Song Notebook #3 - 'Problems'

Song Notebook #3 - 'Problems'

Problems. Everybody’s got problems. Everybody sings the blues.

 

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Conversations with Matthew #4 - Take the A Express to the L, then Walk

Conversations with Matthew #4 - Take the A Express to the L, then Walk

From Spanish Harlem to the East Village, following inspiration and opportunity, settling into the crazy flow of life in the centre of the Art World: 1980's New York City.

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Work in Progress #2 - Dream Into Life (2019)

Work in Progress #2 - Dream Into Life (2019)

Art is like jazz improvisation, the trick is to get out of the way sufficiently to let the spirit, rhythm and inner logic of the piece reveal itself. Once that happens you're off on a journey and there's no telling where you'll end up.

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Matthew Giffin, 'NYC Wall Study #321 - LES' (2007)

Great Stuff #3 - Punk Art / NYC

"Punk isn't something you grow out of. Punk is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is, 'give us some truth'. - Joe Strummer

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Matthew Giffin. 'There's a Little Bit of Elvis in us All'

Song Notebook #2 - 'There's a Little Bit of Elvis In Us All'

I wrote this song while living in NYC way back in the '80's, when America was 'the Shining City on the Hill'. What a time it was. What a time it IS.

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Conversations with Matthew #3 - New York City

Conversations with Matthew #3 - New York City

Taking the first step as an artist can often be the most daunting moment in your career. But having fear and intimidation when planning these steps only holds you back. To reach potential, you have to let go and step forward into the unknown. Living this way opens your opportunities, and, as it has for Matthew’s whole career, can get you into some fascinating places.

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Art by Adolf Wolfli

Great Stuff #2 - Adolf Wölfli

Adolf Wolfli's psychosis-fuelled work is simply astonishing: 25,000 pages of elaborately illustrated manuscripts, collages, 'musical compositions' and an entire fictional autobiography entitled, 'Cradle to the Grave'. 

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Work in Progress #1 - Locked Down in the Studio

Work in Progress #1 - Locked Down in the Studio

This first instalment 'Work in Progress' focuses on the visual art I have completed during this time of pandemic, social unrest, political violence and insurrection, from February 2020 to April 2021.

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Conversations with Matthew: The Creative Foundation, Part 2

Conversations with Matthew: The Creative Foundation, Part 2

As we grow up and mature, early experiences and influences slowly coalesce into interests and, finally, concrete directions that eventually form the journey of our lives. 

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Song Notebook #1 -  'Strange Things Seem to Happen'

Song Notebook #1 - 'Strange Things Seem to Happen'

I’ve been writing and recording songs for decades now. In ‘Song Notebook’, I will share some of the music I’ve been working on, starting with an acoustic based song inspired by (among other things)… quantum physics!

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