It’s been a while, huh?
Now, I’m not gonna go all ‘turning over a new leaf’ on y’all and pretend I’m gonna be updating this page every day from now on.
I think I miss having a website. Like, a functional website that people repeatedly check to see what I’ve been up to and how I’ve been doing. Facebook supplanted that for many of us –giving us a centralized location to update each other on our miscellanea– and I got sucked into it along with everyone else.
And I kinda hate it.
I miss having a space of my own. I’m partially worried no one will check it. On Facebook, even the dumbest post will be seen by hundreds or thousands of people. Here, what? Tens? And all people who take the time to think to themselves, “Hmm… how’s Matt doing?” and then make the effort to come to my page. How many people actually do this? I almost never do it for y’all’s pages tbh.
But maybe the answer is Fuck it.
I’ll post my updates on Twitter. Maybe on Facebook too if I return to its cold cold grip.
Maybe you’ll check it here, maybe you won’t. I hope you do.
This place can use some serious housecleaning though. I like the simplicity, I don’t want anything fancy.
I’ll replace my defunct audio links, update my bio, update my press page with recent projects. Lose that hokey banner up top. Add a more extended Discography page perhaps. If anyone has any suggestions, please send ’em along.
To a large extent this place exists as a Who the fuck is this Matt Marks? landing page from people who see my weird posts on Twitter, see a piece of mine in concert, or hear my name spoken, usually, in some new music context. Who knows how many people came to this train wreck of a page and went Well, fuuuuuuuuuck that guy!
Best not to think of these sort of things right?
But yeah, clean this shit up. Update it. Maybe have an Current Projects page? I have way too much music that’s been recorded and has yet to be released (probably around three albums worth) and even more that’s been written but hasn’t been recorded yet.
The best thing about a website, though, is that I can be self-indulgent as fuck. Write a little bit about my new favorite album. Post about recent movies I’ve watched (Roadhouse and Meet Me in St. Louis just yesterday!) All this without worrying that I’m clogging up someone’s feed with a tl;dr FB post or excessively-numbered tweetstorm.
Also I think it’d be good to get into writing more substantial posts. Everything I write on Facebook and Twitter is rough draft fuckin stream of consciousness nonsense, whether it’s good or not. It’s all draft. This will mostly be that too, I mean, you’re reading that right now, but perhaps I’ll put some more thought into some of it.
Cuz like who honestly does that for a Facebook post? The only well-thought-out, revised writings on Facebook are celebrity apologies.
I learned to lose a lot of my shyness and neuroses on this page. I’ve long since probably taken it too far in the other direction and have grown sour on the tacky Mall of America-ass marketplace of ideas that are most social media.
So now I’m taking my ball and coming back home. Hopefully I’ll keep it up.
Keep an eye out for a post about my recent run of my opera Mata Hari, and info about upcoming projects such as my album with Hotel Elefant, my pop-horror miniseries Headphone Splitter I’m developing with director Nick Leavens, and my spoken word rock opera Velocirapture with Tenth Intervention.
And also, just straight up better content. Because, aside from my mom, no one comes to my website to read how I’ve succeeded or how awesome my last gig was. They come, I think, to read interesting shit and listen to cool tunes. And that’ll be my priority.
Btw you can see the banner I went with above, but it veeeerrrry narrowly beat out this pic from New Music Gathering:
It was my poor spelling of the word “kernel” that did it.