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#1139639 - 04/13/18 05:57 PM Working On My Broken Heart  
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A co-write with Floyd Jane.Smooth harmony vocals by Janice Merritt.Thanks so much,Floyd and Janice.

https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13716181

Working On My Broken Heart

Maybe some nails and a hammer
Or paperclips and glue
I'm trying my best to remember
But i aint got a clue
Need to think this through so i can make a start
Gotta get busy
Working on my broken heart

I might try a little whiskey
Though it hasn't worked before
Or something else just as risky
Like that blonde standing by the door
Just give me some time to figure out all these parts
I'll think of something
Working on my broken heart

Working on my broken heart
Trying to find that spark
How do you gather
Something so shattered
Like some puzzle in the dark
I'm doing my best
Working on my broken heart

Might be a piece missing here or there
But i think i can make it work
It needs to feel like somebody cares
To find its way out of this hurt
Might have a chance if i can catch this thing off guard
At least it's a plan
Working on my broken heart

Working on my broken heart
Trying to find that spark
How do you gather
Something so shattered
Like some puzzle in the dark
Doing my best
Working on my broken heart

Doing my best,working on my broken heart

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#1139642 - 04/13/18 06:30 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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wow Mike, Janice, Floyd I just really like this exceptional write, and then Floyd/Janice sings this, can`t hardly get any better than this work. what a treat. Vincent


"Grace always pours from a closing wound"
#1139644 - 04/13/18 07:54 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Very nice country ballad.

The acoustic guitar work is stellar. The vocals work really well, and the harmonies are a nice touch. Solid production.

Nicely done!

Peace,
TC


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#1139650 - 04/13/18 08:36 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Michael, Floyd and Janice-
Great tune here. Title, hook and story-telling: all well-crafted. All vocals, stellar.
I listened 2-3 times. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

#1139651 - 04/13/18 09:34 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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This is great. Should be on an album somewhere.

#1139667 - 04/14/18 12:12 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Michael,

Loved the lyrics when I read them on the L3 forum, but the tune, music, melody, production—everything just brings this to another level. The harmonies are really effective, adding depth and heart. Great guitar work; really pulls you in. Cool bridge.

Really, this is just excellent. Great job to you, Floyd, and everyone involved. Beautiful.

Good luck with it!

Kindest regards,

Deej

#1139670 - 04/14/18 12:23 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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One fine COLAB youall--so smooth and a little sad--sounds like a hit to me!

Mackie

#1139673 - 04/14/18 04:13 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hello to all,


Smooooooooth & very impressive.


Calvin


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#1139682 - 04/14/18 08:54 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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This is what collaborations are all about... and that unique vocal of FJ really brings your lyric to life, Michael. Wonderful work all around. That backup singer you borrowed from Bud makes the harmonies pretty darn special. Thanks, Mike and friends...and best of luck with it. ----Dave

#1139694 - 04/14/18 10:52 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I love Fairport Covention the sound demo Dec me of their earl y Island Records output.
So g so g and vocal
Travis


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#1139696 - 04/14/18 11:22 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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thanks,Lane.We appreciate your time and kind words. Mike

#1139697 - 04/14/18 11:23 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey TC,glad to have you take a listen. Mike

#1139698 - 04/14/18 11:24 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Thanks so much EJ,much appreciated. Mike

#1139699 - 04/14/18 11:24 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Alright Rainydayman,i agree.Thanks. Mike

#1139700 - 04/14/18 11:27 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey Deej,we appreciate that.I gave the ball to Floyd and he ran like a madman with it.I'm really happy to have Floyd as a co-writer.Janice does a mighty fine job as well. Mike

#1139701 - 04/14/18 11:27 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey Mackie,thanks a lot Mike

#1139702 - 04/14/18 11:28 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey Calvin,thanks for checking this out. Mike

#1139703 - 04/14/18 11:30 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Thanks Dave.Well you know Floyd does a pro job all around.He edits and straightens my words out so hopefully they make better sense,as you know a rarely rewrite myself.Thanks. Mike

#1139708 - 04/14/18 12:29 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I'm having keyboard issues you might have noticed !
Sorry about my comment earlier lol
I'll keep it there anyhow it'll help to keep the thread churning


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1139709 - 04/14/18 01:12 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey Mike that is one nice tune! The lyrics are nice and vivid. And the harmonies were really nice as well! The music and melody fit well!
Well done to you, Floyd and Janice!


Everything we have has come from you, and we
give you only what you have already given us!

