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Stitches in the Seam of the World

by Don Mattingley

A one-man classic rock band.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Inscrutable Smile
4:20 $0.99
2. This Should Be the End
4:13 $0.99
3. All of the Things
3:57 $0.99
4. Recording
4:01 $0.99
5. The Last Drop
4:14 $0.99
6. You've Been Refused
3:06 $0.99
7. Burned
3:56 $0.99
8. Let It Go
3:50 $0.99
9. Airport Road
3:02 $0.99
10. Mother You Have
3:59 $0.99
11. Coming Back
3:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
A collection of songs I composed, performed, recorded, and produced between 2006 an 2012 in my home studios in Virginia and Vietnam. The compositions and production were influenced by various artists including Mark Knopfler, U2, Coldplay, Ray LaMontagne, John Legend, Jack Johnson.

Inscrutable Smile: (2012) Guitar playing and production inspired by post-Achtung Baby U2. One of the lyrics I'm most proud of: We're stitches in the seam of the world
Of a fabric that is slowly unfurled
So softly now

This Should Be The End: (2008) This song came together quickly without much effort, which is a rare but happy event for me. Lyrics inspired by the family situation of a colleague in Hanoi whose spouse was serving in Afghanistan. Music and production inspired by Coldplay. Probably my second favorite lyric:
So you dreamt about it again
Heard her footsteps in the hall
Felt the echoes bouncing off your skin

All Of The Things: (2006) This song went through many iterations, some of which spawned at least three other totally separate songs. The music and production on this track were the result of my efforts to create something unique without any particular song or artist as a template.

Recording: (2012) A song that went through several iterations, first inspired by a John Mayer riff but evolving into something else entirely.

The Last Drop: (2010) A song inspired by Jack Johnson, it went through several iterations and arrangements, including one I recorded for the Casanova Boys' record Antidote. The lyrics reference the mortgage crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession.

Let It Go: (2008) This song is another of my attempts to come up with something unique. It is essentially a rewrite of my own song Never Going Down, which I recorded for my 101 Del Ray Ave album.

You've Been Refused: (2007) Music and production inspired by Ray LaMontagne's Trouble. The lyrics are about an unsuccessful U.S. visa applicant, a parent trying to visit a grown child who has emigrated.

Burned: (2008) A song written around a drum beat I stole from a John Legend album. I'm proud of my organ playing and the closing guitar solo, which has some subtle jazz inflections from my time studying jazz in Hanoi.

Mother You Have: (2012) Inspired by Mark Knopfler, except for the outro which is an acoustic guitar riff inspired by James Taylor's Something In The Way She Moves.

Airport Road: (2008) Lyrics inspired by my time in Vietnam, I remember the drives to the airport outside of Hanoi and all the Vietnamese on their motorbikes riding so close to their lovers.

Coming Back: (2007) My attempt at some neo-soul.



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William W.

Mattingley Does It Again
Don Mattingley's "Stitches in the Seam of the World" showcases his inventive lyrics, fine musicianship/recording skills, and eclectic influences. From the U2-inspired "Inscrutable Smile" to the a reworked version of "The Last Drop" (give a listen to the version on The Casanova Boys' "Antidote" for a comparison with the original), through the last track, "Coming Back," Mattingley does not fail to please. Showcasing jazz inflections, tasty lead guitar licks, and bluesy slide, Mattingley is a master of the guitar. Lyrically complex with interesting themes and stories, the songs draw listeners in and leave them wanting more. Well done!