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Rough Edges

Another Bud “silly little ditty” lyric for Janice and Peter to do their thing with smile I (Bud) was presented with a mixing challenge (aren’t they all?) when Janice sang (in addition to the lead track) five more parts on but two tracks (had ‘em arranged in her head so they wouldn’t need to overlap). Girl caught me by surprise!

Thanks to:
- Peter for the guitars and arrangement/mix input
- PG Music for making all this fun possible
- Our forum friends for their support and frequent counsel

We appreciate your time to listen and comments are always welcome!

Janice: lead vocal, counter point vocal, ahhs and harmonies / Nectar 2
Peter: lead guitar, rhythm and fills

Bass: 2163 New Orleans Swinging Pop sw130 / Neutron 2
Drums: New Orleans Swinging Pop w/ funky snare / Waves CLA Drums
Congas: Shuffle single / Waves CLA Drums
Piano: MST 2166 New Orleans Swinging Pop / Waves CLA Unplugged / Logic Pro X Yamaha Grand sound

Logic Pro X, Scarlett 212 and Rodes NT1 mic

Mastering: Logic Chanel EQ > Waves Multi-Band Compressor > Ozone 8 Adv Maximizer

Rough Edges
you were smooth enough to cut through my rough edges
we didn’t need a preacher or empty pledges
it’s been a long ride ‘n sometimes you get a bit ahead of me
but I always play catchup so here I come, can’t you see

we played hard and always laid it all on the line
big money or little money we’d go for broke every time
when I met you it was like jumping off a cliff
we never missed a chance to say well “what if?”

Solo

in this wild ride there’re always more bridges to burn
let’s try a few more before we reach the point of no return
no destination in mind head out you and me without a care
no directions needed cause any old road’ll get us there

you were smooth enough to cut through my rough edges
we didn’t need a preacher or empty pledges
it’s been a long ride ‘n sometimes you get a bit ahead of me
but I always play catchup so here I come, can’t you see

© 2019 B. Merritt, J. Merritt & P. Fulham

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Bud, Janice & Peter,

You sound like you're up in my neck of the woods recording at Big Pink in 1966, but the sound and production is so much better... LOL!

This is truly outstanding work. From the write to the vocals, instrumentation and production, this song is just a great snapshot of your musical world.

Absolutely loved it!

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What a tune! Everything about this one drew me in. It has tons of energy, and Janice's vocals on this are stunning. The harmonies are smooth as butter, and that chorus is a total earworm.

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


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Wowza!

Man, I love all those vocal parts, just outstanding! I'll bet it sounds great acapella.

Love that modulation to Bb, nice smooth transition.

And always enjoy hearing Peter do his thing.

Nice job on the write and mix, Bud.

Well done all, very much enjoyed this one!

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PB&J,

Cool opening. Let's you know more good stuff is comin'...

What could be better than Janice singing???... FIVE of 'em!!! Of course!
Great vocals (needless to say, say it anyway).

A big "live sounding" mix. Peter's guitar sounds good - nicely played. Nice punchy bass...

A good we-lived-it write.

Good music.

Well, what if...??

smile

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Bud, Janice & Peter,

You sound like you're up in my neck of the woods recording at Big Pink in 1966, but the sound and production is so much better... LOL!

This is truly outstanding work. From the write to the vocals, instrumentation and production, this song is just a great snapshot of your musical world.

Absolutely loved it!

Bob


Thanks Bob and we loved your snapshot statement. We appreciate that very much.

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One of my favorite things to do is to hang out with another couple who have a few miles on their tires, listening to stories. So this just filled me with smiles.

Fantastic backing, certainly including Peter's tasty licks and timing. Janice sounds great. The layering of back-ups is very entertaining and "lifting". Well arranged too, with that key change coming in at the right spot. I like this a lot.


