New Song and Video – Silver Bells Played on the Radio

Part of my ride home from Cape Cod on Saturday was in the cold pouring rain. There were Christmas songs by indie rock bands on the radio. I thought “I need to write a Christmas song!”

In the mean time, there were so many jerks on the road that evening, and one super huge jerk tailgating me for miles. At times I could see his ultra angry face. I really thought he was going to pull out a machine gun and start shooting at any moment.

By the time I got home I had all of the words and the melody for a new, dark, Christmas song.

I played around with it Sunday morning and then recorded all of the instrument parts Sunday afternoon and evening. I recorded the vocals after work on Monday and did the video Monday evening.

OK, a lot of issues – it was a rush job! Truthfully, I don’t know if I can sing any better – my voice is always bad, so… Anyway, here it is Tuesday and I am sharing it with you. (It is dark, but with hope at the end.)

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

I hope you enjoyed the video.

Anyway, music nerd stuff. Most of the sounds are the Prophet Rev 2, though the main bass is Behringer Poly-D. And, funny thing, try counting to it. lol. Not easy? I cal it in Five-Four, but a big chunk of it is actually alternating two-four and three-four. I say that since it often starts on “Four” of the Five-Four measure, which would be “One” of a Two-Four measure.

No idea what I said? Oh well, music nerd stuff.

I plan on doing a slightly less dark Christmas song some day.

I hope you enjoyed :)

23 thoughts on “New Song and Video – Silver Bells Played on the Radio

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I play and write a lot of music, but don’t sing much any more. Someday I may take lessons so I can tolerate my voice a little more and perhaps write more lyrics :) Anyway, you may see this pop up again – this isn’t this weeks “Smile post” and it is possible I will use it for next week. (This week was another “It’s the small stuff that counts” post).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Have you heard the story behind Genesis’ Turn it On Again? This was similar – I thought it was 4-4 or perhaps 3-4 (Silver Bells is 3-4), so was surprised when I sat down and couldn’t make what I had been playing work until I tired 5-4! (Of course the tune mentioned above was 13-4, but that’s another story ;) ).
      Yes, driving can be a nightmare! but at least this time it inspired a song.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Mike R: (plays guitar)
          Phil C: Did you know that is in 13-4?
          Mike R: No it isn’t, it’s 4-4
          Phil C: (proves you don’t argue rhythm with a drummer)
          Entire Club going world, early 1980s: Why do I always trip up when dancing to this song?

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