|Song by Linkin Park from the album The Real Slim Santa|
|Recorded||October 9, 2000|
|Released||November 28, 2000|
|Live debut||December 17, 2000|
|Last played||March 10, 2008|
|Writer||Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn|
"My December" is the third track on the compilation album The Real Slim Santa.
"My December" was a song written and recorded specifically for Kevin & Bean's album The Real Slim Santa, a compilation of Christmas songs released by KROQ on November 28, 2000 made and available only in Southern California at Warehouse Records Stores.
In Jeff Blue's book "One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park", he explained how the song came together. On October 4, 2000, Linkin Park was offered a slot at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show because of how well "One Step Closer" was doing at KROQ. The station wanted a song, either a new one or a cover, for their Kevin & Bean Christmas sampler. Warner Bros thought it would go a long way to solidifying the band's relationship with KROQ, but the band was touring at the time. On October 10, the song was completed after Mike wrote it on the road and the band recorded it in Nashville. It was debuted on October 11 on KROQ. It was recorded at The Loft in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 9, 2000 (a day before Linkin Park's show in the city).
As mentioned above, the majority of the song was written by Mike Shinoda inside Linkin Park's tour bus. It was written and recorded in only two days. The band's photographer at the time, Joel Hendricks, explained that Mike wrote the song on his MPC. Chester was joking about having to record a Christmas song so quickly for KROQ that he originally sang, "Christmas time is a good time, to die" as a joke when he was working on his vocals.
Speaking to Theprp.com, Mike said: "We actually recorded it more recently, at a studio in Nashville. It was an idea sparked by the KROQ album. We figured, why not just write a new song, put it on that CD, and give it away for the holidays? So it'll be on our website soon." The inspiration behind the song was "being on the road away from loved ones." During a MSN Live chat in 2001, Brad said: "I like the song "My December." It's about going home."
At the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 1 show in December 2001, Chester said, "KROQ started playing the album before anybody else. They invited us to write a song and open up the show last year and this year we came back and we're headlining, it's just crazy." And then added, "This next song that we're going to play is a song that we actually wrote for KROQ Acoustic Christmas last year to put on their album, The Real Slim Santa."
Introducing the song in Fairfax, VA during Projekt Revolution 2002, Chester said, "Right now we'd like to do a song that's not on the album. We did it a charity album for a radio station in LA a couple of Christmases ago for these guys named Kevin and Bean out in LA. It does a lot of good for some charities and they've done great work and we felt we could something special for them. What was amazing was, that Mike wrote this song in about two hours man. It was fucking unbelievable. Unbelievable. We recorded in Nashville in a place where fucking Elvis used to record man. That was kind of creepy, you know what I mean? It worked out pretty well, I think."
"My December" was also released in 2001 as part of the UK editon of the "One Step Closer" single and Japanese edition of Hybrid Theory. During the same interview with Theprp.com, Mike also talked about the single: "The "One Step Closer" Import single will feature a remix (by me) of an older hip hop track of ours called "High Voltage", along with a slower song called "My December". What's nice for me about these things is that I did the majority of the writing on those songs, and I produced and mixed both."
Linkin Park released a remix of "My December" on Reanimation in July 2002 titled "My<Dsmbr." The track was remixed by Mickey Petralia and Michael Fitzpatrick. Both also handled the programming. Keyboards were recorded by Mickey Petralia and Greg Kurstin. The track also features additional vocals by Kelli Ali of Sneaker Pimps.
DJ Crook of Team Sleep and DJ Shadow submitted a remix of "My December" for Reanimation as well, but their remix didn't end up being selected for release.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|My December||Kevin & Bean: The Real Slim Santa
One Step Closer (UK Single)
In The End (JP EP)
|4:20||October 9, 2000||November 28, 2000||
|My<Dsmbr||Reanimation||4:17||2001||July 30, 2002||
|My December (Live)||Somewhere I Belong
The Year They Recalled Santa Claus (As Told By Kevin & Bean)
|4:27||February 23, 2002||March 17, 2003||
|My December (Live)||Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP)||3:51||February 21, 2008||March 4, 2008||
|My December (Live 2008)||Songs From The Underground
|4:15||February 26, 2008||November 28, 2008||
|My December||Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)||4:13||February 23, 2002||October 9, 2020||
"My December" appeared infrequently throughout Linkin Park's live career. It debuted as an acoustic version with an extended piano intro at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show at the end of 2000, where it opened the show. This performance included Mike on piano, Chester on vocals, and Brad on guitar - the only time is has been performed in that lineup. It didn't appear in a setlist again until fall of 2001, where a second acoustic version was the encore opening after it was added on the third show of the 2001 European Tour. It was likely added in so that the band could rehearse it for show in London, England, which was planned to be filmed for a DVD release. The song replaced Chester's acoustic rendition of Dead By Sunrise's "Morning After". This version featured the same lineup as the previous performance with the addition of Joe scratching and triggering drum samples. The song was dropped on the following Family Values Tour, but returned just before the Countdown To Revolution Tour in its encore opener position. This version was another acoustic version, this time with the full band lineup: Rob was added in on drums and Phoenix played the cello. Mike performed on an MPC for these renditions, except for the second night at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event, where he played on an actual piano. It remained in that general position until the final run of holiday shows, where it was moved mid-set between "Step Up" and "Pushing Me Away". It returned to its encore spot on Projekt Revolution 2002, but was dropped on one of the last shows of the year when the band opened for Korn in Mexico City, Mexico.
