Songs From The Wilderness (Digital Album)

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Songs From The Wilderness (Digital Album)

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Songs from the Wilderness

It’s late January 2019, and I guess I’ve decided to release this record into the world, which is something I didn’t know if I would do.  We recorded it back in late 2017 with Issac Wardell who’s a great guy and producer from Charlottesville VA.  It’s been a spiritually dry/dead/confusing season for me, to say the least, so had Issac not inquired and been excited about the songs, and had vision for the songs, I would have never recorded them I suspect.  In a state of depression there is not excitement or vision for anything.  There is not a purpose for anything.   There is not any trying anything.   There is waking up, going through the various motions, going to bed.   The years are short and the days are long.  Depression is real and is a state of being I now know well, and I can empathize with any others who are in that state.

I don’t know why I made this record.   I don’t really know why I’m releasing it now.  In one sense I feel more energized than I have felt in a long while - more hopeful - more clear.   My state is better I think.  And yet, i think i’ve come to see now that the melancholy matt is someone I don’t expect I will ever ‘overcome’ …. nor is he someone i hope to make ‘peace’ with …. but rather someone who will just be there …. there to empathize and echo and represent a part of life that is all too real and constant - brokenness, emptiness, longing, sorrow.   I know these are not the only things.   And that for a Christian, these things are supposed to be swallowed up by resurrection joy.  But there are winters…long ones, cold ones, lonely ones.

This record, I suppose, is my attempt to voice some of the aforementioned things.  It’s an attempt for worship to mirror the psalms which is in large part, comprised of songs of longing.  There are no singles on this record.  Truly I have zero perspective on it.  I guess I just hope it helps somebody out there and that it can be something that, rather than sings or talks at you, can just sit next to you.

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Songs from the Wilderness


It’s late January 2019, and I guess I’ve decided to release this record into the world, which is something I didn’t know if I would do.  We recorded it back in late 2017 with Issac Wardell who’s a great guy and producer from Charlottesville VA.  It’s been a spiritually dry/dead/confusing season for me, to say the least, so had Issac not inquired and been excited about the songs, and had vision for the songs, I would have never recorded them I suspect.  In a state of depression there is not excitement or vision for anything.  There is not a purpose for anything.   There is not any trying anything.   There is waking up, going through the various motions, going to bed.   The years are short and the days are long.  Depression is real and is a state of being I now know well, and I can empathize with any others who are in that state.


I don’t know why I made this record.   I don’t really know why I’m releasing it now.  In one sense I feel more energized than I have felt in a long while - more hopeful - more clear.   My state is better I think.  And yet, i think i’ve come to see now that the melancholy matt is someone I don’t expect I will ever ‘overcome’ …. nor is he someone i hope to make ‘peace’ with …. but rather someone who will just be there …. there to empathize and echo and represent a part of life that is all too real and constant - brokenness, emptiness, longing, sorrow.   I know these are not the only things.   And that for a Christian, these things are supposed to be swallowed up by resurrection joy.  But there are winters…long ones, cold ones, lonely ones.


This record, I suppose, is my attempt to voice some of the aforementioned things.  It’s an attempt for worship to mirror the psalms which is in large part, comprised of songs of longing.  There are no singles on this record.  Truly I have zero perspective on it.  I guess I just hope it helps somebody out there and that it can be something that, rather than sings or talks at you, can just sit next to you.