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#559895 - 10/19/19 10:32 PM [User Showcase] I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals)
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I Live For The Weekend

Once again we are privileged to have Janice sing another one of our tunes.
It's always a treat to hear what Janice comes up with and how she transforms a song.

Lead & Backing Vocals - Janice Merritt
Lyrics - Leon
Bud Merritt - Recording Janice mix assistance & general support.
I played lead & rhythm guitars along with the other guys in the band.


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RealTracks in style: 2873:Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow128Byron Sw 040
RealTracks in song: 2734:Organ, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065
RealTracks in style: 2875:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaTremoloSlow128Colin Sw 040
RealTracks in style: 2874:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaGrittySlow128Brent Sw 040
RealTracks in song: ~2290:Horn Section, Rhythm SlowPop Ev16 065
RealDrums [in style:AmericanaSlow128^02-a:Kick Snare, b:Ride Snare

Some additional work was done on the horns.

I Live For The Weekend

I live for the weekend
He told me that
If he had the money
He would leave and not look back
Going through the motions
Spinning his wheels
Try to summon an emotion
That he no longer feels

I live for the weekend
Counting the days
As the weeks turn into years
And the years slip away
Going through the motions
Repeat the words
He don’t believe them, though
They all sound so absurd

Did he ever buy it?
This dream they are selling
Did he ever think it was the truth
that he was telling?

I live for the weekend
So many of us do
While away the hours
Just for something to do
Did he ever love it?
Or was it just a fling
Sometimes he’d hum a little
But it never made him sing

I live for the weekend
He said it with a smile
But I thought he sounded like
A lonely little child
I live for the weekend
I said ‘me too’
I live for the weekend
So many of us do

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#559900 - 10/19/19 11:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Nice arrangement.
Janice bowled a strike on this one - bvox are lovely.
The title is quite sneaky - It conjured images of fun, sprightly activity and rock'n.
Instead it's a steady, contemplative reflection with a solid back beat.
The lead lines could be raised a little where they are playing behind the voice - just a tad that is.
VERY cool.
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#559912 - 10/20/19 04:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Oh my goodness. My first thought? "I quit". :-). It's SUCH a beautiful song, so well done ... the lyrics in particular steal the show here, so to speak ... hard not to cry, most of us have been there, I'm sure of it. And then Ms Merritt's singing ... I am no country expert, so it's hard for me to compare her accurately to anyone, but - because I don't know many country singers, I can only say: Shania Twain but warmer in the tone. To me, that's a massive compliment, I hope it is taken as such :-)

The mix is fine, too, nothing to fault here, etc. etc. ... but what makes this song, for me, is what I mentioned above: the lyrics, the singing and (first and foremost in this case) the writing.

I'm not going to quit writing just yet :-) - but, seriously, how does one follow something as searingly honest as this? Hmph!!! haha. Sincerest congratulations from me!!! :-)
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#559913 - 10/20/19 04:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Yeah, I like this.

Nice writing, nice arrangement, and of course a great vocal from Janice. Loved the background vox, especially after 4:00 where the second vox comes in.

Nice outro solo, Peter.

Knocked it out of the park as per usual!
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#559937 - 10/20/19 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Top flight vocal full of emotion. Nice collab.

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#559950 - 10/20/19 11:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Wow, quality throughout here.

Janice's vocals shine as always.

A really good write, musically. Everything crafted together in a perfect production.
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#559966 - 10/20/19 12:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter/Leon/J&B...

A big slow-bluesy-rock sound that goes deep inside ya.

All the pieces work to make it work. A great vocal (of course). Cool BGVs.
Great drums & bass. Guitars are terrific. The solos fit perfectly.

Nice mix.

"Sometimes he’d hum a little
But it never made him sing"

Nice.

Enjoyed the listen.

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#559969 - 10/20/19 12:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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excellent all round sound, vocals are great , loved the backing vocals ,


loved the guitar Sounds.

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#559989 - 10/20/19 02:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Nice arrangement.
Janice bowled a strike on this one - bvox are lovely.
The title is quite sneaky - It conjured images of fun, sprightly activity and rock'n.
Instead it's a steady, contemplative reflection with a solid back beat.
The lead lines could be raised a little where they are playing behind the voice - just a tad that is.
VERY cool.


