We’ve made it! Another year is in the books, so it’s time for yet another Christmas EP! This one was fun to make… and a bit of a workout, too. The theme this year wasn’t readily apparent when I just looked at the songs I picked, but it emerged as I was putting it together. Since two of the four songs don’t really have a whole lot going for them, the name of the game wound up being SPEED. In terms of tempos, this is quite possibly the fastest batch I’ve ever made. The click track was set at over 300 beats per minute for two of them… Enjoy!
Nuttin’ for Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Frosty the Snowman
Recorded and mixed at The ‘Berger Joint, Rochester NY, October-November 2019. Additional vocals/yelling in “Nuttin’ for Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Erika Bryan, Steve Begy, Adam Donnelly, Tom Klingenberger, Karen Klingenberger, Cameron Cole, Jake Butcher, and Jeremy Schlierf. Cameron, Jake, and Jeremy were recorded at The Cole House, Clarence Center, NY, November 2019.
Happy December! It’s the time of year where I post new Christmas recordings for your listening… pleasure? Sure, we’ll go with that. For the third consecutive year, this batch has a theme. This time around, the theme centers around a single songwriter – every song I recorded this year was either written or co-written by Johnny Marks. I had to go a little obscure for a couple of these but two others will be well-known to you almost immediately. Also, I decided to go back and revisit the old friend that started me on this path. Most of the annual “traditions” are here, but I replaced the layered guitar solo with a nod to a seminal punk band with the first song. If you would like cover art, I’m using this picture for it. Enjoy!
Run Rudolph Run
The Most Wonderful Day of the Year
The Night Before Christmas Song
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
UPDATE: If you would prefer to stream the whole EP, here you go!
Recorded and mixed at The ‘Berger Joint, Rochester NY, October-November 2018. Guitar solo in “Run Rudolph Run”: Mike Sukhenko. Count-off in “Run Rudolph Run”: Adam Donnelly. Additional vocals in “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year”: Tom Klingenberger and Steve Begy. Additional vocals/yelling in “Run Rudolph Run” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Mike Sukhenko, Erika Bryan, Steve Begy, Brandon Fess, Pete Johnson, Dan Bell, and Adam Donnelly.
Here’s a thing I made!
I thought I’d try my hand at a lyric video…
Originally the B-side to “I Wanna Go Outside”, this is also one of the few Distinct Kicking Motion songs I’ve had the chance to play live. Check it out, hope you like it, and let me know what you think!
At long last, the wait is over. Time for this year’s Christmas EP! I was more prepared than usual this time around – This year’s songs were actually picked last year. Since I enjoyed the themed batch then, I decided to do it again this year (and next year, too – you’ll find out then). This year’s theme: Presents. Three of the four songs have “I Want” in the title and the fourth is the old chestnut that I somehow hadn’t touched until this, the tenth(!) batch. All the hallmarks are here, just waiting for you to find them. Enjoy!
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
All I Want for Christmas Is You
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
The 12 Days of Christmas
Recorded and mixed at The ‘Berger Joint, Rochester, NY, November 2017. Additional vocals/yelling in “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “The 12 Days of Christmas”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Adam Donnelly, and Brandon Fess.
It’s the spring! Flowers bloom, grass starts to grow, leaves some back, and baseball season starts. Unfortunately, this spring has also given us rain. Lots and lots of rain. So much rain that as of this post (Memorial Day 2017), my hometown Rochester Red Wings have been rained out nine times. Nine times! How in the world are they gonna make up all of those rainouts? Through one of the things I love about baseball – doubleheaders!
Because minor league doubleheaders are shortened to seven innings, I decided to write a shorter song (clocking in at about a minute and a half), throw in some dead time on the organ, then play the song again. I did physically play and sing the song twice, though. Copying and pasting would’ve felt like cheating and not every baseball game is the same, so playing the song twice felt right. I also didn’t show the organ or the voiceover in the video because you usually can’t see the announcer or the organist in a ballpark.
As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. Have a good day and I’ll see you in two weeks with a new song!
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!
Well, 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!
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.
Well, 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
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.