A Peak Behind The Curtain and The Homer Shake

A Peak Behind The Curtain and The Homer Shake

Mar 14
A Peak Behind The Curtain and The Homer Shake

I have a passion for racing and training.  And if I was fast enough, I wouldn’t think twice about making it a full time job.  But the reality is, I’m not.  I’m a middle-of-the-pack age grouper that is flirting with actually being able to compete on the AG level.  I get a little bit better with each month that passes by, but the improvements are small and a massive gap still remains between me and the pros, not to mention the age group champions.  So while I love being involved in this sport, my involvement in it is really just a bookend for my real life.

Music, on the other hand, is my real life.  There is no gap between me and the pros, because I AM a pro.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours training in the water, on my bike, and on land, but I’ve easily spent Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours honing my music craft.  So I while I absolutely love to race, music is what I do (and there’s obviously a love/passion there as well).  Racing/training for me is a way to step away from the box…..I sit in a soundproof room at a console all day long.  It makes my back ache, and my personality doesn’t exactly lend itself to sitting all day.  But its a part of what I do.  I’m able to counteract the restlessness/nervous energy by getting outside and driving myself into the ground with a workout.  Yin/Yang bitches.

Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to write some music for a couch gag on The Simpsons.  ”The Harlem Shake” was blowing up, and The Simpsons (which is a show I’ve been orchestrating for over the last 6-7 years) decided to do a spoof/parody of it called “The Homer Shake”.

Chris Ledesma, the music editor for The Simpsons, wrote a great blog post about the creative process that we went thru on this, so check it out if you’d like to read how this youtube phenom (we’re at 26 million hits as of today) came to be:

SimpsonsMusic500 – Couch Gags