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Old August 8th, 2013, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Ghost" and "Storm's A-Coming" by Matt Smith

I've been listening to this all day since it was uploaded.


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I love sad story songs and romantic tragedies in music, and I decided to demo some acoustic stuff I wrote in that vein. Since it's a bit different from what I normally do in Theocracy, I thought maybe someone out there would find it interesting and want to check it out, so I made a little video for one of the demos. Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy!

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Here's a little video I made for a demo of another song that's not really suited for Theocracy, but that I thought some people might enjoy. I had a good time going all-out with the vocal arrangement, horns and swing feel on this track--fun little tune. Enjoy!

Music and Lyrics by Matt Smith, © 2013
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Old August 8th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awesome. I'm totally bias'd towards anything Matt Smith does though.

How did you find it? Did you just happen to be subscribed to that channel of his or what?
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Old August 8th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Matt you don't happen to want to upload the original file of this song? I know it's your intellectual property and everything but dear God.... this is beautiful.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How did you find it? Did you just happen to be subscribed to that channel of his or what?
I most certainly am subscribed. You never know when he'll post something... like this.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 07:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh yes! Thank you Matt!!

And thank you Arkatox!

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Old August 9th, 2013, 08:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Holy crap, that chorus has one of the strongest melodies I've heard in a while.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 02:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You need to sell this through iTunes or Amazon. I'd buy it! Unless a solo album with even more material is in the works....
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Old August 10th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, that's a very beautiful song!
If the other "demo stuff" is of that quality, don't hesitate to put it together for an album (at least as a digital release)! I'd buy it as well!

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Old August 13th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You need to sell this through iTunes or Amazon. I'd buy it!
Seconded. I'm really, REALLY impressed with this. Like others have said, it's beautiful. Not to mention very well written. Hope to hear more like this.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow, this is awesome! I always wanted matt to do something acoustic and that chorus just made my week!! One part sounds just like the anberlin song "fin" another great song haha. Thanks matt!!!
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Old August 15th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I found out about this yesterday and have been listening to it all last night. Really good song! Good job Matt! I hope to see more like this soon.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 10:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Holy... Crap!

This is VERY solid. What can I say though? Matt Smith, you are one talented man!
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Old August 16th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Very good job Matt, you should try more of this acoustic stuff.
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Old August 16th, 2013, 09:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Man, praise God for you, Matt (and for Theocracy too!). But seriously, there are just certain people so gifted and so hard-working to develop those gifts that—when you experience what they create, you are just left speechless. This floors me. I'm not even sure what it's about after the first listen but totally moved. Now, I'm going to listen again and pay more attention to the lyrics. Oh, and I'll keep the kleenex close. lol
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Old August 16th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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My son Tommy says, you need to add some serious electric bar chords on the chorus and a full choir backing on the next Theocracy CD. I have to admit, the kid's got a good idea! PLEASE! lol
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Old August 17th, 2013, 07:51 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Matt, please put this on club of souls in mp3 or flac. Please! Really, really good.
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Old August 18th, 2013, 02:35 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Such an anointing on your voice. I praise the Lord you and your band are sold out to him.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Love it. Fantastic tune.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 06:02 AM   #19 (permalink)
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off topic I know: I urge everyone to watch the "Power Metal Point" episodes in poundingmetal's signature. It's fun to see his take on some of the topics regarding metal. The videos are a bit long, maybe you could keep them under 5 minutes to gain a wider audience.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 07:13 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I don't get the song.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 06:52 AM   #21 (permalink)
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What's to get?

Do you need someone to post the lyrics?
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Old August 21st, 2013, 10:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Beautifull song. Hope you keep making more beautiful songs....
Theocracy makes me wanna sing...(not Stryper anymore....just joking michael....)
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Old August 21st, 2013, 02:45 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Here's by best try at deciphering the lyrics. Not sure about all of it, but I think I got most of them! Any corrections are welcome. The bridges in this song (combined with many of the lyrics in Wynter Fever) show that Matt is, indeed, the master of the limerick.

Ghost
music & lyrics: Matt Smith

Wake of a whisper, thirteen years, unspoken past
Silhouettes at the table, in the candle, shadow cast
The muse and the mystery lost in me though still remain
A specter of tragedy ever lingers like a stain

And regret is the rule of the day
All the things they've forgotten to say
So they chose not to start as they drifted apart
While the innocence melted away

And it's a long way down when the promise is already gone
All the dreams we founded have faded with time, and it's time to move on
Here surrounded, too proud to give up but too tired to carry you home
What a way to be free

Shell of a memory from an artificial life
Matchsticks and ashes, only figures marking time
He just stares at the window, the scars of vacant eyes
Gripped by the haunting and the loss he kept inside

So she carries the weight of the world
And she buries the dreams of a girl
And she wonders if time will be aging like wine
Or the pain that created the pearl

Cause it's a long way down when the promise is already gone
All the dreams we founded have faded with time, and it's time to move on
Here surrounded, too proud to give up but too tired to carry you home
Run away to be free
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:19 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Very close...copied & pasted with corrections:

Ghost

Wake of a whisper, thirteen years unspoken passed
Silhouettes at the table, in the candle's shadow cast
The muse and the mystery lost and neither still remain
The spectre of tragedy ever lingers like a stain

And regret is the rule of the day
All the things they'd forgotten to say
So they chose not to start as they drifted apart
While the innocence melted away

And it's a long way down when the promise is already gone
All the dreams we found then have faded with time, and it's time to move on
Here surrounded, too proud to give up but too tired to carry you home
What a way to be free

Shell of a memory from an artificial life
Matchsticks and ashes, only figures marking time
He just stares out the window, scars and vacant eyes
Gripped by the haunting and the loss he kept inside

So she carries the weight of the world
And she buries the dreams of a girl
And she wonders if time will be aging like wine
Or the pain that created the pearl

'Cause it's a long way down when the promise is already gone
All the dreams we found then have faded with time, and it's time to move on
Here surrounded, too proud to give up but too tired to carry you home
Run away to be free
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:24 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Thanks, Matt! We now have the official word. I have this song on repeat. I notice in the youtube description you call it "one of the demos" so I hope the rest of the demos see the light of day in some capacity in the future!
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