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#1143688 - 08/10/18 09:03 AM Reason  
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Good Morning JPFers everywhere! Another oldie made all shiny and new by Mike Zaneski. Let us know what you think.

https://soundcloud.com/rickib/reason

REASON

He left for the Bitterroots in the spring
He headed west saying west’s the best
Since he didn’t take everything
I waited for his call through summer and fall
Waiting’s no excuse
Cos mostly you lose

I need a reason to forgive
All the lies and the loss of my soul
I need a reason to forgive

Crazy Woman Creek runs through my yard
Don’t know her real name but we’re the same
Twisting and turning, not going far
Afraid to let go of what we know
But living in fear
Is what brought me here

I need a reason to forget
All the sweet things he said to me
I need a reason to forget

Winter’s come down with a howling blow
Still no boot prints in drifting snow
So I pour more wine to pass the time
Drinking only eases the pain
Till it comes around again

I need a reason to believe
That love is real and I will heal
I need a reason to believe

I need a reason
I need one good reason
I need a reason
I need any reason at all

©Ricki E. Bellos (BMI)

#1143689 - 08/10/18 10:33 AM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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I love the melancholy lyrics Ricki, especially "Crazy Woman Creek etc.".

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#1143693 - 08/10/18 12:01 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Great lyrics and... that voice! Wow!

Winter’s come down with a howling blow
Still no boot prints in drifting snow

Love those lines.

#1143696 - 08/10/18 12:13 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hi Ricki,

Beautifully done.
I especially liked your voice on this part..........

I need a reason to forgive

I need a reason to forgive


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#1143703 - 08/10/18 01:33 PM Re: Reason [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Vic, and there really is such a place...the road sign for Crazy Woman Creek was one of the inspirations for the song. It pays to stay awake on road trips. smile

Ricki

#1143704 - 08/10/18 01:34 PM Re: Reason [Re: Gavin Sinclair]  
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Thanks Gavin, it's the miracle of Melodyne! smile

Ricki

#1143705 - 08/10/18 01:35 PM Re: Reason [Re: Calvin]  
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Thanks Calvin.

Ricki

#1143709 - 08/10/18 05:44 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hi Ricki

I like that a lot. Interesting chord/melody sections throughout. The lyric has pathos and you voice and delivery are riveting. What a great arrangement and production Mike created!

#1143713 - 08/10/18 10:25 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Hi Ricki...I've worn out my welcome on the internet for awhile but I had to say this was outstanding. Have you heard of The Trinity Session by The Cowboy Junkies? This would fit on that. You should pitch this.

#1143718 - 08/11/18 06:19 AM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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A lovely poignant song Ricki excellent production beautiful vocal
Travis


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#1143741 - 08/11/18 11:37 AM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Pretty Ricky. particularly enjoyed the high end on the vocals.

"Waiting’s no excuse
Cos mostly you lose"

Ain't that the truth.

Hey, my comment rhymes. wink

Martin

#1143759 - 08/11/18 08:12 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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An excellent write Ricki.
~~ Crazy Woman Creek runs through my yard
~~ Don’t know her real name but we’re the same

~~ Still no boot prints in drifting snow
~~ So I pour more wine to pass the time
Very cool stuff

Mike knocked it out of park...... as usual.

Your vocals here has a Grace Slick / White Rabbit, feel to them.


Nicely done U 2


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#1143767 - 08/12/18 09:07 AM Re: Reason [Re: mikegouthro]  
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Thanks Mike, I do have a great team!

Ricki

#1143768 - 08/12/18 09:10 AM Re: Reason [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Never, Rob! grin I am familiar with them...thanks for the comparison. And thanks for listening.

Ricki

#1143769 - 08/12/18 09:10 AM Re: Reason [Re: Travis david]  
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Thanks for taking time to listen, Travis and glad you liked it.

Ricki

#1143770 - 08/12/18 09:11 AM Re: Reason [Re: Martin Lide]  
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Thanks, Martin. Hey, you could be a poet! grin

Ricki

#1143771 - 08/12/18 09:24 AM Re: Reason [Re: Nelson]  
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Hey Nelson, great to hear from you and glad you liked it. Grace Slick, eh? I wish I had her vibrato! grin

Ricki

#1143782 - 08/12/18 04:21 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Ricki,

Strong lyrics, sweet haunting vocal, and slick production—all add up to a fine listen. Like the backing vocals in the chorus in particular—they really add some nice depth. Well done!

All the best,

Deej

#1143795 - 08/12/18 07:55 PM Re: Reason [Re: Deej56]  
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Thanks, Deej, I'm kinda proud of those OOOs! smile

Ricki

#1143800 - 08/12/18 08:49 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Beautiful! Lovely bittersweet sound. I'll be playing this one again.

My favourite line was :
All the sweet things he said to me
the way you sing that just got to me.

I wasnt as keen on the repeat of West in:
He headed west saying west’s the best
I think you could easily switch that to something like:
He headed out saying west’s the best
and keep the internal rhyme, but make it easier on the ear.
But that's a minor quibble!

Lyrically, may favourite verse was the one starting:
Crazy Woman Creek...
especially these lines:
Twisting and turning, not going far
Afraid to let go of what we know


Wonderful work.

#1143807 - 08/13/18 11:12 AM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Very very beautiful Ricki.As most of the time,your vocal here reminds me of Carly Simon [that's a good thing].You and Mike are dynamic together,keep it up.Mike

#1143853 - 08/14/18 02:22 PM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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"Crazy Woman Creek runs through my yard
Don’t know her real name but we’re the same
Twisting and turning, not going far
Afraid to let go of what we know
But living in fear
Is what brought me here"

Outstanding....


Enjoyed it.

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Thanks for listening, Owen. We like return customers! That line gets a lot of attention. All these years later, I forget where it is but there really is a Crazy Woman Creek. Maybe someday I'll pass by there again... smile

Ricki

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Thanks Mike, glad you liked it.

Ricki

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Thanks for taking time to listen and comment, J&B.

Ricki

#1143884 - 08/15/18 10:23 AM Re: Reason [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Wow that is a strong tune Ricki. I now have 3 songs among my favorites …

1. Reason To Believe - Tim Hardin
2. Reason To Believe - Bruce Springsteen
3. Reason - Ricki

That is one great lyric, one mighty fine performance and just a fantastic production by Mike. I love the way the song builds. Beautifully done.

Dave

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Ricki,

Cool song!

Each of the reason choruses are marvelous.

Mike production works well. Your vocal is engaging.

An excellent listen.

fj

#1143900 - 08/16/18 08:41 AM Re: Reason [Re: GocartMoz]  
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Thanks for listening, Dave. Looks like I'm in good company. smile

Ricki

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Thanks for that, Floyd. Mike brings out my best. Glad you enjoyed it.

Ricki


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