Watching As I Fall

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"Watching As I Fall"
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Song by Mike Shinoda from the album Post Traumatic EP
Recorded 2017
Released January 25, 2018
Length 3:31
Tempo 80
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Warner Bros. Records

Post Traumatic EP track listing
  1. Place To Start
  2. Over Again
  3. Watching As I Fall

"Watching As I Fall" is the third and final song on Mike Shinoda's debut EP Post Traumatic.

Background

The song contains a double reference: "Purple Haze" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience via "How High" by Redman and Method Man.[1]

Music Video

The music videos on the Post Traumatic EP are described as "cinéma vérité", shot in a way that doesn't obscure the fact that they're real life.[2] Mike says he wanted to shoot a video while feeling something.[3] He explained, "Grief is so personal, and I thought that a D.I.Y., autobiographical format made the most sense. So I shot & edited everything in the videos myself. I‘m planning to continue doing it this way until it doesn’t feel right anymore, or until the work becomes too much."[4]

The video for "Watching As I Fall" ends with a selfie video from December 12, 2017 of Mike talking about the California wildfires, the state of the world and trying to stay sane through it all.[5] After the video came out, Mike explained he had misspoken a couple of things: it had been over 4 months since Chester Bennington passed away and was coming up on 5 (not 4),[6] and his friend's family didn't have to go out of state because of the fire (but they did have to change locations a lot of times).[7]

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Watching As I Fall Post Traumatic EP 3:31 2017 January 25, 2018
Watching As I Fall Post Traumatic EP (Clean) 3:31 2017 January 25, 2018
  • Censored.
Watching As I Fall (Instrumental) (80 BPM) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals 3:31 2017 February 15, 2018
Watching As I Fall (Acapella) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals 3:18 2017 February 15, 2018

Personnel

  • Written and produced by Mike Shinoda
  • Vocals by Mike Shinoda
  • Mixed by Manny Marroquin
  • Mastered by Michelle Mancini

Lyrics

External Links

  • Watching As I Fall (Official Video): YouTube

References

  1. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Double reference: Purple Haze (1) via “How High” (2) by @therealredman and @methodman - https://t.co/uuk0EWLKjp… " ., January 29, 2018
  2. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "My friend said the videos are “cinema verite.” Shot in a way that doesn’t obscure the fact that they’re real life. The music is that way too. The car horn was audible on the mic when I was trying to record, which was super annoying. #PostTraumatic… https://t.co/fTsDurQOqk" ., January 25, 2018
  3. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "(1/2) On this project, I’m trying to work “in the moment.” I record a vocal or shoot a video while I’m feeling something. For example, I wrote and recorded verse one of “over again” on the day of the Bowl show, and did verse two the day after. #PostTraumatic" ., January 25, 2018
  4. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Grief is so personal, and I thought that a D.I.Y., autobiographical format made the most sense. So I shot & edited everything in the videos myself. I‘m planning to continue doing it this way until it doesn’t feel right anymore, or until the work becomes too much. #PostTraumatic… https://t.co/6o8xU8KTZL" ., January 25, 2018
  5. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Shares Three New Solo Songs « The World Famous KROQ, January 25, 2018
  6. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "fact edit (1/2) At the end of the “Watching As I Fall” I said it was coming up on 4 months since CB had passed. I misspoke; it had been 4+ months and was coming up on 5. 😁 https://t.co/X8FdeVzopL" ., January 29, 2018
  7. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "fact edit (2/2) a minor correction (that only really matters to me and a couple people), my friend’s family didn’t have to go out of state. But they DID have to change locations a lot of times because of the fire! 😬🔥" ., January 29, 2018