One Night – the story behind the song… or using Google Maps for inspiration

A short-narrative about writing my song, One Night. The song is available as an individual download or as part of “Where I Belong” – a collection of songs you can get here.

I explain writing the song here or you can read about it. The song itself and the lyrics can be found below.

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Of Weddings and Love Songs

My oldest son got married in Michigan a week ago. He asked that my youngest and I perform a few songs at the wedding. We picked out our songs but several people asked if I would be writing a song for the wedding.

I initially balked at the idea. This is their day! Their moment in the sun. It felt a little presumptuous.

But upon reflection (and charges of false humility and laziness) I realized that it isn’t presumptuous. It is what I do. Whether writing a poem for someone or a song, it is a way to connect with the people (my son and his beautiful bride) and the event. It is giving a part of me to them. Well, I hope they see it that way. Continue Reading →

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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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 →