The song returned on the Meteora touring cycle when it was added into the set on the second night in Tokyo, Japan at the end of the 2003 Australian and Asian Tour so that the band could mix the setlist up a little bit from the night before. These performances mark the first time the studio version of the song was performed live with electric guitar and bass. It retained its position on the UK November Tour with an added guitar transition outro that went into "P5hng Me A*wy" before being dropped, ironically, before the run of U.S. holiday shows. Its encore position returned on the 2004 North American Tour with its guitar transition outro before finally being dropped on the Projekt Revolution 2004 sets. It briefly returned in 2006, where the new piano version of the song debuted and was performed on the first and last shows of the Japan Tour. The piano version of "Pushing Me Away" was played at the other shows instead.
The song returned at the end of 2007 on the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, a new piano version with a completely new arrangement being performed after "Numb" at the band's last performance of the year at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event. Being that the song is the closest thing Linkin Park has to a holiday song, it was added in as a holiday treat. It returned in the 2008 European Winter Tour in the piano slots in the middle of Set S and the encore opener of Set T. This carried over to the 2008 North American Tour, too. The song replaced "In Between" in Set R-2 at the show in Baltimore, Maryland (even though the piano version of "Pushing Me Away" was written on the setlist) and the piano version of "Pushing Me Away" in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was dropped at the stop in Detroit, Michigan for an unknown reason. The song was performed at the private Apple Store performance in New York City, New York and was featured on the live EP. It was dropped after the tour ended and has not appeared again since.
Last Updated: July 17, 2018
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Piano Intro||December 17, 2000||December 17, 2000|
|Outro||Guitar Transition Outro||November 20, 2003||January 30, 2004|
|Alternative||Acoustic Version #1 (Mike/Chester/Brad)||December 17, 2000||December 17, 2000|
|Alternative||Acoustic Version #2 (Mike/Chester/Brad/Joe)||September 15, 2001||September 24, 2001|
|Alternative||Acoustic Version #3 (Full Band; Phoenix on cello)||November 20, 2001||February 24, 2002|
|Alternative||Piano Version #1||August 10, 2006||August 15, 2006|
|Alternative||Piano Version #2 (New piano arrangement)||December 8, 2007||March 10, 2008|
|Alternative||Shortened (First Verse and Chorus)||May 22, 2017||May 22, 2017|
- Written by: Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Joseph Hahn
- Produced & Mixed by: Mike Shinoda
- Additional Pro Tools by: Joe Hand
- Recorded at: The Loft in Nashville
This is my December
My December screen from Frat Party At The Pankake Festival
Josh Groban released a cover of "My December" as a bonus track on the website exclusive version of his 2003 album Closer. The cover has also been performed live.
- pushmeaway.com, December 15, 2000
- Blue, Jeff (2020). One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park. Permuted Press. ASIN: B08LMZLXTJ
- Hybrid Origins: A Look Back At The Early Days - Linkin Park Live, November 27, 2021
- The PRP - The World's Largest Selection Of Mallcore, Complete With Food Court, December 09, 2000
- linkinpark.com chat 010710, July 10, 2001
- Joe, Brad and Rob (MSN Chat), 2001
- Linkin Park - KROQ Almost Acoustic X-Mas 2001 - Night 1 (Full Webcast), December 8, 2001
- LPLive: 2002.02.20 Fairfax, VA, February 20, 2002
- Alben | Scala & Kolacny Brothers
- My December (Linkin Park) by Scala & Kolacny Brothers - YouTube, November 06, 2012
- Scala & Kolacny Brothers - My December (CD) at Discogs