The Lyric Lounge is a film series based on songwriters and, more specifically, their lyrics. Connections Media invites singer-songwriters to share their music and words in an intimate, stripped-down environment, as we believe that words have meaning. Watch full-length Lyric Lounge sessions below.
Town of Birth: Riverdale, GA
Occupation/Job/Life Purpose Work: to create as much as I can, as honestly as I can, through as many mediums as I can...with breaks for beer, whiskey and conversation between.
“Aspirations can be dangerous because you become so focused on the destination that you miss the journey. Personally, I try not to aspire to be anything other than me which can, at times, be much more difficult than it sounds... It's all about finding the right balance of head, heart and gut.”
Matt Megrue is an artist, a creative. He’s been involved in numerous projects under numerous names, varied in genre from Americana/folk to rock and even punk, but above all else, he is and has always been a humanitarian. As his flat top roots guitar now proclaims in silver lettering, he’s “powered by peace.” He cares about people (regardless of “race or who they love”), he shares his convictions in the lyrics he writes, and he prompts his audience that it’s cool to care. Today, he drops his sense of humor - and his words, and delivery, are sobering and chilling.
We hear in it a mix of frustration and helplessness, a desperate plea for truth, and even a flicker of light. If there’s one thing we can all agree on in our current landscape, it’s that we can’t agree on much. Unfortunately, our world is afflicted by dissonance, inequality, greed, vanity, prejudice. Our nation is under a government that doesn’t serve all people. ‘Truth’ is a murky concept.
Listening to “Here’s to the World,” we look America critically in her face. Once young, lively, glowing, but now plagued with the consequences of how we’ve treated her - liver spots of pooled polluted water, hair loss growing more extreme with further deforestation, a constant migraine from the banging of ‘fake news’ around her head. But we also remember that we’re all “blood, bone, and brain” and that this land really was made for you and me.
“I worked at a pharmacy in high school and saw so many people struggling to afford their prescriptions… I also did some work in the healthcare space where I saw firsthand how carriers framed and recommended plans to customers and, after the introduction of The Affordable Care Act, all of the jockeying of carriers to create a false narrative of how it was going to make our system worse. All of that just felt gross and not something I wanted to be a part of.
On top of all of that, my wife and I had moments recently where we needed medical care and it was an awful, expensive, inefficient process. In my opinion, as one of the wealthiest country in the world, we have a responsibility to look out for and take care of those who can't take care of themselves. I know that statement opens up many more debates, but that's my place to start.”
If you could live in a book, tv show or movie--which book/show/movie would it be?
The Beach (Danny Boyle movie), but before it all went bad and Richard screwed it up for everyone. I have always found that idea of living in a self-sustaining community in an exotic location is enamoring, even though I am positive I would be awful at it.
What song makes you unconditionally happy?
So many...OMC "How Bizarre", Frankie Lymon "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?", Aerosmith's "Cryin" and/or "Crazy", Outkast "Rosa Parks", SUSTO "Waves", Arrested Development "Tennessee", just to name a few that pop out in my brain right now.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
A beach, a bar, pen and paper, and nothing but time.
What are 3 things you value most about a person?
Honesty, integrity, and the ability to really listen. I need to be much better at the latter.
If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I'm sure I'd find more creative endeavors to get my hands in. I love the idea of not having to sleep.
“My personal goal is to continue to create as much as possible; whether that be design, print, music, writing, whatever it is. I have 3 or 4 early sketches, demos and concepts of new records, but the challenge with anything creative is seeing it through to the end. I would like to start, but more importantly finish as many creative projects as I can over the next five years.”
Matt Megrue forces us to consider the unfortunate reality of our nation’s current circumstances. But, he raises a metaphorical glass and brings his song home with a glimmer of hope; We’re a flawed people living in a flawed society, yes, but life is beautiful, we’re all in this together, and we’re here now. And “‘the now’ is all that matters anyway, amiright?!”
And they feed their ego by making those around them feel so small
Not a clue, not a clue, they ain’t got a clue
And you’d think by now we would have figured out how
To love with all of our differences
At the end of the day, we’re all blood, bone and brain
The problem’s in the packaging
So to anyone who hates someone based on race or who they love
Find yourself another country to be part of
This land was your land, this land was my land
From California, to the New York Island
We cut down our forests and pollute our water
This land was stripped by you and me
This land was stripped by you and me
So here’s to the world and to all of our faults and to hope and humanity
This land was made for you and me
I’m angry at you, you’re angry and me
And we share the degree to which we disagree
In adoration of frauds, the perversion of God
So how can I be happy, when the world is so damn sad?
Wish I knew, wish I knew, I wish I knew
When we can’t even drink from our own kitchen sink
And we spend our lives waiting for Cancer to come
Fake news and fake friends, is this how it ends?
When the gospel according to government has only let you down
Give me truth, give me truth, gimme some truth
Some take all that they want, which is more than they need
And they can’t see the difference growing between
It’s a race that is run, but can never be won
It’s pure vanity
Editor in Chief: Becca Finley
Profile + Lyric Intro: Caitlin Billard