Looking Forward

I was walking through the west end of Portland the other day and the blues came over me. I was thinking about all the things that have changed in this ‘little city that could’. Peering into the empty space of “Local Sprouts Cafe” left me with a deep sense of melancholy. It was a favorite local restaurant that became my second home, or office and or dining room or place to play music for many years. It’s emptiness represents all that has changed in this city, for better or for worse.

I went back to the office and immediately recorded this tune. My hope is to take those friends and joys and spaces long past and carry them into new experiences. With that in mind I named this tune “Looking Forward”.

I spent a few hours on the Eastern Promenade on a beautifully sunny day with my Nikon SLR on it’s tripod. I got a chance to practice a Bill Monroe tune on my mandolin as the camera clicked away. Lately I’ve been interested in merging mediums together and seeing what happens. I’m quite please with how this little video and tune came out. Hope you enjoy!

Campobello Island Reel, a tune

 
View from beach in South Lubec looking out onto Quoddy Head State Park to the right and Campobello Island to the left

View from beach in South Lubec looking out onto Quoddy Head State Park to the right and Campobello Island to the left

Canada for the afternoon…

We took the afternoon and drove across the bridge from Lubec, Maine, USA into Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. The tides on the Bay of Fundy rise and fall 20 feet within a 8 hour period. The view of Pasamaquoddy Bay is quite extraordinary. You can watch whales feeding right from the shore!

This tune was composed and recorded by Matt Baker on August 1, 2019 with Matt’s Samsung S9. Matt plays both guitar and mandolin on the recording.

Bridge looking over into Canada from Lubec, Maine

Bridge looking over into Canada from Lubec, Maine

Low Tied from the tidal beach near Head Harbour Light Station, Campobello Island, New Brunswick Canada

Low Tied from the tidal beach near Head Harbour Light Station, Campobello Island, New Brunswick Canada

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Lubec Jig, a tune

This is an original fiddle tune I composed vacationing with my family up in Lubec, Maine near the border of Canada. It’s a lovely part of the world. There are lots to be inspired by: lovely salty dog, pine trees, craggy shores, delapitldated fishing huts!

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This track is recorded on “Stagelight” on a Samsung S9 with Matt Baker on guitar and mandolin.

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Sound Sketch

South Lake Sound Sketch

Recorded on South Lake. Warren Maine. July 30. 2019

Recorded on South Lake. Warren Maine. July 30. 2019

It's been awhile since I've done home composing and recording and I’m itching to get back into the swing of things. I replaced my old Apple iPhone a couple years ago with a Samsung and I’ve had a hard time getting multi-track recordings to work on the Android platform, but I finally figured it out! On thos recording I’m using Stagelight with the internal Samsung S9 mic.

I’ve taken a holiday with my wife and my inlaws up into northern Maine and I thought it was a perfect time to hammer out some tone ideas. Now that I have the process down with my equipment stay tuned for more Tone Sketches!

This tune really captures the relaxing and carefree attitude hanging out at a perfect setting of Summer in Maine.

South Lake, Warren, Maine

South Lake, Warren, Maine

"In Remembrance", a tune

“In Remembrance”

This tune came to me while walking down Congress Street the other day. This tune is a reflection of the loss of loved ones passing that people all around me are feeling, including myself. Keeping the memories alive is a sweet agony.

Usually these sort of things come and go leaving no mark that they were ever there. This one stuck. I woke up the next morning whistling it as clear as day and jotted it down first thing, and recorded it on my phone later on in the day with guitar and mandolin. The video is a time-lapse I took in the summer of 2018 up at Frost Pond camp grounds, near Baxter State Park way up north in Maine.

I think of my dad in my creative process. I feel him over my shoulder through each step, and I can hear him laugh and cracking jokes throughout.

I dedicate this to all you suffering a loss of a friend, or pet or loved one. May the ones you love and lost be always in your heart.

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Welcome to World of Matt!

Website Revamp!

 
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The one thing that I’ve had to come to terms with after 40+ spins around the sun is that I’m a fickle artist. I don’t ever pick one medium and stick with it. One week I feel an intense urge to write a song. The next week I want to make a print. The week after I may want to go out on nature walks and take photos, or write a story, or go to a figure drawing group, or play trumpet. I have to follow these artistic urges, because they make up who I am. All the people blogging about bloggers blogging say to “Narrow your focus”. I tried this with “Matt Baker Designs”, but it felt like a cage. So here I am, spreading out my wings.

Welcome to World Of Matt!