John Clark Matthews | Dream of Flying and Dying

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Dream of Flying and Dying

by John Clark Matthews

Each song is a piece of life with its own personality. Sincere, clear and sometimes surprising. The theme: Life, lust and the return to dust.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Second Wind
2:12 $0.99
2. I Hate Love
3:48 $0.99
3. I Lift the Bottle
2:58 $0.99
4. God's Nap
2:49 $0.99
5. Summer's Gone Again
3:37 $0.99
6. The Argument
1:36 $0.99
7. Ice On the Road
3:44 $0.99
8. The Fight
3:26 $0.99
9. Bikini Lady
2:25 $0.99
10. I'm Not Sorry
2:25 $0.99
11. Dark Ghosts
4:18 $0.99
12. I Hate My Baby
2:36 $0.99
13. The Limit
2:12 $0.99
14. Hot Kiss
2:49 $0.99
15. Devil Wind
4:20 $0.99
16. Incident On State Street
2:15 $0.99
17. Vivo Con Brio
1:37 $0.99
18. Without You Nothing Makes Sense
4:06 $0.99
19. A Time
3:09 $0.99
20. Dream of Flying and Dying
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Worked in the film industry for almost 30 years. We've all got expiration codes stamped on our butts in a place where we can’t read them. Decided to do what I always wanted to do: write beautiful, strange music that’s true.

Been playing the keyboard and banjo since forever. With the amazing virtual instruments available, I have a band that doesn't gripe or give me trouble. I wrote and performed every note on this album high up on a mountain in Cedar Glen, California. My goal: be a poet and one man band - with only me to blame.

This album is a collection of tiny parts of my life. Feelings most people have experienced: being dumped, mad, crazy, lovesick and lazy. Sometimes just wondering about it all. Don’t have answers but don’t mind kicking up a fuss.

Each song in this collection is different. Don’t screw up your nose at the first thing you listen to. The next one will be different. Just like each day of our lives.



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Astonishing Album!
This album brings a bolt from the blue, feeling, sorrowfulness and pleasure all at the same time. The instrumental use is more than different and spontaneous; it’s also a show of remarkable talent. The instrumental use in “Vivo Con Bro” is incredible. I remember the many late nights driving home and feeling like “Ice On The Road”. “I Lift the Bottle” is powerful to say the least. In “I Dream of Flying and Dying”, the line that says: “Thought is the mast of the word and truth and knowing the truth are two different things.” Is so influential whether this song makes you think of a dream or how you feel in your waking life, the power of these lyrics are extremely relatable. John Clark Matthews has done an astounding job at bringing us into the realities of life through his lyrics and use of instrument. I can’t wait for more!


Something really new!
This album hits the sweet spot between the oft-melancholy singer-storyteller tunes of Cohen and Tom Waits and the sometimes surreal soundscapes of early Pink Floyd. Songs like Devil Wind and Incident On State Street harken to the songwriting of Tracy Chapman and Stan Rogers.

The deep storytelling is wonderfully broken up by pleasing instrumental interludes, elongated in dreamy pieces like Vivo Con Brio. The entire album reads like a scrapbook of a long and varied life, and stories told late at night.

This is an album that you'll want to take along on a long trip through snow-covered fields and dusty plains. My personal favorites are Devil Wind, Ice On The Road, and I'm Not Sorry, though the entire album blends together well and is great to listen to in sequence.


A Surprise Album!
This album is full of surprises, from the lyrics (not only poetic but so many resonate with their stories) to the music (which enhances the lyrics in tempo, mood and even instruments used) to the humor. John Clark Matthews reminds me of Leonard Cohen, but provides an amazing variety of styles. When I first heard the songs, it was the music that hooked me. Then I concentrated on the lyrics. I listened to the songs several times to get it all, and found I enjoyed them more as I heard them. I love the clever use of instruments in "The Argument" and enjoyed the surprise of "Bikini Lady." Looking forward to his next album of, as he calls it, "beautiful, strange music that's true!"


A Journey Worth Taking
Personal, soulful, humorous, thought provoking, unique and entertaining are all appropriate descriptions of Dream of Flying and Dying. The album takes the listener on a journey of unexpected depth and versatility in which John Clark Matthews displays his amazing musical and artistic talents of lyrical writer, composer and sole performer. Along the way Matthews delves into the pain and despair of alcohol addiction (I Lift the Bottle), the complex depth and strength that love engenders (Without You Nothing Makes Sense) and the emotional darkness of love lost (I Hate Love). In Bikini Lady, I laughed out loud at not only the lyrics of the song but at his use of music and choice of instruments behind his words. While clearly John Matthews draws upon much in his own life experience, there was also much there I could relate to personally as well, particularly in his opening track Second Wind. Among my other favorites on this album were the two instrumentals included, The Argument and Vivo Con Brio, which never fail to lift my spirits each time I listen to them and joyfully absorb the complexity of the rhythms which unfortunately end too soon . As more and more people discover John Clark Matthews and his debut album, I won't be surprised if they join me in their admiration of his talent and desire for more as soon as his creative processes allow.