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Lovely Lie

We are big Lucinda Williams fans ... particularly her more gritty productions. This song is an attempt to illustrate her influences on us. Thanks to Peter for adding to the grit smile and to PG Music for enabling it all. Both your time to listen and comment are always welcome!

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Bud: lyric, arrangement, mix, mastering, photo, etc.
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Lyric is on SoundCloud

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Vocals Lead & harmony: Rodes NT1 mic > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro X > Nectar 3 & Waves CLA Vocals

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My hat's off to all of you for such a good production. Gritty indeed!

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I always look forward to your work here, it brings me back to my golden days of listening to Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, LInda Ronstadt and NIcolette Larson. All top singers and you're right there with them! Excellent production as well, what a killer combination!


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Hi J,B&P
Another wonderful collaboration, worthy of its inspiration (I'm likewise a fan of Lucinda Williams). Nice lyric, good blend of guitar sounds and of course a great vocal. Quality all the way.
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Originally Posted By: cubanpete
My hat's off to all of you for such a good production. Gritty indeed!

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Thanks Mike. Glad you noted the grit!

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J&B + Peter,
Definitely a bit grittier than most of your offerings.
I was about to write "Gritty indeed", but Mike stole my comment smile
Sounds very natural. If I have not heard other tunes by you, I would imagine that this is your main style of music. Done very well. Instrumentals, vocals, guitars everything sounds in their places. Perfect mix. Spoken word was a nice touch. Reggae next? Seriously, I think it could be a fun project for the trio. Thank you for sharing!

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To my shame I have to admit I hadn't heard from Lucinda Williams before you mentioned her.
So I did some homework and listened to a couple of songs from her. From times ago and more recent stuff (still 3 years ago. Actually, while I'm writing this post I am listening to "Still I long for your kiss". But before that I listen to your beautiful rendition of Lovely Lie. Now there is another one: "Something About What Happens When We Talk". Very good. I think I'm getting addicted to lucindas' songs now!

I heard a close relation between your way of singing and hers, Janice. But there is of course a difference. Your voice is much more brighter and sounding younger. But some of your songs have a lot of resemblance with hers. So I understand why you are such a big fan of her. Has she invited you to sing along with her? She has to, I think.

Nevertheless, you did a very nice one with this song, the three of you! I have enjoyed what I heard, though the lyrics have a vile message.

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Janice / Bud / Peter,

WOW! This is absolutely stunning in its grit and beauty... A mind blowing vocal, arrangement and mix.

Congratulations to you all - this is something very special.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Janice / Bud / Peter,

WOW! This is absolutely stunning in its grit and beauty... A mind blowing vocal, arrangement and mix.

Congratulations to you all - this is something very special.

Bob


Yeah ... what Bob said! Not much I could add to that, as he summed it perfectly, to my way of thinking. Peter nailed the feel and Janice always performs at such a higher level than almost any singer. Bud, you always have that magic touch with the "knobs".

I'm just about out of superlatives ... yet none seem adequate.

Best to all three of you. Be safe ...

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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
I always look forward to your work here, it brings me back to my golden days of listening to Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, LInda Ronstadt and NIcolette Larson. All top singers and you're right there with them! Excellent production as well, what a killer combination!


Thank you. And you just mentioned a list of artists that we also admire and listen to.

Janice's says it is very humbling to be mentioned in the context of those singers and it is greatly appreciated! Also thanks for mentioning the production.

Be safe.

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J & B you're my favourite duo on here. Constantly producing top notch songs. LOVE your harmonies Janice. Love to hear you doing a semi classic song sometime, I reckon your voice would suit ANY genre. Another winner in my view, great work from Peter too of course

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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi J,B&P
Another wonderful collaboration, worthy of its inspiration (I'm likewise a fan of Lucinda Williams). Nice lyric, good blend of guitar sounds and of course a great vocal. Quality all the way.
Regards,
Leon


Thank you Leon. We’re glad to hear that you are a LW fan. You likely know about her poet father. She’s been a favorite of ours for 20+ years!

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Really enjoyed listening to this. I like the way the two vocal lines work together.


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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
J&B + Peter,
Definitely a bit grittier than most of your offerings.
I was about to write "Gritty indeed", but Mike stole my comment smile
Sounds very natural. If I have not heard other tunes by you, I would imagine that this is your main style of music. Done very well. Instrumentals, vocals, guitars everything sounds in their places. Perfect mix. Spoken word was a nice touch. Reggae next? Seriously, I think it could be a fun project for the trio. Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks for listening and those very supportive comments. Hey, we’ve done several reggae tunes - all before you came to the forum. Here’s a link to what I consider our better effort.
https://soundcloud.com/mootsman/rewind-me

Thanks again!

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Hello Janice and Blud,
Well put together composition. The vocal is always pleasant with its blues tones.
It is always with pleasure that I listen to your songs.

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Cranked up a bit, what a great listen. Loved the progression, the lyrics and melody, the band and voice(s) and the tasty leads and fills. Just a gets-under-your skin experience. Excellent.


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You three hit another home run out of the park!

Blues at it absolute finest! You should put out a CD of blues, I know that I would buy it.

PS - everything else I wanted to say already has been said.


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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
To my shame I have to admit I hadn't heard from Lucinda Williams before you mentioned her.
So I did some homework and listened to a couple of songs from her. From times ago and more recent stuff (still 3 years ago. Actually, while I'm writing this post I am listening to "Still I long for your kiss". But before that I listen to your beautiful rendition of Lovely Lie. Now there is another one: "Something About What Happens When We Talk". Very good. I think I'm getting addicted to lucindas' songs now!

I heard a close relation between your way of singing and hers, Janice. But there is of course a difference. Your voice is much more brighter and sounding younger. But some of your songs have a lot of resemblance with hers. So I understand why you are such a big fan of her. Has she invited you to sing along with her? She has to, I think.

Nevertheless, you did a very nice one with this song, the three of you! I have enjoyed what I heard, though the lyrics have a vile message.

Thanks,
Hans


Thanks Hans. We are glad you had a chance to listen to her. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone and World Without Tears are two of our favorite albums of her. We appreciate you listening and writing such generous comments!

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Janice,Bud & Peter, this is a song that is true to form of the Lucinda Americana genre. Just enough dirt in the production to produce authenticity. The vocal and harmony are rich and expressive and deliver the fine lyric with ease. The guitars have just enough hair on them to put the gravel into the bed. Great drum sound. Really nicely done by all three in your respective roles. Another one in a long line of great ones, Tom

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Janice / Bud / Peter,

WOW! This is absolutely stunning in its grit and beauty... A mind blowing vocal, arrangement and mix.

Congratulations to you all - this is something very special.

Bob


Thanks Bob! We had hoped you would like this one.

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