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Time Is Hard

This is our latest and although admittedly far from the spirit of the holidays we just finished it … so here it is. smile Janice sings, Peter plays guitar and Bud thumps upright bass. All comments are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for your time to listen, thanks to our music partner Peter and thanks to PG Music for making it all possible. Lyrics are on SC.

Happy holidays y'all!

Track/mastering info for those so inclined:

Janice: five vocal tracks > Rodes NT1 Mic > Scarlett Interface > Logic Pro > Nectar 3

Peter: four guitar tracks (solos and fills) > whatever the man does smile

Bud: upright bass > Rodes NT1 mic > Scarlett interface > Waves Bass Rider > Neutron 3 > Logic Pro X Bass FX

Piano: MIDI SuperTrack 2845 Blues Slow Swing Rhythm > Waves CLA Unplugged > Ozone Imager

Drum Kit: RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle > Logic Pro X EQ > Waves CLA Drums

Snare: RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle (copied from respective audio file) > Neutron > Ozone Impact > EMT 140 plate reverb sim

Kick: RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle (copied from respective audio file) > Logic Pro X EQ > Neutron

Cymbal: RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle (copied from respective audio file) > EMT 140 plate reverb sim

Mastering: Ozone Dynamic EQ > Ozone Vintage EQ > Ozone Imager > Ozone Maximizer > Izotope Tonal Balance > Logic Pro X Loudness Meter

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Hi guys,

Great blues and really bluesy lyrics. frown
The repeating backing vocals work very well.
Awesome music !

Rob and Anne-Marie


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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi guys,

Great blues and really bluesy lyrics. frown
The repeating backing vocals work very well.
Awesome music !

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks y’all! We do love the blues smile Glad you liked the vocal parts.

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Hi Janice, Bud and Peter
Great Blues Song
Absolutely brilliant sung (great BGV's)
And Peter lets his guitar run hot again ;-)
The mix sounds outstanding
Great work from everyone
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year
Andi ;-)

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I usually prefer a slightly faster blues, but this one works just fine as is, and I love those repetitive phrases.

My sister sings similar repetitive stuff in her gospel choir, so I guess it would be called 'gospel blues' (not sure if there is such a thing).

Great work by all involved smile


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Man, there are sure some good blues folks on this forum, and y'all just proved you're among them. Great production. All the instruments are working together so well, and loved those background vocals.

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Hi Janice & Bud,

Nice achievement at the level of the chorus. The mix is ​​still flawless. PeterF's very pleasant solo and the rendering of the piano well highlighted. Once again, excellent composition.

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Originally Posted By: PROJECT M
Hi Janice, Bud and Peter
Great Blues Song
Absolutely brilliant sung (great BGV's)
And Peter lets his guitar run hot again ;-)
The mix sounds outstanding
Great work from everyone
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year
Andi ;-)


Thank you for the great review. We appreciate all you said and best to you over the holidays!

J&B

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What's not to love...cool melody, a classic narrative, a really hot band and layers of Janice.
Excellent work excellent song & excellent mix.
Thanks for the band & processing details too.


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J&B (and Peter and Bud):

Now there’s some stellar blues! A really good write complimented by all elements of a pro production. Vocal and lead guitar are just outstanding! Great stuff as always.

Happy Holidays to you all—

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
I usually prefer a slightly faster blues, but this one works just fine as is, and I love those repetitive phrases.

My sister sings similar repetitive stuff in her gospel choir, so I guess it would be called 'gospel blues' (not sure if there is such a thing).

Great work by all involved smile


Thanks! We hear a lot of blues in gospel and a lot gospel in the blues which is not surprising given the common origins. We call those repetitive phrases “call backs” and they originated with farm laborers in the fields. So glad you liked them and we much appreciate your comments.

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Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
Man, there are sure some good blues folks on this forum, and y'all just proved you're among them. Great production. All the instruments are working together so well, and loved those background vocals.


Thanks Brad! Ten years for us posting a lot of blues here along with Americana. We played hard core bluegrass for decades but our hearts are in the blues. Glad you liked it and thanks for mentioning the BGVs.

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You all are born to this style.
My hat's off to Bud playing an upright bass. I tried it a couple of times but it fought me and won.

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So good guys!!! I was blown away by the feel, the voice and the bass, then Peter's solo swept up the ashes, and like a Phoenix, I rose to enjoy that SuperTrack piano, too. What an outstanding performance, mix and master. At the very end I hear something that sounds like one of the musicians putting down their instrument. Janice's singing is... well, we all know it doesn't get any better than that voice. Glad you're back on bass, Bud, and with a great sound. Peter, this is my fav of you. What a terrific feel, tone and taste. So much in the mix --can only be tamed by someone with your skills, Bud.


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J&B and Peter,
Isn`t Christmas tough? You are pulling out all the stops to convince us here; great vocals ( with inspired callbacks, or whatever those repeats are in correct terms), a very convincing band including a rare appearance of that bass thumper, and some amazing icing from Peter`s guitar.
Awesome guys!

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Originally Posted By: Derochette
Hi Janice & Bud,

Nice achievement at the level of the chorus. The mix is ​​still flawless. PeterF's very pleasant solo and the rendering of the piano well highlighted. Once again, excellent composition.

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Thank you, glad you liked it!

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Whoah, some really sweet blues here y'all.

Totally puts me in the Christmas Spirit!

I am going to go down to the corner with a cup and some Boone's Farm and see if I can scratch up enough change for some likker.

Just kidding!!!!

It is some down home blues though.

You folks are the blues masters!

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It's always blues season! Janice and Peter both do their stuff so well here!

Outstanding vocals and guitars. Love the mix, thanks for the details! I see the EMT Plate all over the drums, but the only think I hear on the drums is how nice they sound.

As usual, I'm impressed with how well everything fits into them mix - especially the piano. Everything sounds clear without being even slightly harsh.

Happy Holidays, y'all, back atcha! laugh


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What's not to love...cool melody, a classic narrative, a really hot band and layers of Janice.
Excellent work excellent song & excellent mix.
Thanks for the band & processing details too.


Thanks Ray! We appreciate the above supportive comments and your off forum counsel regarding the drum tracks.

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Classic blues for sure! super band and crazy good vocals...I love the piano parts and the crispness of the drums...the bass is spot on with the kick...great job Bud...and Peter kills it with those guitar licks...so well done...as usual!


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