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Episode 4 – Matthew Ebel


Matthew Ebel has always enjoyed playing with his imaginary friends and as he grew older he went from simply talking to them, to sharing their voices with the world.

Currently based outside of Boston, Matthew is a singer songwriter who’s playful lyrics and powerful piano playing has entertained listeners around the globe. He has written a book, turned it into an album and continues to push the boundaries of technology to help make his writing better.

He was one of the first to embrace the podcasting scene back in 2005 and quickly became a fan favorite. His songs not only inspire, but also entertain.

Matthew discusses how all writing is challenging, but when you need a melody to fit a certain rhythm or to rhyme just right, it adds a new level of complexity that makes songwriting a bit harder.

One moment writing passionately about how This Song Will Have to Suffice for his partner and the next playfully singing about why Everybody Needs a Robot.

He answered the call for this year’s National Day of Writing call by sharing this video so you get to see him in addition to hearing him on the podcast.

One of the goals of this podcast is to highlight writers from a variety of mediums and genres. Matthew might be the first guest on the show that you can support in iTunes, but I have a feeling he won’t be the last.

Classroom Connection

Consider sharing this podcast with your students! Here is an activity you might try:

Matthew Ebel talks about how writing music requires an “economy of words” that writing long form does not. Find a short story, feature newspaper article, or chapter from a book you really like and try turning that long text into something as short as the lyrics for a song. What does the piece gain from becoming more concentrated in this way? What does it lose?

You can hear our episode with Matthew below.