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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!

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.

Edmas 2016: Christmas In 11 Minutes (And 24 Seconds)

santaball.pngWell, it’s that time of year again, isn’t it?! This year gives us the new longest batch I’ve ever done (over a full minute longer than 2014) and a theme – songs from movies and TV shows. This theme meant I wound up playing the most difficult tunes I’ve ever tackled in these annual holiday projects – I have the charts and the Guitar Pro file to prove it. The end result, though, was well worth the effort. The annual “traditions” are all there, though the layered guitar bit is a little different this time around. Enjoy!

Christmas Vacation

What’s This

Linus And Lucy

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Recorded and mixed at The House, Rochester, NY, November 2016. Mike’s contributions recorded at Sukhenko Design, Rochester, NY. Guitar noodling/solo and line reciting in “Christmas Vacation”: Mike Sukhenko. Additional vocals/yelling in “What’s This”: Ed, Steve Begy, Kate Begy, Adam Donnelly, and Eric “Irk” Bryan. Additional vocals/yelling in “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”: Ed, Steve Begy, Kate Begy, Adam Donnelly, Eric “Irk” Bryan, Mike Sukhenko, Rob Klingenberger, and Sarah Klingenberger. Grover in “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”: Steve Begy.

 

 

 

 

 

Edmas 2015: Christmas in 7 Minutes

santaball.pngWell, judging by the calendar on my computer, it’s about that time of year again. MORE CHRISTMAS RECORDINGS! This is my eighth year in a row making these little EPs and it’s been fun every time. This year, though, I made this batch a lot earlier than usual. I guess it was a subconscious decision to make December as stress-free as possible… But hey – I’m not complaining. The standard “traditions” are all in place, including the new gang vocal bit. We took that to the next level this year – twenty-three people pitched in. Enjoy!

Do You Hear What I Hear

Little Saint Nick

Last Christmas

Here Comes Santa Claus

Recorded and mixed at The House, Rochester, NY, Oct-Nov 2015. Additional vocals/yelling recorded by Ed at NCCC Room F112, Sanborn, NY. Additional vocals/yelling on “Last Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Steve Begy, Kate Begy, Adam Donnelly, Brandon Fess, Jillian Sherwin, Eric “Irk” Bryan, Morgan Brader, Maria Fabiano, Zachary McDonnell, Matt Sawyer, Mike Fortin, Zachary Kronenwetter, Nathan McCrea, Chris La Greca, Andrea Lynch, Courtney Pearson, Jeremy Schlierf, Jake Butcher, Mat Mondo, Scott Woodean, Jesse Johnston.

Edmas 2013: Christmas in 6 Minutes (And 8 Seconds)

santaball.pngWell, here we are again. Another calendar year has gone by, sooo… MORE CHRISTMAS SONGS! This year’s batch is a nice mix of secular and sacred with lots of twists and just as many guest spots. But, since we can’t just ignore traditions, all of mine are in place – the “way too fast” song, the harmonized guitar lead, “holy crap”, and even that awesome crashing sound. This batch also marked a first for me – I had never recorded a slamming door until now. Overall, this was a fun set to make and I’m happy with the results. Enjoy!

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

Blue Christmas

Joy To The World

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Recorded and mixed at The House, Rochester, NY, Nov-Dec 2013. Piano on “Blue Christmas” by Rob Klingenberger. Additional vocals/yelling on “Joy to the World” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Peangatelli, and Steve Begy.

Edmas 2012: Christmas in 5 Minutes (And 26 Seconds)

santaball.pngWell, friends, it’s that time of year again. It’s Christmas time… and most of you know what that means. Yes, it’s time for me to dust off the ol’ Christmas music book and skewer four more songs! This year’s batch is one of the shortest I’ve ever done, only longer than the first real batch I did with Mike Huurman in 2008. Unlike last year, though, I’m way ahead of the game this time around, so I’ll update this blog with more detailed descriptions of these tracks. In the meantime, though, here’s the entire EP, free to download, in one convenient spot. Enjoy!

All of my Christmas recording traditions are here, including the harmonized guitar lead and the “holy crap” sound file… twice! This year provided its own set of unique challenges, though. Since I now live in an apartment in central Ohio, I could not use real drums this time – these drums are all as a result of Toontrack programs. Everything else is real. This batch also has a first for these things – a guest guitar solo! My friend Mike Sukhenko played the solo in “Winter Wonderland”. Thanks, Mike!

Winter Wonderland

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Carol of the Bells

Home For the Holidays

Instrument recording and Drum programming by Ed at Thea Partment, Columbus, OH, November 2012. Vocals recorded at The House, Rochester, NY November 23-24 2012. Additional vocals on “Winter Wonderland” by Rob Klingenberger. Guitar solo on “Winter Wonderland” by Mike Sukhenko. Mike’s solo recorded in Rochester, NY. Mixed at Thea Partment, Columbus, OH.