christmas songs – 1. “christmas song”
December 4, 2008
so after i quit trying to apply to graduate school, i decided that i was going to record a christmas EP. i hadn’t been recording or really even playing music for a while and i thought that the change might be kind of nice. and at first, it was amazing! just like when i started working on my grad school portfolio, i had this amazing burst of creativity in which i wrote two full songs and recorded the beginnings of them as well as several covers. then (just like with grad school!) my energy waned and i got distracted and then the feedback loop of creative dread started (not having energy and feeling distracted but feeling like i should have energy and not be distracted and then feeling bad about this so having less energy and being distracted and etc.) so instead of doing one release with 5 or 6 songs, i’m going to put them out more piecemeal which i don’t even know why i’m going on about this because do you really give a shit?
this is the first track i wrote and recorded for the christmas EP. it’s called, appropriately enough, “christmas song.” i think musically i was kind of going for the midpoint between kid rock and pavement, erring more on the side of kid rock (when i was laying down the guitars and the lyrics weren’t quite finished, i did a scratch vocal with some of the lyrics from “bawitdabaw”). i’m fairly satisfied with it – i don’t like how in the verses the muted guitar parts are so noisy but i can’t rerecord them for annoying technical reasons. i tried to eq out some of the really annoying tones but it seems like with that much gain, i was hitting harmonics basically everywhere on the neck. i also feel like the octave solo at the end is pretty de rigeur for me but i just really wanted a solo there. in an earlier draft there were some strings in the background but the mix seemed too busy so i took them out.