Category Archives: Football Week

Football Week, Part 5: It’s Not Too Late to Start Watching Football

Here’s a jaunty little number (clearly broken up into three parts) to close out football week. The idea behind the song was based on the suggestion that I do a Football Project in 2006. One problem: the season had already started and I had missed a couple of weeks. So, I decided to make a small one (once a month, like I had been doing for my Baseball Projects) instead of the standard procedure for the previous two (weekly during the regular season, then grand finale). Since a full month had passed before I started work on this project, that became the subject matter for its opening cut. Clearly, I was on a Beach Boys / Brian Wilson kick when I made this track – check out all the stuff happening in the last section.

Production, mixing, all instruments by me. From The Football Project 2 1/2. Recorded in 2006.

It’s Not Too Late To Start Watching Football

Football Week, Part 4: Red Eye

Today’s entry is noteworthy for one big thing: This is the song that started The Football Project. In September of 2003, I was watching the first week of the new Football season. The first half of the game on TV was a lot of fun, but I got bored during the second half. So, in an effort to combat this boredom, I grabbed my trusty 5-string bass and started noodling around while the game kept playing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Production, mixing, all instruments by me. From The Football Project. Recorded on a 4-track at SUNY Purchase in 2003. Instrumentation note: This tune’s setup is two basses, guitar, and percussion.

Red Eye

Football Week, Part 3: Three And Out

“Three And Out”… perhaps one of the most avant-garde pieces I’ve ever done. The idea here was to make a musical representation of a “drive” that goes nowhere and forces a punt. The nice latin-y muzak-y sections of the song are the moments when the teams are in their huddles. Here’s what I imagine happens: First down was a run that gained a couple of yards, second down was an incomplete pass, the quarterback was sacked on third down, and the punt return featured a lot of cuts and moves but didn’t actually go anywhere. The bit in the fade-out is a parody of a horrible beer commercial that originally showed up in the track called “…And A Word From Your Local Station.” And now you know… the rest of the story. Enjoy!

Production, mixing, all instruments by me. From The Football Project. Recorded on a 4-track at SUNY Purchase in 2003.

Three And Out

Football Week, Part 2: Football Before Football

Admit it: you don’t pay attention to the pregame shows, either, do you? I know I don’t. At least, not anymore. I did pay attention to a pregame show one week in 2003 and this track is the result of my bad judgment. The script was completed before the games started and I knew I had recurring characters after this track’s reception in that week’s Masterclass. Since then, Babblin’ Bob Brown and Jumpin’ Joe Jehusephat were featured in four additional tracks and made a cameo in a fifth. So, I guess it worked out allright, huh?

Production, mixing, all instruments and voices by me. From The Football Project. Recorded on a 4-track at SUNY Purchase in 2003.

Football Before Football

Football Week, Part 1: It’s Football Time

It’s the week before That Big Giant Football Game That We Can’t Reference Without Paying Somebody For It. Sooo… how about a week of Football tunes? Today’s song is a parody of those horrible songs about football used in commercials and game lead-ins, complete with bland guitar riffs, empty threats, an absurdly forced rhyme, and a singer who would rather be anywhere but in that studio at that moment recording that song. I think I got my James Hetfield on pretty nicely in a couple spots here…

Recording, mixing, all instruments by me. Part of The Football Project 2. Recorded in 2004. The drums were cut on a 4-track and flown into Pro Tools, where everything else was done.

It’s Football Time