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#1098729 - 01/16/16 01:10 PM Blood Moon - demo  
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Hi JPFers everywhere! I posted this song several months ago as a g/v. I am beyond happy to now post this finished demo that Mike Zaneski produced for me. While I doubt at this point there will be any changes, honest commentary is always welcomed. Mike, thanks again for the magic!

Ricki

https://soundcloud.com/rickib/blood-moon-1


BLOOD MOON

I sleep through the night
By the Hunterís Moon light
And dream he returns
With a passion that burns
But then breaks the dawn
I know heís still gone
Yet I seek him by day
Like the hunter her prey

Blood Moon is rising soon
Is it best to live with this need
Or to die and be free
Under the next Blood Moon

Lone wolf bares her soul
Leaving tracks in new snow
Iíll wait until spring
See what warmth will bring
Then stay until fall
Just in case he calls
Wind howls through the cracks
When will he come back

Blood Moon is rising soon
Is it best to live with this need
Or to die and be free
Under the next Blood Moon
The next Blood Moon

©Ricki E. Bellos

#1098732 - 01/16/16 01:18 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hi Ricki,

Lots going on here and it's smooth & catchy.


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#1098734 - 01/16/16 03:16 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Calvin]  
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It's haunting, Ricki.
Mike did a good, thoughtful job here.
Very nice.

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#1098736 - 01/16/16 04:13 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Vicarn]  
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This is lovely, Ricki. There's so much longing, even passion, in the lyric, and it's underscored in a particularly poignant way by Mike's delicate handling of the music and arrangement. To me, the musical subtlety and lyrical imagery create an intriguing juxtaposition.

Your vocals are tender and restrained, and suit the mood well.

Kudos to you both. smile

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#1098738 - 01/16/16 04:20 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: DonnaMarilyn]  
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very mystical,i'm diggin' this one a lot!Great job to both of you!Very nice vocals Ricki!Mike

#1098775 - 01/17/16 01:33 AM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Calvin]  
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Thanks Calvin. Every time I listen I hear something else. smile

Ricki

#1098807 - 01/17/16 11:08 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks for listening, Vic. Mike did an amazing job. Hope it haunts your dreams! smile

Ricki

#1098808 - 01/17/16 11:10 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: DonnaMarilyn]  
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Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Donna. I'm really happy with what Mike did and am glad he had so many good ideas because I had none! smile

Ricki

#1098837 - 01/18/16 01:58 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Thanks for listening, Mike. Glad you dig it.

Ricki

#1098839 - 01/18/16 04:37 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Wow, what a comboóBellos and Zaneski! Ricki, your skills are undiminished, and Michael really knows how to show them off to their best advantage. Great great work.

#1098840 - 01/18/16 04:44 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Went back for another round, because those beautifully dissonant harmonies called me back. That and the unexpected directions you took with chords and melody. Just gorgeous, and recorded perfectly. Michael is an empath.





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#1098885 - 01/19/16 03:54 AM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Haunting and smooth song and Mike did a great job producing. Beautiful, Ricki.

Stevie

#1098927 - 01/19/16 07:20 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hey there Calvin, Vic, Donna, Michael LeBlanc, Mark, and Stevie!

Thanks for listening and all the nice comments.

Producing/arranging Ricki's song was fun, as the musical composition was rich and contained all the cues I needed to go the organic route. Her consistent use of the perfect 4th led me to construct the piano part that makes great use of that interval. Her singing, very reminiscent of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's phrasing and timbre--at least to my ears--had me hearing the concertina in my musical imagination..and her 4ths also had me recalling Jaco Pastorius' work on Joni Mitchell's Mingus album..so just for and experiment I tried a (virtual) fretless bass on the song, and it was magic to my ears.

What a treasure of a singer-songwriter we have here with Ricki. Consistent, quality work that's astonishing in its range, imagination, and execution.

Mike

Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 01/19/16 07:41 PM.

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Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

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#1098944 - 01/19/16 10:33 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Honestly this is really special. It sounds kind of 60ish and could've been performed at Woodstock with Ricki actually singing it because vocally she has it all covered. Michael your touches and musical artwork had nice contrasts and in all the right places. Only thing it ended so abruptly but that kind of also made it interesting in it's own way. Very qualitative collab. There were no boring parts at all!!

Best,
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#1098953 - 01/20/16 10:58 AM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Lynn Orloff]  
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Very special, Ricki:

You made such an important decision to "hire" the talented Mike Zaneski... and he certainly delivered for you. Congratulations on creating such an enjoyable song. No nits... the arrangement is sheer genius. ----Dave

#1098984 - 01/20/16 11:17 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Hey Mark! A two-poster! Good to hear from you and thanks for the generous comments. I believe I found the right artist for the job. He gets me! smile

Ricki

#1098985 - 01/20/16 11:18 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Little_stevie_b]  
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Thanks for checking it out, StevieB, glad you liked it. Production was key.

Ricki

#1099000 - 01/21/16 12:51 AM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Ricki,

Wonderful, that's all I'll say! Mike, yes gave you a professional production,(and what a treat) but the foundation was yours. Great song Ricki! (Outstanding production Mr. Z)!

steady-eddie.

#1099012 - 01/21/16 12:41 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: E Swartz]  
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Excellent all the way around ... production, write, performances. Pure beauty. Wonderful job and kudos to both of you.

Dave

#1099029 - 01/21/16 07:07 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: GocartMoz]  
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Hi Lynn, Dave Rice, Eddie, and Gocart Dave:

Thanks so much for listening and I'm glad you enjoyed my arrangement. As Eddie correctly points out..but in my own words..there's really no good arrangement without a good song and performance. I need cues from the music and words to do my thing, otherwise I'm just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks..with this song, I felt a kind of "mania" coming on, as in I was getting too many ideas, cuz the piece is so rich and affecting..my main strategy was to back away from the piece a day or so, so as to see which ideas stuck..

Thanks again!

Mike


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Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

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#1099053 - 01/21/16 11:08 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Well Mike, now I've got me a big fat head! Thanks for making me sound so much better than I am. All I have to do now is live up to your compliments! grin

Ricki

#1099054 - 01/21/16 11:12 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Lynn Orloff]  
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Thanks for listening Lynn. I am a child of the 60s so, there's that... And Mike knew exactly how to make the most of the material I gave him. I couldn't be happier. Glad you weren't bored!

Ricki

#1099055 - 01/21/16 11:13 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: Dave Rice]  
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Yep, Dave, I know how to pick em! Thanks for listening and glad you like it.

Ricki

#1099134 - 01/23/16 12:20 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: E Swartz]  
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Thanks for listening Eddie. Yep! Mike is pro all the way. Glad you like how it turned out.

Ricki

#1099135 - 01/23/16 12:21 PM Re: Blood Moon - demo [Re: GocartMoz]  
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Thanks Dave, glad you like it.

Ricki

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And thanks again to you, Mike, for your talent and vision that took this song to the highest level.

Ricki

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Originally Posted by Ricki E. Bellos
And thanks again to you, Mike, for your talent and vision that took this song to the highest level.

Ricki


Thanks Ricki! smile


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