As you may recall, last year I released a pandemic-themed holiday EP about five days before Christmas. I’ll Stay Home for Christmas was literally made in a week flat, and people seemed to like it, but also it had the expected lifespan of a mayfly. Three out of five songs were specific to Christmas 2020! Surely nobody would have any use for it in the far-off future of 2021!
Yeah, so, that turned out to be a bit optimistic. So, first, it’s still on Bandcamp, and you can name your own price for it! (You can also buy it on iTunes and other places, but you’ll be stuck with the price they set.) But also, it’s now being joined by a second EP!
In addition to being four new tracks of holiday-themed music, Have Yourself Another COVID Christmasis the first release on which I did all the audio production myself! This is more of a warning than a selling point, I suppose. I spent a lot of time moving sliders and knobs more or less at random and trying to figure out if the results were better or worse. But it’s been a valuable learning experience, and I think the results are pretty good?
It’s also available on Bandcamp for whatever you feel like paying for it, which can be “free.” Please do check it out!
I Want a Refund consists of thirteen tracks with comedy, feelings, gender, and earworms. Plus a bonus track with a second version of “The Pronouns Song,” because the Kickstarter went well, and that was a stretch goal. If you download it from Bandcamp, you’ll also get a PDF with the CD booklet (containing lyrics, credits, and acknowledgements) and another PDF with a songbook (containing lyrics and chords).
Also available through the Bandcamp page are the CD version itself, and sets of buttons, in case you missed the Kickstarter and want another chance at getting the physical media. 🙂
(You can also buy it on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, or Tidal. The PDFs are exclusive to Bandcamp, because my distributor for other platforms doesn’t offer a way of including those.)
The final version of this album has been brought to you by 89 Kickstarter backers, to whom I am most grateful! This has been a long and wild journey. I am thrilled to share the results, and I hope y’all will find that it was worth it!
2020 has not been your typical year. (For one thing, it’s felt more like a decade.) Pandemic cases are on the rise, social distancing remains the order of the day, your uncle can’t figure out how to use his microphone in the family Zoom chat…will your typical Christmas music cut it in these trying times?
I think not. Your typical Christmas song is about people everywhere gathering together to sing about peace and harmony before going back to loathing each other on Boxing Day. “Gathering together to sing” is like the #1 thing we can’t do this year. This demands new songs. Perhaps an EP of new songs, songs that are all about the present moment.
This is my first EP, and I’m very excited about it. (I have a Bandcamp page, y’all! And album art!) And it’s pay-what-you-like, which can include “free.” I hope you enjoy it!
One final note: this was recorded and mixed in less than a week. If you think this is pretty good, wait’ll you hear the album we’ve been putting way more time and effort into. But that’s something for 2021…
I haven’t been keeping this website updated very well, partly because my day job is particularly busy right now, but mostly because I haven’t really figured out what to do with this website. At this point, its primary purpose is to link to my YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, and Patreon page.
But my favorite band covering a song I wrote—particularly a song that I think is Good and Useful, a song I devoutly hoped other people would cover—definitely ranks a post here. I am so thrilled! It racked up more than 2,000 views in its first five days, and it’s gotten lots of positive comments from around the world.
(If you’d like to cover it yourself, please do! Here are the lyrics and chords. Feel free to change all the names and use different pronoun sets, if you’d like.)
A new song to go with the name of my act! Like “Friday” before it, this uses the ’50s chord progression, AKA the Ice Cream Changes, AKA the Heart and Soul chords, among other names.
(In this case, it also uses the same key and strumming pattern as DeAnne Smith’s “Nerdy Love Song.” This wasn’t deliberate, but if you haven’t heard Smith’s song, I commend it to your attention. As a bonus, it features an adorable kitten!)