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#456593 - 02/09/18 06:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey Ian

Thanks for taking your time to listen and offer the very thoughtful comments. I’m glad that you liked the song overall.

I would like to respond more specifically to a couple of your comments.

You mentioned: “I don't really like line 3 of V3 lyrically because it preaches and that's always the temptation with these sorts of songs.”

We sincerely do not feel that the song preaches via that line; rather, it simply expresses the frustration and sense of lack of control of the protagonist - a rural Puerto Rican lady. I grew up in rural and small town Georgia. Often I heard family/friends referring to the “big folks.” There was no specificity to it. It was not a political divide. But it was a feeling that one had no say or control in events that greatly influenced one’s life. Surely a mother with young children who had gone without power, clean water and other essentials for an extended period would feel that the “big folks” didn’t care. She would not be concerned with parsing out all of the reasons for her situation. So, that line was not a result of yielding to temptation - it was the result of contemplation about the storm’s aftermath. All this ramble means is that We didn't consider the line to be divisive.

You mentioned: “One thing I'd like to hear more of is that bowed bass. It seems kind of buried. Maybe take just a hair of the very low end off of that sound so you can bump the overall volume up a bit.”

The bass was problematic. As an upright bass player I likely spend too much time mixing bass RT’s smile I’d hoped to not have a buried sound as I tried, using Neutron’s masking feature, to get the cajon and bass to cooperate with one another as they occupy a very similar eq range. So much of this had to do with hearing acuity and my 72 year old ears ain’t particularly acute nowadays!

Again, thanks for the thoughts and for listening. Good to see you around again!

Cheers

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#457125 - 02/12/18 02:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice, Bud and floyd,

I first listened to this on Soundcloud a couple of weeks ago. At that time, I couldn't find any words to say that could convey how your creation impacted on me. Even now I'm not sure that I can find the right words. It such a very powerful work.

Since Soundcloud, I've listened to the song and watched the video on Youtube. Each time I've visited, I cannot stop myself from imagining the desolation, despair and horror that those who are caught up in the aftermath must be feeling. That such misery should become part of a game of politics really saddens me.

You've done a truly amazing thing in writing, arranging and producing "Maria". Janice's outstanding vocals are absolutely the perfect vehicle to carry such an important message.

With all my heart, I hope that your song helps bring a better tomorrow to those who still so desperately need it.

Regards,
Noel
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#457790 - 02/16/18 05:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Maria Blue (a floyd jane collaboration) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Janice, Bud and floyd,

I first listened to this on Soundcloud a couple of weeks ago. At that time, I couldn't find any words to say that could convey how your creation impacted on me. Even now I'm not sure that I can find the right words. It such a very powerful work.

Since Soundcloud, I've listened to the song and watched the video on Youtube. Each time I've visited, I cannot stop myself from imagining the desolation, despair and horror that those who are caught up in the aftermath must be feeling. That such misery should become part of a game of politics really saddens me.

You've done a truly amazing thing in writing, arranging and producing "Maria". Janice's outstanding vocals are absolutely the perfect vehicle to carry such an important message.

With all my heart, I hope that your song helps bring a better tomorrow to those who still so desperately need it.

Regards,
Noel


Noel, your comments are exceptionally meaningful to us. We live in such a transient world nowadays. Today’s headlines are buried tomorrow. Information overload often leaves us little time it seems to reflect on the simple humanity of events like this. What you’ve expressed makes us feel perhaps for a moment we were able to hit the pause button and offer a time of reflection - at least that’s what we hoped for. Thanks you so much.

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