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#1142711 - 07/10/18 05:04 PM Hometown Refugee  
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Hometown Refugee

Hi folks, Janice now has an album available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play and many other platforms (Janice Merritt, “All OverThe Map”). All done for nothing but fun. Hey, 1,000,000 plays on Pandora will net an artist a whole $1650 so it had better be just for fun smile

“Hometown Refugee” is the kickoff tune and our objective was an Americana tune with a hint of southern gothic in the lyric. Hey, THE southern gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor, was from our hometown.

Our Australian friend Peter plays guitar, Janice sings, and Bud did the production thing - RealtTacks, RealDrums, mixing and mastering.

Comments are welcome and your time to listen is always appreciated.

J&B


Hometown Refugee
© 2018 Janice and Bud Merritt

you can’t go back girl it’s a dead end
don’t know why the hell I ever tried
maybe I dreamed of the invitation
or it’s another memory that lied

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

my old friends have become strangers
they’ve grown cold, dark, bitter
i see them circling their wagons
trolling me to pull that trigger

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

a courthouse clock with the wrong time
store windows reflect ghosts of past
parking meters stand like rusty sentinels
nothing lasts nothing lasts

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
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#1142712 - 07/10/18 05:23 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Hello J & B,


Beautifully done.
Good luck with your project !


Calvin


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#1142715 - 07/10/18 06:18 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Hello J&B. You captured the story of returning home and what it can actually mean. I return to mine once in a blue moon and when an occassion is going on. Then everybody returns and it is great but besides that I do not feel as if it is still my, "Home Town". Great piece!

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#1142728 - 07/10/18 06:40 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Takes a voice as good as Janice's to pull this one off.

Love those lines:
should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

;and
store windows reflect ghosts of past

I'll be going over to Spotify now to check out the album!

#1142729 - 07/10/18 07:55 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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That's a strong lyric - built on some interesting chord changes, Great arrangement and performances - props to the tasty guitar work.

#1142731 - 07/11/18 01:27 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Hi J&B
Great story and in many ways true.
I recall an Elvis song with a similar theme, A Stranger in my own home town.
Great vocal and production.
Bedt of luck with your CD too
Travis


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#1142741 - 07/11/18 08:34 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Yep...you really can't go home again but you can't blame a girl for trying. Nicely done, J&B.

Ricki

#1142747 - 07/11/18 09:56 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Enjoyed every second of my "listen" J&B:

The backing guitar work was pretty special, too. Going home is usually an impossible dream... and you covered all the bases. Fantastic song by fantastic people. ----Dave

#1142748 - 07/11/18 10:19 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Smooth! I agree totally with RainyDayMan about the vocals and mikegouthro about the guitar's interesting jazzy chords. Really enjoyed this.

#1142757 - 07/11/18 03:56 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Douglas Murphy]  
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Originally Posted by Calvin
Hello J & B,

Beautifully done.
Good luck with your project !

Calvin

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/0/calvinstewart


Thanks Calvin!

J&B

Originally Posted by Douglas Murphy
Hello J&B. You captured the story of returning home and what it can actually mean. I return to mine once in a blue moon and when an occassion is going on. Then everybody returns and it is great but besides that I do not feel as if it is still my, "Home Town". Great piece!

Douglas


Thanks for the kind words Douglas!

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and others.
#1142776 - 07/12/18 07:49 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: RainyDayMan]  
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Originally Posted by RainyDayMan
Takes a voice as good as Janice's to pull this one off.

Love those lines:
should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

;and
store windows reflect ghosts of past

I'll be going over to Spotify now to check out the album!


We appreciate your comments about both the vocal and lyric. Thanks for listening!

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and others.
#1142796 - 07/12/18 05:52 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: mikegouthro]  
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Originally Posted by mikegouthro
That's a strong lyric - built on some interesting chord changes, Great arrangement and performances - props to the tasty guitar work.


