singer/songwriter

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A few thoughts on the day of my album release…

Thank you for your support.  Thank you for encouraging me to continue writing, performing, and recording music.  I am only one half of the equation and the other half comes from your love – for the arts and the journey that we’ve shared up to this point.  There’s still so much to look forward to, but I reflect on how I’ve gotten here and I smile.  You’ve made this all possible, witnessing nearly every step along the way…and here we are.  A new album and what a great day to celebrate its release [Mardi Gras]!

This album is a body of work that I am so very proud of.  It’s a piece of art tied up in 45 minutes; a labor of love realized over the course of a few years.  The album was produced and arranged by Marshall Altman and, man, did we have a great time.  No one has ever inspired me more, in the studio, than Marshall, and no one has ever pushed me harder.  It wasn’t enough for the two of us to simply imagine how this album would feel…Marshall was able to take those nebulous ideas, realize them, and print them to tape.  His work and love for this project was (and is) invaluable and I know that you’ll be able to hear that passion expressed on each and every track.

singer/songwriter is much different from any other album I’ve ever released, but the same can be said about every album I’ve made that’s preceded the one before.  The content may change, the theory may change, the perspective may change, but there is a thread that runs straight through this album and back into Love On A Major Scale and into One Day Die and so forth…  There is growth and yet there is something familiar residing in these songs, exposed through every word, drawing its breath with each downbeat, swaying to the rhythm.  It’s something that took me all the way back to when I first began writing and performing – when things were fresh and enchanting and fearless – just before you’re dragged back through everything in-between and asked to digest it all over again.  And you know what?  That’s what makes the process feel so real…that’s why it’s so much fun.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Also, you can, like, totally work it to this record.  For reals.

I love this album and I really hope you do too.

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul, thank you.

Matt

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