Category Archives: Video

Distinct Hitting Motion: That’s Gonna Leave a Mark…

Baseball players. They seem to have a reputation as the “everyman” of athletes. I know they did when I was younger (in the 1980s and 1990s (get off my lawn)), and I guess it just kinda stuck with me. So, as a result, sometimes they hurt themselves in amazing and hilarious ways. That’s the simple premise of this song.

This song was 100% inspired by the news of Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner landing on the disabled list after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident. I then looked up an old blog post about injuries of that ilk and it helped me write the second verse – yes, every single thing I mention is true.

The chorus – music and words – just kinda popped up at the same time. The song was written in two separate quick sessions… and a re-write during recording because I learned almost too late that MLB replaced the 15-day disabled list with the 10-day DL this year.

The final piece was my cousin Steve objecting to my pointing out of a guy who threw out his back sneezing. I mean, that can happen to anybody, right?

As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. Enjoy your day and I’ll see you in two weeks with a new song!

 

Distinct Hitting Motion: Early Deficits

Hooray! It’s baseball season! And your favorite team is off to a bad start. Yippee… This tune is dedicated to the Blue Jays, Giants, and Royals fans – whose favorite teams enter the month of May as the three worst teams in the league.

Musically, This one was inspired by two bands: Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age. I had been listening to them quite a bit when I sat down to write this song, which got me jonesin’ to play in good ol’ Drop-C tuning. It’s a tuning I rarely use but it worked out super well here.

In other news, I’m releasing monthly EPs. With this song, the first EP is now complete! It’s available to stream and download HERE.

As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. Take care and I’ll see you in two weeks with the next song!

Distinct Hitting Motion: Opening Day

It’s baseball season! Finally! Winter is over, spring is here, and my favorite sport is underway again! As the season approached, I thought “why not do another baseball project? It’s been years!” So… I mapped out a full project, thought of a bad joke for an album title, and got to work!

Musically, this one has a few twists. Between the intro and the Ol’ Ballgame ending bit, the song structure is almost identical to “A Hard Day’s Night”. I even put the guitar solo in the same spot… I wanted to keep this one simple and to the point, and I think it worked. Sure, the outro is a little gratuitous, maybe, but too bad – I did it anyway.

Lyrically, it’s about as straightforward as you get. It’s Opening Day! Baseball season! Overall, I was just going for a simple slice of power pop. Big, loud, fast, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The whole song was written in about an hour (except for one line in the first verse – I changed that towards the end of the recording process).

As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. The next tune goes live in two weeks, so I’ll see you then!

New Video?!

Yep – new video!

To compliment the release of “Overload! Overload!!”, I made a lyric video for the song. Enjoy!

As always, the single is available on my Bandcamp page, accessible by either clicking the link in the side bar or right here. Thanks for watching and also for listening.

Week 12 Addendum

Like “What The Hell Was That?!”, I decided to film myself recording “Tryptophan”. Shortly after I posted the song here, I began a furious video editing session and ended up with not one, but TWO videos! First, here’s the actual video:

And here’s the complete drum take:

Enjoy!

Week 4 Addendum

While I was at it, I filmed myself recording Week 4’s tune. After I finished mixing the track, I put this little thing together. Behold and enjoy!

Orb of Doom (And a New Band in the Works)

A few New Years Eves ago, I was hanging out with a bunch of friends and relatives playing video games. During the course of the night, one of them said to me, “You should make an album about Wii Bowling.” Not a bad idea, right? Well, the thought stewed in my brain for a little while… A few days later, we were playing that game again while listening to the first Dethklok album. During that time, the proverbial light bulb turned on. This is track 2 from the resulting 10-song concept album “Bowling Is Metal.”* The best part about the whole process was making a fun yet ordinary activity sound all big/heavy/brutal/intense…

This accompanying video features myself and three other dudes. The three other dudes (Robbie Ellis on guitar, Adam Donnelly on bass, Jared Tinkham on drums) and I make up a new band (still in rehearsal stages) called “…Of Doom!” The first official video for the band, this is also my directorial debut. Robbie and I filmed and edited what you see here.

Credits: All instruments, mixing, and most production by me. Drums recorded by Mike Huurman.

LISTEN: Orb of Doom

OBSERVE:

*If you think about it, Bowling really is metal. Throwing a large heavy round thing down an alley for the sole purpose of knocking a bunch of stuff over? That’s friggin’ METAL, man…

They’ve Been Recycling For Years

OR “Ed Likes Mastodon, part 12”. Commissioned by Jason Begy for a video project (you can find some of his other shenanigans and goings-on HERE), he asked for either a song that would fit over a bunch of stock footage or a song about stock footage. Naturally, I took the latter route and wrote the song about stock footage. Once again, production, mixing, and all voices and instruments by me.

(Non-guitar freaks: Skip this paragraph and head for the link.) For the guitar freaks: This was an opportunity to try an alternate tuning Mastodon uses from time to time. With everything already detuned a whole step, string 6 is lowered an additional 2 and a half steps. The result (low to high): A G C F A D. I think I’d use it more often if I had a guitar set up for it…

Listen here: They’ve Been Recycling For Years

Watch here: