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#538121 - 05/25/19 09:23 AM [User Showcase] Rust On The Rails
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Rust On The Rails

A lifetime love of trains lead me (Bud) to attempt the writing of my first autobiographical song. It’s unconventional in many ways but, hey, it’s all about having fun.

Yeah, yeah, I know if you’ve gotta explain your song you’re in trouble! But if not familiar with the verse three imagery (and interested) this 28 second video shows what I watched as a kid.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN9GxmtfX90

Thank you Janice for your support in my tedious efforts to jam four vignettes over many years into a three minute song smile Thanks to floyd for the thoughtful and helpful mix counsel and to Noel for our song structure discussions. And as always to PG Music and this community.

Oh, and pardon me but I couldn’t resist the SC photo of me smile at eight years old.

We always appreciate your time to listen and comment.

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Piano: MST 1887: Acoustic, Solo-acc CountryPopJohn
Harmonica: RT 2857 Background CountryPopJellyRoll (multiple comps)
Harmonica: RT 2854 Background CountryPopJellyRoll (multiple comps)

Effects: Nectar 2, CLA Drums, CLA Bass, CLA Guitar, CLA Unplugged, Neutron 2 and Logic Pro X Grand Steinway sound
Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Logic Channel EQ > Waves LinMB > Ozone 8 Imager > Ozone 8 Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance

Rust On The Rails

Verse 1
A child sits on a worn store bench next to his daddy
he stares at the dirt path leading to the train station
nearby the postmaster loads the wooden mail cart
the kid waits to chase him in the hot Georgia sun

Verse 2
when older the boy rides his bike down to the station
sittin’ on the loading dock he eats a brown bag lunch
men in fedoras ‘n mama’s with strollers wait in line
the conductor’s circled by colored dots from his punch

Verse 3
years later the young man visits the station house
his old postmaster’s there hanging a mailbag on a crane
the freight train slows down but no longer stops
its hook snatches the bag, he sees little stays the same

Bridge
now an old man, eyes grown dim, he gazes down the line
the rusting rails shimmer and taper into distant pines

Turnaround

Verse 4
standing in the shadow of the leaning water tank
his thoughts are broken by a crow with its caw
the tracks bear no train, only faded memories
a station house that’s nothing but crumbling brick walls

the tracks bear no train, only faded memories

© 2019 Janice and Bud Merritt
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#538122 - 05/25/19 09:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Man, this is great you guys.

The sound is incredibly rich and warm. Thoroughly professional.

Super track! Love it!
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#538132 - 05/25/19 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Man, this is great you guys.

The sound is incredibly rich and warm. Thoroughly professional.

Super track! Love it!


Thank you David.

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#538138 - 05/25/19 12:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud,

This is some incredible Americana... A great song, sung by a great vocalist.

The mix and instrumentation on this song is truly outstanding. So nuanced and layered with rich tones - it is the sound that I think we all have in our heads and try to achieve. Unbelievably good.

You both have raised the bar again...

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#538141 - 05/25/19 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Beautiful sounds...
Stirring some my own memories...
I enjoyed first your autobiographical musical work & ...
I love Janice's voice & delivery.
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#538146 - 05/25/19 01:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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hi guys perfect vocal this is excellent mix so crisp clear awesome thanks eric
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#538157 - 05/25/19 02:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Janice & Bud,

This is some incredible Americana... A great song, sung by a great vocalist.

The mix and instrumentation on this song is truly outstanding. So nuanced and layered with rich tones - it is the sound that I think we all have in our heads and try to achieve. Unbelievably good.

You both have raised the bar again...

Bob



Hey, coming from the forum Americana Master we are even more appreciative of your comments. Thank you big time!

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#538167 - 05/25/19 03:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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What a great song, wonderful performance and flawless production. Very well done!

The lyrics reminded me about George Hunters "Train Watching":

"The beast was thundering along, hissing lots of steam
And belching black smoke, a young boy's dream.
We stood real close, with our jaws all slack,
The passing wind near knocked us back.

Golly Gee! That was some sight to behold!
I'll probably remember it when I get old."


Thanks a lot for sharing!
Will

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#538177 - 05/25/19 04:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great imagery delivered by a killer voice. Really enjoyed it!
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#538195 - 05/25/19 06:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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You two are pros at not only singing and production but at setting up the perfect visuals. These lyrics are outstanding and of course Janice's vocals are fantastic.

