Story and Song – The Tide – a song about obsession

“That’s a song about obsession!”

I think it was Karen that told me that. I hadn’t really thought about it before but on reflection, I suppose it is.

The Tide – origins

Written between 2006 & 2007 – 2007 being the year of flood, fire, separation, BIG FLOOD! Continuing into 2008 with desperation, divorce, & depression. All those “D’s”

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Music for you to listen to and pirate.. er.. download with permission

Permission to Pirate

“If you like what you hear, copy it
and give it to a friend.

If you don’t like it, give it to an enemy!”

Follow the links below to download all 12 songs for FREE! No, I don’t ask for your email – although I believe my newsletter is a good idea. I do have a request though. You can read about it on the download page but basically, share what you like. Share this blog post (see buttons below). Connect on twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere.. you know the deal.
 – Thanks, Matt

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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 →

Highway – a song about reclaiming your dreams

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

20141024_175944If 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 →

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
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