|Posted by parnelllynch on January 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM|
Check out this review by a local nanny, "A Poppins in Portland"
I love this!
OCTOBER 30, 2014 | ELCASTLEBERRY
Portland is full of children’s entertainers. It overwhelms me with joy to know there is an entire sect of people dedicated to providing high-quality, educational, musical and theatrical experiences for kids. It is a special adult who can find a way back to his inner child and connect with children in order to share a passion.
Margot and I ventured across the Ross Island Bridge to the Warehouse Cafe to see Tallulah’s Daddy (Matt Lynch) perform a solo show this morning. We arrived early and Margot wasn’t so sure about Lynch as she watched him set up his equipment. She started off the show in my lap.
Lynch is very different from some of the local performer’s in that his show is meant to be simple. It’s refreshing – there are very few bells and whistles but the performance doesn’t leave you wanting more. It’s just Lynch, a couple of guitars, a cajon (a really cool Peruvian box drum) and some shakers. The show is acoustic, the lyrics are easy to learn and the beats are perfect for little clapping hands.
Lynch is also exceptional at explaining and engaging children in basic musical concepts of volume, tempo and pitch, as well as being sure to clearly introduce the instruments he uses. Lynch’s silly, educational repertoire encourages movement through songs about dinosaurs, tadpoles and dancing. It only took a few songs to get Margot up on her own, clapping, growling, dancing and shaking egg shakers. She particularly loved the poppy sound of the cajon.
I was impressed by Lynch’s calm demeanor and comfort with the crowd. His simple but somewhat rare acoustic instruments make for a pleasant experience for children and adults alike.
|Posted by parnelllynch on November 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM|
1. Everybody Sing - One day Tallulah was dancing around the house, singing "everybody sing, everybody sing". I couldn't remember hearing that song before, so I did a little googling. The only song I could find was from an old Broadway musical that we had never heard. I like to do a little bit of teaching when I play, so Everybody Sing became a way to introduce very basic musical concepts like pitch, tempo, volume and silliness. On this song I sing and play bass, electric piano, acoustic guitar, cajon (box drum), tambourine, and several shakers.
2. Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica - I remember doing this traditional song in grade school, many years ago. I like to incorporate coordinated movement in my shows, and I like singing in Spanish. This song is a hit at my shows, the kids really love the cajon! On this song I sing and play bass, piano, trumpet, claves, tambourine, cabasa and several shakers.
3. The Sandbox - One day I took Tallulah to the Oregon Zoo. As we walked past the giant sandbox there, she made it clear that she would like to spend some time there. It ended up being almost two hours, during which time I wrote this song. I sing and play bass, electric piano, acoustic guitar and programmed the drums. I was lucky enough to be joined by the amazing Paul Brainiard on pedal steel guitar for this recording.
4. Farm Medley - Old McDonald and Bingo, together at last! On this song I sing and play acoustic guitar, tambourine and doumbek. Oh yeah, and Tallulah's little xylophone thingie at the beginning.
5. The Johnson Creek ABCs - I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute a song the the Songs For Johnson Creek compilation, and this is the song I recorded. I sing and play bass, trumpet, cajon, tambourine and several shakers.
6. Hush Little Baby - When Tallulah was just a few months old, I found a book at our local library by Sylvia Long called Hush Little Baby. She felt that the original lyrics to Hush Little Baby were pretty materialistic, and were essentially bribing kids to be quiet. In her book, she focuses more on distracting and comforting the upset child. The book became a staple of our bedtime routine, and Sylvia Long was kind enough to give me permission to use her lyrics in my recording. On this song I sing and play bass, piano, acoustic guitar, synthesizer and wind gong.
7. Everybody Singalong - While I was mixing Everybody Sing I accidentally muted the vocal tracks where I sing high, low, fast, slow, loud, quiet and silly. I thought it might be neat for listeners to have a version of the song where they could supply all of those singing styles, so I mixed it that way too!
|Posted by parnelllynch on November 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM|
To keep the price down, I decided to have my CD packaged in jackets, which doesn't leave much room for liner notes. Here are some notes about the recording:
Everybody Sing was recorded in my home studio between June and August of 2013. With the exception of the amazing Paul Brainard's pedal steel guitar on The Sandbox, and Tallulah's voice on The Johnson Creek ABCs, all the sounds you hear are me. All production and mastering were done by me as well. Not to toot my own horn, but... I did play horn on it as well. I programmed the drums on The Sandbox, and other than that all instruments were played live.
I am a full-time stay at home Dad, and my wife is a high school teacher. During her summer vacation I retreated to the basement often, for hours at a time. I had originally hoped that this album would be longer, but this was what I could get done in the few months that I had to work with. I'm quite proud of it, and I hope you enjoy it too!
|Posted by parnelllynch on November 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM|
There are so many people I'd like to thank for helping make "Everybody Sing" happen. I must begin with the three most important women in my life:
To Tallulah - you inspire me every day. You make me hear music differently. I think it is so amazing that you can come to so many shows with me, and be such a big kid. You make me proud. Obviously, without you there is no Tallulah's Daddy. Thank you!
To my wife, Daniale - I thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. You're out there everyday, doing a very stressful and difficult job, in order to make sure that our family has a roof over our heads, food on the table, insured vehicles to transport us around. I also appreciate all of the support you have given me in pursuing my dreams. Thank you for letting me escape into the basement so often over the summer so that I could complete this project. Thank you!
To my mom, Nancy - Thank you for encouraging me to stick with music lessons for all of those years. Being able to play the piano is what ties everything musical together for me. I remember times when I wasn't very excited about taking lessons, and you would tell me that someday I would be able to entertain a room full of people with my music, and how much fun that would be. You were right. Thank you!
To my fans, young and old - I appreciate you making me part of your weekly routine. It is an honor to watch your little ones grow up, and I truly enjoy the opportunity to share my music with you. Thank you!
To Paul Brainard - Thank you for introducing yourself, for offering to jam with me, and for contributing your astounding pedal steel skills to The Sandbox. Your contribution makes that song for me. Thank you!
To Dan at DanKLife - You are an awesome neighbor and jam buddy, and your skills in the visual arts amaze me. In just over an hour, you put together an album layout that I could not have accomplished on my own in a million years. Thank you!
To my Portland Kindie compatriots - What an awesome group of superstars I get to call my co-workers and friends! Special shout-outs to Mr. Ben and Mr. Hoo, you took me under your wings when I was just starting out, and have afforded me so many amazing opportunities over the past two years. Thank you!