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Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite

Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/29/18 07:15 PM

Here is one of my lyrics that Ricki Bellos put some music and sang a while back but now she and Michael Zaneski have made it into another pretty little blues number.I appreciate that Ricki and Mike.

https://soundcloud.com/user-986218945/blue-bird
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Blue Bird

Another morning,don't open the shade
The way that i'm feeling,this bed won't get made
Think i'll spend the day,far from laughter
Nothing to lose,so what does it matter

Turn off my dreams,they're only illusions
Try to make sense,of all this confusion
When love leaves its nest,and stretches its wings
It finds a new bird,with a new song to sing

It hurts when you're perched in a valley so low
Where the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow
All you can do is look up to the sky
And wonder how long before,this blue bird can fly

Morning has greeted,the evening so fast
Nothing this poor bird can do ,to get past
This sorrow holds me,flightless and still
Bound by the heartbreak,lost all my will

[chorus]
Posted By: Travis david

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/29/18 07:54 PM

A sweet melancholy ballad folks.
Great song all round
Travis
Posted By: Calvin

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/29/18 08:11 PM

Hi all,


WoW !

A cool joint effort, loved it all.
This would be a good tune for Lucinda Williams, but works fines as is !

Calvin


http://www.soundclick.com/bands/0/calvinstewart
Posted By: E Swartz

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/29/18 10:40 PM

Hey all, great collab!

Bluesy for sure, but sounding pretty classic country to me. Reminds me of a tune Patty Lovelace might take on. Loved this chorus melody especially, a very nice break!

steady-eddie
Posted By: Dave Rice

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/29/18 11:38 PM

I felt like I had a front row seat at the Ryman in Nashville... and the three of you should be pretty darn proud of yourselves. Great write Mr. LeBlanc... and Ricki, your vocals continue to show a sultry side that immediately grabs the listener... and never lets go! Then there is the work of the man who can do just about everything (Mr. Zaneski)... and ya know, I'm beginning to believe you can probably fly. Genre? Country-blues, Americana, Folk-blues... who cares... it's wonderful.

----Dave
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 03:51 PM

Thanks for posting this, Mike and for letting me have my way with your sweet and sad lyric.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 03:56 PM

Thanks for listening, Travis. Glad you liked it.

RIcki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 03:56 PM

Glad you loved it. I was thinking about Lucinda as well, Calvin.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 03:56 PM

Glad you liked it, Eddie. Put in a good word with Patty for us, OK?

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 03:57 PM

Thanks for the warm fuzzies, Dave. The "Mikes" have been so great to work with. I'm a lucky gal.

Ricki
Posted By: David Snyder

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 04:54 PM


Very nice! You three did a great job. Really smooth, old school country vibe.
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 07:09 PM

thanks for lending an ear or two,Travis.Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 07:10 PM

thanks a bunch,Calvin.Give me Lucinda's number and i will get it to her.Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 07:12 PM

thanks for the listen Eddie!Well Patty or Linda,i really like both of their work.[i think you meant,Loveless,lol] Mike
Posted By: Michael Zaneski

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/30/18 09:26 PM

Calvin, Travis, Eddie, Dave, and David,

Thanks, guys! I appreciate you listening and reading your comments.

It was fun setting this song--I could hear echoes of Townes in Mike's pen (a shared hero of ours), and Ricki delivered another heartfelt vocal.

This to me does feel connected to Townes, Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams, but also to older music, both of the rural South, and of the "parlor" variety from over a century ago, andI enjoyed every second of my work on this--especially using the musical saw which I had been chomping at the bit to have a song that actually seemed to want one in it.

Thanks again all. smile

Mike

Posted By: Deej56

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 06:10 AM

Michael, Ricki, Mike,

Itís a beautiful vocal, melody and lyricóall coming together on a compelling chorus. Iím a little torn here. Because itís just darn perfect on all levels. So I'll say this with some reluctance, only to offer it up for what it's worth--aware of how little I know about putting a great song like this together.

As I listened, the verses seemed a bit slowóI mean, I kinda wanted it to move just a beat or two faster. Though in contrast, the chorus seemed perfect to me (and in the same time as far as I can tell). So I donít know what to make of my feedback. Itís probably not worth much; but there it is. Not sure if it's helpful, and please ignore it if so.

Really outstanding, outstanding collaboration. Enjoyed it a ton!