This is better than virtually all of the music on today's commercial radio!
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#538204 - 05/25/19 06:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Beautiful sounds...
Stirring some my own memories...
I enjoyed first your autobiographical musical work & ...
I love Janice's voice & delivery.


Thanks Jim. If we’ve stirred some memories then mission accomplished!

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#538229 - 05/26/19 01:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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It's a very clear sketch of recollections.
Almost carries the smells as well.
Excellent vocals on top of a very evocative backing.
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#538230 - 05/26/19 01:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,
Even if I don't understand each word of this song (because I'm french), I feel all the nostalgia there's in it !
Thanks for sharing this great song. Christian


Edited by Chris37 (05/26/19 02:43 AM)

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#538233 - 05/26/19 02:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

Melancholic song, performed in an excellent way, or many ways; the clearness of the instruments, the beautiful voice, and the nice lyrics.
Makes you longing to yesterday...

Bye,
Hans
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#538244 - 05/26/19 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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You'll have to forgive me for not really recognizing this "song-form". I've got nothing really to compare it to that jumps to mind more-so than 'opera'. What great little pictures laid out on the table in order, full of detail but still a little smokey.

The Band sounds right, and Janice's vocals wrap around these stellar lines punctuating the sense of loss in the telling. Unique to my ears, and a beautiful listen.
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#538250 - 05/26/19 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: F.M.M.]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi guys perfect vocal this is excellent mix so crisp clear awesome thanks eric


Thanks Eric and we appreciate you mentioning the mix.

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#538253 - 05/26/19 08:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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What a cool song. I can totally relate to the lyrics in this song as I grew up about a half a block from the tracks. Lots of very dangerous adventures played in those yards. Abandoned buildings, turnarounds for the old steam engines. Stirred up some very old memories.

The backtrack and instrument selection was so perfect for the song. That harmonica boy was it cool.

Janice's voice was absolutely excellent. Such feeling. Such a nice listen. Well done....
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#538275 - 05/26/19 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud,

The first thing that stands out is the clarity and sound - beautiful work on the mix & production.

Janice - as usual is superb, with lovely feeling in the vocal, evocative lyrics, some masterful story telling, and also a nice album cover photo.

The harmonica sounds excellent and was a great choice for the song.

Wonderful.

Peter

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#538285 - 05/26/19 02:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Will Josef]
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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
What a great song, wonderful performance and flawless production. Very well done!

The lyrics reminded me about George Hunters "Train Watching":

"The beast was thundering along, hissing lots of steam
And belching black smoke, a young boy's dream.
We stood real close, with our jaws all slack,
The passing wind near knocked us back.

Golly Gee! That was some sight to behold!
I'll probably remember it when I get old."


Thanks a lot for sharing!
Will


What a thoughtful reply! We went and read that poem and several others by him. Thanks!

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#538318 - 05/26/19 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I have never heard any better production on this site......such a wonderful, deep soundstage!!! The harmonica sings so sweetly, but not as sweet as Janice (AMAZING VOCAL!!!!). A really nice tale of a forgotten place, like so many these days. OUTSTANDING!!!! Take care. Greg

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#538324 - 05/26/19 05:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent write Bud!!!

This is an incredible vivid image journey of a song

I love history, love this

Janice, well done, beautifully sang as only you can

harmonicas are cool, mix is pro

enjoyed!

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#538380 - 05/27/19 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: TuneMonger]
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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Great imagery delivered by a killer voice. Really enjoyed it!


Thanks!!!

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#538401 - 05/27/19 08:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Bud and Janice,

This is superb! But then, that what we expect from y'all. The mix is really nice. Janice's vocals shine as always. The harmonica is a really nice touch.

Well done!

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#538418 - 05/27/19 10:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great story J&B! That harmonica really brings the listener right in! A beautiful full sound with the excellent vocal by Janice! Perfect to my ears in every respect! Thanks, Torrey
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#538419 - 05/27/19 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janice & Bud,

The first thing that stands out is the clarity and sound - beautiful work on the mix & production.

Janice - as usual is superb, with lovely feeling in the vocal, evocative lyrics, some masterful story telling, and also a nice album cover photo.

The harmonica sounds excellent and was a great choice for the song.

Wonderful.

Peter


Peter said almost everything that crossed my mind as I listened. Every little thing has been polished to perfection. And when Janice sing, who isn't swooned into a universe of smiles? What a great song and equally splendid delivery. WOW! Tip of the proverbial hat to all involved.

