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ZEROS
Recently we heard a tv series character say of a billionaire, “I bet his life looks great through all those zeros,” or something like that. And from that came this. Our friend and music partner Peter sent us five guitar tracks which along with Janice’s four vocal tracks had Bud pondering panning smile for quite a while. Thanks to Peter, PG Music and to all who take time to listen. Comments are welcomed. Lyric below and on SC.

Janice: vocals, progression, melody & arrangement
Peter: guitars solos/harmonies/fills & arrangement
Bud: lyric, arrangement, mix & mastering

Vocals: Rodes mic > Scarlett interface > Logic Pro X > Nectar
Drums: RealDrums Americana Grooving > Waves CLA Drums
Bass: RealTrack 3458 Americana > Waves Bass Rider > Waves Magma BB T
Guitar Rhythm: RealTrack 2905 Bluesy Pop
Piano: Midi SuperTrack 2104 Pop Shining > Waves CLA Unplugged > Ozone Imager

Mastering: Ozone vintage EQ > Ozone multi-band compressor > Ozone Imager > Ozone Limiter > Ozone Tonal Balance > LPX Loudness Meter

ZEROS

V1
you never thought a minute about looking up
always staring left or right and following dollars
the game’s nearly over there’s no overtime
fate, oh fate, is gonna empty your coffers

Chorus
didn’t life look grand through all those zeros?
sitting on top of the world’s billionaire list
a long ride up but a short fall down’s coming
don’t waste time thinking you’ll be missed

V2
outa desperation you tried a little contrition
but mount redemption’s not an anthill
you kept bending reality to fit your schemes
now look around everybody’s had their fill

Chorus

V3
doing the right thing never came easy
because you don’t recognize the wrong things
friends are running while the hour glass runs dry
branded a loser no matter what the future brings

Chorus

Outro:
look around, no wealth, no friends, it’s all gone
the end is near, uh oh, your time’s up!

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Mornin' J&B....

Good song concept.
Lead vox and harmonies sound great.
Peters' axe work compliments it all very well.

Well done!

A good day to all....

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Man, I liked this one a lot. Really loved the mix, feel and clever ending. Great message, and the vocal was really good. I thought Peter did a great job with that guitar and the one you chose to put in, and the way you did was perfect. Nice song!

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Originally Posted By: chulaivet1966
Mornin' J&B....

Good song concept.
Lead vox and harmonies sound great.
Peters' axe work compliments it all very well.

Well done!

A good day to all....


Thanks for the nice comments. We all appreciate it!

J&B

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Hi Guys,

Good song, well sung and well played plus a good mix.

Well done.

Best Regards
Nigel


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Interesting topics. Love the vocals and band choice.Always great.
All the best you guys.

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Hi all. Great vocal from Janis. Good concept and lyrics, Bud. Particularly like this stanza:

'outa desperation you tried a little contrition
but mount redemption’s not an anthill
you kept bending reality to fit your schemes
now look around everybody’s had their fill.'

Some lovely fills and good solo from Peter. All round excellence, as always.
Regards,
Leon

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"...mount redemption’s not an anthill," - one of many great lines.
A guitar player who knows when to pile on and back off is a rare thing.
The stereo image on this is wonderful and Peter's dance through it is great.
Very good arrangement folks, very well sorted.
Janice's voice has an excellent balance of honey in the venom...a smile that sings & stings.
An abrupt ending that underlines the narrative.
Sterling work team.
Love it.


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Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
Man, I liked this one a lot. Really loved the mix, feel and clever ending. Great message, and the vocal was really good. I thought Peter did a great job with that guitar and the one you chose to put in, and the way you did was perfect. Nice song!


Thanks Brad. Yep, we loved where Peter took it. His harmony guitars are special indeed. We appreciate all your remarks.

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Nicely done to all involved. You guys are a great team.


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Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Hi Guys,

Good song, well sung and well played plus a good mix.

Well done.

Best Regards
Nigel


Thanks Nigel. It was a fun project!

J&B

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An interesting, thought provoking lyric brings to mind that 1937 saying that goes something like:
"I've been rich and I've been poor and on the whole, rich is better."
This song is trying to disprove that and goes some way to show it.

The mix is good and Peter's guitar part fits very well. Janice contributes her excellent vocal signature.
Well done all.

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Another lovely song of you guys.
Great guitar work, good lyrics and of course beautifully sung by Janice.
Very well done!

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Interesting topics. Love the vocals and band choice.Always great.
All the best you guys.


Thank you Rob!

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Great work from all involved, great song, vocals, guitars, arrangement, mix...absolutely nothing to complain smile


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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi all. Great vocal from Janis. Good concept and lyrics, Bud. Particularly like this stanza:

'outa desperation you tried a little contrition
but mount redemption’s not an anthill
you kept bending reality to fit your schemes
now look around everybody’s had their fill.'

Some lovely fills and good solo from Peter. All round excellence, as always.
Regards,
Leon


Leon, thanks for those most generous comments. And Bud says "having a great lyricist like Leon quote from my tune is very special!"

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All those guitar swells gave this a very Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac sound to me. Really good lyrics. And Janice singing is always incredible. Great job, team!


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Originally Posted By: rayc
"...mount redemption’s not an anthill," - one of many great lines.
A guitar player who knows when to pile on and back off is a rare thing.
The stereo image on this is wonderful and Peter's dance through it is great.
Very good arrangement folks, very well sorted.
Janice's voice has an excellent balance of honey in the venom...a smile that sings & stings.
An abrupt ending that underlines the narrative.
Sterling work team.
Love it.



"... honey in the venom...a smile that sings & stings." Man, do you ever have the proverbial way with words. That put a HUGE smile on Janice's face.

And thanks for the supportive mention of the stereo image ... I harbored a lot of concern while doing the panning.

And we fully agree with you re Peter's tracks indeed.

And thanks for the lyric comments.

Basically, thanks for ALL of that Ray. It means a lot.

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J&B and Peter...when I first saw the title I thought what in the world could this be about? cool concept and really cool song...again you've more than covered all the basses...lyrically interesting, vocally top-notch and instrumentally so well constructed and played...Janice's smooth vocal and Peter's smooth guitar riffs are such a great musical marriage...Bud, great job hooking it all together...I really enjoyed this one guys!


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Nicely done to all involved. You guys are a great team.


Thanks!

J&B

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