Let's Build An Airport EP

Let’s Build A Record Store

I missed this mini review from Indie muso Tom Slatter but thanks to google it eventually turned up. I’m thrilled to hear my EP described as “really rather spiffing”. Tom has some interesting thoughts about Record Store Day too.


Collaboration, Interview And My Latest Songcrush

Christian songwriter Joel Payne wrote an interesting article on collaboration on theCrossing Songs website and he quoted something I wrote on Beatles Songwriting Academy. I guess that makes me an ‘authority’. Go me!

Read Joel’s post here, and mine here.

Even cooler, Tom Slatter interviewed me on IndieSongwriter.Net on the process of writing Let’s Build An Airport. He was kind enough to say

Let’s Build An Airport, is one of my favourite pop songs from the last couple of years

Read the interview here

Sometimes you just get hung up on a song and you can’t stop listening to it. For me that song is Magazine by David Bazan. It’s a song by his old band Pedro The Lion, but my favourite version is the one from Live at Electrical Audio which you can download for free here

Here’s a live version

And here’s the lyrics

This life is metaphysical
And on the one side, on the one side
The bad half live in wickedness
And on the other side, on the other side
The good half live in arrogance
And there’s a steep slope, with a short rope
This life is metaphysical
And there’s a steady flow, moving to and fro

Oh, look you’ve earned your wings
Are you an angel now or a vulture?
Constantly hovering over
Waiting for a big mistake

Oh, my God, what have I done?
Oh, my God, what have I done?

Wouldn’t you love to be
On the cover of a magazine?
Healthy skin, perfect teeth
Designed to hide what lies beneath

I feel the darkness growing stronger
As you cram light down my throat
How does that work out for you
In your holy quest to be above reproach?



Steampunk Stories, Major Label Icari & All My Friends Are Dead

Having been focusing on getting a system for capturing old ideas and finding them again, it was interesting to read Tom Slatter‘s post a brand new old song and why you should never throw away songwriting ideas – the perfect chorus for that song you’re struggling to finish may already be sitting in your files.

Matthew Ebel‘s  post The re-humanization of music argues that the music biz has been crippled not by kids with the BitTorrents and the WiFi’s, P2Peeing all over my lawn but by fostering the illusion that regular human beings don’t make [music], rock stars do. There’s no emotional or personal connection with the human being that made that album on that torrent site, so it’s much easier to download it without feeling guilty.

Eric Pazdziora has a hilarious collection of gruesome christian album covers on his blog (and it’s not the first time either). Seeing is believing.

I’m quite taken with this one though.

I think I used to own it. Several copies of it in fact.

By the way – I found tape 51

Download all my 2011 songs for free!!!
Other free songs by Matt Blick