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April 2, 2013

BEAM: Spinning yarns into solid gold

Everyone has a different way of sharing their story. Some paint magnificent scenes on a sheet of canvas. Others get their lives inked on their skin. And then the most insane of us write columns and make unsuspecting readers like you peruse them.

Matt Gold sings. The words he pens for his songs are as deep as any Tolstoy novel, his voice as rich as a baroque painting, and his heart is as open as any book you can find in your local library. 

I met Matt during a Mongolian Fashion Show held at Franklin College. My friend Lisa had introduced me to his amazing music and I wanted to talk to him about his songwriting. You can tell he puts a lot of his soul and emotional baggage into his tunes. Most writers could learn a thing or two from him about honesty. Matt is Matt. In the musical era of Justin Bieber and Kesha, you’ve got to appreciate that simplicity.  

“Music today is too manufactured, too overproduced. I don’t think a lot of it is quality. I think it’s just a bunch of people with ideas hitting auto-tune saying make me sound good when really the heart and soul isn’t there,” Matt said. “I don’t feel like I have to put on some big fabricated show to get people’s interest. I think that’s why people really like my music. I’m being honest. I’m being who I am.”

As an only child being raised in a small Midwestern town, Matt enjoyed artistic pursuits. With only six months of piano training, he began to compose music while in his teens and started to record his own songs at the old age of 17. He’s been writing and singing ever since, living up to the term singer-songwriter on every degree. 

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