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#466443 - 04/10/18 05:00 AM [User Showcase] I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice )
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Janice & Bud played in a bluegrass band for many years. I played in a country band for many years. But for us it all begins and ends with the blues. We hope you like it! Tom



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I’d Rather Be Lucky

They say you can’t win if you don’t play

That’s a rule I live by every day

When you cash that winning ticket

It’ll just about blow your mind

take that last nickel

Turn it to a dime

Cross your fingers knock on wood

I’d rather be lucky than good


Sometimes for you to win

you have to take a chance

You can’t always leave

with who brought you to the dance

walk through a little fire Go out on limb

When they tell you don’t go gamblin Don’t listen to them

Cross your fingers knock on wood

I’d rather be lucky than good


My Mama and my Daddy said go and learn a skill

But I’ve been living by the seat of my pants and I guess I always will

Shot pool bet the horses played a little bit of cards

Fell in love a couple of times And survived a broken heart

Cross your fingers knock on wood

I’d rather be lucky than good


© 2018 Thomas Adams/Janice Merritt


Edited by tommyad (04/10/18 05:17 AM)

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#466454 - 04/10/18 06:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Loved the whole take on luck and betting...great work selecting the words and phrases that move this idea forward!!

RT’s solo’s were perfect for your track..as usual, great vocal performance and guitar work.

Thanks for letting me listen in.

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#466462 - 04/10/18 06:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Love it!

I heard this a while back over on Janice and Buds page.

This is blues the way blues *should* be IMHO. Cool lyrics all over the place, "Cross your fingers knock on wood, I’d rather be lucky than good" for example.

Janice is just over the top good on this one, vocal is perfect, and man, that phrasing!

And the guitar is so tasteful! Great tone too. Love the trade offs with the harp.

Great intro and super cool ending too!

Nice one guys and gal!

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#466468 - 04/10/18 07:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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O.M.G.

Over-the-top good. Music truly does not get better than this.

Everything about this is PERFECT. Little reason to parse out anything else. But... why not.

Janice - The. Best. Vocal. Ever. This leaves no question - You should be a STAR.

Tom - your guitar in this is hang-on-every-note worthy. Your Chicago is showing. Sweet.

The mix is I M P E C C A B L E. And just to be clear, here are listed synonyms for IMPECCABLE: flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, immaculate, pristine, stainless, perfect, exemplary; squeaky clean

WOW.

Just.... WOW.

fj

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#466488 - 04/10/18 08:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Wow, this song sounds so fantastic! Janice really sounds like one of those wonderful, classy club singers. I could see her singing for Post Modern Jukebox.

I especially love "you can’t always leave with who brought you to the dance". I think it's a really cool line.

Really great job guys!
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#466503 - 04/10/18 09:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,J&B,
After the neat drumroll intro what struck me was the clever, well written lyric(so many cool twists on common phrases).
I agree with the plaudits coming in for Janice`s vocal- this is one of your finest!
Nice biting guitar lead, Tom, and a great mix.
I`m not a blues man, but I enjoyed this very much!

Robert

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#466512 - 04/10/18 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: Tano Music]
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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Loved the whole take on luck and betting...great work selecting the words and phrases that move this idea forward!!

RT’s solo’s were perfect for your track..as usual, great vocal performance and guitar work.

Thanks for letting me listen in.


Thank you!

Janice
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#466518 - 04/10/18 11:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Hey good work, sure it's a blues tune but what sets it apart are first class vocals and clever lyrics. Nice mixtoo.
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#466524 - 04/10/18 11:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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There you go....raising the bar again. All of you.....

Nice work.

Really "pro" in every sense of the word. As a guitarist. I really appreciated the tasty, pure tone, on the solo and the fills here and there and in the background.
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#466548 - 04/10/18 01:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: Tano Music]
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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Loved the whole take on luck and betting...great work selecting the words and phrases that move this idea forward!!

RT’s solo’s were perfect for your track..as usual, great vocal performance and guitar work.

Thanks for letting me listen in.
Thanks for the wonderful review. We appreciate it, Tom

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#466551 - 04/10/18 01:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Wow! Sounds to me like the Band in a box Super group.
You guys never cease to amaze. Although the vocals are the real stand out the mix is exceptional. Gives me a goal to reach for. Thank you all for the inspiration. Rob

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#466564 - 04/10/18 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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"take that last nickel

Turn it to a dime

Cross your fingers knock on wood

I’d rather be lucky than good"

Tom/J&B, it doesn't get any better than that!! This song is pure greatness as far as I'm concerned! Janice has given some great vocal performances here on the forum, but to me this one sounds the best! The production could not possibly be any better! You guys have set the bar very high for all of us! Oh and by the way, the guitar was fantastic! A very fine offering! Thanks, Torrey
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#466569 - 04/10/18 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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That is a GREAT line, one of those little nuggets that I wish I had written myself!
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#466586 - 04/10/18 03:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Tom & Janice,

Damn fine blues - everything about it is superb (need some new superlatives).
Wonderful blues playing beautiful singing and a a great memorable write.

So - consummate, outstanding, stellar, peerless (online thesaurus) work.

Peter

p.s that drum intro sounds excellent

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#466598 - 04/10/18 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Love it!

I heard this a while back over on Janice and Buds page.

This is blues the way blues *should* be IMHO. Cool lyrics all over the place, "Cross your fingers knock on wood, I’d rather be lucky than good" for example.

Janice is just over the top good on this one, vocal is perfect, and man, that phrasing!

And the guitar is so tasteful! Great tone too. Love the trade offs with the harp.

Great intro and super cool ending too!

Nice one guys and gal!


Thanks Dave. That is very kind of you and is much appreciated!

Janice
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#466643 - 04/11/18 12:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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This has the sound of a time-worn classic, with a killer title.

I'm not sure there are any adjectives left at this point. Great stuff!
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#466657 - 04/11/18 02:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Tom / Janice,

This is truly outstanding in every way. I love how Tom's guitar sounds like it's about to go off the rails and Janice's vocal pulls it back in.

Tremendous sound guys...

Bob

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#466680 - 04/11/18 06:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: tommyad]
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Wow - just wow. As people have pointed out, this is absolutely outstanding. This track has everything! I love the smooth groove throughout it. I love Janice smoky vocals. I love the lyrics. This had my attention from the first second to the very last. You nailed it.

Not a thing I'd change here - thanks so much for sharing smile
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#466688 - 04/11/18 07:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
O.M.G.

Over-the-top good. Music truly does not get better than this.

Everything about this is PERFECT. Little reason to parse out anything else. But... why not.

Janice - The. Best. Vocal. Ever. This leaves no question - You should be a STAR.

Tom - your guitar in this is hang-on-every-note worthy. Your Chicago is showing. Sweet.

The mix is I M P E C C A B L E. And just to be clear, here are listed synonyms for IMPECCABLE: flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, immaculate, pristine, stainless, perfect, exemplary; squeaky clean

WOW.

Just.... WOW.

fj


Well, wow back to you! I am overwhelmed. It put a big smile on my mother's face when I read it to her.

Tom really did an amazing job with this. Thank you so much!

Janice
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#466760 - 04/11/18 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: I'd Rather Be Lucky ( Co-Write Tom & Janice ) [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
Wow, this song sounds so fantastic! Janice really sounds like one of those wonderful, classy club singers. I could see her singing for Post Modern Jukebox.

I especially love "you can’t always leave with who brought you to the dance". I think it's a really cool line.

Really great job guys!


Thanks Ember! That is very kind of you and I love that style. We will definitely check out that site.

Janice
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