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Distinct Hitting Motion: Day Games

It’s no secret that I love me some good ol’ power pop. Between “I Wanna Go Outside” and “Opening Day“, I’ve made no bones about my love for simple pop songs played loudly. And, since the last tune was a weird and heavy instrumental, I thought why not just keep it simple and have some fun this time around?

Even though I am as pale as it gets and prone to sunburn, I still love the concept of going to a ballgame in the early afternoon. I’ve been to two this year (as of this post) and they were both awesome. I think it’s a combination of just kinda hanging out outside for a few hours and also having the evening free after the game that appeals. I know I missed an opportunity and didn’t wear a hat in the video, but I have a few free hats from baseball games in my collection… Incidentally, as should be no surprise, I had a LOT less footage to sort through for this song than the last one – helps when the two rhythm guitar tracks were nailed on the first take…

As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. Have a good week and come on back in two weeks for a new song!

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“Overload! Overload!!” Is Here!

Yes, you read that title right. My new single is now available for stream and download on my Bandcamp page. To get there, you can either:

1. Click HERE or…

2. Click the “Bandcamp” link in the sidebar.

Check it out! And, as always, thanks for listening.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello there. Today, I am making an announcement. On August 5th, 2014 (two weeks from today as of this post), I will be releasing an old school-style single. Unfortunately, this won’t be on an actual 45rpm record, but maybe later…?

“Side A” of the single is “Overload! Overload!!”, also known as the “too much candy” song. Written in 2006 and routinely performed by my old band Smock, This is an all-new recording of the song, re-done from the ground up.

“Side B” is a brand new song called “Only The Important Questions”, This song came about after asking Twitter and Facebook for song topic suggestions one evening in an attempt to cure my boredom. Clearly, the attempt was successful… Written just this year, This single is the song’s first release.

To recap: NEW SINGLE. AUGUST 5TH, 2014. Where can you find it? On my Bandcamp page, of course. And since you’re here, check out the cover:

OverloadCover.

The Hockey Project: Drop It Already

Ten years (and one month, but whatever) ago, I unwittingly embarked on my first sports project. Dubbed “The Football Project”, I would write and record a song – or, in a few cases, a bizarre sort of soundscape – while watching football. I was a senior at SUNY Purchase at the time and it seemed like the thing to do while being bored on campus on Sundays. Not that I’m a big football fan – I enjoy it, but it’s not my favorite fall/winter sport. Well, ten years and eight sports projects later, I’m finally taking on my favorite fall/winter sport. Introducing: THE HOCKEY PROJECT!

Here’s how The Hockey Project will work: There will be a brand new song about hockey on this here site every two weeks throughout the regular season. When the playoffs start, I will make one song per round. In total, I will (or at least should) finish with 18 tracks when we wrap up in June.

So, when does the first song go up? Well… NOW. A little bit of the Canadian national anthem, a little bit of speed metal, and a long intro are in the mix for this song. Lyric-wise, I decided to write about the drastic spike in “guys getting kicked out of face-offs” that started last season. I started with the chorus, then wrote everything else after that. Seemed to work pretty well… Anyways, please to enjoy and I’ll see you in two weeks.

It’s Been A While, Hasn’t It?

Wow…. been a while, huh? Sorry about that. I’ve been playing regularly, but I guess my job has kinda taken this stuff out of me. I’ve been coming up with all sorts of ideas and riffs, but haven’t actually taken the time to record any of it. I will, though, and soon.

NEWS PART 1: Distinct Kicking Motion will return – in fact, it looks like I have a bass player lined up! Now the hard part: finding a drummer… But the whole band idea is starting to gel even more and I hope to solidify the band and get it off the ground when I return to Rochester in the summer.

NEWS PART B: Yes, you read that right. I’m leaving my job – and central Ohio – at the end of June. So what am I gonna do? Well, I’m going to try to be my own boss. My new music education venture will start to trickle out online in the coming days/weeks/months. Stay tuned! I’ll keep you posted here.

Well, I think that’s it. See you all soon.

P.S.: Yes, I realize it’s April Fool’s Day. This is not one of those April 1 joke posts, though. Not intentionally, anyway.

Distinct Kicking Motion – Hamdingers

This post is a big one here. Today, I debut a brand new band-type project: Distinct Kicking Motion!

