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 →
A few of you have already heard this. This is an acoustic (mostly acoustic) recording of a song I wrote earlier this year. It is part of a collection of 12 songs I’m putting together for a CD project. The plan was to release it prior to the December. We are close. The goal now is early November.
Behind the Song
If you are like me, you may have found yourself pretty far down a road before realizing it had taken you off the road you wish you had taken. The song is less auto-biographical than broadly reflective. I didn’t leave a city and woman behind but while looking down across the lights of LA, I mused the idea of leaving it all behind. The first verse was born. Continue Reading →
In 2009, I was at the tail end of the worst of 2 years of depression, anxiety, professional malaise, feelings of failure, and more. I had lost nearly everything I owned in what I refer to as, “The Flood of ’07!”
As that fog was lifting and I began looking forward, I wrote the following lyric over a simple chord progression.
Time keeps rollin’, Life is movin’ me on
Climb that mountain, Get back where I belong.. Continue Reading →
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 →
We’re playing a gig on May 31st at 7pm. The name of the restaurant, “Pho-King Delicious.”
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.