I Am Not a Lyrics Person/I Am a Lyrics Person

I can come up with chord progressions all day long. But that’s not songwriting. 

By definition, a song is something that’s sung. You can’t sing a chord progression. In fact, it’s impossible. I know because I’ve tried. 

Back in the…

Inspiration Information

I make music mostly because I feel so inspired by other people who make or have made music. It is not enough for me to simply listen and enjoy. I need to dive in and mix it up myself. 

I…

Odds and Ends #3 (Back in Training)

Guys! Remember the Police Academy films? Gosh, those sure were great films, weren’t they? I think I saw most of them in the theater when I was a boy. I would not be who I am today without those important…

A Conversation Between the Universe and Me

Hi there and thank you for checking out the Matt Kollock blog! It’s been a minute, so I’m happy to be back on track with this thing. I was just gonna take one week off, and then a whole damn…

Odds and Ends #2 (ELECTRIC BOOGALOO)

Hello, friends! How are things? What’s the weather like where you’re located? Shitty? Yeah, that’s how it is here, too. Of course, if the weather were pleasant all the time, that would be even shittier. 

Anyway… 

Last month I published

Holy Shit I Just Purchased a Public Address System!

I’m spending serious money on my music career now. Well, serious for a chronically underfunded person like me. 

In early 2018 when I decided I wanted to get back into music after an extended absence, there was really no cost…

Getting Used to Not Feeling Ready

Blues legend Freddie King, who went by “Freddy” until about 1966 (and who was not related to fellow blues legends B.B. King or Albert King), died on December 28, 1976, when I was 87 days old. He was 42…

Mindfulness, Meditation, Music and Me

I meditate every single day. 

Some days I only sit for a few minutes. For example, the other night I realized it was 11:55 pm and I had not meditated that day. So I did a quick three-minute sit. Whew…

25 Ways to Become a Better Songwriter

Look at me back up on my songwriting horse! 

Last year — 2018 — I challenged myself to write two songs each month. I was ahead of schedule for most of the year. But then somewhere around the middle of…