Distinct Kicking Motion: Vicious Leaf Attack

One of the best things about creating your own music is the simple fact that you can do whatever you want. As long as it “works” and “makes sense”, your songs can be about anything. On the same token, it’s a little known fact that songs don’t have to be in 4/4 time in order to work. This little guy here is a case of both.

Lyrically (What? Lyrically?! Yes, this track has lyrics!), this song is based on a true story. In what must have been a truly harrowing scene, my brother was out for a run one morning when he was slapped in the face by a rogue leaf. As soon as he told me about it, the phrase “vicious leaf attack” popped up and the song started to write itself.

The first thing to show up was, of course, the main riff and chorus. I grabbed my trusty 8-string and started to play… and I had that riff within minutes. The fact that it’s in 7/4 made it even more fun for me (You know how I am with odd meters). So, as a result, the whole song is in 7 except for the “verse”, which is in 9/8 instead. Sometimes I think odd meters work better when there’s no 4/4 for contrast…

So there you have it – a weird prog-metal song about getting slapped around by Mother Nature. See? You really can write songs about anything. Enjoy!

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