Alan
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#538444 - 05/27/19 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
You two are pros at not only singing and production but at setting up the perfect visuals. These lyrics are outstanding and of course Janice's vocals are fantastic.

This is better than virtually all of the music on today's commercial radio!


Thanks Mario. And we appreciate you also mentioning the imagery.

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#538447 - 05/27/19 02:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B,
Power Duo! Nothing less than Amazing performance! Listens very well, with all the unusual twists. Harmonica was very good decision on this. Conventional is boring smile BTW, nice bike!


For some years I used to live in Scranton, PA. They have major train museum. If you ever go through, stop by at the center, they have some really cool trains displayed outside, including Big Boy, that you can climb, if no one is watching.

P.S. starting 2:55 a few clicks are audible.

Thank you for sharing!

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#538450 - 05/27/19 03:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
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...P.S. starting 2:55 a few clicks are audible.

Misha.


I don't have the most acute ears! But when I crank it way up on SC I do hear a click or pop. However when listening within Logic Pro X I don't hear it. Perhaps it was introduced when I bounced it down. Thanks for the heads up. I'll try replacing the SC file.

And we will respond later to your kind remarks about the song.

Bud
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#538458 - 05/27/19 04:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I really enjoyed the story telling of the lyrics. Wonderful job.
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#538477 - 05/27/19 10:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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As usual, impeccable mix, and great singing. I enjoyed listening to the stories. laugh
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#538499 - 05/28/19 03:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
It's a very clear sketch of recollections.
Almost carries the smells as well.
Excellent vocals on top of a very evocative backing.


Thanks Ray. That’s a good summation of our objectives and we’re glad it worked for you.

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#538526 - 05/28/19 07:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow - what a tune! Truly outstanding. Love the slow, smoky groove on this and Janice's vocals are stunning on this one. I also loved the cinematic lyricism on this. Makes it easy to close your eyes and really feel the surroundings described.

You two should be proud of this one - thanks so much for sharing smile
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#538575 - 05/28/19 12:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Chris37]
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Originally Posted By: Chris37
Hi Janice and Bud,
Even if I don't understand each word of this song (because I'm french), I feel all the nostalgia there's in it !
Thanks for sharing this great song. Christian


Thank you Chris. We are glad that it transcended the languages!

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#538636 - 05/29/19 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Birchwood]
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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Janice and Bud,

Melancholic song, performed in an excellent way, or many ways; the clearness of the instruments, the beautiful voice, and the nice lyrics.
Makes you longing to yesterday...

Bye,
Hans


Thanks for listening and writing those supportive comments. We appreciate it.

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#538639 - 05/29/19 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great job.... and yeah, as others have mentioned, the mix is pristine.

A few days ago I was laying a trail for some K9 training and chose a path that took me along a section of the train tracks that bisect the local town. The tracks are still used once a day or so.... but they are rusted along the edges and the cross ties are rotting away.....

This song brings back memories as a kid, we used to live close to the tracks in our town. Trains were much more common then and the station was just a short walk from the house.

I liked this song. Well done.
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#538735 - 05/29/19 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
You'll have to forgive me for not really recognizing this "song-form". I've got nothing really to compare it to that jumps to mind more-so than 'opera'. What great little pictures laid out on the table in order, full of detail but still a little smokey.

The Band sounds right, and Janice's vocals wrap around these stellar lines punctuating the sense of loss in the telling. Unique to my ears, and a beautiful listen.


I think the form is old school pop with verses and a bridge but no chorus. But then we ended up with an odd number of bars in the verses so I don’t know what the heck it is. But we do know that we hugely appreciate your remarks. Your comments about the lyric are very meaningful to me in a confidence building way. Thank you for listening and writing such a supportive review.

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#538808 - 05/30/19 08:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Love the opening! Attention grabbing.

An excellent piece of writing. A walk through life.

The instrument choices are a perfect bed to allow the story to be told and the vocal to SHINE... which, of course, it does. Like a lighthouse beacon!! Awesome.

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#538876 - 05/31/19 04:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool song. I can totally relate to the lyrics in this song as I grew up about a half a block from the tracks. Lots of very dangerous adventures played in those yards. Abandoned buildings, turnarounds for the old steam engines. Stirred up some very old memories.

The backtrack and instrument selection was so perfect for the song. That harmonica boy was it cool.

Janice's voice was absolutely excellent. Such feeling. Such a nice listen. Well done....


Thank you Scott. I had friends who would jump into an open freight car and ride to the next crossing and jump out. I was never that brave - or foolish!

