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matt sokol: the blog. math rock, jazz punk, whatever.
amazing art from 119 gallery in Lowell, MA. Would love to play here again sometime.

amazing art from 119 gallery in Lowell, MA. Would love to play here again sometime.

Art from the basement of The Trash Bar. SO PUNK.

Art from the basement of The Trash Bar. SO PUNK.

Three hours of HELLA. Must. Watch. All.

After three years, Good Citizens - Soma Holiday EP is finally up on Spotify and iTunes. and it’s still free, as always, on bandcamp. Hooray!

(Source: Spotify)

Matt Sokol - Judge Me (One Hour Song)

Tonight’s song is my least favorite of the three so far, to be honest. I mean I *like* it, I think the lyrics are cool, I just feel like it came out a bit more… typical singer-songwriter-y. That’s the fun of the whole process though, cuz you get to play around with all kinds of styles and it only takes an hour of your life.

I can tell that this One Hour Songs thing is already making me a better songwriter. I’m trying new ideas, learning about how I write, and discovering the weak links and strong points in my musicality. I’m excited to keep doing this.

We’re doing another One Hour Songwriting Challenge at 7pm EST. That’s 1.5 hours from now.
This whole concept has been a revelation to me. Realizing that songwriting doesn’t have to be some embarrassing / stressful experience is huge. I’ve always *liked* songwriting, but it seemed like something to hide for when nobody else is around. Otherwise someone might hear you write something bad, and that’s the Worst Thing, and you feel the Bad Feels.
After doing two one hour songs, I feel free. I wrote both of them with roommates in the next room over, hearing all of my awful ideas, and it didn’t hurt. I’m alive and well. The coolest part is that I actually like the ideas I’ve come with, which means I have two new songs after just two hours of work. WHOA.
The benefits are numerous. It’s fun, and even more fun with friends. Let’s do it!
The theme for this round will be posted at 6:55pm. Click the picture to link through.

We’re doing another One Hour Songwriting Challenge at 7pm EST. That’s 1.5 hours from now.

This whole concept has been a revelation to me. Realizing that songwriting doesn’t have to be some embarrassing / stressful experience is huge. I’ve always *liked* songwriting, but it seemed like something to hide for when nobody else is around. Otherwise someone might hear you write something bad, and that’s the Worst Thing, and you feel the Bad Feels.

After doing two one hour songs, I feel free. I wrote both of them with roommates in the next room over, hearing all of my awful ideas, and it didn’t hurt. I’m alive and well. The coolest part is that I actually like the ideas I’ve come with, which means I have two new songs after just two hours of work. WHOA.

The benefits are numerous. It’s fun, and even more fun with friends. Let’s do it!

The theme for this round will be posted at 6:55pm. Click the picture to link through.

Drum tips: DONT BE A ZOMBIE.

This video talks about how to practice in a way that will be useful for when you’re actually on stage / in the studio / playing FOR REAL, instead of practicing in a boring way that isn’t as helpful.

"the big mistake is to practice in a boring, controlled way and then only bring out your artistic style in performance situations"

hope you enjoy.

moving to NYC was definitely the move for my music career. but I miss my doge :(

moving to NYC was definitely the move for my music career. but I miss my doge :(

Saw this guy at Craft Beer Fest in NYC. Really awesome old-school folk/blues guitarist and singer.

Saw this guy at Craft Beer Fest in NYC. Really awesome old-school folk/blues guitarist and singer.

One Hour Songs

My friend Sulene has been challenging people to write & record a song in an hour. We’ve done this two nights in a row and I’m having a lot of fun / coming up with some surprisingly neat songs.

Here’s what I got so far:

night 1- http://youtu.be/E_OpzMSBzwg

night 2 - https://soundcloud.com/onehoursongs/matt-sokol-bones-will-bear

The point isn’t to write an amazing song, it’s to destroy writer’s block and not judge yourself / your work prematurely. Songwriting is fun, it’s a way to vent, it shouldn’t be stressful.

The next time we do this, I’ll post a heads up a few hours ahead of time on this blog - I’d love for you to join us.