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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!

The Assignment

This semester, I had a great idea for my Rock Ensemble class. Instead of assigning bands or eras to cover, how about a specific thing to use in an original song? So I did. Every band in the class this semester has to use the following chord progression:

Am   G   F   Dm   E

Yes, five chords. Was that intentional? You bet. Want a four-measure phrase? Then you have to make a decision somewhere. Want one chord per measure? Then you’re stuck with a five-measure phrase. Pick your poison!

In a show of solidarity, I decided to partake in this assignment as well. And uh… hmm… how to put this… I went overboard.

The chord progression happens in two places – the beginning and the end. In between, I channeled my inner Opeth and wrote lyrics about a college student finally sitting down to write a 10-page paper that was assigned at least a month ago. Got the assignment “today”, huh? Riiiiight…

Please enjoy, let me know what you think, and I’ll see you soon.

4th and Goal Theme Song

Believe it or not, I tend to enjoy musical commissions. Earlier this year, I was asked by a friend of mine to make opening and closing theme music for a podcast he co-hosts, called “4th and Goal“. He told me what it’s about – FOOTBALL, of course – and gave me a good blueprint for the voiceovers. Other than that, I was left to my own devices. So hmm… what should I do? Naturally, I settled on what I tend to do best – heavy. I give you the 4th and Goal opening theme, with no voiceover.

4th and Goal Open

I set up a typical-ish podcast intro, adding some sound effects and a commentator… and then we crash into a 90s groove metal vibe. For those of you keeping score, that’s five of me yelling “FOOTBALL” before the metal kicks in.

For the closing theme, I just went straight for the 90s groove metal vibe and took the “theme and variations” route. The two riffs sound similar, but they’re not the same. I also put them in reverse order to keep things interesting. Here’s the closing theme, also with no voiceover.

4th and Goal Close

I know it’s not very “90s groove metal” of me to throw in a guitar lead, but my gut told me something needed to be there so I did it anyway. Enjoy, let me know what you think, and I’ll see you next time.