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#1105109 - 04/18/16 04:14 PM One Word Love  
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Howdy JPFers everywhere! I posted this song about a year ago, just my guitar/vocal. Now I want to share this all grown up version. It's a duet and along with his awesome vocals, Mike Zaneski has sprinkled it with his production magic. Let us know what you think. Thanks,

Ricki

https://soundcloud.com/rickib/one-word-love-1

ONE WORD LOVE

Where is that spark we had
That do or die look when we thought we had it made
Where are those plans we shared
That all or nothing let’s do something proved we cared

I’d travel the universe to feel it again
And remind you of us back then

One man, one woman, one dream, one word love
Talking ’bout a thing called love
One man, one woman, one dream, one word love
Talking ‘bout love, one word love

We never mean to hurt
But some words have the power to destroy the heart
Whatever it might have cost
I have to believe our love is stronger than what’s lost

I’d travel the universe to feel it again
And remind you of us back then

REPEAT CHORUS

We work so well together on common ground
Just take my hand, let’s turn this around

REPEAT CHORUS

Talking ‘bout a thing called love
One word love

©Ricki E. Bellos (BMI)

#1105119 - 04/18/16 06:10 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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oh yeah,this is smooth as bourbon on rocks,i'll have another round.Great job Ricki and Michael.Mike

#1105120 - 04/18/16 06:31 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Mike's right. First word I thought of - "smooth". Cool collab! Very well done! Has a "Carpenters" feel to it.

Best, John smile

#1105121 - 04/18/16 07:16 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Really well done you two. Production is great.
Love the harmonies.
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#1105123 - 04/18/16 07:47 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi guys,

WOW-----------I'm impressed.


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#1105134 - 04/18/16 10:32 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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One bourbon coming up! Thanks Mike.

Ricki

#1105135 - 04/18/16 10:33 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Thanks John. That Mike is one smooth customer!

Ricki

#1105136 - 04/18/16 10:34 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Vic. Mike really made this one shine.

Ricki

#1105137 - 04/18/16 10:34 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Calvin]  
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Hi Calvin. WOW...thanks!

Ricki

#1105152 - 04/19/16 09:59 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Dang, this one comes right out and says "hey I am a pro recording!!"

Very fine fine vocals, too. It is a pleasant mix throughout and the performances are top-notch. I think you all need to be mighty proud of this duet. I am sucker for trumpets!!

Good idea for the bridge, it comes in at just the right time.


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#1105218 - 04/19/16 08:08 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Thanks for listening, Kevin. I didn't hear it say that but it did jump up and slap me a time or two! grin

Ricki

#1105246 - 04/20/16 10:44 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Ricki and Mike -

A great big WOW to you both on this!

What a nice write this is! The lyric is "comfortable" (I love comfortable lyrics). It says what it needs to without ever trying to "get clever" and it never stumbles. And a knock-out melody... Along with the trumpet (the whole production, really) it sounds and feels like a Carpenters HIT - from the hit-factory of David/Bacharach...

The vocals are a delight...again, reminiscent of a Carpenters' hit - easy, comfortable, smooth. You guys sound great together.

Mike, your productions is incredible. Top-tier, big-time kind. Very much like the song... easy, comfortable, nothing out of place.

This is one of the best things I've ever heard on this forum.

This should be on the radio (or, at least, the radio I remember from when radio was an important part of my youth)

HUGE.

floyd

#1105277 - 04/20/16 03:44 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hi Michael, John, Vic, Calvin, Kevin, and Floyd..

Thanks for listening and it really makes my day knowing you enjoyed it. smile

Ricki is an amazing song-writer and performer and producing this was a pure joy.

Floyd, you nailed it with the Bacharach comment (thanks for that!)--that's exactly what I was going for.

Thanks again, folks. smile

Mike

Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 04/20/16 03:45 PM.

Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

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from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1105283 - 04/20/16 06:38 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Originally Posted by Michael LeBlanc
oh yeah,this is smooth as bourbon on rocks,i'll have another round.Great job Ricki and Michael.Mike


We agree so long as it is an excellent small batch bourbon!

"One man, one woman, one dream, one word love"

Oh yeah, great line and a scenario both of us live everyday. We like floyd's
description of "comfortable."

We really like the intimate vocals that are out front (in a good way)
and are very well supported by the laid back mix of the backing
tracks.

Nice write, vocals, and instrumental tracks all wrapped up in the
perfect production. It sounds tremendous on our monitors.

We enjoyed it!

J&B





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#1105296 - 04/20/16 06:51 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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At the moment I'm still listening to this, but I had to post...This is great!...Now if you'll excuse me, I have more listening to do. smile

#1105306 - 04/20/16 07:37 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: floyd jane]  
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A big fat WOW back atcha, Floyd! Thanks for all the warm fuzzies. Magic Mike delivered just what the song needed and has consistently made me sound better than I am. Now all we have to do is wait until the 70s come back. grin

Ricki

#1105308 - 04/20/16 07:42 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Thanks J&B for listening and letting us know what you liked about this one. That line is pretty much our mantra over here too, after over 35 years of wedded bliss. smile

Ricki

#1105309 - 04/20/16 07:44 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: L. James Tanner]  
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Well James, listen as often as you like. Glad you liked it.

Ricki

#1105315 - 04/20/16 08:12 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Originally Posted by Ricki E. Bellos
A big fat WOW back atcha, Floyd! Thanks for all the warm fuzzies. Magic Mike delivered just what the song needed and has consistently made me sound better than I am. Now all we have to do is wait until the 70s come back. grin

Ricki



Just to be clear... let me reiterate... this is a hell of a write!


