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.
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!
The instrumental EP continues!
I knew I wanted to mix it up with something mellow about halfway through the EP. This one really came about after thinking about my favorite Dredg album and all of its little incidental tracks, all of which are less than two minutes. So… why not keep that mellow thing about halfway through nice and short? After I put that chord progression together, the title practically suggested itself. Were I ever able to afford pressing this EP on vinyl, this would definitely be the last track on Side A.
As always, thanks for listening! Feel free to let me know what you think. Enjoy the start of summer and I’ll see you soon.
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.
After seven months, Distinct Hitting Motion finally reaches its end.
From the onset, this tune was going to be the longest one in the project. For one, it seems to make sense that the closing track is the longest… especially with how long most of the postseason games took. For another thing, I fully admit I was thinking a lot about the band Coheed and Cambria, particularly their song “The Light and the Glass” which clocks in at over eight minutes. Of course, I can’t sing nearly as high as Claudio Sanchez, but…
The lyrics were written in one night, the music was definitely not. The first half of the closing riff and the opening bit both came to me while I was at work – the benefits of teaching private lessons for a living! Musically, the biggest challenge was bridging the gap between those two parts. Lyrically, the biggest challenge was just getting started – that “struggle to find the words to say” line was both a snapshot of me at that moment and the catalyst I needed to get the ball rolling. Go figure, huh?
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 again soon.
We’ve made it to the semifinals. Time for something completely different!
I knew in this spot I wanted to do something poppy, especially after how the last song ended. Couple that with the fact that everything so far was played straight with no real shuffle/swing feel and this one nearly wrote itself. To really compliment this, I decided to gleefully ignore the music theory rules of diatonic harmony and go nuts with chords that “don’t belong” in the key of G. Lastly, I realized that the bridge was an excellent time to call back to the first song, complete with solo.
Lyrically, this one’s completely straightforward. They’re among the final four teams! Hooray! Too bad they’re losing…
This song’s recording trick (besides all of the vocals, most of which are intentionally buried in the mix): The guitar solo on this recording was the first take… but I felt it didn’t have enough dirt. So, solo’d the track, ran a cable out from my interface, and recorded the solo going through my Orange amp. It didn’t add a lot of dirt, but it was enough to separate it in the mix. Also, for you guitar freaks: The left guitar is the Gibson, the right guitar (and the solo) is the Telecaster. Both rhythm guitars had the pickup switch in the middle position. See if you can hear the difference!
As always, thank you for listening! Feel free to share and let me know what you think. Take care and come on back in two weeks for this project’s finale!