Thanks Ray appreciate the comments.

Peter

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#560003 - 10/20/19 03:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Nice arrangement.
Janice bowled a strike on this one - bvox are lovely.
The title is quite sneaky - It conjured images of fun, sprightly activity and rock'n.
Instead it's a steady, contemplative reflection with a solid back beat.
The lead lines could be raised a little where they are playing behind the voice - just a tad that is.
VERY cool.


Thank you Ray! And I appreciate you mentioning the BGVs.

Janice
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#560005 - 10/20/19 03:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Great blues number!!! You have the forum's queen of blues (and just about everything else) on vocals, and one of the guitar blues kings in Peter!! Some cool lyrics, and great production!! Wonderful!! Take care. Greg

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#560012 - 10/20/19 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Excellent arrangement, great singing by Janice. Nice write.

Love the drums. Everything fits like a glove. Sweet outro solo.

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#560027 - 10/20/19 06:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Beautiful blues with country flavor!
Lyrics fit very well. Janice singing, phrasing and doubling is outstanding.
Peter, guitars are A+! Great team work on this!
P.S. I think instrumentals can go up just a hair.
Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#560040 - 10/20/19 09:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Nice story created by the lyrics that held my attention from beginning to end. Any time Janice sings, it's a bonus. Nice job on all levels of this one.
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#560045 - 10/20/19 10:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: musician17]
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Hi James
Thanks for the kind words about the lyrics. And please don't quit! smile
Regards,
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#560075 - 10/21/19 05:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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That's a winning formula all around. It has an anthem quality that might well be applied to communicate with this dynamic new generation that's coming into its own on a broad scale. Janice's vocal, the melody, and the lyrics are so strong in this number that some listeners might not notice the superb accompaniment and Bud's flawless handling of the technics -- Hey, that's all right. The forum listeners here recognize and hear every bit of it.
Suggest picking several topics to choose from on the category of "songs for the new working generation" as a way of letting them know we know they are out there and we appreciate what they are doing for us and we want to communicate with and support them. Understated, though, like this "I live for the weekend." No one likes over baked.
Hope that's not all too heavy. Count me in the exploratory focus group. smile


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#560138 - 10/21/19 01:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
Oh my goodness. My first thought? "I quit". :-). It's SUCH a beautiful song, so well done ... the lyrics in particular steal the show here, so to speak ... hard not to cry, most of us have been there, I'm sure of it. And then Ms Merritt's singing ... I am no country expert, so it's hard for me to compare her accurately to anyone, but - because I don't know many country singers, I can only say: Shania Twain but warmer in the tone. To me, that's a massive compliment, I hope it is taken as such :-)

The mix is fine, too, nothing to fault here, etc. etc. ... but what makes this song, for me, is what I mentioned above: the lyrics, the singing and (first and foremost in this case) the writing.

I'm not going to quit writing just yet :-) - but, seriously, how does one follow something as searingly honest as this? Hmph!!! haha. Sincerest congratulations from me!!! :-)


Thanks for the review. I'm sure we all appreciate your comments.

Peter

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#560183 - 10/21/19 09:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Yeah, I like this.

Nice writing, nice arrangement, and of course a great vocal from Janice. Loved the background vox, especially after 4:00 where the second vox comes in.

Nice outro solo, Peter.

Knocked it out of the park as per usual!


Thanks Dave, Janice certainly has a knack when it comes to arranging vocals.

Peter

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#560200 - 10/22/19 12:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Well, having Leon write a song, Janice sing it, the guitars played by Peter and Bud being involved in the sound job - that's what I call 'playing it safe' - oh boy, how could such a collaboration ever lead to a song which isn't grand...?

But this one stands even out: Very appealing lyrics, and who could ever sing them more forcefully than Janice? And Janice, you proved to be the Queen of BV already with your, ah, musical stunt on Rough Edge. LOVE IT !!!

Peter, wouldn't have expected anything but great playing from your side - you really never disappoint !!!

Very, very, very, very good from A to Z.

All the best,

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#560308 - 10/22/19 03:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Live For The Weekend (featuring Janice on vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Loved this tune. The song has such a great feel to it. Super vocal from Janice. Guitar work was just excellent Peter. Leon's lyrics were very special. Well done..
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