#1105376 - 04/21/16 12:18 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: floyd jane]  
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Thanks all over again Floyd. We appreciate it.

Ricki

#1105378 - 04/21/16 12:26 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Great song Ricki, harmonies were something else!
Travis


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#1105382 - 04/21/16 03:04 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Travis david]  
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Ricki and Mike that is such a great job, sat back in my chair and listened twice. really has very good all over it. Lane


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#1105405 - 04/21/16 07:10 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Bud, Janice, Travis, James, and Lane..

Thanks, all..I consider myself a "journeyman" at this, but I'm usually giving my best efforts, and trying to listen and learn and grow as a musician and performer and producer.

Ricki makes my job very easy, really. Her songs..this song..screamed what it wanted and needed..and Ricki is very easy going to work with and she helped me figure out how to sing this better than I originally did.

Ricki, concerning the seventies coming back around..(it was a joke I know!!) --but there's really a whole modern subgenre of music known as "Baroque Pop" that's sprung up around pop music that utilizes a Bacharach sound, or otherwise classical influenced sounding arrangement. In fact my favorite band "The Divine Comedy" cut their teeth on that sound. There's probably more artists today that sound like Bacharach then back in the day! Check out "A Short Album About Love" by The Divine Comedy..one of my all-time favorites..

Mike

Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 04/21/16 07:20 PM.

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#1105430 - 04/22/16 10:24 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Lovely.

#1105441 - 04/22/16 12:35 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Travis david]  
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Thanks Travis, glad you liked it.

Ricki

#1105443 - 04/22/16 12:39 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: lane1777]  
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Thanks for listening even once, Lane. Glad you liked it.

Ricki

#1105444 - 04/22/16 12:40 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Martin Lide]  
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Thanks Martin.

Ricki

#1105445 - 04/22/16 12:41 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Thanks again, Mike. The next one will make your life a living hell! grin

#1105639 - 04/24/16 11:32 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hey guys,

Nice one Ricki, and nice work Michael.

Smooth is the word, like Mike L said--makes me want to pour myself a drink!

I'd be curious to hear this without the trumpet and replaced with a flute. The trumpet is fine, but feels Herb Albert-esk. A flute I think would work and give the song a more current vibe, as well and fit this mellow vibe. JMO.

I enjoyed my listen guys!

steady-eddie.

#1105692 - 04/25/16 10:48 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: E Swartz]  
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Thanks for checking this one out, Eddie. The feel I was going for is very much in keeping with the horns so, they're staying! smile I was looking for retro and that's what Mike gave me. Glad you enjoyed it.

Ricki

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Hey Ricki and Mike,

Well first you had me at the pic of the adorable little couple on your Soundcloud page...and THEN you went ahead and wrote, produced and performed the heck out of their story grin ... Kudos on a fabulous collaboration! I am such a sucker for a duet and any harmonies whatsoever, and the musication was so well-suited to the ultimately hopeful lyrics. I especially loved this line:

I have to believe our love is stronger than what's lost

Keep 'em coming you two!!

Thanks for sharing,
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One word from me-----------------GREAT!!!

I had a smile ear to ear while listening. Love it all...production, vocals, vibe, melody. Burt Bacharach would be proud and yes, this feels like something up his alley. Never heard of that classification for a genre but I like it and I like what the genre represents.

You just fed me dessert and I haven't even had dinner!!! smile

Best to both of you,
Lynn smile


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Boo! Good to "see" you around again. Glad you like this one. I figure everyone needs a duet in their catalog and I found the perfect partner for mine. Thanks for listening.

Ricki

#1105954 - 04/28/16 10:34 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Lynn Orloff]  
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One word from me...THANKS!!! I'm glad it made you smile.

You know what they say, life is uncertain so eat dessert first. grin

Ricki

#1105966 - 04/29/16 04:09 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Martin, Eddie, Beth, and Lynn..

Thanks for all the love, folks. I've been thinking about "community" a lot lately, and damned if we don't have that here. The best thing about the Internet is places like this, where we can share with each other and learn from one another.

Thanks again for listening, and listening to my ramblings as well, lol..

I so look forward to Ricki's songs. I'm thinking we must've listened to a lot of similar music in our formative years. grin

Mike

Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 04/29/16 04:34 AM.

Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1106074 - 04/30/16 11:15 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Thanks again Mike, for your talents and patience. This is a great place to find the family you never knew you had, or knew you needed. See you around, Bro. smile

Ricki

#1106604 - 05/06/16 06:07 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Enjoyed the listen folks.

One word.... Outstanding

A real soulful duet guys.

#1106619 - 05/07/16 01:25 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: Nelson]  
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OOH! I love this! the vocals, production, harmonies, the laid back, easy feeling of it...what a great song!! Really enjoyed my listen!

Tammy


http://tammyjann.com/
https://soundcloud.com/tamsnumber4
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Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it...
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#1106631 - 05/07/16 03:18 AM Re: One Word Love [Re: TamsNumber4]  
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Thanks, Nelson!

Thanks Tammy!

--you are two of my favorite writers and performers..

Ricki's awesome..

I am overwhelmed at the moment with happiness..

Mike

Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 05/07/16 04:31 AM.

Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1106702 - 05/07/16 09:24 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: Nelson]  
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Glad you like it, Nelson. One word thanks!

Ricki

#1106703 - 05/07/16 09:25 PM Re: One Word Love [Re: TamsNumber4]  
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Thanks Tams, glad you enjoyed it. Mike really made it shine.

Ricki


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