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#589909 - 04/05/20 09:08 AM [User Showcase] After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write)
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After The Storm

Back to our roots...it's been a fun journey from our bluegrass days to our current blues and Americana music. But sometimes ya gotta dance with the one that brung ya so here's a straight ahead bluegrass song. Our good friend Tom Adams (Tommyad) wrote the lyric, developed the chord structure, created the arrangement and mixed/mastered it while Janice created the melody.

For folks new to the forum Tom is a long time member who’s currently on a bit of a sabbatical. He’s a fine multi genre singer, writer and pedal steel/guitar player. Tom and Janice did it all - Bud just went along for the ride on this one. smile

After The Storm is currently a featured song on one of Songtradr’s curated playlists.

Thanks to Janice for being the model in Bud’s pic.

There is not much bluegrass around the forum nowadays but we do hope you enjoy it.

Comments are always welcome.

Janice: lead/harmony vocals and melody
Tom: lyrics, arrangement, mix and mastering
Bud: vocal engineering ONLY
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Just when you think that you’ve got it made
The sky can turn dark in a flash
Dreams of the future become watered down
When you can’t let go of the past

Come here beside me
It’s where you belong
Be thankful and try to stay warm
A Beautiful sunrise
and we’re standing tall
Together after the storm

We can put on a smile and just write it off
Say the suns gonna shine here some day
It’s never been easy but to tell you the truth
I’m glad that it turned out this way

Come here beside me
It’s where you belong
Be thankful and try to stay warm
A Beautiful sunrise
and we’re standing tall
Together after the storm

Come here beside me
It’s where you belong
Be thankful and try to stay warm

©2019 Thomas Adams/ Janice Merritt
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#589912 - 04/05/20 09:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Enjoy it? I love this!

As usual super vocals by Janice. The instrumentation was absolutely perfect, I think you have a little experience in bluegrass music wink

The mix was spot on also.

Great work here!
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#589931 - 04/05/20 11:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Enjoy it? I love this!

As usual super vocals by Janice. The instrumentation was absolutely perfect, I think you have a little experience in bluegrass music wink

The mix was spot on also.

Great work here!


Thanks Mario. It's always fun to collaborate with Tom!

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#589946 - 04/05/20 12:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud (and Tom)

You all just keep rolling along with one great song after another. This might be one of my favorite Janice vocal (with perfect harmony). And just a wonderful write. And, of course, the production is just, well, perfect. I continue to be amazed at how clean and crisp your recordings come out—studio quality stuff, truly. Absolutely brilliant piece of music!

My beyond humble regards,

Deej

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#589957 - 04/05/20 12:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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What a refreshing song, there's just so much to like about it.

Is the fiddle coming from a loop? It slots in absolutely perfectly.
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#589980 - 04/05/20 01:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I'll never get tired of listening to your songs. This is beautiful from beginning to end - from the lyrics to Janice's stunning singing (par for the course by now, and yet always managing to move us all, never the same). The harmonising sections, in particular, are out of this world. I'm no good at mixes, etc., so I won't comment on that ... apart from saying that it all sounds very clear and sharply focused to my ears, at least. Finally ... the song itself is really, really beautiful ... brilliant message enveloped in the musical equivalent of homemade warm soup ... which just warms the heart.

Another superb achievement ... thank you so much for brightening our days and sharing this!
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#589985 - 04/05/20 01:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Absolutely lovely. Beautiful vocals and outstanding lyrics. Production A+. So smooth. Congratulations to all involved.
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#589989 - 04/05/20 01:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Top shelf all-round. Song, vocals, backing, mix - its got it all.
Stay well,
Mike
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#589991 - 04/05/20 02:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: Deej56
Janice & Bud (and Tom)

You all just keep rolling along with one great song after another. This might be one of my favorite Janice vocal (with perfect harmony). And just a wonderful write. And, of course, the production is just, well, perfect. I continue to be amazed at how clean and crisp your recordings come out—studio quality stuff, truly. Absolutely brilliant piece of music!

My beyond humble regards,

Deej


Thanks. The production is ALL Tom's. I (Bud) only did the vocal engineering. Glad you liked it!

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#590006 - 04/05/20 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice, Tom & Bud

That was an absolute delight. It's almost like you guys have done this type of song before!

Lovely melody which is very singable (or humm-able), an absolutely gorgeous vocal, and a lovely harmony.

Great job by Tom on the production and arrangement - totally professional sound, very together, sounds like a top quality band playing.

Very nice indeed.

Peter

(Bud, Janice is nicely recorded!)

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#590015 - 04/05/20 05:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice, Tom & Bud
Peter said it all. An absolute delight.
(And love the photo.)
Regards,
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#590022 - 04/05/20 06:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Sounds great y'all!

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#590025 - 04/05/20 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
What a refreshing song, there's just so much to like about it.

Is the fiddle coming from a loop? It slots in absolutely perfectly.


Thanks! Yes Tom artfully used a loop for the fiddle. Appreciate the listen.

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#590031 - 04/05/20 07:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Tom & Janice - EXCELLENT from all standpoints.
Bud - the vocal recording is ace.
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#590076 - 04/06/20 01:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Great stuff, Tom, Janice and Bud. Just lovely.

Those first two lines

"Just when you think that you’ve got it made
The sky can turn dark in a flash"

How true. How quickly things can change. And sometimes it's not even your fault but it is still your responsibility.

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#590079 - 04/06/20 02:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi J&B + Tom.

A wonderful song, beautiful in it's simplicity.

The simple chord sequence and minimal band works so well and allows Janice's voice to shine through.

Loved the harmonies, loved the fiddle, loved the whole thing.

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#590090 - 04/06/20 05:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
I'll never get tired of listening to your songs. This is beautiful from beginning to end - from the lyrics to Janice's stunning singing (par for the course by now, and yet always managing to move us all, never the same). The harmonising sections, in particular, are out of this world. I'm no good at mixes, etc., so I won't comment on that ... apart from saying that it all sounds very clear and sharply focused to my ears, at least. Finally ... the song itself is really, really beautiful ... brilliant message enveloped in the musical equivalent of homemade warm soup ... which just warms the heart.

Another superb achievement ... thank you so much for brightening our days and sharing this!


Thank you James. All credit to Tom and Janice on this one. Tom is a terrific writer and as Janice says his lyrics are always very “singable!”

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#590153 - 04/06/20 10:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Absolutely lovely. Beautiful vocals and outstanding lyrics. Production A+. So smooth. Congratulations to all involved.


Thanks!

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#590236 - 04/06/20 06:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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A production of true quality!!! Sounds radio ready! Everything is just right, and Janice's vocal always give any song she sings that extra something!! WONDERFUL!! Take care. Greg

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#590249 - 04/06/20 06:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: After The Storm (A Tom & Janice write) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Top shelf all-round. Song, vocals, backing, mix - its got it all.
Stay well,
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Thanks Mike. Best to you.

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