Grow Up

by Matt Lebofsky

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I spent my whole birthday a few weeks ago hiding in a recording studio. Why? Sort of one part denial of aging, one part creative indulgence. The plan was to improvise/create a whole album. I achieved that goal, more or less. Everything herein was conceived, composed, performed and recorded within 10 hours on that date, including microphone placement and getting sounds. I do this sort of thing often by myself so it was definitely a pleasure to have somebody else dealing with gear and offering focus so I could just think and do (thanks, John!). I don't feel like I came up with anything earth shattering or insightful, but you still might enjoy some or all of it - here it is as a free gift to you. Pictures of my naked brain.

Disclaimer: Please note these are pretty much all first takes. Okay maybe a few second takes. Some people like it raw. And these particular mixes are a little rushed - I just wanted to get something on line for public consumption before this all grew stale. YMMV.

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released July 31, 2010

All songs written/performed by Matt Lebofsky
Engineered by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording
in Oakland, July 2010

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Matt Lebofsky Oakland

I am/was in many bands. Bodies Floating Ashore, miRthkon, Secret Chiefs 3, MoeTar (courtesy of Magna Carta Records), Faun Fables, Research & Development, Fuxedos, Three Piece Combo, Fuzzy Cousins, Mumble & Peg. Herein you'll find my solo stuff and other oddities, pretty much entirely played/recorded by me unless noted otherwise. ... more

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Track Name: Land
The sun beats down
I can see many acres from where I stand
Empty air
Out in the open - but I am lost inside
Distant hills
Entire forests over my outstretched hand
I almost hear
The giant ocean as it gathers another tide

How can I expect to learn
About the wonder even with this killer view?
Since everything I can behold
In one moment and just like that the moment's through...
Track Name: Benefits
All I know is I'm at home
Throw a bone
And wait for the gesture
A long bitter lecture

All I have is I am glad
But call a cab
I best not be driving
But soon I'm arriving

Oh the memories stack up
And the words still hurt
I cannot wait till they're gone
But I'm standing on the earth
And I taste the dirt
I cannot hope - can move on

All I breathe carries leaves
And beliefs
That time is a virtue
And this job still suits you

Oh the memories stack up
And the words still hurt
I cannot wait till they're gone
But I'm standing on the earth
And I taste the dirt
I cannot hope - can move on...