Glad you like the harmonica. I think it’s the first time we’ve ever used one.

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#539110 - 06/01/19 06:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janice & Bud,

The first thing that stands out is the clarity and sound - beautiful work on the mix & production.

Janice - as usual is superb, with lovely feeling in the vocal, evocative lyrics, some masterful story telling, and also a nice album cover photo.

The harmonica sounds excellent and was a great choice for the song.

Wonderful.

Peter


Thank you Peter. Everything you mentioned is something we worked hard to achieve. We appreciate your thoughts very much.

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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I have never heard any better production on this site......such a wonderful, deep soundstage!!! The harmonica sings so sweetly, but not as sweet as Janice (AMAZING VOCAL!!!!). A really nice tale of a forgotten place, like so many these days. OUTSTANDING!!!! Take care. Greg


Wow! What to say? That is one of the best reviews we’ve received during our seven years here. Thanks so much for your support!!!

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#539119 - 06/01/19 11:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Really beautiful story, full of vivid imagery of the past world. Great work with harmonica - instrument which has that mournful tone needed for melancholy in this song. Excellent chord progression, especially in the bridge section. Superb mix and vocals.

Janne

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#539136 - 06/02/19 05:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Unconventional, yes, but not unprofessional!

Janice's vocal is perfect. She and that sweet harmonica bend all the right notes. The mix and the master are flawless.

"...taper into distant pines"

This is a solid and vivid write, Bud. Well done.
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#539211 - 06/02/19 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Excellent write Bud!!!

This is an incredible vivid image journey of a song

I love history, love this

Janice, well done, beautifully sang as only you can

harmonicas are cool, mix is pro

enjoyed!



Thanks Kenny. You mentioning the write means a lot as we very much admire your lyrics. I’m really excited that you liked the imagery. Even though I lived it I struggled to get it on paper. Thanks for everything!

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#539297 - 06/03/19 10:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Steve Young]
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Bud and Janice,

This is superb! But then, that what we expect from y'all. The mix is really nice. Janice's vocals shine as always. The harmonica is a really nice touch.

Well done!

Steve


Thank you Steve. Glad the harp seemed to work. I had a lot of doubts!

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#539386 - 06/03/19 07:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud,

Just getting around to giving this one a listen . . . glad I found it. Very impressive write on this one, Bud. And nice delivery by Janice on the vocals. Love that piano in the turnaround. Well done, folks!

Hope all is good with you both!

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#539435 - 06/04/19 05:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Great story J&B! That harmonica really brings the listener right in! A beautiful full sound with the excellent vocal by Janice! Perfect to my ears in every respect! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks Torrey, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used a harmonica RT. Glad you liked the production

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#539474 - 06/04/19 09:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice & Bud, this is excellent! I found this very easy to listen and a solid key signature choice too. Well done!
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#539565 - 06/04/19 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janice & Bud,

The first thing that stands out is the clarity and sound - beautiful work on the mix & production.

Janice - as usual is superb, with lovely feeling in the vocal, evocative lyrics, some masterful story telling, and also a nice album cover photo.

The harmonica sounds excellent and was a great choice for the song.

Wonderful.

Peter


Peter said almost everything that crossed my mind as I listened. Every little thing has been polished to perfection. And when Janice sing, who isn't swooned into a universe of smiles? What a great song and equally splendid delivery. WOW! Tip of the proverbial hat to all involved.

Alan


Al, those comments put smiles on our faces! Thank you.

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#539656 - 06/05/19 03:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
J&B,
Power Duo! Nothing less than Amazing performance! Listens very well, with all the unusual twists. Harmonica was very good decision on this. Conventional is boring smile BTW, nice bike!


For some years I used to live in Scranton, PA. They have major train museum. If you ever go through, stop by at the center, they have some really cool trains displayed outside, including Big Boy, that you can climb, if no one is watching.

P.S. starting 2:55 a few clicks are audible.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Thanks Misha for the very nice supportive review! glad you liked the bike. The irony is that now at an advanced age I spend 4-5 days a week on a bike smile Would love to climb on the Big Boy!
I mentioned in another follow-up post that the clicks were apparently a function of the bounce down or the upload to SC. Thanks for noting. And they should be gone by now.

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#539703 - 06/06/19 04:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent Bud and Janice!

Can't add more comments than I did when I first heard it a couple of weeks back, I'll just say this is one of my favorites from you two, enjoyed it very much smile
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#539724 - 06/06/19 07:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This is embarrassing but I've listened to this song SO many times and could have sworn I commented! I am very sorry for that; and I totally dig the song and concept! Give me a day or two and I'll be commenting.

