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Halfway Blues -- audio
Halfway Blues -- video
Hi folks,
We have not had much time for music making this summer so I (Bud) threw together a simple eight bar blues that I knew Janice could quickly riff out a vocal on. She did that and after the take said she’d like to try some BGV’s so here’s what happened smile Peter helped with the arrangement and played the solos and rhythm…thanks!

We hope it works for you and we are always appreciative your time to both listen and comment!

Janice: lead & BGV’s / melody / arrangement
Peter: lead & rhythm guitars / arrangement
Bud: lyric / video & audio production / mix & mastering / arrangement

Drums: RealDrum, BluesRock128
Bass: RealTrack 922, Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockSlow12-8
Piano: MIDI SuperTrack 1886, Solo-Accompaniment Bluesy12-8John Sw 060

Track effects: Logic Pro Grand Steinway, Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8 Imager module, Waves Bass Rider and Waves CLA Drums

Mastering: Waves LinMB and Ozone 8 Maximizer module

Equipment: Logic Pro X (iMac), Scarlett interface and Rodes NT1 mic and all of Peter’s stuff

Halfway Blues

guitar intro

suit up, get ready, make a rare raid into reality
when you arrive you’ll find a different story
oh baby, you’ll beg, can’t we meet halfway?
i’m sorry, halfway’s a lot further than it used to be

a slight of hand brought you into my world
i could see you wanted to play me like a fine fiddle
making so many promises you would never fulfill
you saw another girl’s spirit to cripple

guitar solo

i knew you weren’t ready for a strong woman
for some reason I let you have your little taste
now no tears, no calls, no messages, just go
i don’t have any more time to waste

suit up, get ready, make a rare raid into reality
when you arrive you’ll find a different story
oh baby, you’ll beg, can’t we meet halfway?
i’m sorry, halfway’s a lot further than it used to be

vocal/guitar outro

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What a collab!!! You can't miss with Bud's production, Janice's vocals (BGs fit great) and the masterful Peter F. on guitar!! I love this line...


i’m sorry, halfway’s a lot further than it used to be

That's an epic line!!

Great job with everything guys!! Take care. Greg

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Janice,Bud and Peter,
Terrific slow blues with very good back-at-you lyrics.
The whole sounds simmered and cooked so well;vocals,guitar,backing, production.
The piano is especially good-nice to hear it mixed prominently.
Just curious about that Ozone Imager- used on the drums?

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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
What a collab!!! You can't miss with Bud's production, Janice's vocals (BGs fit great) and the masterful Peter F. on guitar!! I love this line...


i’m sorry, halfway’s a lot further than it used to be

That's an epic line!!

Great job with everything guys!! Take care. Greg


Thank you Greg for those very supportive comments. And, glad you liked that line!

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What a cool tune. Love Peters guitar. Very neat effects on the guitar. Super vocal Janice. Super production as well. My kind of music.


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Just fantastic. Great vocal, great guitar ring and wonderful lyric and production. For throwing a blues tune together I’d say you hit it out of the park. Fantastic!

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Excellent! Has a "Key to the Highway" vibe happening in spots.

Janice sounds fabulous on this as per usual, and I really like those background vocals too.

Nice guitar work from Peter, right in the pocket.

Great mix! Man, those drums ... I've used those same 12/8 drums myself a few times, never got them sounding that good.

Very cool ending too. Enjoyed the listen!

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

This is excellent! A great vocal by Janice and some really hot guitar by Peter - love it!

Bud, I don't think anyone comes near your production... It sounds better than most commercially released records in this genre. You really have quite the touch.

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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Janice,Bud and Peter,
Terrific slow blues with very good back-at-you lyrics.
The whole sounds simmered and cooked so well;vocals,guitar,backing, production.
The piano is especially good-nice to hear it mixed prominently.
Just curious about that Ozone Imager- used on the drums?

Robert


We appreciate that Robert. I used the imager on the piano. Since the track is stereo and panned dead center I thought the imager might open it up more. And floyd has well taught me to turn up the drums and piano smile Although I have to be reminded.

Thanks for mentioning the lyric also.

Glad you liked it!

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Wonderful job, Janice and Bud. Speaking as a forum member close to winding up what has turned out to be nearly a 3 mo. hiatus, checking back into the forum, and what should I hit on almost right away, but Janice and Bud burning it up with "Halfway Blues."
Hey, a lot of great collaborations have been going down in the interim. Soon to return, new state, new home, new BAIB style (Hank Campfire) to those oldie hymns and gospels. Again, great work, J & B !


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Great work on this Janice & Bud! Fantastic choice of instrumentation. I really enjoyed the overall progression. Great work on the guitars too! Thanks for sharing!


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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
What a collab!!! You can't miss with Bud's production, Janice's vocals (BGs fit great) and the masterful Peter F. on guitar!! I love this line...


i’m sorry, halfway’s a lot further than it used to be

That's an epic line!!

Great job with everything guys!! Take care. Greg


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Always a privelege to be asked to play on one of Bud & Janice's tracks. Thanks for the too kind comments on the guitar part.
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool tune. Love Peters guitar. Very neat effects on the guitar. Super vocal Janice. Super production as well. My kind of music.



Thanks Scott! It's our kind of music also.

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"get ready, make a rare raid into reality"

Some nice alliteration there, Mr. Merritt.

Excellent abounds. (No surprise there).

Smokin' guitar leads (really like the delay on the guitar! and the bite!)

Smokin' vocal. Great emotion. (LOVED the little cry on "sorry" @ 3:05!). Super BGVs.

Smokin' mix. Guitars all sound great. Drums, yes! Good bass. Clear, clean vocals. Super piano sound. (Typical Bud Mix).

All to a smokey video. Nice.

A great listen.

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J&B...loved the idea behind the lyric: talking about “halfway”..great innovative idea, with lots of good, creative “takes” on the main idea...perfect instrumentation/solo/vocal for the style...really liked the little vocal “add-ins” as well..thanks for sharing!

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What a tune! You guys nailed this one. The groove, the chorus, the vocal delivery - it's all there. The stars aligned and made something special here for sure. It is perfectly catchy, and on top of everything the production sounds really professional.

You should all be very proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile


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Just fantastic. Great vocal, great guitar ring and wonderful lyric and production. For throwing a blues tune together I’d say you hit it out of the park. Fantastic!

Dave


Thanks Dave. We very much like your latest!

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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Janice,Bud and Peter,
Terrific slow blues with very good back-at-you lyrics.
The whole sounds simmered and cooked so well;vocals,guitar,backing, production.
The piano is especially good-nice to hear it mixed prominently.
Just curious about that Ozone Imager- used on the drums?

Robert


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Thanks for the review - I always learn something from Bud's mixes.

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Excellent! Has a "Key to the Highway" vibe happening in spots.

Janice sounds fabulous on this as per usual, and I really like those background vocals too.

Nice guitar work from Peter, right in the pocket.

Great mix! Man, those drums ... I've used those same 12/8 drums myself a few times, never got them sounding that good.

Very cool ending too. Enjoyed the listen!


Thanks Dave for the nice review. We much appreciate it all!

I give all credit to Waves CLA Drums for the RD sound. Heckuva plug-in.

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J&B and Peter, Wow another great one! I wish I had half of the strength in my vocals as Janice does she just seems like she handles that with ease! Love those searing guitar notes Peter! Slowing the track down at the end was a very nice touch too! Thanks, Torrey




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