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This a great fun mix and a real tor tapper.
Sounds like its been around forever.
Love the guitar work and the sneaky key change.
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hi j&b It says can not fine track ??? kind of strange when others have listen I will try another time eric


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I really enjoyed the lyrics, especially this part:

"in this wild ride there’re always more bridges to burn
let’s try a few more before we reach the point of no return "

Great job!


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Great work, all. Janice's multiple vocals take this to a whole other level.
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Definitely a live "in the round" sound and feel of being in a band circle.
LOVELY all over, round, under.
Top shelf.


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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
What a tune! Everything about this one drew me in. It has tons of energy, and Janice's vocals on this are stunning. The harmonies are smooth as butter, and that chorus is a total earworm.

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


Thanks for commenting Deryk. Glad it worked for you!

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hi j&b great tune loving the vocals and guitar work very well done mix clear and crisp thanks for sharing eric


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Hi Janice and Bud (and Peter),

You made a very happy sounding song. I immediatly got a smile on my fasce when listening. It sounded like the late 50's.
And I agree fully with what Leon1 said in his post; the way Janice sang all those voices brings the song to a higher level. Did you do that with Nectar 2?
Also the choice of the intruments is very good. I liked that piano. It feeds the mood of the song very well!

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J&B and Peter.
Cool song! Clever wordplay. Multi vocal "takes" work very well on this! Peters's guitar fits in perfectly!
Mix is A+ Listens very well. Great team work!

Thank you for sharing!
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Ok Bud, I'm going to do something I don't typically do. I know you mentioned you struggle with lyrics at times. I TOTALLY believe you now. Rough edges? C'mon man! This is not rough edges! This should actually be called...

Hiwhwyptagomwargatcawewtadasoytwtay!

I have a feeling there will be that ONE person who will ask about the title. For those of you who aren't good at textese/abbreviations that title is short for...

"Here is what happens when you put together a group of musicians who are really great at their craft and work extremely well together and drop a song on you that will truly amaze you!"

However, it's fairly obvious that would have been entirely too long. Thus, the much easier abbreviated form.

In all seriousness, the song is just jaw dropping. The guitar, the production, the singing, mixing...you name it. Even the album artwork creates the perfect vibe! It all just works so well. I'm especially fond of that wall of background vocals. I'm such a sucker for that. You just don't hear that very often. There is a reason. wink

Thanks for sharing such an incredible song!


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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Wowza!

Man, I love all those vocal parts, just outstanding! I'll bet it sounds great acapella.

Love that modulation to Bb, nice smooth transition.

And always enjoy hearing Peter do his thing.

Nice job on the write and mix, Bud.

Well done all, very much enjoyed this one!


Thank you Dave. That mod was Peter’s idea. This was a lot of fun all the way around!

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Dear Janice, dear Bud, dear Peter,

I had the great honor (and pleasure, of course) to listen to this incredible song before it was published ,and one of the first things I said was, 'You'll get millions of excited comments on the forum'. Although there are still some missing, the ones you already got show that you really nailed it with this song.

Now that I could read the lyrics for the first time, I became almost unhinged: Your song is telling my amd Maha's story... How the heck did you know it...?

Musically this song is just another treat in the endless row of killer songs I've heard from you. Let's start with the composition - marvellous, love the harmonic shift at the end. Lyrics - see above. Arrangement, choice of instruments - top notch all the way. Mix - fabulous, like others sid it sounds 'live' and I always love to have that feeling listening to songs. Guitar licks and solo - just PeterF: awesome.

And (I saved the best for last): Janice, you're simply stunning - I'm absolutely running out of superlatives.

The way you recorded the backing vocals is totally beyond my imagination - Bud, I admire you for mastering such a challenge.

Have heard Rough Edge for so many times now, but still can't get enough of it!!!

Take care,

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Great track!! Love the New Orleans vibe! Vocals are, of course, SUPERB!! Peter did some wonderful blues guitar playing! And, Bud wrapped the whole thing up in a a sweet package! A PLEASURE to listen to!! Take care. Greg

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