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#681899 - 11/10/21 03:46 PM [User Showcase] Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals)
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Champagne & Roses

Here is a song Leon & I wrote written probably about 40 years ago.
The original was a guitar and vocal on an old 4 track - lost in the dustbin of time.

Updated and sung by Janice, with a rockabilly piano based backing.

Janice - Vocal
Leon - Lyrics
Bud - recording Janice & mix advice
I played the guitar (and did a little midi programming on the bass fills etc).

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Champagne & Roses

Sometimes at the closing of the day
When evening starts to exercise her sway
Sky above the city turning midnight blue
My thoughts turn once again to you

And to incense and candle light, champagne and roses
These are the kinds of thing my mind discloses
Incense and candle light, champagne and roses
And the times I used to share those things with you

I see a couple walking hand in hand
Sometimes it’s as much as I can stand
I feel like I will always be alone and blue
I remember when I used to walk with you

(Thinking about) incense and candle light, champagne and roses
These are the kinds of thing my mind discloses
Incense and candle light, champagne and roses
And the times I used to share those things with you

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#681919 - 11/10/21 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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No cobwebs on this Peter certainly passed the test of time.
Can't go too far wrong with Janice on vocals.
Great tune guys.
Rob4580

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#681924 - 11/10/21 05:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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That's a really solid song.
The simple arrangement is perfect as is Janice's vocal.
Great guitar...made me want to hear the bpm upped though as it suggests a really swing RockaBilly thing.
I listened carefully for the midi bass fills and they are a little different tonally but only if I listen closely AND I'm probably imagining it.
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#681927 - 11/10/21 05:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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This song is both romantic and sad in its own way, and as always the vocals, mix, and playing is all wonderful! Great jobs you guys.
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#681946 - 11/11/21 12:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Hi folks,

that's the first song I've listened to on this forum for many weeks. And it immediately showed me how much I was missing.

Very, very nice - and it sems that it's custom-made for Janice (whom I adore anyway) - sung absolutely gorgeously.. A fine rockbilly song, well-arranged.

Lved the ending a lot - was it a 'bult-in' BIAB ending (which I think are really great sometimes) or your own idea? Sound is very fine, too.

Really well-done, take care, everybody,

Stefan

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#681956 - 11/11/21 03:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Top notch. The sort of easy-on-the-ear song you'd expect to hear on the radio or a juke-box. Well done.
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#681962 - 11/11/21 04:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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WOW!! I knew I'd like it when I saw Janice was singing. Man, what an outstanding backing track. You guys rock!! Great song. I'd like to hear the original but understand it's sitting in the dustpan of time where I have a whole section of stuff stored. That's a good write, guys, and a brilliant idea inviting Janice & Bud.
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#681975 - 11/11/21 06:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Peter & Leon (& Janice)...

A really nice write. Simple, but not mundane. Nice bricks and mortar.

A gorgeous vocal (duh).

An excellent arrangement/production. The MIX is outstanding. Every instrument (and vocal) is sharp/clear/in-its-own-space and then beautifully blended - outstanding!!! What a Great Mix should sound like.

A terrific listen.

fj

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#682012 - 11/11/21 12:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
No cobwebs on this Peter certainly passed the test of time.
Can't go too far wrong with Janice on vocals.
Great tune guys.
Rob4580


Thanks a lot Rob

Peter

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#682021 - 11/11/21 02:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
No cobwebs on this Peter certainly passed the test of time.
Can't go too far wrong with Janice on vocals.
Great tune guys.
Rob4580


Thank you Rob!

Janice
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#682023 - 11/11/21 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Oh, Janice --- sweet pea -- you're breaking us up with this!
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#682024 - 11/11/21 03:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Hi Guys,

This is a good song with a catchy beat.

All mixed, played and sung well.

Peter - I know you like your guitar back in the mix but it is very tasty and I would love to hear it more upfront.

Well done.

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#682025 - 11/11/21 03:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Hi Peter!
Golly! Yeah, I said golly! It totally fits this time period tune. Could have jumped right off the my ole black and white 13 inch television watching Hee-Haw! Peter, your guitar playing has always left me wishing I could play like you! And Janice, CHILD if you were back in the days of Patsy Cline, she would have had some STIFF competition! Gotta love throwback tunes like this. They required skill and care, including the writing, Leon!

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#682031 - 11/11/21 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Another good one folks!

You people are like a hit factory.

smile

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#682033 - 11/11/21 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I know that when I see Peter, Janice, and Bud in one song I know that I'm in for some ear candy.

Everything has already been said so all I can say is I loved it.
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#682100 - 11/12/21 03:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Hello together
This song is really very well done
The vocals the guitar and BiaB harmonize perfectly
And it is mixed really well
Super made
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#682106 - 11/12/21 04:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
That's a really solid song.
The simple arrangement is perfect as is Janice's vocal.
Great guitar...made me want to hear the bpm upped though as it suggests a really swing RockaBilly thing.
I listened carefully for the midi bass fills and they are a little different tonally but only if I listen closely AND I'm probably imagining it.


Thank you Ray. It was a fun project!

Janice
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#682155 - 11/12/21 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
That's a really solid song.
The simple arrangement is perfect as is Janice's vocal.
Great guitar...made me want to hear the bpm upped though as it suggests a really swing RockaBilly thing.
I listened carefully for the midi bass fills and they are a little different tonally but only if I listen closely AND I'm probably imagining it.


Thanks Ray - I was pleased with the sound matching on the midi bass, I played the parts on guitar converted to midi and transposed them.

Peter

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#682194 - 11/12/21 06:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This song is both romantic and sad in its own way, and as always the vocals, mix, and playing is all wonderful! Great jobs you guys.


Thank you so much Ember!

Janice
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#682200 - 11/12/21 07:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Champagne & Roses (featuring Janice Merritt on Vocals) [Re: PeterF]
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Nice work. Well written lyrics - good job Leon. Janice's vocals are top notch. Your guitar work is outstanding as always. The band kept it all in time.

Good one.
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