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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!

J&B

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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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Originally Posted By: Steve Young
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!

J&B

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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!

Deej

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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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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
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

J&B

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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: Al-David
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.

J&B

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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.

J&B

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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!

J&B



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.

J&B

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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!

J&B

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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!

J&B

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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.

J&B

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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.

J&B

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!

J&B

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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!

Robert

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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!

J&B

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