August 2014 Shenanigans

Hi everyone! I’m super duper pumped to be blogging again! Life’s been busy, but it’s been fantastic. I’m blessed beyond anything I can comprehend or deserve. Also, I played a gig with the ol’ band near Fort Worth and in the middle of a song, I swallowed a fly. Yup. That happened. I don’t know exactly why I felt led to share that nugget of joy with the world, but there it is.

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A quick update on the band…

1) We just released our first music video EVER! It has been such an exciting experience! Kyle Isenhower of Isenhower Productions was our director extraordinaire. He did a killer job and I highly recommend him for all your video production needs. Plus he’s neat. And he has a nice beard. Check out the final product –>

2) 9, read em, NINE days until the Stages EP Summer Tour begins! I’m heading to Lubbock, DFW area, Canyon/Amarillo area, Rockdale/Austin area, and Cortez, Colorado. w00t! ROFLMAO PWNEDDD (that one is for you Daves [inside joke]).

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3) I love my band. Have I ever said that? Cause it’s totes true. They are my best friends in the entire world. I’m so blessed to do music and life with these fine folks. You’ll never find more genuine hearts, more humility, or better musicians than these people.

Matt Adler Band

4) We had our li’l CD release show for the Stages EP (download your free copy of the album here if you haven’t already!) on July 5th. It was super fun-tastic. People seem to really like the new tunes (I know we do!) and we’ve received a great response so far. I especially enjoyed covering Politik by Coldplay! Neato factoid: On Halloween we will be playing the All Hallows Eve show at 502. We will be playing a Coldplay-only set. Hoorah!.

5) For those that like behind-the-scenes, delve-deep-into-Matt’s-brain sorta shtuff, check out the Stages EP “Song Stories” series:

BTW/Love Will Find Me
The One That Got Away
All In/Questions
Promise in the Pain
This is the Last Time
Love Anyway

6) The Splendid Studios/music production side of things has certainly kicked into high gear as well! Renevus (Indie Rock), Ryan Proudfoot (Christian Singer/Songwriter), Ty Dillon (TX Country), Christopher George (Blues Rock/Pop), and Freddy Echiverri (Hard Rock) have all put out music in the last couple of months. I also have several active projects that I’m working on, so hooray for new stuff to do! Incidentally, my schedule through 2014 is filling up fast. If you want to get in the studio, hit me up asap!

7) I had the opportunity to do a cool interview with Pop Vulture Magazine last month. Check it out here –> http://www.popvltr.com/2014/07/matt-adler.html

Well that’s my brain dump for today. Thank you so much for allowing me and my music just a little space in your life. It means more to me than you know. See ya on da flippity flop!

-M

Stages Song Stories vol. 6 – Love Anyway

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track is the last track on the album – “Love Anyway”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions
Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain
Stages Song Stories vol. 5 – This is the Last Time

Love Anyway (Final stage – a process of introspection and renewal/rediscovery; contentment, completeness, joyfulness)

This tune was written as a love song to my future bride. It took time, but I got over my past relationship (which I knew I would. But boy, at the time it didn’t feel like it.). What I’ve learned is that these experiences truly help define you as a person. They help you make better decisions.

Never again will I enter into a relationship before I am complete in who I am and in who GOD is. I will not get wrapped up in the enamor and glorification of a relationship. I will never be anyone but myself. Compromise is one thing, but changing yourself is another. I will never hold myself to a lower standard than I deserve. I will never again think for even a second that there is only one person out there. I’m not perfect. No one is. We all have battle scars from the lives we’ve lived. I know I absolutely do. But my person will love me anyway.

Miss Katie Boyd absolutely KILLED the cello part on this tune (and basically, the rest of the record. And every other album I’ve recorded her on). I really like the constant movement between the relative major and minor keys. I like writing music that uses some off the wall progressions, but only if they have a purpose – only if they make me feel the right emotions. I’m weird that way I guess.