I have to say, the "green dot" saved me on this one!

Comments are coming...:)
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#539781 - 06/06/19 03:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow! The musical opening sets the tone well. I knew where this train was headed with those notes and instrumentation. Most excellent imagery all around. I especially liked "the conductor’s circled by colored dots from his punch." Beautiful vocal!

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#539814 - 06/06/19 06:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I really enjoyed the story telling of the lyrics. Wonderful job.


Good to hear from you and a big thank you!

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Originally Posted By: dcuny
As usual, impeccable mix, and great singing. I enjoyed listening to the stories. laugh


Hey, thanks. Glad you enjoyed the stories! And thanks for mentioning the mix also.

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#539892 - 06/07/19 09:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! Truly outstanding. Love the slow, smoky groove on this and Janice's vocals are stunning on this one. I also loved the cinematic lyricism on this. Makes it easy to close your eyes and really feel the surroundings described.

You two should be proud of this one - thanks so much for sharing smile


Dreyk. your mention of cinematic is much appreciated as it suggests that our attempts at the imagery worked. Thank you for all the comments!

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#540086 - 06/08/19 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Great job.... and yeah, as others have mentioned, the mix is pristine.

A few days ago I was laying a trail for some K9 training and chose a path that took me along a section of the train tracks that bisect the local town. The tracks are still used once a day or so.... but they are rusted along the edges and the cross ties are rotting away.....

This song brings back memories as a kid, we used to live close to the tracks in our town. Trains were much more common then and the station was just a short walk from the house.

I liked this song. Well done.


Thanks Herb for all and for mentioning the mix.. We bike ride occasionally on Rails To Trails which are old RR beds converted to trails. Some are over a hundred miles long. There plans to eventually have one across the US.

Glaf you like it. We both love trains especially steam engines.

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#540274 - 06/10/19 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Love the opening! Attention grabbing.

An excellent piece of writing. A walk through life.

The instrument choices are a perfect bed to allow the story to be told and the vocal to SHINE... which, of course, it does. Like a lighthouse beacon!! Awesome.

Top shelf through and through.

fj


Thank you the the nice review and for the golden fj counsel on the mix. We very much appreciate your comment on the write!

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#540276 - 06/10/19 05:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Very evocative and heartfelt,..incredible production as well!

Keep up the good work, guys :-)
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#540375 - 06/10/19 03:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
Really beautiful story, full of vivid imagery of the past world. Great work with harmonica - instrument which has that mournful tone needed for melancholy in this song. Excellent chord progression, especially in the bridge section. Superb mix and vocals.

Janne


Thanks Janne. We appreciate you noting the chord progression on the bridge. That was Janice's idea.

And thanks also for mentioning the harmonica. It was comped up from many tracks.

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#540519 - 06/11/19 03:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: olemon
Unconventional, yes, but not unprofessional!

Janice's vocal is perfect. She and that sweet harmonica bend all the right notes. The mix and the master are flawless.

"...taper into distant pines"

This is a solid and vivid write, Bud. Well done.


We both very much appreciate that...every word of it! Thanks for mentioning the write and use of the harmonica.

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Originally Posted By: Deej56
Janice & Bud,

Just getting around to giving this one a listen . . . glad I found it. Very impressive write on this one, Bud. And nice delivery by Janice on the vocals. Love that piano in the turnaround. Well done, folks!

Hope all is good with you both!

Deej


Thanks, all is well and hope the same for you and yours!

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#540635 - 06/12/19 03:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B,

All the good things already said about this song get better with repeat listens.
Its a fine use of an underused song form and the vocal is stunningly good.
Up there with your best!


btw I loved the steamtrains still running nearby our house in the 50`s -brings shivers to think of them appearing from a tunnel.
oh, and you had a pretty nice bike!

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#540703 - 06/13/19 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Janice & Bud, this is excellent! I found this very easy to listen and a solid key signature choice too. Well done!


Thank you Joe.

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Excellent Bud and Janice!

Can't add more comments than I did when I first heard it a couple of weeks back, I'll just say this is one of my favorites from you two, enjoyed it very much smile


Thanks Dave. We appreciate your support!

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#540826 - 06/13/19 06:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: HearToLearn]
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This is embarrassing but I've listened to this song SO many times and could have sworn I commented! I am very sorry for that; and I totally dig the song and concept! Give me a day or two and I'll be commenting.

