8 episodes

Songwriter and Author Matthew Moran discusses creative projects - his own and others he discovers. Also, discussions and interviews with creative professionals across disciplines: art, business, and life.

Throw Away The Box Matthew Moran

    • Performing Arts

Songwriter and Author Matthew Moran discusses creative projects - his own and others he discovers. Also, discussions and interviews with creative professionals across disciplines: art, business, and life.

    Throw Away The Box Songwriting Tips

    Throw Away The Box Songwriting Tips

    Throw Away The Box Podcast

    Episode 8:  Songwriter Tips.

    This is the audio from this morning's YouTube video.

    Some thoughts on my songwriting process and questions I'm asked about songwriting.

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    Throw Away The Box Podcast – where I’ve been and goals

    Throw Away The Box Podcast – where I’ve been and goals

    Throw Away The Box Podcast

    Episode 7:  Where I've Been, Goals, and An Ideal Working Day

    I've been far less present on Facebook and other social the past few months. I discuss why (what I'm working on hint: music) and talk a little bit about setting goals and why I write down what my ideal working day looks like.

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    Episode 6 Music, Writing, and Video Updates Plus a Lesson About Getting Your Music In Front of People

    Episode 6 Music, Writing, and Video Updates Plus a Lesson About Getting Your Music In Front of People

    Throw Away The Box Podcast

    Episode 6: Creative Updates plus a Lesson About Giving Away Music

    This was done as a video update - you can watch it below. 

    I discuss items I'm working on. Plus, on my way to see Joe Pug at the Pico Union Project. As we walked past Staples Center a man handed me a CD and asked if I would listen. I said, "Yes." 

    Then he asked me for $20. Listen for my response and thoughts on the subject.

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    In this episode



    * Joe Pug (The Working Songwriter Podcast)

    * Pico Union Project

    * Reaper



    Video Update

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    Episode 5 Interview with Jose Luis Morales

    Episode 5 Interview with Jose Luis Morales

    Matthew Moran's Throw Away The Box Podcast

    Episode 5: Interview with Realtor & Broker, Jose Luis Morales

    Jose Luis Morales is a broker/realtor based in Ventura County, California. I met Jose when he was 23 and just starting in real estate. I've watched as he has consistently set goals and surpassed them. 

    He is one of the top producers in Ventura County.

    Jose's Facebook | Website



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    In this episode



    * Jose's Facebook Live Video





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    • 49 min
    Episode 4 Broken Cell Phone, Peace & Focus

    Episode 4 Broken Cell Phone, Peace & Focus

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    Episode 4: Broken Cell Phone, Peace & Focus

    I broke my cell phone screen yesterday. And was reminded of a few things.

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    Mentioned in this episode



    * Emiko

    * Manoush Zomorodi - Bored and Brilliant

    * Google Voice



    From the podcast

    I like my phone. I like the information that connects me to. I like the people I interact with. I like the ability to Chronicle certain events when necessary.

    And God knows I want you to have your technology with you, at least until you've downloaded and listened to this podcast!

    But I was reminded that I like disconnecting as well. Perhaps for longer periods than I have been in the practice of disconnecting over the past several years.

    A few years ago NPR producer, Manoush Zomorodi, put out a podcast episode (series) titled bored and brilliant. In fact in a series of episodes on her podcast Note to Self, she advocated for the practice of disconnecting from your phone. I'll have a link to the bored and brilliant episode on my podcast page.

    The idea was that in disconnecting from a constant stream of input and potential interruption you would go through a process that forced your mind to work in isolation on ideas. I more or less followed the experiment as she laid out. It was, if nothing else, calming.



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    • 10 min
    Episode #3 Art as a Serious Profession

    Episode #3 Art as a Serious Profession

    Matthew Moran's Throw Away The Box Podcast

    Episode 3: Art is a Serious Profession

    Reflections of a conversation with my youngest, "The Punk"

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    Mentioned in this episode



    * FAR-West Conference

    * Reaper (recording software)

    * Non-destructive editing (Google search)



    From the podcast

    Perhaps the greater work comes in the permission she needs to give herself on where to put her dream of performing. 

    You see, when she expressed to me that she felt pressure to be mature and act more adult, she was pitting that idea - maturity and being adult - in contrast to performing and pursuing music.

    Somehow, she sees going after her music dream as less mature, less adult, less valid than a traditional job.

    I want to believe that I have not encouraged this idea. I want to believe that I have always expressed that I support her pursuing music 100%. Because, I DO!!

    And that I get it because I want to do the same.

    When I speak with her, I am fully convinced and believe that her pursuing music is as mature and as adult a thing to do as pursuing computer programming or accounting or any other professional path.

    But then I wonder… Do I, really?

    If I reflect on my own progress in my artistic pursuits, I realize that I maintain one foot in one domain and dip my toes into another.



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    • 13 min

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