I have some exciting, stupendous, and important news: a few weeks ago I wrote five of the best songs I've written in years, maybe ever. Something happened to my brain, I think it was zapped by an electrical, creative, pulse that came from some alternate dimension located under my house, most likely torn open by Jones (my cat). Suddenly my super powers returned.
BELOW: a splice from a demo. The song is aptly named "Cedar Park", as I called this West Philly neighborhood home for many years and experienced the ups and downs and all arounds while living there.
With this project, it'll be the first time I'll be recording my guitar parts from my home studio - oh the excitement. I've been learning a lot about engineering and recording and this task has been entrusted to me by a close friend and music partner WHO BELIEVES I WON'T TOTALLY SCREW THIS UP.
Final drum tracks are finished (thanks to Owen Osborne & Kyle Swartzwelder - photo of session above). From here, together, we build a mid-sized fortress.
November 25, 2022
New single "10-21-19" AND new music vid headed your way in November. Cover photo and design by Kyle Swartzwelder (www.kyleswartzwelder.com)
I'm Sorry (songs don't work)
As always, none of this would have been made possible without my dear friend and brother Kyle Swartzwelder, who has inspired me to continue making music in Philly. Also, original cover design by longtime collaborator, skateboarding pal, north star, Joshua Schnapf.
words and music written by Matthew Rineer (2019 Red Rose City Music)
vocals, acoustic guitar: Matthew Rineer
tenor acoustic guitar and electric guitar: Kyle Swartzwelder
engineered, mixed and mastered by Kyle Swartzwelder @ Black Forest Sound Studio in Glenside, PA
Please give it a spin and support your local folk singer
i wake up fast / i don't rest long / i cant stand the thoughts / i regret the wrongs / and i check my phone / but its still the same / you're done checking on me / you're done playing this game / you cant write a song / and expect everything to get better / the hurt sometimes / wont mend in lines / wont heal with chords / it ain't fixed with rhymes / i was a 30 year old / when i lost my way / when everything id known / was taken away / and to my surprise / i looked over at you / and we fell in love / we crashed right through / but i sank so deep / that i almost drowned / i pulled our love / into the cold cold ground / and i ran away / like a coward does / you were there alone / you were there my love