9 SONGS: Recording & Production Project

I'm excited to announce, 9 SONGS, a recording and production project I'm launching today.

Without going into too much detail, the goal is to remedy a long-standing problem of moving on to the next song I'm writing before completing those written previously. Also, known as, "the song I'm writing is my favorite dilemma.

Over the past 12 or 13 years I've written close to/more than 150 songs... that I like. Songs that I want to give the time and attention they deserve. 

I have the songs listed below and on the 9 SONGS PROJECT PAGE, where I explain the project in more detail. I also have a video describing the project.

The goal is a progression from the raw to completion. Over the course of the project, I'll provide updates on some of the decisions I'm making regarding the sound I want. And I may seek your input - though there are no promises that I'll accept it. 😉 

The Songs and Their Stories

Everyday Lies (2007)

"I drove by your house today
Unintentional, I'd lost my way
I shouldn't be surprised to see his car"

Well, that should tell you all you need to know about this song. 

Promised Land (2008)

"Mama mama, can you still hold this child
Seems the path I've taken, has grown so wild"

Another happy ditty... NOT. I wrote this song driving through the desert on my way back from playing music in Utah and Colorado. I'd just gone through my first divorce and was busy cultivating self-loathing with a healthy dose of depression. But, my God! - I do like this song.

The Night is Calling ()

"The girl is leaving, yeah, she's gone
400 miles toward that setting sun
She caught me messing with another one
The Night is Calling"

And with that admission of bad behavior and love gone wrong, this blues rock tune gets started.

Star-Spangled Life

"I'm not trying to be a hero
I'm only trying to survive
This Star-Spangled Life of Mine"

Written on September 10th and September 11th. I wanted a realistic tribute to the American Soldier.

Take Your Cares Away (2020)

"In the red-lit room, smoking some dope
My girl and I are visiting, she's giving me hope"

This is what happens when your girl pushes your songwriting notebook at you and commands you to write a song in front of her during a rain-storm at the start of the pandemic.

The Path (2019)

"If we can catch a little break my dear
Perhaps the timing could be right
Can you check to see the coast is clear
Perhaps we'll slip away tonight"

This is what you get when you and your partner see the same vision for the future.


"I've got this old duffel bag full of Colombian stash
Made a trip to the bank, turned my bonds into cash
I got me this Captain, he got him a boat
Gonna make my escape and keep my dreams afloat"

I have a dream/goal of sailing a 30 to 40 foot sailboat from Mallory Square in Key West down to Islands - which led to this song.

Little Bit of Everything

"She's a martini, in a little black evening dress
She's tequila, when she puts me to the test
She is fine red wine, having dinner with some friends
She's sangria, with her toes stuck in the sand"

C'mon - admit it - that's a fun verse right there. And "she" sounds like an intriguing one.

The Tide

"She is like the see, her love is like a rolling tide
My heart is like the sand, it risks just being swept aside
Then chase in vain pursuit as that wave returns to the sea
Praying that a full-moon brings the tide back to me"

Can you feel me?

Let's Do This!

Visit the project page, subscribe to my YouTube channel, sign up for updates, and help me get the word out. 

Matthew Moran

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