My albums are finally for sale!

After two difficult trial-and-error filled years, I have released two albums simultaneously.

City Lights is a blues/pop album with singer/songwriter tendencies. 11 radio ready songs in 43 minutes. You can listen to two free tracks below.

The Things I Hear is an electronic album of mostly funky EDM tunes, but there is a spooky soundtrack and a very classical sounding piece as well. Something for everyone. Thanks for your continued support of my music and my blog!

 

City Lights

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The Things I Hear

 

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Stand over there

From my Album “The Things I Hear”

My wife and I were in St. Louis on the way home from a two-week vacation. We decided to stop at a restaurant before heading home. While we were waiting for a table, another couple approached the restaurant. The guy gruffly said to the lady, “I’m going in to see how long it will take.”

The lady replied, “Should I wait here?”

The guy looked around at the ground, pointed to a spot about 5 feet away, and said, “Stand over there.” The lady just walked to that spot and waited.

It sounds like it might be a comical moment, but in reality it looked abusive and controlling, and it pissed me off. I pictured their future, and the lady standing up for herself and leaving that loser, and it led to this song, and the song title.

Arborvitae in the Wild

In 2013, Janelle and I were driving the 14 hours or so to Montgomery, Alabama, Janelle said, “look at all the wild arborvitae!” We drove in silence for about 45 minutes, then out of the blue, she sang out at the top of her lungs, “ARBORVITAES IN THE WIIIIIIIIILD!!!!” I told her it was an amazing imitation of Eddie Murphy imitating James Brown.

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Guess We Dig – Matthew Bennett

My wife and I were traveling, and we decided to visit Memphis. We parked at a lot by the river on Beale Street. As we walked through the lot towards the river, we passed three guys standing in hardhats, and I heard a conversation that stuck with me, and I’m not even sure why. I don’t know what they were talking about, but the conversation was kinda cool.

Worker #1: Where is it?

Worker #2: I don’t know.

Worker #1: Well then how are we going to find it?

Worker #2: I don’t know.

Worker #3: Guess we dig.

Quora: How do I choose chords or scales to make people feel specific emotions ?

clef-799259_960_720There is no mathematic formula for this part of the art of composing music. But it’s also so subjective because different people feel different things. What are some songs that make you feel moved? Study those songs. Which chord changes in those songs felt the most powerful to you? It’s not a crime to write songs with those changes. Nobody has a copyright on any chord structure.

You are asking us to tell you which chord changes make you feel emotion, but we don’t know which changes do that for you. Only you do. Study good songwriting, but also study the songs that move you. Learn them inside and out. Which chord inversions are your favorite songs using? Moving from a Bm to a C might not be powerful to you if both are in root position. But if the Bm is in 2nd inversion and it moves to a C major in 1st inversion, you may feel a burst of emotion. There’s no telling what chords will move which people.

I’m glad you’re searching for an answer. Remember that any art is just a series of corrections. So if you are having a hard time finding the notes or chords, then you are getting closer to an answer, because each time you try something you are eliminating things that don’t work.

You have my best wishes in your journey – find what moves you.