About Matthew Moran

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

Number three graduates from basic and hiking past challenges

A couple weeks ago I visited Fort Benning, Georgia to attend my 3rd child’s graduation from basic training – US Army.

At Fort Benning with Chris

I wrote a little about “the boy” in “It’s On! and The Heart of the Child” – and I won’t go into much more detail at this point.. However, I’ll reflect a bit on the time in Atlanta and moments that I’ll remember. Continue Reading →

Facebook Messenger – Security, Privacy, and the Real Conversation

Should I Install Facebook Messenger?

ABSTRACT: This blog post covers security concerns over Facebook Messenger but also covers security, technology and philosophy/policy.


facebook messenger securityThis question – or something like it – has come up with clients and friends a LOT lately. Mostly due to Facebook separating functionality from their main app into two apps. The Facebook App (your timeline and stream of photos) and Messenger – an app focused on direct person(s) to person(s) chatting.

Articles have cropped out – most with an ominous tone of big brother watching you – due to “permissions” the application requests when it is installed. Continue Reading →

How to Use Google Drive to Record With Musicians Across The Internet

SUMMARY/ABSTRACT:
This article explains how to use Google Drive (cloud computing baby) to coordinate and organize recordings (musical collaboration) with other musician across the Internet.

Remote Collaboration For Musicians

Do you have an interest in collaborating with other musicians? I talk to a lot of artist who want to do just that. This tutorial explains the collaboration process and provides instructions on how to effectively accomplish this with Google Drive. Continue Reading →

America, Root Beer, & Racism….. and grace

america-root-beer-racism-02

It’s July 3rd. Last night I went out and purchased a few bottles of a quality root beer. I chilled one to just shy of freezing and sat outside with my dogs – trying to convince Bailey, the abused pit bull that was dropped in our neighborhood a few months back, that the crack of fireworks didn’t warrant her crawling behind the washing machine or otherwise completely freaking out!

“Calm and assertive!” Continue Reading →

Thanks Dad

Myles Moran, Tina Moran, Matthew Moran at Moran Point, Grand Canyon

@ The Grand Canyon – we own it!

My father passed away this year. It’s Father’s Day and I thought I’d write something about him. I realize that sounds a bit emotionless; but I think my father would prefer that than gushing sentimentality.

Also, you always hope you can write something profound. The person and situation warrants it. I don’t believe I achieved profound, but I hope you understand a little more about my dad and something about me as well.

I’m going to give you some facts about my Dad, some thoughts about his nature and character, and then express what I am most thankful for.

Let’s call it, “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” – which segues nicely into…. Continue Reading →

Some Pho-King Music – pun unavoidable

We’re playing a gig on May 31st at 7pm. The name of the restaurant, “Pho-King Delicious.”

Details

When: 7-9PM-ish
Where: Pho-King Delicous
9350 Corbin Ave, Northridge, California 91324
What: 2 bands. Jed’s Dead & The Matt Moran Band (that’s us).

Jed’s Dead is a great band we met back in 2012 and played a few shows with. They have a great sound… as do we.. so this show will be awesome! Plain and simple.

You can join the event on Facebook here.

Below is our highly-campy poster.. Guilty of pun over-use!! But we sort of like it.
Matt Moran Band and Jed's Dead in Northridge, CA

 

I wanna see my face on the cover

Not the cover of the Rolling Stone.. But InterMixx.com magazine.

I’ve been featured, along with my friend, Clara Bellino, and Lunar Rogue.

Check out the magazine and article here.
matthew moran

 

I Want To Be Fearless Again

I originally posted this on medium.com but it makes sense to have it here. It is about writing… and performing… and parenting… and entrepreneurship… It is about overcoming fear!
overcoming fear

When writing was easy

The truth is, writing is pretty easy for me…. but I’m afraid, too.

My path to professional writer

It started out fearless!

I’ve been blessed with a gift. It’s been that way since I was young. I had teachers cultivate that in elementary school, Jr. High (Middle School), and High School. Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day – a song for the broken hearted

Last Friday I was chatting with someone. They challenged me to quickly write a Valentine’s Day song. And so I offer the song below.

The challenge came at about 5:45am. At 6:40 I sent them the lyrics minus the bridge. I added the bridge at lunch. I’m pretty happy with it.

I’ve included the lyrics below the video.

Valentine’s Day

Copyright © 2014 – Matthew Moran

Verse
Playing a show on Valentine’s Day
Watching the lovers throw their hard earned cash away
They can’t know what I know
That love it comes and love it surely goes

Chorus
Whoa sweet music capture me
If I give it all to you, will you take it all away
I don’t need relief and I don’t need to be okay
Just help me hide the truth about love, on this Valentine’s day

Verse
She said, “I’m leaving, you’ll never change”
And I must admit she’s right cuz I still feel the same
I still believe in love and I she still haunts dreams
But somewhere along the way we forgot what forever means

Bridge
Do you know what you did to me?
I can’t see straight and I can’t look away
But I’m not seeking an apology
Just a place to hide my heart… on this Valentine’s Day

The many things I don’t do well

I coach people and I do it well. I guess I am known as a bit of a hard-ass. I don’t coddle my clients and I do NOT tolerate inactivity or poor effort!

And apparently, I have a pretty strong leadership quotient. That’s a fancy way of saying that I often am asked to – or end up – leading projects and people due to force of personality and decisiveness.

However, a bi-product of dispensing with advice that is clearly in my wheelhouse – playing to my strengths – is that readers and those I coach get the impression that I do everything well; that I never feel down or depressed, anxious, fearful, lack confidence, get angry, or deal with frustration – at myself and others. Continue Reading →