01/27/18 09:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence and Donna
Great job in this. Wonderful lyrics and a wonderful interpretation. More collabs please!

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#454134 - 01/28/18 03:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Donna & Lawrence - a nice combination of lyric & music...

Lawrence, your vocal on this is powerful and free. There is "fun" in the sing - a real delight in a vocal.

The horns sound great! They fit so well and really carry the underlying track.

Especially like the way you handled the bridge.

A truly excellent listen.

fj
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#454140 - 01/28/18 03:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Nice collaboration!

Fun lyrics and production, enjoyed the listen.

Re: the vocal rider plugin, great tool! I use it all the time here too.
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#454150 - 01/28/18 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Great collab, Lawrence, I always know it's going to be a great vocal and it is, but I thought the real star of this production was the arrangement. Especially the bridge and outro. Inspired chord choices. All of it was unexpected and a rewarding listen, Tom Also that vocal rider is one of my go to plug-ins.


Edited by tommyad (01/28/18 05:05 AM)

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#454163 - 01/28/18 06:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Awesome vocal Lawrence. Loved what you did with these awesome lyrics. Super tune to listen to.
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#454166 - 01/28/18 07:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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That was great Lawrence...the crooner side of gruverider. Who would've thought? We've used the bass rider but have never thought about the vocal rider...interesting.

This was the first type of music Bud ever heard -- from my parents in the 50's -- Janice was yet to be born smile but we both love the genre and sometimes mix in Frank, Tony and others along with our love of Americana.

We've always felt that a really great singer can handle about any genre and, man, does this ever support that notion.

Your arrangement, chord choice, RT and vocal are over the top good.

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Wow!

J&B
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#454169 - 01/28/18 07:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Really good job. Smooth vocals. Now where did I put that Zoot Suit?
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#454178 - 01/28/18 08:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Lawrence

That's a hell of a big amazing vocal! Wonderful stuff.
Excellent song, nice use of the band and a good set of lyrics.
Really nice all round.

Peter
Thanks Peter. Glad you enjoyed it.

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#454179 - 01/28/18 08:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Lawrence & Belladonna

This is simply outstanding.

You've got those horns piping hot. You got the vocals sitting there just great.

This cooks, from start to finish.

Top effort, team!
Thank you for listening and commenting. It was fun.

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#454180 - 01/28/18 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Hi Lawrence and Donna
Great job in this. Wonderful lyrics and a wonderful interpretation. More collabs please!
Hi Joanne! So far this is the year of the collabs. More indeed!

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#454182 - 01/28/18 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Wow!!!! Wonderful take on my song lyrics. I love it. I would have never thought to do it that way. It's really great seeing others creativity. Loved your vocals. My husband's favorite music is the big band sound as he used to play alto sax. He thought it was really COOL!!! Thank you so much and really appreciate how you made the lyrics come to life in a big way.

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#454184 - 01/28/18 08:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Donna & Lawrence - a nice combination of lyric & music...

Lawrence, your vocal on this is powerful and free. There is "fun" in the sing - a real delight in a vocal.

The horns sound great! They fit so well and really carry the underlying track.

Especially like the way you handled the bridge.

A truly excellent listen.

fj
Hello Floyd. I did five takes of the vocal and comped the final from three of them. It was a work of joy. The chord changes were partly inspired from the "generate intro" function. And I massaged it from there. Especially For jazz, after you've typed in your arrangement that function is a wonderful idea expander.


Edited by gruverider (01/28/18 08:58 AM)

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#454187 - 01/28/18 09:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice collaboration!

Fun lyrics and production, enjoyed the listen.

Re: the vocal rider plugin, great tool! I use it all the time here too.
Dave, I've never used the vocal rider before this song. And at first I overused it, I set the sensitivity to high. But after I dialed it back and got comfortable with it I wound up using it on the horns and the piano, and bought the Bass Rider and put it on the bass and drums (just a touch). To my ear it adds a bit of focus. Thanks!

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#454208 - 01/28/18 10:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Hey Lawrence, loved the style of the song and your voice as well. Thanks for mentioning the vocal rider! I spend so much time on setting levels for vocals. This sounds like the perfect solution!
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#454213 - 01/28/18 10:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence,

This is really outstanding - a great interpretation of Belladonna's lyrics. I love the vocal styling and big band sound.

You should sing more in this style - you really have a feel for it...

Production and mix is excellent as well.

Bob
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#454220 - 01/28/18 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Dear "gruverider"...

Man, let me tell you something, and I mean right now. I compose music mostly in the jazz genre, and there is no way in the world I would EVER, ever have imagined Ms. Belladonna's lyrics for "Bottom Dollar Blues" being set in a big band arrangement. This has got to be one of the most original takes on a set of lyrics that I've ever heard. Step up, step up to the podium and accept your award, "gruverider"!!!

Your music combined with Ms. Belladonna's vividly descriptive lyrics makes the song sound as though it was composed during the 30's at the height of the Depression, when damn near every American was suffering from the real "Bottom Dollar Blues" and attempting to lift their spirits a little by listening and dancing to upbeat numbers such as "We're In The Money". It would have been a sure hit because your danceable, cheek-to-cheek, smooth-as-silk arrangement would have enabled folks to put just enough distance between themselves and the hard reality of their Depression-era woes so that they could look down at them -- if only for no longer than the time it took to dance to it -- rather than look forward to more suffering, which was certain.

I tip my hat to your originality, "gruverider". Bravo -- and would you ask the waiter to bring us more champagne with that order of caviar, please laugh ???

LOREN




Edited by bluage (01/28/18 01:30 PM)
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#454221 - 01/28/18 11:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Bottom Dollar Blues words by Donna Evans [Re: gruverider]
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Amen Bluage. I second the post.

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