Thanks Mike and I'll pass your comments on to Peter regarding the guitar work. We appreciate you listening.

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
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#1142809 - 07/13/18 08:47 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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This is outstanding!

An excellent write. The usual superb J&B production and mix.

And the always stellar Janice vocals....

Peter's guitar work is nice, too...

A great listen.

fj

#1142853 - 07/14/18 10:55 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Travis david]  
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Originally Posted by Travis david
Hi J&B
Great story and in many ways true.
I recall an Elvis song with a similar theme, A Stranger in my own home town.
Great vocal and production.
Bedt of luck with your CD too
Travis


Thanks Travis. It would take "lotto winning" luck to make any $ from streaming nowadays. Just for fun...although interestingly a few cuts have gotten more play than I anticipated.

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and others.
#1142935 - 07/18/18 06:58 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Dave Rice]  
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Originally Posted by Ricki E. Bellos
Yep...you really can't go home again but you can't blame a girl for trying. Nicely done, J&B.

Ricki


Indeed, thanks!

J&B

Originally Posted by Dave Rice
Enjoyed every second of my "listen" J&B:

The backing guitar work was pretty special, too. Going home is usually an impossible dream... and you covered all the bases. Fantastic song by fantastic people. ----Dave


Thanks Dave. You are very kind. I’ll pass your comment about the guitar on to Peter.

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and others.
#1143005 - 07/20/18 11:57 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: floyd jane]  
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Originally Posted by Gavin Sinclair
Smooth! I agree totally with RainyDayMan about the vocals and mikegouthro about the guitar's interesting jazzy chords. Really enjoyed this.


Thanks for the kind words Gavin!

J&B

Originally Posted by floyd jane
This is outstanding!

An excellent write. The usual superb J&B production and mix.

And the always stellar Janice vocals....

Peter's guitar work is nice, too...

A great listen.

fj


Thanks for everything floyd! And it was very special to us for you to mention our write. We most appreciate that.

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
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#1143006 - 07/20/18 01:17 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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J&B, you guys should put a link to your songs on Spotify on your website. I'm listening now, but it took a few minutes searching. Surprising how many songs and albums there are called "All Over the Map." smile

#1143009 - 07/20/18 05:24 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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So easy on the ears,i'm lovin' it.Congrats on your album! Mike

#1143012 - 07/21/18 05:37 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Hi J&B.
Lovely song and vocal from your team.
Not a great fan of the busy Latin percussion in this but that's just my own personal take.
:-)
Vic


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#1143017 - 07/21/18 02:50 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Gavin Sinclair]  
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Originally Posted by Gavin Sinclair
J&B, you guys should put a link to your songs on Spotify on your website. I'm listening now, but it took a few minutes searching. Surprising how many songs and albums there are called "All Over the Map." smile


Thanks for the heads up. I'll sign up with them and put the link there or state that a search on "Janice Merritt" will work. I checked and she's the only one there smile

Appreciate it and hope you found something you liked on the album.

Bud


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#1143018 - 07/21/18 03:10 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Yes, I liked the album very much. I'm only half way through it because I got interrupted, but I'll be listening to the rest of it. And because it's on Spotify, you should get about 2 cents. You're welcome smile

If you have a Spotify for Artists account, it's easy to grab a graphic widget for the link and place it on the site. What I did was to place a link for people to follow me on Spotify on my home page http://mysteriousbeings.com/

...and one for individual songs on the relevant pages, e.g. http://mysteriousbeings.com/portfolio/how-can-i-leave-her-behind/

I don't have an album, so I had to do it for each song. Since I only have four songs at Spotify, it didn't take me long LOL. You would probably just want to do it for Janice's album.

#1143020 - 07/21/18 09:17 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Hey guys!

