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#586504 - 03/19/20 05:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice, Bud and Peter

Heartfelt, poignant lyrics from Bud, superb singing from Janice (who would expect anything else) and tasteful guitar work from Peter. Great job by all.

I know Peter will particularly enjoy the Clapton comparison in the comments. In our early teens, he and I both bought our first guitars cause we dreamed of playing like EC. These days, Peter actually can. Me, I’m still strumming a few simple chords to help me write lyrics. Goes to show that dedication, hard work and perseverance pays off (and vice versa).

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#586527 - 03/19/20 06:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Really enjoyed this one!

Great writing, Bud, man I wish I had skills in that department! My favorite of many:

"a friend said her neighbor
was gonna go to hell
they went to a different church
was all she could tell"

Janice as always sounds great, love it when she brings in the harmonies.

Peter sounds a bit like Clapton to me on this one, very good indeed (cool ending!)

And a pro sounding mix to top it all off.

Excellent!


Thanks Dave - appreciate that!

Peter

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#586580 - 03/20/20 03:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Dear Janice, Bud & Peter,

this is really something special !!!

Thoughtful and heartfelt lyrics - Bud: KUDOS !!!. Janice you sing these outstanding lyrics with a deep emotion without any artificial sentimentality, that is just fantastic.

I love the arrangement and the overall sound of this production - oh Bud, you always get things right!

Peter, great playing (like usual).

Like I said, "This is really something special".

Stay healthy - there's more than just a storm ahead...

All the very, very best to all of you,

Stefan

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#586624 - 03/20/20 07:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This website forum is the hidden gem on the internet for the best, most original, and creative artists, songwriters, and their songs.

THIS song is one of the reasons why.

Nicely done.
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#586628 - 03/20/20 07:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Love your genius, Bud, and Janice's superb delivery. Excellent song with so much sadness. Peter's guitar work is superb as always. What a great song!
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#586636 - 03/20/20 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice, Bud, Peter...

Superb.

Everything is just as it should be to tell your story.

A solid write. Nice progression in the lyric/story. A well-matched melody.
The BAND does its job perfectly - as does the guy who put them in place...
Peter's guitar work is wonderfully supportive.
Seems silly to even mention Janice's vocal. PERFECTION.

A crystal clear mix. Sounds SO good on my monitors!!

One to be proud of (of course, they all are...)

fj

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#586694 - 03/20/20 02:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
Nice to hear an original from you and what a touching one it is! Hopeless story, powerful lyric writing. I was expecting something relieving in the end, but that's the way things usually are in real life, no happy endings. But luckily the excellent production makes me smile, Janice's voice and the guitars sing the ode of sadness very gently.

Janne


Appreciate the comments Janne.

Peter

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#586699 - 03/20/20 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This is one of your best. Bud, I really like how your crafted that first verse to lead smoothly into the chorus--that really hooked me.

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#586733 - 03/20/20 05:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
I wish I could write like Bud.
I wish I could sing like Janice.
I wish I could play guitar like Peter.

After hearing something so professional it almost makes me want to sell my instruments.

Everything is perfect, as usual from you all!



Good grief. We’d love to have your instrumental, compositional and arrangement chops!

Thank you!

J&B

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#586852 - 03/21/20 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: cubanpete]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
The narrative & perspective are terrific.
"that's just the way things are"
Says it all really.
The lies we tell children, (science, faith & education are full of them as stepping stones to further understanding), form the adult they become.
Cool song on all levels.
Thank you.


We thank you Ray. Your reaction to that line is exactly the way we felt. Your thoughtful perspective is greatly appreciated.

J&B

Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Janice and Bud, after all the comments here is hard for me to add anything to top it. Anything that you all do is simply great. Production, vocals ,lyrics, you name it. All perfect!

Mike B.


Thanks Mike!