Distinct Kicking Motion, ideally, will be a progressive rock/metal band with a prevailing sense of humor to go with all the crazy chops and whatnot. With this project, I intend to do two things:

  1. Get a band off the ground in my new home city of Columbus,
  2. Re-establish the writing discipline I had in college.
  3. There is no 3rd thing.

The plan is to release something new every Friday, most likely first on my brand new SoundCloud page. This is located here: http://soundcloud.com/distinctkickingmotion

So, when will the first song be released? How about right now! Here’s an unfinished – I say that because it needs lyrics – track called “Hamdingers”. Enjoy and I’ll see you next time.

Today Is My Brother’s Birthday

I guess I’ll just leave THIS here, then…

Song Fu 2012, Prompt #4: So That’s It, Then

Woah… OK. SO… Where in the world did I go?! Well, glad you asked. Shortly after I finished recording the Football Project finale, I got a job in – and moved to – Columbus, Ohio. With my uprooting and settling in to a new job/life, writing songs and recording stuff took a back seat… so much so that I missed two Song Fu prompts and got this one in almost a full week late! But I think I’m finally starting to relax a bit, so here we are, back on the Song Fu horse (proverbially speaking)!

The fourth prompt was to write a song about “your last day of work”. Well, hmm… I just got a new job, so there’s not much worth talking about there, unless I took it literally and meant the last day I had at work before I wrote it. That would’ve been a weird song about trying to get kids to play piano, so I scrapped that idea. But what I came up with instead was the most personal song I’ve written in years. This song is based on a true story – one day (about ten years ago), I went to work only to find that my workplace had been shut down for good. No warning or anything – just gone. The lights were on, there was some random business card on the floor, but the place was completely locked up and I didn’t have a key. I ultimately didn’t lose a whole lot of sleep over it – I was getting sick of the job and I was about to go back to college anyway – but the sudden change of employment was still quite a shock.

Musically, this was definitely inspired by the Jethro Tull song “Wond’ring Aloud”. But, I used an electric guitar here as the additional instrument because I don’t have a piano or a string quartet at my disposal. That musical inspiration is also the impetus behind the seemingly out of place final lyric of the song. Enjoy!

So That’s It, Then

The Football Project Finale: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Spectacle

Well, here we are. It’s the end of a project… and I decided to end it with a doozy. Going into this tune, I knew that none of these tunes had cleared the 5 minute mark (although a few came close) and I wanted to clear it by a wide margin this time. As a result, there is a LOT more going on here than usual… so much so that I think the song can be divided into three or four sections.

Lyrically, the chorus is a nod to the song title and its origins. I stole the subtitle from the movie “Dr. Strangelove” and replaced “Bomb” with “Spectacle” for this song’s title, so I thought “It’s a strange love, doctor” would make for an excellent chorus! Otherwise, it’s just kind of a romp through a typical Super Bowl Sunday night… again, far more from a fan’s perspective than a player. HOWEVER – and thanks to my friends Mike Huurman and Brandon Fess for this – the players get involved as a challenge flag is thrown at around 2:40.

I couldn’t stop with just that stuff, now, could I? Oh no… so I added MORE! Look out for commentators, clean sections in an otherwise heavy tune, and the requisite end-of-season montage at the end, sending this track over the 9-minute mark. Enjoy! Thank you for listening and for sticking around to see the end of this whole project. This has been a lot of fun for me and I hope it shows in the music.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Spectacle

The Football Project, Week 1: It Has Begun… Again

Wait, I was probably supposed to make an announcement, wasn’t I? OK, here goes:

*ahem*

I’M DOING A FOOTBALL PROJECT THIS YEAR. New song for each week for the regular season. And, if you’re good*, I’ll make a song for the S***r B**l, too! This is my third Football Project – fourth if you count the seven-track one-per-month project I did a few years ago – and it feels like the right time to bring it back. Stay tuned to this here blog – each week’s new song will be posted by 5:00pm Eastern time on Wednesday at the very latest.

NOW, on to the song! The premise is quite simple: it’s a celebration of all things football in heavy metal form (even leaving your fantasy team’s best player on the bench). Since the season’s first Sunday was September 11th – and each game contained a 9/11 patriotic ceremony – I decided to throw my patriotic hat into the fray at the end. If you know my musical habits, you can probably guess what happens… Sing along!

It Has Begun… Again

*Or not