I’m Leaving Facebook

I’m leaving Facebook on Feb 7th

WHAT?

Yep – for reals. I won’t be setting it to private or anything like that. I’ll be deleting my personal profile, my artist page and the FB groups I set up for Beatles Songwriting Academy and First Tuesday Songwriter’s Group. Totally gone.

WHY?

I’ve just have a growing conviction that FB is making the world a worse place and I don’t want to be a part of that process anymore. Trump, Brexit, Rohingya, Cambridge Analytica was made possible in part because our data is making money for Facebook, and the more angry and polarized we become the more valuable we are to advertisers.

And even if that’s impossible to prove or quantify – FB is making ME a more angry and reactive person for all the narcissistic-dopamine-junkie reasons you’d expect.

Most of all as I’ve thought about quitting FB, the FEAR I feel about how I could exist (as a person and a musician in 2019) without FB is the deciding factor. If I can’t live a meaningful life without social media then I’m probably already screwed.

WHY THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, YA DRAMA QUEEN?

Cos I want to stay in touch, you big dummy.

  • Drop me a line: matt@mattblick.com
  • Leave me a comment below
  • First Tuesday members? Sign up the the mailing list that I’ll be sending round and make sure I have your phone number.
  • FAWMers? I’ll see you over there.
  • Follow me on twitter. (You might find me in other places but I’m not really active so there’s not a lot of point).

THIS IS A BIT EXTREME. AND ALSO, TWITTER?!?!

Whenever I’ve tried to change my lifestyle, moderation hasn’t worked for me. So all in it is. I’m not saying FB is MORE evil than social media/the internet/modern technology or PEOPLE. It’s just I can’t live without Facebook. So I need to try. Maybe I’ll rejoin in a year. Maybe I’ll delete my entire online presence. Maybe I’ll live in a potting shed on the Isle of Arran. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have a lovely life where I go round telling people the things I ‘like’ about them to their faces. Anyway, thanks for listening – I’m here for a few more weeks.

Love you all!

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Xmas Sneak Peak

The Nusic new music podcast gave a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ preview of a track from my new album (did I mention I’ve got a new album coming out?) Fifty Five Stories Down. 

Hang around to the end to hear the digital premiere of Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe.

Nusic Podcast #194

You can also check out Betsey Bircumshaws live in studio version of Survive. Betsey is one of the First Light artists I’ve been working with in 2018.

Original demo and behind the song post: Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe

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Jamming With Walter

Here’s a few links from some schools I teach at

Fernwood

Merry Death Day – by the Duo Jets

Silent Night – Backing track and sheet music

Walter Halls

A song by some pupils (Ali Songo)
A song inspired by a diss from a pupil – “Matt, your life came from a happy meal” (both songs are here under the ‘Walter Halls’ heading)
And a video of me recording strange instrumental overdubs for Brother Bull at various schools.

You can listen to the finished track on my EP Let’s Build An Airport and read more about the story behind the song here and here

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Cici Lara: Flower Fountain

Here’s the new single from Cici Lara who I worked with a few years ago when she was part of New Communication

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Big changes to First Tuesday.

Since starting First Tuesday in 2012 I’ve seen a lot of writers and heard a lot (over 300!) of songs. I’ve learnt a massive amount from the experience, as well as building up a collection of songs of my own that I’m really happy with. But the time has come for me to call it day.

However the good news is Daudi Matsiko has agreed to take over the running and hosting of the group. So from next month the group will meet at his house – 112 Stanley Road, Forest Fields, NG7 6HP on Thursday the 6th of June.

Daudi is a thoughtful and gifted singer/songwriter and I’m so happy he’s up for taking the group forward.

The new contact details for the group will be

first.tuesday.songwriters@gmail.com

Thank you all for your involvement and I wish you all very the best in your songwriting, in the months and years to come

Matt

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