I have to say, the "green dot" saved me on this one!

Comments are coming...:)


Thanks! Yep, loving that green dot smile

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#541185 - 06/15/19 04:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Wow! The musical opening sets the tone well. I knew where this train was headed with those notes and instrumentation. Most excellent imagery all around. I especially liked "the conductor’s circled by colored dots from his punch." Beautiful vocal!


Thank you very much. And extra thanks for the nice comment about the imagery!

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#541203 - 06/15/19 11:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Oh wow, this had me hooked as soon as I heard the harmonice, what a belter. LOVE this song to bits. Janice, I LOVE your voice and this style of ballad is perfect for it. Fabulous all round job
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#541314 - 06/16/19 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rust On The Rails [Re: furry]
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Originally Posted By: DeaconBlues09
Very evocative and heartfelt,..incredible production as well!

Keep up the good work, guys :-)


Thank you!

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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
J&B,

All the good things already said about this song get better with repeat listens.
Its a fine use of an underused song form and the vocal is stunningly good.
Up there with your best!

btw I loved the steamtrains still running nearby our house in the 50`s -brings shivers to think of them appearing from a tunnel.
oh, and you had a pretty nice bike!

Robert


Thanks Robert. Janice much appreciated your vocal comment. And we are glad to hear you are a fellow steam train fan!

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Originally Posted By: furry
Oh wow, this had me hooked as soon as I heard the harmonice, what a belter. LOVE this song to bits. Janice, I LOVE your voice and this style of ballad is perfect for it. Fabulous all round job


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PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 Build 2 Update Available!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 users can download the FREE Build 2 patch update here

Summary of Changes in Build 2:
Fixed: Sometimes the position of the VST/DX plugs window (even if not visible) would prevent a drop, such as into the drop station, from occurring.
Fixed: When batch converting files, the volume of some file types such as wav/mp3/wma/mp4, etc. would be too low.
Fixed: In Chords Window, you could not enter held chords on Piano track.
Fixed: LeadSheet might not display tied notes on the last bar of a track.
Fixed: Pressing "M" key in Editable Notation to insert a new note at the current time location on the Staff was inserting a duplicate note rather than inserting it above an existing note.
Fixed: Loading in a MusicXML file could result in MIDI notes of zero instead of the currect MIDI notes.
Fixed: Dragging a file into the tracks window didn't always result in the effects slot for the track being setup properly for the file type dragged in.
Fixed: When inserting hard rest, and answering Yes to question about removing notes for the peg, it would remove notes from both clefs instead of the clef that the rest was inserted on.
Fixed: Potential access violation when deleting a note in staff window.
Fixed: Potential jukebox access violation if there were songs with the entire path of the filename being 256 characters or greater loaded into jukebox.
Fixed: Jukebox not playing the playlist in correct order in certain situations involving stopping/restarting, etc.
Fixed: When loading in a MusicXML file that has a specific guitar fretboard defined that matches one of our fretboards, the guitar tablature type will now be set for the notation.
Fixed: Ability to load in .MXL (compresssed musicXML file) as well as ability to load normal noncompressed musicXML file with the new .musicxml extension instead of just .XML.
Fixed: Hammer ons, pull offs, and slides are now being saved to MusicXML files.
Fixed: Exceptionally jittery timing indicator in the notation window during playback compared to older versions of RealBand.
Fixed: If the start of a generated section of a song didn't have a chord entered at the beginning of the section, then it could default to a C major chord instead of the most recent chord prior to the section.
Fixed: Potential access violation if song has micro-pegs and multiple notes on a peg.
Fixed: Accidental element that specified whether a note was displayed as sharp/flat wasn't eing saved to XML, even though the correct pitch of the note itself was saved.

RealBand 2019 Build 5 Update Available!

All RealBand 2019 for Windows customers can download the latest FREE patch update (build 5) here.

Summary of Changes in Build 5 (Oct 10)
Fixed: Sometimes the position of the VST/DX plugs window (even if not visible) would prevent a drop, such as into the drop station, from occurring.
Fixed: When batch converting files, the volume of some file types such as wav/mp3/wma/mp4, etc. would be too low.
Fixed: In Chords Window, you could not enter held chords on Piano track.
Fixed: LeadSheet might not display tied notes on the last bar of a track.
Fixed: Pressing "M" key in Editable Notation to insert a new note at the current time location on the Staff was inserting a duplicate note rather than inserting it above an existing note.

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