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#1139726 - 04/14/18 05:28 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: TC Perkins]  
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Originally Posted by lane1777
wow Mike, Janice, Floyd I just really like this exceptional write, and then Floyd/Janice sings this, can`t hardly get any better than this work. what a treat. Vincent


Vincent - Thanks for the nice comments. We all appreciate it....



Originally Posted by TC Perkins
Very nice country ballad.

The acoustic guitar work is stellar. The vocals work really well, and the harmonies are a nice touch. Solid production.

Nicely done!

Peace,
TC


TC - thanks for having a listen. The acoustic guitars are tracks generated in BIAB (as are 95% of all my tracks). The production and mix are, of course, dependent on the user and how well they use their tools (as is always the case) - so thanks for mentioning the production... (mixed in Studio One Professional).

#1139732 - 04/14/18 07:21 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey fellas,

This song had me in the first measure of the 1st verse! Beautiful in all respects. Great collab guys!

steady-eddie

#1139751 - 04/15/18 09:38 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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this is a nice song well written and recorded and performed nice

Anthony

#1139768 - 04/15/18 11:51 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hey wait a minute now, you been workin on this one haven't you.....lol

Yeah, I remember the first draft, I think you tightened it up a lot.

Nice work all the way around.

Floyd, you have a very believable voice, hope u ain't full of s..... Lol

Enjoyed my listen.

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Originally Posted by Fdemetrio
Hey wait a minute now, you been workin on this one haven't you.....lol

Yeah, I remember the first draft, I think you tightened it up a lot.

Nice work all the way around.

Floyd, you have a very believable voice, hope u ain't full of s..... Lol

Enjoyed my listen.



fd - I was hoping you might drop in for a listen, since you had commented on Mike's original lyric. I did the re-write of the lyric - Mike is always really good about letting me "run with it" - and I had already changed all the things that you noted - for all the reasons that you stated (and told Mike then that you had hit on the salient points - good read...).

Mike's original had "good bones" - a really good place to start for a co-write...

Whether I'm full of it is, of course debatable...

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#1139784 - 04/15/18 09:02 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Sounds just as you would expect pros at work, to sound.

Mike never ceases to amaze me and Floyd and Janice really brought it home.
The pain or maybe just the over all vibe brought Kenny Rogers - "Lucille". to my mind.

Outstanding work folks




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#1139799 - 04/16/18 01:18 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Floyd, that's great man. Mike had the concept, you added some fine tuning to it and the finish was excellent.

Hopefully, it leads to more cowrites between u two

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Originally Posted by Fdemetrio
Floyd, that's great man. Mike had the concept, you added some fine tuning to it and the finish was excellent.

Hopefully, it leads to more cowrites between u two


Mike is an excellent writer (lyrist). We have done 11 or 12 co-writes (enough for an album!). All started as a complete lyric by Mike. I make changes as I see fit (Mike is great about that). That ends up being varying degrees with each lyric. Some are changed only slightly. This is one of the more "dramatic changes" - and it is still "a good amount of Mike". I think it's a great partnership...

#1139806 - 04/16/18 09:28 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: RainyDayMan]  
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Originally Posted by ejlawrence
Michael, Floyd and Janice-
Great tune here. Title, hook and story-telling: all well-crafted. All vocals, stellar.
I listened 2-3 times. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.


We appreciate that, ej...


Originally Posted by RainyDayMan
This is great. Should be on an album somewhere.


Wouldn't that be nice?!!.... Thanks, Owen...

#1139837 - 04/17/18 09:19 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Deej56]  
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Originally Posted by Deej56
Michael,

Loved the lyrics when I read them on the L3 forum, but the tune, music, melody, production—everything just brings this to another level. The harmonies are really effective, adding depth and heart. Great guitar work; really pulls you in. Cool bridge.

Really, this is just excellent. Great job to you, Floyd, and everyone involved. Beautiful.

Good luck with it!

Kindest regards,

Deej


Deej - thanks from all of us - really appreciate that very nice review...

#1139841 - 04/17/18 10:55 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Shows how differently a song can be interpreted. When I saw the lyric a week or so ago I imagined a rocker, then Floyd comes up with a sweet ballad.
Well done both.

Vic


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#1139858 - 04/18/18 10:58 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Calvin]  
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Originally Posted by Mackie H.
One fine COLAB youall--so smooth and a little sad--sounds like a hit to me!

Mackie


We appreciate that, Mackie...



