I never give up as long as I’ve still got today… Song 243

Never give up, never surrender… or something like that. Once you set out to accomplish something, never stop until you’ve reached your goal. Then, never stop setting new goals and keep goaling until you’re all goaled out. GOOAAAAALLLL! Or something like that. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish if you set a goal and follow through…

Song 243: “Never Give Up”

I caught my breath and turned my head
I found out life was grand

And I sit down then turn the lights down low
That’s when the magic comes to me and I dream

I still live my own way
I never give up as long as I’ve still got today
I never give up

I held my tongue and listened close
I found out love is real

And all the world around it makes it’s presence felt
That’s when the days turn out right and I smile

I still live my own way
I never give up as long as I’ve still got today
I never give up

On me, I still believe in love
Tell me if you still believe in me, in me

I still live my own way
I never give up as long as I’ve still got today
I never give up

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from August 2016, track released August 30, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

Colors change like my dreams… Song 242

August is coming to a close, and so is summer. I, for one, cannot wait for fall. The colors, the smells, the football! Oh yeah, and no more 90 degree days with 100% humidity. This summer felt like I’ve been living in a rain forest.

I’ve always loved fall the most. When I was a kid, it meant new shoes, new things to learn, and leaves to jump in. Now that I’m an adult, it means I can walk outside without bursting into flames or dehydrating instantly. Thank god for air conditioners… but I’m even more thankful for the change of the season. I’m ready for it now, but I know it’s not here yet.

I know most people see fall as the season where everything dies. But I always see it as the start of my new year. A time of celebration of everything and everyone in my life. It’s my spring.

Song 242: “Autumn Spring”

Summertime is coming to an end
I can’t wait for the leaves to fall
And let the cool winds blow

The sun goes down
Nights grow longer
The world seems quiet to me
I can’t wait for the snow

Colors change like my dreams
Yellows, reds and brown
My heart floating, I feel so free
I don’t want to come down

I always feel like a child again
I see through fresh eyes
Everyone laughing, everyone happy
Rolling in the leaves
In an autumn spring

Come take my hand and we’ll go for a stroll
Let’s play in this brand new world
I don’t believe in will ever end
While I feel this way

I always feel like a child again
I see through fresh eyes
Everyone laughing, everyone happy
Rolling in the leaves
In an autumn spring

I always feel like a child again
Everyone laughing, everyone happy
Rolling in the leaves
In an autumn spring

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from August 2016, track released August 29, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

This world becomes unreal as night turns to day… Song 241

125 songs to go. Two more pages in this notebook. Two more songs to write until I crack open a fresh one. I feel like this project has been going very well overall. I think it’s gone more smoothly than the one from 2014. Not nearly as many issues or as much stress this time around. I can’t wait to get it done and make an album. A digital, CD and vinyl version of the very best of this year. All tidy and tied up with a bow. But I’ve still got a ways to go. So, one foot in front of the other until I get where I’m going.

Song 241: “Breathe”

Shaken out of slumber
Voices call my name behind the walls

Breathe in, breathe out
Drink the voices in
Innocent, innocent
Screaming in my ears

Safe behind your blood-shot eyes
A mystery calls the dead to life

Backward voices point the way
This world becomes unreal as night turns to day

Breathe in, breathe out
Drink the voices in
Innocent, innocent
Screaming in my ears

Shadow bodies fade away
A one-track mind in an uncracked safe

Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe in

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from August 2016, track released August 28, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

Gregorian Raja… Song 240

Hypnotic. That’s what this is. But still has a dance-able beat. Chanting voices with Indian percussion. Backed up with a 909 and some synths. I like the vibe here. Meditative dance music… weird concept.

Song 240: “Gregorian Raja”

(Instrumental)

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from August 2016, track released August 27, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

Reach out, the love will come to you… Song 239

Ah, look at all the lonely people. Loneliness and depression go hand in hand. Feeling alone, unloved and hanging by a thread can be suffocating. Sometimes people just give up. They feel like they’ve missed their chance at happiness. Sometimes all it takes is to reach out, and you find out that the love was there all along.

Song 239: “Reach Out”

Caught in a spiral on the tip of my tongue
I don’t want to spend the day chasing blues away

Reach out, the love will come to you
Your last chance is not your only chance

Shot down in disgrace, another dream undone
I don’t want to feel this way every waking hour

Reach out, the love will come to you
Your last chance is not your only chance

All those days I spent finding a way home
I refused to ever quit and now it’s all I know

I don’t want to feel this way every waking hour
I don’t want to spend the day chasing blues away

Reach out, the love will come to you
Your last chance is not your only chance

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from August 2016, track released August 26, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

Pin my wings up on the wall, so I don’t fly away… Song 238

A cocoon forms. I claw my way out, on my way to an early doom. Beautiful but fleeting life. All flash and no bang. All flutter and no will. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Winter will be here sooner than I think. The cold freezes the youth, but never in time. What will it become? Will it ever be discovered? Is it all lost on the wind? Nothing but an insect with pretty wings. Nothing but a bug, that may trigger hurricanes… Eventually.

Song 238: “Butterfly”

I breathe in you under water
I know the pain it brings

I’m digging in my favorite grave
I have so much fun sleeping here

I turn my wretched insides out
To show my soul to you
I’d sweep up those pieces for you
Don’t I care?

I’m sick of dark winds stealing all my fun
Richer than rich, scratching that old torn skin

Pin my wings up on the wall
So I don’t fly away

Pin my wings up on the wall
So I don’t fly away

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from August 2016, track released August 25, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

The swirls! Dear god! The Swirls! Song 237

Today’s song is more of an experimental track. There’s lots of layers here. Indian percussion with some clangs and bangs of industrial drumkits. I tuned my acoustic to an open tuning and just strummed basically at random to get a lot of droning strings and let the harmonics sing. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be swirling is the bass. Even the lead guitar is all over the place.

Song 237: “Terra Nova”

(Instrumental)

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from August 2016, track released August 24, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams