About Matthew Moran

Author, songwriter, consultant, idea instigator, father, dog lover, and more.

Morning Girl – the story behind the song

Morning Girl verse 1

It was 2008. My first divorce had been finalized earlier that year. Aside: it is never good when your divorces are numbered. I was struggling with loneliness and depression — a new experience for me — depression I mean.

And I was missing my wife and our family.

This isn’t about divorce… although, I will likely write about that at some point. And it’s not about depression or loneliness. It’s about a song. Continue Reading →

United Airlines demonstrates a change of heart

An update… United changes course

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In a change from their initial decision, United Airlines has issued our son a ticket home. I should be picking him up from the airport this evening! He is very excited – as are all of us.

Thank you United Airlines!

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I’m Leaving Facebook after January 1st

You lie, you lie, with a booger in your eye!!

About Facebook’s New Terms, Privacy Settings and More

I just got the Facebook email where they are updating their terms and policies and introducing privacy basics.

What I know about this is that it will (already does) create a flurry of status updates that sound/appear something like.

“This lengthy, rambling, pseudo-legalese blah blah blah – protects me from the monster that is Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the CIA. Blah blah blah. And by posting it, I declare that I am a sovereign nation!”

 

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Songwriters, the New Music Business, and Myths Musicians Believe

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Should venues be paying you for your talent? Are they taking advantage of you when they ask you to play for exposure? Maybe… but maybe not. At least give these ideas some thought.

2014-12-04 - mmonline-songwriters-and-mythsImage: Mickey Yeh  (yes, it’s me.. I liked the photo and I know I’m allowed to use it!) Continue Reading →

Love You Bold – song, video, and the pup

Songwriting Notes: keeping it simple

A have some wordy songs. Don’t get me wrong.. I like words (and words like me – as LA poet Jeffrey Martin says) But there are times simple is nice… and simple.

I wrote this song a few years ago. A rock/country cross-over tune with a simple riff and message. And the moment I wrote it, I LOVED IT! Earlier in the year, I was working with a vocal coach, Ross Chitwood – The Voice Box LA, and we were using this song. At one point, Ross said it was nice to work on a song that was fun to listen to. Continue Reading →