Unique sultry melody works well with these lyrics. I can relate a bit. I visited my home town over last Memorial Day and stayed in a motel, since no relatives that I know are around there anymore. I went in to the local hot spot for a beer hoping to just see someone I recognized, but after 50 years and a new generation of folks, didn't see a soul that I knew--was a lonely feeling, kind of like Jimmy Stewart in the movie "Its a Wonderful Life" when he went back to his home town to see it if he had never born!

This song not about what I exactly described, but the feeling of "this place has sure changed" is the same. I do think there are those venture away from home towns and those who stay; and those that stay perhaps become more close minded and less likely to accept those that left and return back with open arms. Usually those that leave when returning seem not find the "nostalgic return" they anticipated.......

I might also do the percussion a bit different, but applaud your creativity--very cool song, and good luck with the album!

steady-eddie

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#1143086 - 07/23/18 12:43 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Originally Posted by Michael LeBlanc
So easy on the ears,i'm lovin' it.Congrats on your album! Mike


Thanks Mike!

J&B


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#1143089 - 07/23/18 01:26 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: E Swartz]  
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Originally Posted by Vicarn
Hi J&B.
Lovely song and vocal from your team.
Not a great fan of the busy Latin percussion in this but that's just my own personal take.
:-)
Vic


He Vic, glad you mostly liked it!

Interesting that you feel that the drums are Latin percussion in sound. They are one of the 2018 BiaB" RealDrum - Multi" tracks called Americana Roots and to which BiaB had already added a wood block. The emphasis is heavily on the toms so I guess that gives it the feel you are hearing.

Thanks for your thoughts!

J&B



Originally Posted by E Swartz
Hey guys!

Unique sultry melody works well with these lyrics. I can relate a bit. I visited my home town over last Memorial Day and stayed in a motel, since no relatives that I know are around there anymore. I went in to the local hot spot for a beer hoping to just see someone I recognized, but after 50 years and a new generation of folks, didn't see a soul that I knew--was a lonely feeling, kind of like Jimmy Stewart in the movie "Its a Wonderful Life" when he went back to his home town to see it if he had never born!

This song not about what I exactly described, but the feeling of "this place has sure changed" is the same. I do think there are those venture away from home towns and those who stay; and those that stay perhaps become more close minded and less likely to accept those that left and return back with open arms. Usually those that leave when returning seem not find the "nostalgic return" they anticipated.......

I might also do the percussion a bit different, but applaud your creativity--very cool song, and good luck with the album!

steady-eddie

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Thanks Eddie...this wasn't particularly autobiographical in that we would like to LEAVE our hometown and become refugees somewhere!

Glad you liked it. Thanks for listening and commenting.

J&B


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#1143095 - 07/23/18 11:24 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Janice and Bud,

Nice mood setting right out of the gate; and the vocal is spot on—hold the listener. Nice choice on percussion, cool nuanced solos. Slick tune. Enjoyed the listen!

Regards,

Deej

#1143128 - 07/25/18 08:26 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Deej56]  
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Originally Posted by Deej56
Janice and Bud,

Nice mood setting right out of the gate; and the vocal is spot on—hold the listener. Nice choice on percussion, cool nuanced solos. Slick tune. Enjoyed the listen!

Regards,

Deej


Thanks man! You hit on what we tried to accomplish.

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
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#1143142 - 07/25/18 07:46 PM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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You CAN go home again - but maybe you shouldn't smile

This struck a chord with me - felt much the same on occasion.

Vocal is great and I love the chord progression - feels very fresh but still accessible. Nice!

Scott

#1143169 - 07/26/18 06:47 AM Re: Hometown Refugee [Re: Scott Campbell]  
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Originally Posted by Scott Campbell
You CAN go home again - but maybe you shouldn't smile

This struck a chord with me - felt much the same on occasion.

Vocal is great and I love the chord progression - feels very fresh but still accessible. Nice!

Scott


Thank you Scott for the thoughtful and positive review!

J&B


Check out our album Janice Merritt "All Over The Map"
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