matthew good!

I am going to see Matthew Good tonight at Massey Hall (love this venue) as part of his Arrows of Desire album tour.  The last time I saw him was during the Hospital Music tour (which came out in 2007) so it has been entirely too long since I have seen this man perform live.

I have always enjoyed his shows because aside from his musical talent he is a great entertainer. I remember at one show him doing a Stewie Griffin impression that made me cry from laughing so hard.  I don’t remember what exactly he was saying but it was based on this bit.  Another time he pointed out that if Al Gore is really worried about energy waste and global warming, why did he use a cherry picker in An Inconvenient Truth when a ladder would have worked just fine?  He does have a point.

Anyway, it is a sold out show in a city that has a large fan base so I think it will be a great way to spend a Friday night!

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This show almost didn’t happen as Matthew Good had to cancel his show in London, ON due to illness.

matt good londonBut luckily, last night…

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If nothing else, this makes me super excited for his next tour!

Well you work a job, you hate your job
You go home and you wonder
“What am I going to do about my job?
It pays the bills, the bills add up”
So you go to bed and dream
You wake up hung over on a beach in the sunshine

I have written about Matthew Good before here.

a sweet little diddy

The original is by Daniel Johnston, but I first heard it performed by Matthew Good.  He closed every set of his Hospital Music tour with this song.  Have I ever mentioned how much I heart Matthew Good?  Yes, yes I have.

True love will find you in the end
You’ll find out just who was your friend
Don’t be sad, I know you will,
But don’t give up until
True love finds you in the end.

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you’re looking will it find you
‘Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light?
But don’t give up until
True love finds you in the end.

Highschool Flashback Fridays

The Matthew Good Band/Matthew Good

I was definitely in high school when The Matthew Good Band came on the scene in Canada with their first popular single “Symbolistic White Walls” (posted below) and I have been following the front man (Matt Good, duh!) ever since.  Although I think he is incredibly talented musically, I also think he is extremely intelligent and has a very clear perspective of the world.   I started reading his blog a few years ago, and although there was a bit of a break recently in his writing, he is back at it now on a different site and just as good as ever.  I have read in interviews that he spends hours everyday researching world events and politics and that deep knowledge is always reflected in his posts.  His views and mine are very much in line with each other and he often is able to articulate arguments in a way I would not be able to myself.  I appreciate the time he takes to not only inform himself but others about the often troubling state of the world.

Good is also extremely open with his fans and has posted personal pictures on his Facebook site and through Flickr.  He has also been incredibly open about his struggle with depression throughout his life.  Many of his songs on the album Hospital Music are a frank and honest tale of these struggles that culminated in him having a psychological break and ending up in the hospital after years of misdiagnosis and improper medication prescriptions.   This album also came out around the time I was diagnosed with RA and found it extremely helpful in getting through my own very worrisome and depressing time.

One other thing, he puts on a great show!  Last time I saw him live he did a Stewie Griffin impression, talked about Al Gore (“why did he use the cherry picker in that scene in Inconvenient Truth?  Wouldn’t a ladder be more ecologically friendly?!”), and made one of his crew tell a story while he ran backstage to use the bathroom.

I posted “Symbolistic White Walls” released in 1995 (?) below as well as “Shallow’s Low” which is my favorite song from his latest album Lights of Endangered Species which was released earlier this year.  Enjoy.