Lyrics:

The broken scars upon my heart
I won’t soon forget
And she will see them clear as day,
but I know
she will love me anyway
These faded lines are not just mine
She won’t soon forget
but I’ll let her know that it’s okay
’cause I know
I will love her anyway

It will be just an ordinary day
we’ll see an extraordinary twist of fate
I know that you’ll be worth the wait

All I am, what I have been
draws me to you
Even counting past mistakes,
still I know
you will love me anyway

For you I would go the extra mile
’cause you’ve been out here all the while
I can’t wait to see you smile

I’ll try my best to be the man you need
so you can see what you mean to me
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
You’ll be the one my heart beats for

The broken scars upon my heart
I won’t soon forget
You will see them just the same
But I know
you will love me anyway


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!

Stages Song Stories vol. 5 – This is the Last Time

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track – “This is the Last Time”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions
Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain

This is the Last Time (Stage 6 – post-breakup; bitterness, general pissed-offedness)

This is the angry song. I’ve heard there are stages of grief, so I suppose this was to be expected. A lot of the bitterness was at myself; at my situation. It’s also a declaration that I will make better decisions in the future and not let myself get caught up in the idea of a relationship. This goes back to making good decisions and not trying to make myself “whole” via another person. Just call me Faily McGee for trying that again. But as the song says, this is the last time.

I think my favorite thing about this song is that I sing “Oooooooohhhh” or “Yeeeaaaaahhh” more than I sing actual words. Oh wells, I like it! This song also holds the distinction of being the band’s favorite song to play live. Basically, we just beat the crap out of our instruments and I yell things into the mic for awhile. That’s always fun. I love the haunting progression and the mood of the whole tune. And at the end, there is a reprise of “Love Will Find Me” that completes the album proper. I love how that turned out! (Note: there is a postlude on the album called “Love Anyway”, but that doesn’t count)

Lyrics:

I fell so fast
Without a rhyme or a reason
This is the last time
I fell so hard
For the idea of a lover
This is the last time

Oooooooh

Just because you were the best I ever had
Doesn’t mean that you’re the best that I can get
This is the last time

Oooooooh

This is the last time

I’m right here waiting for you
and you’re waiting ’round for me too
So I won’t be looking for love
It’ll find me
You are out there


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!

Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track – “Promise in the Pain”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions

Promise in the Pain (Stage 5 – post-breakup; recovery)

This is the mopey song.

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It can seem so tough when trying to get over a breakup. You may feel like there is no one else out there for you. That’s a funny thought to me because there are MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of available people. What are the odds that you missed out on the ONE person out there for you? I personally believe that everyone can be compatible with MANY different people. The key is to be confident. Be yourself around everyone, regardless of whether or not you are considering him/her as a potential romantic partner. Never try and be someone else (how fair would it be to either person? You would be miserable, constantly putting on a show. And your person would be falling for someone that doesn’t really exist).

The thing is, your brain may already know these things. But in times of great sadness, your heart may not agree. My favorite lyric on this record is in this tune: “Although I always seem to find that my heart cannot read my mind, I know it’s true”. Never let your emotions cloud your sound judgment. It’s easier said than done, but always remember the cliché that time heals all wounds. There is hope; a light at the end of the tunnel.

This tune uses the patented “Matt Adler” guitar tuning. Take the B string and detune it to an A. Then use all of your normal A voicings but NEVER touch the highest two strings. Such janglyyyy. I also like how the chorus progression keeps moving and never really rests on any particular chord. It was tough to get a melody to work over it, but I really like how it came out. The washy electric guitars on the bridge are also neato.

Lyrics:

I don’t mind that I don’t matter
Because you don’t matter any more to me
I tell myself so I’ll feel better
But the fact of the whole matter is
I don’t feel that way at all

But I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know, I know it’s true

It’s okay, I’ll be just fine
I’ll say it once, I’ll say it twice
so I just might believe
It’s okay, I’ll be just fine
‘Cause what’s to come will blow my mind
Yes, I believe it

‘Cause I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know it’s true

I lay awake at night
A sight for sore eyes
Nervously biting my fingers
The feeling lingers
But this too will pass

‘Cause I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know, I know
I know, I know it’s true

This too will pass


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!