For over 2 decades, I've been working on and recording what I like to call 'O.P.M.,' or 'Other People's Music.' It began professionally when I was 16 and will probably continue for the rest of my career. In the past, I had label deals and even released albums (an ancient 20th Century term for 'CDs') with my name and face on them. But to some degree or another, they never really represented me or what I hoped I was capable of. There was always some producer telling me that the song was 'too long,' had 'too many parts,' or was 'not commercial enough' for one reason or another. And because I was young, and it wasn't my money, I never found out how to do it my way. I was forced into collaborations which I learned from, but never really felt that the final product was truly me. This album's a complete departure from all of that. It's the first album I've ever made that I can say, 'Yes, these are my songs; worded, arranged, and produced exactly the way I chose to do them.' It's hard to explain the joy I feel in finally being able to say that. It's also been an amazingly (yikes!) vulnerable experience. No longer can I complain about how 'the Producer' dominated the process and wouldn't follow my ideas. I can't cop-out and gripe, 'Yeah, we had to use that tune that I don't like very much, because the label forced it on us.' Nope, no excuses this time, No one else to blame, nowhere to hide. I've finally come face to face with my art and this is it. Whatever you may like or dislike on this album, the buck stops here. This is the First time in my career I can finally say, 'This is M.M., My Music.'
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