It's cold outside...

I have a side job as a courier for the Caviar delivery service. I ride around for hours at a time seeing the ins and outs of the city. Sometimes I’ll go to a giant mansion in the hills and sometimes I’ll go to a small unsuspecting apartment somewhere on the east side. I also witness the Portland homeless sub culture almost the entire time. The other night I overheard a homeless man speaking with a few other people who also appeared to be homeless and he said “It’s going to get cold tonight, I need to go to bed.” I’ve never heard a homeless person say that they “need to go to bed”. It seemed odd, because it’s likely that they simply don’t have a bed…and why would they need to go to bed? Do they have a job to get to in the morning? Or is it some other survival task that needs to be attended to that consumes all of their time just like my jobs do mine? Either way, It struck me as unreasonable that he had to be concerned about being cold…like, truly concerned. Last year, in the winter of 2018, 4 homeless people died from hypothermia. Well, it’s that time of the year again and it has me wondering if any smart and compassionate soul has figured out a way to prevent this from happening again. I suppose theres not any money in that pursuit which is why in this day and age, it hasn’t quite been a top priority amongst our fellow shivering brothers and sisters. I can’t help but think that there has got to be some sort of material (cheap in production costs) that we have available or simply could create that would act as a barrier against the cold. Haven’t you ever been so cold that you can’t even think? With a problem like this, we could be freezing internal conflicts, struggles and hardships of the mind that could hold back a potentially important member of society from believing in them selves again, believing in their dreams, or developing new ones. How can you develop a new dream if you can’t stay inside of one long enough without it being interrupted by a brisk gust of wind that shakes you to your core? I don’t have the answers yet, but c’mon..we need come up with a way to fix this this very basic problem.

~M

Matt Combs
3

   Why 3? Well.. I trust the number 3. Whether it’s how many of something is needed, primary colors or signs from the universe confirming intuitive feelings in the given moment, the number 3 is always there to be a helpful guide in the right direction. That direction often points towards openness, love, and compassion. Mind, body, and spirit all in harmony with one another. Completeness. 

   I suppose what started my fascination with the number 3 was a dream I had when I was living in LA about 5 years ago…

   I was sitting in the seats of the auditorium surrounded by mostly parents and teachers, waiting for my turn to step up onto the stage. It was my high school talent show. I was sitting through performances by faces that I realized then, I hardly knew or understood. A teacher of mine that I greatly admired was sitting next to me in the audience and was slyly telling me how she really felt about these silly performances. Through her slightly caustic remarks, I could then sorta gauge how much effort was needed to put on a truly spectacular and moving performance. It was time. I was up next. The announcer then said “Up next we have 3! 3! 3!” I woke up in a panic. The oddity of the sequence of the number 3 caught my attention in my waking life. Since then, I’ve simply paid attention to all of the numbers around me and what they may reveal. I’ve found that when the number 3 is present, it sends me to a state of mind that is often open enough so that nothing remains but openness and love for me and my surroundings.

   During these past 3 years pursuing what originally was intended to be a full length album, we slowly realized that the bulk of these songs were still in their infancy. We decided that if we narrowed it down to the top 3 songs, we would be more satisfied with that than with shoving a bunch of incomplete ideas onto a record and merely taking up more of your time. Your time is precious. 3 songs is enough for now. 3 is almost always enough. 

 

~M

Matt Combs