Where I Belong – a song about overcoming adversity

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 →

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 →

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

 

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

Thank you Pete Seeger for teaching me guitar

The Red Book by Pete SeegerMy father was a banjo player. He had a book titled, “How To Play the 5-String Banjo” by Pete Seeger. Known as “The Red Book” – even after it came out as a green and blue cover.

In that book was a page of several songs that required 3 chords.

C, F, & G7. Those who play will recognize, the 1, 4, 5 progression – basically, I was learning everything I needed to know to become a rock star!

My First Guitar

We also had a beautiful Guild classical guitar. I still have the guitar.
The Guild Classical I first played

And a Mel Bay book of chords. From the Mel Bay book of chords, I learned to tune the guitar and learned those 3 chords… The “F” chord being the most challenging even in it’s 4 string version.. Anyone remember that first bar chord?

The first song I learned was the Crawdad song (“You Get a line and I’ll get a pole, honey.”). Yesterday, when I discovered the passing of Pete Seeger, I recorded this short video tribute and thank you. Enjoy!