Best regards to you all,

Deej
Posted By: Paul Churchfield

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 02:23 PM

Nice job everybody!
Great production, everybody stands out just right.
I know you're at the target length already but it would have been nice to let the slide guitar have a solo.
Maybe you could bump up the tempo and bring in the time a little, so he can have one.
I enjoyed it either way! Great job!!!
Paul
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 02:52 PM

Thanks for the kind words Dave. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 02:53 PM

Hey Ricki,thanks goes to you,you chose this a while back and then got Mike involved.Both of you get a big o thanks from me. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 02:58 PM

Hey Mike,the musical saw,what a weapon and so glad you used it on this one.You put the right stuff on this song.You and Ricki got it going on lately,i'm really diggin' what i've been hearing from you two.Yep,ya know i like the Townes connection,love that guy.Thanks for what you do and the professional touch. Mike
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 03:10 PM

Thanks for tuning in, David and glad you liked it.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 03:13 PM

Thanks again for all the wonder and magic, Mike Z.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 03:21 PM

Thanks for listening Deej, and all the positive comments. I think what you sense in the tempo is that the verses have more space in the lyrics and the music lets them breathe more. In the chorus, the lyrics come faster and take up less music so the tempo seems faster. It was done deliberately because the pace is slow and to sing the chorus like the verses would have made the whole song drag too much. I hope I'm explaining that well enough. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! smile

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 03:27 PM

Thanks for listening, Paul. Not being a "musician" as such, it's doesn't come naturally to me to allow for any musical solos and since I didn't ask for one, Mike Z didn't provide one. I was more focused on showcasing Mike L's wistful lyrics with an equally wistful melody. Glad you enjoyed it anyway.

Ricki
Posted By: lane1777

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 07:49 PM

hey Mike L nice work, and everyone on board with you finished well. Ricki I think you sing fine, and Mike Z always super work.
Posted By: Nelson

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 01/31/18 09:01 PM

Mike & Ricki & Mike

3 parts of a perfect storm.

I had no doubt it would be this good.

Bravo
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/02/18 02:31 PM

Thanks Lane...we make a great team, eh? Glad you liked it.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/02/18 02:32 PM

Thanks, Nelson. I'm thrilled to be the meat in a Mike Sandwich! Wait...that didn't come out right... grin

Ricki
Posted By: Michael Zaneski

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/02/18 07:25 PM

Lane, Nelson, Paul, and Deej,

Thanks, guys!

Deej, I get what you mean, but I never felt it dragging in the verses, just I had to be careful what I did in the open space between vocal phrases. It had to be nothing flashy even though that might have made the verses seem less slow--it would have been a wrong choice--it would detract from the mood. To accent the mood, I focused on bringing out those two alternating notes (the 6th and 7th) in the verses, that were there in Ricki's guitar and vocals, cuz they were a fairly unique thing in a song in this day and age, used like that, and so made "the band" play those notes like their life depended on it! And it feels parallel to the slighty pathetc (in a good way) and very poetic Townes Van Zandt-y feel of Mike's beautiful lyric..and also gives the song both a modern and really old-timey sound, simultaneosly..such is the genius of Ricki's music writing.. smile

Mike
Posted By: Janice & Bud

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/26/18 09:02 PM

She's been mentioned...but we are big time Lucinda fans and this song nails her Americana feel...intentional or not. That's a great thing for us.

"urn off my dreams,they're only illusions
Try to make sense,of all this confusion
When love leaves its nest,and stretches its wings
It finds a new bird,with a new song to sing"

Superb!

We most enjoyed it.

J&B
Posted By: RainyDayMan

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/26/18 10:21 PM

Just lovely. It's melancholic, but also hopeful, and a hint as if it's not taking itself all that seriously.
The pacing of the song is really good, that slower BPM suits it perfectly.
I like the upnote on the end of the the first lines in the verses, very memorable, and the change at the chorus really grabs you.
The whole ensemble is just quality. Very very good.
Posted By: Gavin Sinclair

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 02/26/18 11:50 PM

I love this. Everything about it really, but the vocals really stand out, and Mr Z certainly gets the best out of "the band." I could really hear what he was doing in those "open spaces."
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/03/18 03:25 PM

That's the feel I was going for, J&B. Thanks for noticing and glad you enjoyed.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/03/18 03:26 PM

Thanks for listening, RDM. Glad you liked it.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/03/18 03:28 PM

Thanks Gavin, Mike knows how to bring out my best. Glad you liked the results.