J&B

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#586904 - 03/21/20 01:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: furry]
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Originally Posted By: furry
Oh Man, this is simply outstanding. Janice your voice is perfect for ballads, and it's time you did an album.
Peter, brilliant guitar work as always


Thanks Graham.

Peter

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#586920 - 03/21/20 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Well, I bet a lot of full grown adults wonder the same stuff every day, I know I do. I appreciate that in mentioning religion you touched on the good and the bad in it. Production was first rate as usual. And that voice! I'm out of superlatives. Thanks!
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#586980 - 03/21/20 06:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
What a collaboration and with BIAB too! Great lyrics. Absolutely outstanding. Wonderful and full vocals. Beautiful Great guitar playing. I love that style. Someone said Eric Claptop. Yes . I'd throw in Mick Taylor too. Great production (mix, etc.) too.


Thanks for the great supportive comments. We all appreciate them. And, hey, your mention of Mick Taylor was very cool. We love his playing!

J&B

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#587105 - 03/22/20 01:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J@B + Peter,
Beautiful and sad original! I jumped into listening and was pretty sure I knew it. Turns out I did not smile Well, just wait 100(?) years and it will become a public domain... and somebody will re arrange and re-post it here. Very well done! Great teamwork! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#587142 - 03/22/20 04:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Ok, this song IS emotion! It's one of those songs that captures a feeling so well that you sort of lose sight that it's a song and feel like you've just witnessed something. It's a story told so unbelievably well.

To expand on that a little bit without going too far, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of those types of songs. I'm not saying this sounds like that, just the power of the writing and performance get you to that place.

You three have so expertly accomplished this through the use of a well-delivered melody and harmonies, fantastic guitar work, production, and extra attention to the details of the lyrics. Instead of using words like Mom or Dad you chose words like Mommy and Daddy. Those words I want really drive it home.

The feel has even taking on life in the cover photo. From what I've seen, a lot of your covers have a really cool blue Spectrum to them. The Earth Tones had me expecting something different, and it was delivered

I lend on the overall sobering subject matter. I commend you for bringing it into perspective for those of us who may have forgotten the fears of a child. it's especially poignant given the times were in.

I am sitting in sitting in a parking lot as I write this. And by right, I mean speak it into my phone. I'm quite certain there will be many typos and it's not overly easy for me to go back and put in correct. I'm getting better at not worrying about that and just getting the comment out. that's what's most important in a work as amazing as this is! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It is truly top-notch in every aspect!


One thing that will always brighten our day is a review like this! We hugely appreciate your comments on the write. I (Bud) did my best to try and present it from a child’s view w/o it sounding stilted. And thanks for mentioning the photo. I thought it was appropriate for the tune.

We thank you for all!

J&B

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#587177 - 03/22/20 07:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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WOW!

This so worth the price of admission ... plus a fine dinner afterwards. there is so much fabulous talent on this forum. You two put out the cream of the crop entertainment in these parts ... and a lot of other parts, I would imagine.

Janice shines on this ... she always does, but this one is extra special. The harmony is beyond sweet. And Bud, you knob twisting talent is to die for.

Wishing you both everything good. take care ...

Alan
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#587180 - 03/22/20 08:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
I wish I could write like Bud.
I wish I could sing like Janice.
I wish I could play guitar like Peter.

After hearing something so professional it almost makes me want to sell my instruments.

Everything is perfect, as usual from you all!



Appreciate that Mario!

Peter

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#587216 - 03/23/20 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved the intro. Love the tone of Peters guitar. Excellent vocal Janice. Professional level production. Well done


Thanks for listening and commenting Scott.

J&B

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#587217 - 03/23/20 05:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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All around powerhouse of a track.
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#587291 - 03/23/20 01:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Way Things Are (with PeterF) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
The narrative & perspective are terrific.
"that's just the way things are"
Says it all really.
The lies we tell children, (science, faith & education are full of them as stepping stones to further understanding), form the adult they become.
Cool song on all levels.
Thank you.


Thanks Ray.

Peter

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