Matthew C Good : Musician, Software Engineer, Hobbyist.

Posts from February, 2007

This Is You.

Why does everyone think you dont need punctuation when you are typing on the internet Its not as if the computer knows where to pause for you or anything I mean do you have any idea how hard this is to read
and then there’s that bit about proper capitalization its all gone by the wayside as if using capital letters is too 1990 or something all the emo kids would cry at you if you didnt write the super cool band name in an all lowercase sans serif font
speling further obfscates the isue when peepl dont know any diference btwen there their theyre thr and thier theyre really a big losers
grammer dont even got me strtd it like wen u get thos emales 4 male enhancement or watever nd it maks the u angree i cant evn do it ts ooooo hard it ofendz my sens of n e ting realy

Song-A-Week #9: Drive

This week’s entry is called “Drive.” I did it real quick but I like it a lot. I was really having a hard time with this Flash thing I’m trying to do for my site, and I was so off that I almost forgot to do a song today!!! arr!!!! So I had to come up with something REALLLLL quick.
Drive
Copyright 2007 Matthew Good
But tell your friends
There’s a chance
his could end
better than
it began.
Hold my hand
in your own.
In a while
we’ll be home.
We’ll ride
a whirring machine.
we’ll fly,
we’ll drive.
And the sky
becomes day
Like a Turner
landscape
unfolding
on your face
riding in
Chevrolet.

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Calculus

Use calculus to find the true identity of Batman.
That. Is. Awesome.

Song-A-Week #8: Not Yourself

Okay so I got everything done on this song except for the bass – but then the little battery-powered fender practice amp I got (Silverface Dave, for those in the know) fell of his little perch and hit the reset button on my computer. I was kinda miffed, but, being a consummate saver, I knew that I wouldn’t lose much work. Well….. Something wasn’t working right and the “saved” version of my file had NO AUDIO in it. it wasn’t even set to the right tempo… it was from a previous idea. POOPS!!!!!!
So i had to reimport all my audio files, re-synch them up, re-crossfade them, and rerecord one verse of vocals. Poot. took forever. At least the song made it here.
A bit of a story with this one: This is not an ENTIRELY new song. I used an idea with a couple lines I had written a while ago. I had to reallllly write a lot more though, so its a new song. Nobody else has heard it anyway. I put the original demo I did of it on the podcast version too… there’s a link to just the song here if you like as well.
Not Yourself – Podcast with some talking & an early demoSong Only.
(C) 2007 Matt Good.
You’re not yourself
You couldn’t let anyone else sort you out
You hung out a white flag and acted surprised
when I dropped by
You’ve got a cage
you keep half yourself in while half of you plays
you lost track of time and acted surprised
when half of you died.
Hand me a pen
I want to color inside your lines
i don’t mean to offend
I think if I drew you that you’d be surprised
I’m letting you know
In a manner of speaking.
You want a fight
What would you do if I said it’s alright?
It might disarm you when you realize
that I’m on your side.
And you want to drive
You said you want more than just tryin to survive
You think that detraction’s a clever disguise
for bein half alive
Hand me a pen
I want to color inside your lines
i don’t mean to offend
I think if I drew you that you’d be surprised
I’m calling you back home
In a manner of speaking
But don’t shut me down
You aren’t the only one here comin around.
Don’t force out one of the few who knows
what you need most.
Hand me a pen
I want to color inside your lines
i don’t mean to offend
I think if I drew you that you’d be surprised
I’ll never get tired
I always get lost in the blacks of your eyes
I’ve always admired
the way you can keep me just outside your life.
You’re fate is my own
In a manner of speaking
I’m calling you my own
In a manner of speaking

Song-A-Week 7: I Always Wanted

Number SEVEN: w00t!!
This one’s a cute one. Things I would probably do if I had more time: Add lots of neat live strings, really and mozart-crossed-with-strauss-the-waltz-king. Also, fade out, or kinda mute stuff until the everything’s out. The ending’s long and abrupt right now, so if anyone has any great ideas on how to fix that, It’d be sweet.
I Always Wanted
(C) 2007 Matthew C Good
I always wanted a girl named heather to love me
But I never found a girl quite as lovely
as you.
I always thought that name sounded so pretty
But I never found a girl half as lovely
as you.
I really don’t think we can do any better than we do
And I never wanted to marry no girl named heather.
I always wondered if blondes had it better
Until I found you, then I didn’t need to wonder
no more
I really don’t think we can do any better than we do
And I never wanted to marry no girl named heather.
I couldn’t guess what my love would look like, now I know, I know, I know, I know.
I never wanted to marry nobody but you.
I always wanted a girl named heather to love me
But I never found a girl half as lovely
I always thought that name sounded so pretty
But I never found a girl quite as lovely

Design Geek in the Making

Song-A-Week 6: More Everyday

Welcome to number SIX, baybee. This one’s kinda neat. Vocals were hard for me this time and I need to stop ignoring my wife, so sorry if they make you ears bleed. You have been warned. There’s a sorta cool quasi-mystery instrument in here. Shouldn’t be too hard to hear, but if you’re not really paying attention you might miss it.
More Everyday
(C) 2007 Matthew Good
You won’t believe
what I can see
from my closet
in Tennessee
The naked eye
like a knife
can divide
wrong from right
My friends confide
their desires
Secrets and lies
burning fires
Their eyes betray
what words don’t say
divulging more
everyday
People think
they aren’t giving away anything -
People say
more everyday.
People think,
never do anything.
People say
more everyday.
Nervous smiles
turnstiles
rank-and-file
lifestyles
I can read
what you won’t concede
You can tell me
anything.
People think
they aren’t giving away anything -
People say
more everyday.
People think,
never do anything.
People say
more everyday.
And I can’t help
I’m too far away
i can’t help
I’m too far away
You won’t believe
What I can see
So stop the world
Getting dizzy
You won’t believe
the things I’ve seen,
broken hearts
and darker things.
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There you have it! I was trying a new thing, trying to get a song going before I bring in the main chordal instrument (guitar or piano, usually). It’s not something I normally do. I also tried to “play” the noise a lot more on this song. Hard with only three pedals though. Any real version of this song would be awash in matt good violins, I think. Reverb out the wazzoo, but not before it’s thrown though a quarter-note delay and fed back for a while.
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Song-A-Week Podcast!

Greetings! This is not a song – it is new about the Song-A-Week project. Songaweek has its own rss feed now, useful for things like podcasting and subscribing via firefox or google reader! To subscribe in iTunes (and have my song of the week automatically downloaded to your iPod), open up iTunes and click “Podcasts” on the left sidebar. Click “Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast…” and past in the following URL:
http://pedalboy.net/conrad/SAW/rss.php
that’s all there is to it! Every time there is a new song, it will be downloaded to your iTunes (if it is running) and to your iPod (if you, uh, have one, and they are set to synch). There are lots of other things you can do with this, but that’s the major one for now. Check it out!