Ricki
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:50 PM

Thanks for the listen David. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:51 PM

Thanks for your time and thoughts Deej.Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:51 PM

Hey Paul,thanks for stopping by and taking a listen. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:52 PM

Thanks so much,Lane. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:52 PM

Alright Mr. Nelson,much appreciated. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:53 PM

Hey Janice & Bud,thanks for your time and thoughts on this one. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:54 PM

Rainydayman,i appreciate your time. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 02:55 PM

Hey Gavin,thanks for the listen and kind words. Mike
Posted By: BonzaiWag

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/06/18 10:06 PM

Good song, there, Mikey...very nice...


malin
Posted By: Vicarn

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/07/18 01:59 PM

I like this one, especially the little yodel.

Vic
Posted By: Germain Brunet

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/07/18 03:18 PM

I really liked this. It really set a nice mood. Great instrumentation and production too...for this type song. I can hear this in a movie.
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/07/18 06:43 PM

Thanks, Malin. Mike's lyric really spoke to me. Glad you liked the results.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/07/18 06:49 PM

Thanks for tuning in, Vic. It just felt right at the time. smile

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/07/18 06:50 PM

Thanks, Germain. So can I. smile Nice to meet you and welcome to JPF.

Ricki
Posted By: Germain Brunet

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/08/18 07:26 PM

Thanks Ricki. I didn't just join but I certainly haven't been on here in years. Just really starting out here though. Still kinda lost here but finding my way around.

Germain
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/09/18 01:13 AM

If you're having any sort of problems Germain, just ask...there are a lot of helping hands around. smile
Posted By: steve_folk

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/09/18 04:59 AM

This song is absurdly awesome. Well f**** done. I am sharing this with everyone I know.
Posted By: Martin Lide

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/09/18 01:05 PM

Very nicely written and rendered song about a state of mind.

Put me there. Was depressing but felt "real."

Good art.
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/10/18 10:30 PM

Well all right Steve_folk, share away and thanks for listening.

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/10/18 10:31 PM

Thanks Martin. Mike L really cuts to it and Mike Z brings it home. Glad you liked it.

Ricki
Posted By: Scott Campbell

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/11/18 07:45 PM

This is a great collab. Super lyric, Mike, and Ricki really nailed the vocal. And Mike's production, as always, is a joy.

That chorus soars. smile

I thought of Lucinda Williams too.

Scott
Posted By: floyd jane

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/12/18 04:37 AM

Mike/Ricki/Michael...

A beautiful lyric.

A beautiful production.

A beautiful vocal.

fj
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/12/18 06:18 PM

Thanks, Scott. Lucinda came to mind as soon as I read Mike L's lyrics and I tried to bring that out with the music and vocal. Mike Z then just took it over the top. I love it when these things come together! smile

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/12/18 06:19 PM

Thanks for listening, Floyd and glad you liked our efforts.

Ricki
Posted By: TamsNumber4

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 02:57 AM

It hurts when you're perched in a valley so low
Where the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow

Wonderful write, has some inner rhymes and a nice rhythm to it, very good phrasing, really like the tone of our voice on this one Ricki! The track is sweet, the instruments are bright and sad, it works for me, nice collaboration!

Tammy
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:02 PM

Hey Malin,i appreciate that. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:02 PM

Say there Vic,thanks for the listen. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:03 PM

Thanks for your time and kind words Germain. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:04 PM

thanks for your honesty,Steve. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:05 PM

i appreciate ya,Martin. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:06 PM

Thanks,Scott,it means a lot. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:06 PM

Alright Floyd,thanks. Mike
Posted By: Michael LeBlanc

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/13/18 03:07 PM

Hi Tammy,thanks for the listen,much appreciated. Mike
Posted By: Deej56

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/17/18 04:31 AM

Mike, Ricki, Mike,

Been a while since I've had some time to spend on the board . . . glad I had a chance to listen to this one. Lyrics, vocals, production--a perfect marriage. Great listen!

All the best to you all,

Deej
Posted By: the_lyricwriter

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/17/18 12:14 PM

I love the lyric and the mix is great everything was nice if I had anything to say at all is I would like to see it a little just a tad not a lot faster not faster just a few BPM Great song
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/17/18 01:17 PM

Thanks for stopping by for a listen, Tammy and glad you liked it. Happy Birthday and many more!

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/17/18 01:20 PM

Thanks for listening, Deej. All the best backatcha!

Ricki
Posted By: Ricki E. Bellos

Re: Blue Bird LeBlanc/Bellos/Zaneski cowrite - 03/17/18 01:23 PM

Thanks for listening, Anthony and glad you liked what we did. I set the tempo somewhere between wistful and dirge. You could be right but I don't imagine a few BPM would matter, either way.

Ricki
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