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#498137 - 10/27/18 11:14 PM [User Showcase] I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt)
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I Choose To Be With You

A new country song with lyrics by Leon and a wonderful vocal by Janice.

Janice - Vocals
Leon - Lyrics, backing vocal
I Played the resonator guitar and backing vocal

Thanks to Bud for recording Janice and his mix comments and encouragement.

The rest of the band:
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RealTracks in style: ~372:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Hank Sw 120
RealTracks in style: ~610:Mandolin, Rhythm Chop Sw 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleSwing8^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

There is another finger picked guitar and fiddle in there as well.

So with some trepidation in writing country songs for the pros here it is......

I Choose To Be With You

Some folks don’t deserve
The oxygen they breathe
Some folks never figure out
When it’s time to leave

There are people that you find
You cannot live without
Even though you’re not quite sure
Just how that came about

There are roads you venture down
Just to see what’s there
There are crazy risks you take
Just to prove you dare

There are hearts you break
There are gambles that you lose
There are fates you can’t avoid
And there are some you choose

I choose to be with you
I choose to be with you
I’m done with drifting
My rambling days are through
I choose to be with you

Some folks don’t deserve
The riches they acquire
Some folks are unburned
After walking through the fire

Some have got their whole lives
Mapped out to a plan
I just let the four winds blow
To see where I would land

Rolling with the punches
Shifting with the breeze
Acting on my hunches
And going where I pleased

Sometimes you get lucky
Every light is green
Somehow you have made it home
Though you’re not sure where you’ve been

I choose to be with you
I choose to be with you
I’m done with drifting
My rambling days are through
I choose to be with you

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#498145 - 10/28/18 12:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter F (and Janice and Leon),

First off, great opening line on the lyrics—keeps the listener wondering where it’s going and engaged. And the rest is equally compelling. Song moves briskly; smooth, magnetic melody and nice touches on the production. Just like this from beginning to end. So easy on the ears. Loved this!

Best regards,

Deej

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#498147 - 10/28/18 01:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Some nice lines in the lyrics. Love how Janice draws out the words, very effective. Love how the melody moves along. Good job guys.

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#498150 - 10/28/18 02:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter, you had me right from that opening with the slide/resonator guitar, what a great sound!

A tip of the hat to Leon, good writing.

And of course Janice is doing her usual cool thing, love the way she bends up to hit the note!

Good song guys and gal, enjoyed the listen!

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#498155 - 10/28/18 03:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter / Leon / Janice,

This is a great country song - I love the instrument mix and tempo.

As usual, Janice nails the vocal and the package is complete... smile

Excellent!

Bob

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#498161 - 10/28/18 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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What a lovely piece, a superb collaboration. Well done all concerned.
Janice, your voice is utterly beguiling!
cool
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#498165 - 10/28/18 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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This song is a really good song. Love the resonator such a cool instrument. Janice this is one of my favorite vocals of yours. Love how you hung on certain words. So cool. The lyric was just excellent as well. Super collaboration....

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#498179 - 10/28/18 08:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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What a lovely collaboration. You guys have really outdone yourselves this time. Thanks for sharing!
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#498198 - 10/28/18 12:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter/Leon/Janice,

A really nice song.

Well written - a bunch of good lines throughout.
Well played - really nice job on the resonator (it will always be a dobro to me).
Well sung - like there would be ANY doubt about that!

Excellent mix.

The whole thing has a terrific pace and "familiarity" much like Dylan's (and Ketch Secor's) "Wagon Wheel" (as done by Darius Rucker). That is a really good thing...

fj

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#498213 - 10/28/18 01:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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All three of you did a fantastic job! This is such a great listen. It's simple love song that says so much and Janice knows how to deliver the message. Great backing tracks and a fabulous lyric. What a treat!

Isn't it amazing how Janice can make every word she sings sound like electric? What a voice! And what a song you gentlemen gave her to sing. This is great music - period!

Alan
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#498220 - 10/28/18 01:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter,Leon & Janice,

A very good story in the lyrics and an uplifting chorus that really says "country classic".
I think that`s the first time I`ve heard your resonator playing, Peter; it sets the mood nicely on the intro and is tasteful throughout.
Wonderfully warm vocals, Janice!
Noone else has mentioned the drum volume, so its probably just my taste; I found them a little high in the mix ( headphones)
Will have another listen on monitors.


Robert

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#498233 - 10/28/18 03:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter, this is a really good one! That resonator is absolutely wonderful! Great vocal and production (again) Janice and Bud! What a great feel good song Thanks, Torrey
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#498238 - 10/28/18 03:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: Belladonna]
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Originally Posted By: Deej56
Peter F (and Janice and Leon),

First off, great opening line on the lyrics—keeps the listener wondering where it’s going and engaged. And the rest is equally compelling. Song moves briskly; smooth, magnetic melody and nice touches on the production. Just like this from beginning to end. So easy on the ears. Loved this!

Best regards,

Deej
Originally Posted By: Belladonna
Some nice lines in the lyrics. Love how Janice draws out the words, very effective. Love how the melody moves along. Good job guys.


Thanks y'all and Donna I'm happy you liked the phrasing!

Janice
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#498265 - 10/28/18 10:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: Deej56
Peter F (and Janice and Leon),

First off, great opening line on the lyrics—keeps the listener wondering where it’s going and engaged. And the rest is equally compelling. Song moves briskly; smooth, magnetic melody and nice touches on the production. Just like this from beginning to end. So easy on the ears. Loved this!

Best regards,

Deej


Thanks glad you enjoyed it.

Peter

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#498266 - 10/28/18 10:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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WOW! Everything is just SO Right!!!

From Janice's prosody, to the mix, to the lyrics and the reso. guitar!

Blown away here!

Super job!

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#498280 - 10/29/18 02:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: Belladonna]
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Originally Posted By: Belladonna
Some nice lines in the lyrics. Love how Janice draws out the words, very effective. Love how the melody moves along. Good job guys.


Thanks - Janice certainly has a wonderful way with her phrasing and melody.

Peter

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#498362 - 10/29/18 12:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Love that sound, love that voice

cool song

absolutely love the chorus

Kenny

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#498364 - 10/29/18 12:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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Excellent song great vocals and production. Cliff

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#498388 - 10/29/18 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Peter, you had me right from that opening with the slide/resonator guitar, what a great sound!

A tip of the hat to Leon, good writing.

And of course Janice is doing her usual cool thing, love the way she bends up to hit the note!

Good song guys and gal, enjoyed the listen!


Thanks Dave appreciate the comments on the slide.

Peter

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#498390 - 10/29/18 02:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Choose To Be With You (Featuring Janice Merritt) [Re: PeterF]
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LOVED this song right through.

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