Originally Posted by Calvin
Hello to all,


Smooooooooth & very impressive.


Calvin


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Thanks, Calvin...

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Originally Posted by Dave Rice
This is what collaborations are all about... and that unique vocal of FJ really brings your lyric to life, Michael. Wonderful work all around. That backup singer you borrowed from Bud makes the harmonies pretty darn special. Thanks, Mike and friends...and best of luck with it. ----Dave


Thanks for stopping by, Dave. Appreciate it.


Originally Posted by Travis david
I love Fairport Covention the sound demo Dec me of their earl y Island Records output.
So g so g and vocal
Travis


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#1139879 - 04/19/18 08:30 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: E Swartz]  
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Originally Posted by Todd Strachan
Hey Mike that is one nice tune! The lyrics are nice and vivid. And the harmonies were really nice as well! The music and melody fit well!
Well done to you, Floyd and Janice!


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Originally Posted by E Swartz
Hey fellas,

This song had me in the first measure of the 1st verse! Beautiful in all respects. Great collab guys!

steady-eddie


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#1139936 - 04/20/18 09:33 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Nelson]  
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Originally Posted by the_lyricwriter
this is a nice song well written and recorded and performed nice

Anthony


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Originally Posted by Nelson
Sounds just as you would expect pros at work, to sound.

Mike never ceases to amaze with me and Floyd and Janice really brought it home.
The pain or maybe just the over all vibe brought Kenny Rogers - "Lucille". to my mind.

Outstanding work folks




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#1139944 - 04/20/18 04:50 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I agree with all the positive comments above. Very nice.

#1139957 - 04/20/18 09:53 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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It just doesn’t get much better tan Micael’s Lyric and a Floyd and Janice vocal, Simply beautiful in all respects. Nothing more needs said.

Dave

#1139982 - 04/21/18 09:39 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hi Michael,

It as been a while since I've given an ear to a song of yours. I enjoy this one for it kelp my interest from start to end. I don't have any critique. Nice song

Irwin

#1139991 - 04/21/18 11:35 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Great team effort, Mike, Floyd and Janice, coming together and bringing it home. Well done!

Ricki

#1140041 - 04/22/18 10:57 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Your song got stuck in my head. Eventually and idea came to me. So, if you want to hear an idea that beats your hook into the ground follow the link.
Broken Heart - chorus idea

#1140111 - 04/22/18 11:57 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: GocartMoz]  
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Originally Posted by Vicarn
Shows how differently a song can be interpreted. When I saw the lyric a week or so ago I imagined a rocker, then Floyd comes up with a sweet ballad.
Well done both.

Vic


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Originally Posted by Bob_Dietrich
I agree with all the positive comments above. Very nice.


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Originally Posted by GocartMoz
It just doesn’t get much better tan Micael’s Lyric and a Floyd and Janice vocal, Simply beautiful in all respects. Nothing more needs said.

Dave


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#1140113 - 04/23/18 04:19 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Hi Floyd, Michael, Janice,

Very smooth altogether and very country.
Great work!

Cheers.

#1140140 - 04/23/18 11:40 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: RichMac]  
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Originally Posted by Irwin
Hi Michael,

It as been a while since I've given an ear to a song of yours. I enjoy this one for it kelp my interest from start to end. I don't have any critique. Nice song

Irwin


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Originally Posted by Ricki E. Bellos
Great team effort, Mike, Floyd and Janice, coming together and bringing it home. Well done!

Ricki


Thanks, Ricki....



Originally Posted by Bob_Dietrich
Your song got stuck in my head. Eventually and idea came to me. So, if you want to hear an idea that beats your hook into the ground follow the link.
Broken Heart - chorus idea


Thanks for the input, Bob....


Originally Posted by RichMac

Hi Floyd, Michael, Janice,

Very smooth altogether and very country.
Great work!

Cheers.


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#1140141 - 04/23/18 11:42 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Mike - Thanks again for your strong write of the original lyric - and letting me have free reign to change and modify to go where I felt it should...

Janice (and Bud) - Thanks for the wonderful backup!

#1140155 - 04/23/18 06:03 PM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Thank all of you so much for mentioning me or my small part with the harmony!

Janice


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#1140652 - 05/11/18 01:06 AM Re: Working On My Broken Heart [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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OK...Michael....this is awesome. Gotta be the best country / pop I've heard in some time.
This is the one you want to "get out there". A GREAT collab. and a very fine tune. I really like this.
Sweet stuff!
Thanks!
-Tom

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