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My band & I have been working for several months with my friend Chris Keeney on a full-band, full-length album that will be titled "Strings & Wires". This EP is a foretaste of the direction of "Strings & Wires". While the full album pulls in harmonica, cello, bass, lead guitar, & backing vocals, these minimal editions of the songs feature guitar, vocals, & percussion. I'm happy to share these songs & the Strings EP with you--I hope that you enjoy listening to them as much as we have had making them.

- Matt

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released April 27, 2012

Percussion: Shawn Vago
Guitar & Vocals: Matt Wheeler
Recording & Mixing: Chris Keeney

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A man can only offer his own perspective on the world, but in earnestly sharing one's own perspective, a person can create something that resonates in the ears, minds, & hearts of others. That is what Matt Wheeler's music is about.

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Track Name: Under the Sun
A wise man once said there’s nothing new under the sun
I’m starting to believe him, ‘cause all I see has all been done

I’m burning my hands holding this torch for you
A pain I’ll gladly endure even with a skin too few

Rain must fall down, down on every man
But I’m singing outside your window,
Asking for your hand
I sense the colors changing, wry smile on your lips
You say, “There’s nothing new
Under the sun”
Under the sun
Under the sun

I see my reflection, in a mirror, dimly
You’re holding that key to daybreak, now won’t you share that with me?

I’m burning my hands holding this torch for you
Burning my hands
Track Name: The Lark (Under Shivering Stars)
Ambling through the shabby streets
Of your little town
Trying to beat your wings against
The ones that hold you down
The ghosts, ghosts
That you think that you see
Startle you from your
Winter reverie
But I hear you
I hear you

Who’s going to fight the good fight for you now?
Under shivering stars
I’ll drag a match to light the dark
I’ll fight the good fight for you now
You can rest here
Won’t you sing for me, my lark?

Seven seasons older
Feels like twenty years
Vestiges of hope
In spite of all the tears
The ghosts, ghosts
Can’t reach you now
Take my hand
I’ll lead you out
I hear you
I hear you

The cold trees for your confessional
You didn’t see me there
Tearing pages from the book of pain you’ve known
The cold trees for your confessional
You didn’t see me there
Burning pages from the book of pain you’ve known

Under shivering stars
I’ll drag a match to light the dark
Under shivering stars
Track Name: A Contemplation on Peace
Is peace just the absence of war?
Could making peace mean something more?
We apply a bandage to the gaping wound
Damaged, but beautiful
Your hurting world

Peace to you, my friend
Peace also to our enemies
We didn’t get what we deserved,
But aren’t all men
Made in the same image?

O God of all, we need You now
This world is all messed up
We need Your Kingdom Come
Use these flawed vessels, lifted up
Justice is possible
We can be the peace You want


O God of all, we need You now
This world is all messed up
We need Your Kingdom Come
Use these flawed vessels, lifted up
Justice is possible
Will we be the peace You want?