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#686601 - 11/30/21 12:57 PM [User Showcase] A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass)
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A Will And A Way

It takes both...

Janice Merritt: vocals, melody, arrangement and photo of how to ride a mountain bike smile smile
Peter Fulham: all guitars and arrangement
Marty Straub (BabuMusic): bass
Bud Merritt: mix, lyric, mastering, arrangement, photo, etc., etc.

BIG thanks to our music partner Peter and to our friend Marty!
And thanks to PG Music and any of y'all who choose to listen and comment. We love ya!

Drums: RealDrums - NewOrleansSwinginPop > Waves CLA Drums

Snare: from the RD drum kit > Neutron 3

Cymbals: from the RD drum kit > Waves JPL Percussion

Congas: BIAB CongasShuffle loop

Piano: MIDI SuperTrack 2166 - Piano, Rhythm NewOrleansSwinginPop > Logic Pro Grand Steinway > Waves Unplugged (comped from several regens)

Vocal tracks (3): Rodes NT1 > Scarlett 212 Interface > Logic Pro X > Nectar 3

Mixed in Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone Dynamic EQ > Ozone Imager > Ozone Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance > Ozone Loudness Meter

A WILL AND A WAY
© 2021 J. Merritt, B. Merritt & P. Fulham
Verse 1:
It’s a long path outta this swamp
Clear the fog, get ourselves in gear
Strive for the higher plain on the horizon
There’re times we must face our worst fears

Chorus:
When we have the will often we can’t find a way
And when we find a way we may’ve lost the will
Grab that moment when they come together
The journey doesn’t always have to be uphill

Verse 2:
A little sacrifice will help pay it forward
Break outta your bubble, take a look around
Been here before and we did not surrender
Do the right thing and stand your ground
Repeat chorus

(Bridge)
Find the will, find the way
Pull your self up, join the fray

SOLO

Chorus:
When we have the will often we can’t find a way
And when we find a way we may’ve lost the will
Grab that moment when they come together
The journey doesn’t always have to be uphill
No, the journey doesn’t always have to be uphill


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#686609 - 11/30/21 01:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice and Bud...another gem...I love this...It's got a little Momma's and Poppa's flavor to it...Sweet!....Janice, the vocals are way cool and the harmonies...wow! Bud, the lyrics are top-notch...Peter and Marty did a great job...completely pleasing...thanks for posting...Dan
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#686611 - 11/30/21 01:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey All ...

Super! A great message wrapped in side some great music and a delightful vocal. Peter and Marty are just so good att what they do. Great job, guys!

Of course, Janice is such a gifted vocalists. And nobody turns those mix knobs like Bud. This song has the best of everything going for it. What a treat!

Wishing all of you nothing but the very best. Take care ...

Alan
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#686613 - 11/30/21 01:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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The complete pro package.
Well done complete pro team.
Oh, & those bvox!!!
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#686643 - 11/30/21 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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The best of the best produced another outstanding song.

There is nothing more to say.
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#686670 - 11/30/21 05:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: firesong]
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Originally Posted By: firesong
Janice and Bud...another gem...I love this...It's got a little Momma's and Poppa's flavor to it...Sweet!....Janice, the vocals are way cool and the harmonies...wow! Bud, the lyrics are top-notch...Peter and Marty did a great job...completely pleasing...thanks for posting...Dan


Thanks Dan. It was a fun project all the way around. Glad you liked it!

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#686704 - 11/30/21 07:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent job on all fronts, but those vocals, lead and BG, stole the show. What a pleasure to listen to someone who sounds like Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt combined. Fantastic work by the whole team, of course.
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#686719 - 11/30/21 08:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent lyrics and composition, professional sounding mix, great playing and Janice's usual superb singing. Those backing vocals are sensational. Congratulations people on another outstanding production. Love the photo, too. Plenty of will on display there!
Regards,
Leon

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#686765 - 11/30/21 10:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Bouncy and upbeat! smile

As usual, excellent singing and playing in a clear production. I enjoyed the positive lyrics.

The high point for me was the harmonies. (I'm pretty sure that's grammatically correct).
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#686782 - 12/01/21 01:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice, Bud, Marty and Peter,

I don't think this one could have been done any better !!!!!!! Simply gorgeous.

A great song, a great message, and Janice - what can I say that I haven't said before: Your vocal is devine. And if there's anything above that (I'm running out of suuperlatives...) this would be the appropriate description for that incredible BGV.

Marty, that was an ace bass job - so good I had an extra turn with my attention set to your playing.

And, Peter, another very nice job on the guitar.

Bud,your productions are always
so crisp, clear and well-balanced that it will be hard for you to ever trump ... sorry, surpass them. This time it's simply top-notch again.

Loved and enjoyed the listen.

Take care, everybody,

Stefan

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#686792 - 12/01/21 01:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hello Janice, Peter, Marty & Bud
A great song you have recorded there
The guys at the instruments deliver once again class
As always with Janice a really great singing
But what I like most is the outstanding chorus work.
Excellent Song
Many greetings
Andi ;-)


Edited by PROJECT M (12/02/21 04:49 AM)

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#686797 - 12/01/21 02:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Guys,

Good song and catchy beat.

Thanks for the listen.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#686841 - 12/01/21 05:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hey All ...

Super! A great message wrapped in side some great music and a delightful vocal. Peter and Marty are just so good att what they do. Great job, guys!

Of course, Janice is such a gifted vocalists. And nobody turns those mix knobs like Bud. This song has the best of everything going for it. What a treat!

Wishing all of you nothing but the very best. Take care ...

Alan


Thanks Al! We appreciate the thoughts and supportive comments.

Best to y’all,

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#686905 - 12/01/21 09:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Love this tune. Everything is just perfect on this tune. Vocal, harmonies, guitar and basslines. Excellent mix and master as well. One of my favorites. Well done

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#686918 - 12/01/21 10:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey this sounds great y'all. Nice pic!

Happy holiday season!

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#687014 - 12/01/21 02:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This is a well written, well produced song. Great vocals and playing by all. The other instruments sound great. Nice mix. Cool song with inspiring message. Bravo!
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#687060 - 12/01/21 04:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Quote:
Janice Merritt
Peter Fulham
Marty Straub (BabuMusic)
Bud Merritt


These four people make GREAT music in my opinion! Seriously, this song is SO good. If I could tell you 1 thing I thought was average, I would. It would be so much easier then stating all the things that are so right with this song.

So...the short version. I love it. Every performance made it seem SO real to me. The blending of BIAB and everything that is real seems indistinguishable.

I feel I would only keep repeating myself if I were to start naming individual things...the vox, the backing vox, the guitar, the bass, the mix...I just can't stop once I start.

The piano intro a short section that sounded almost Little River Band-ish to me. Great comping where you did. I'm not sure where, because it's done so well.

Thanks for the share of all of this talent on full display!
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#687103 - 12/01/21 06:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
The complete pro package.
Well done complete pro team.
Oh, & those bvox!!!


Many thanks Ray. The vocals were fun as was the entire project.

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#687202 - 12/02/21 04:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
The best of the best produced another outstanding song.

There is nothing more to say.


We appreciate that Mario!

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#687205 - 12/02/21 05:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Will And A Way (feat. Peter on guitar and Marty on bass) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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You guys already know how magical I believe your formula is, and I'm thrilled whenever I get the call to be a small part of it. Peter, your guitar is always so perfect for each song, and, Janice, you sing with such glee, passion and precision. And no one puts it all together in such a profe3ssional production as the Bud-meister. As fir this song... man, what a perfect song to start each day. Highly recommended.
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