World of Matt

Music & Art of Matt Baker

The First Snow

December 9, 2017.  We had our first snow of the winter today.  There’s no other feeling like it.  It marks a new chapter.  Where getting into the thick of it.  No more messing around!  I love the energy of the First Snow.  I just had to tune my guitar to whatever was feeling right and let it sing whatever it wanted to sing.  

This is recorded peering out over Congress Square Park in Portland, Maine in my massage studio.



Medusa’s Stare

This song is about those substances that can take over our lives. 



When you let it

Overtake you

That Sweet Sweet Poison

It'll start telling you

What to do

It'll make you feel

Like your chosen

It'll make you feel

Like your chosen

What's this thing?

What's it all about?

Makes you all alone?

Try to run

You try to shout

The snake woman's snare

It turns you to stone


Loosing faith

You loose control

Someone Big's gotta pay

Take the path of rage

Tied in a lie

Use anything

To keep those demons at bay


“Worn Out Shoes”

This song is about that benevolent force that some call “God”, others “the universe” or “higher power” that has pulled me out of and continues to pull me out of jams I find get myself in.  I am so grateful I have this force in my life.

I wrote this with the help of my good friend and talented country singer Michael Preston when he was living on Sherman Street in Portland.  



Running around in my ole worn out shoes

With nothing to show

Just holes in my soles

Suffering the hurt I put myself through

I’m blaming others

And the good lord too

If I could just get out of my way

Listen to what all my brothers might say

I’d pick up something I could use

To loose my blues

But I don’t want to change

Or have to re-arrange

I don’t like other people telling me what to do

Then something welts up from inside

A feeling I can’t hide

I give it all to you

And everything moves

Take this burden away from me

I’ll be a vessel for you love

I’ll be free

I can walk down that long dark valley

And never have to be alone

When I’m with you Lord I feel your grace

Without you I’m so out of place

Let your light shine upon my face

And I’ll never be alone

No I’ll never be alone

I will never be alone

“Rubber on Road”

This song is about coming home.  I lived out in Colorado for a couple of years.  I do cherish those years as being a big turning point in my life.  I really do love being back in New England and especially Maine.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live to far from the ocean again. 


How do I know what to trust

When all I see around me

Is streets and avenues

I go to work and come home

And get drunk well it seems to me

Not a life I chose

The viscous cycle I abhor

Gonna ride out to that shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road


I take a drive

the city lights

Fade away behind me

To open skies and trees

I think about some girl

In another world

I stopped chasing her

She gave me nothing but grief

I just need a place to go

Gonna ride out to that shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road


Bad choices have made me a lonely grave

But I ain't lying dead

The ocean tides help me to quiet

All the buzzing in my head

There's so much to explore

Gonna ride out to the shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

“On the Congo”

This song “On the Congo” is about Congress Street, the main thoroughfare in the funny old town of Portland, Maine.  Congress Street has seen so many faces throughout the ages and this tune is a reflection of all those faces past and present.  One of my favorite activities still after living here since 2009 is to wander from one end of Congress Street to the other.  It’s hard to feel lonely when you bump into all the wonderful souls you see on Congress Street.

This arrangement is my first attempt at solo mandolin and vocals. Hope you enjoy!

Welcome to World of Matt!


I started this site after finally coming to terms with the fact that I am a fickle artist.  Sometimes I get an idea for a song.  Sometimes I get an idea for a comic. Sometimes I get an idea for an interpretive dance!  I used to judge myself for my shifting artistic nature.  "Why can't I just pick one thing?",  I would ask myself. I have finally decided to embrace all the aspects of my artistic expression. That's why I started "World of Matt".  Who knows what I'll be posting?  I'll leave that up to the mysterious spirits of artistic creation.  Stay tuned!