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Patience, Young Conquistador

from Songs from Montara by Matthew Zeltzer

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I wrote this song last summer while living on a ranch, tucked up in the mist of the Santa Cruz Mountains, way above Half Moon Bay. After setting up my home studio this May, I was finally able to sit down and work on recording it. This recording represents my first completed attempt in my homestudio, and the first track that I have ever mixed myself (albeit with some helpful tips from a few trusting friends). It was an incredibly rewarding process, and I intend to keep working this way. I hope you enjoy the results! -Matthew


Patience, Young Conquistador:

Years fade swiftly, like a winter’s day,
As the sun points past the canyon, dreams fade away

Western wind winds down the path, cutting hard its way,
Trail of dust and broken back, lie in its wake

On you young Conquistador, fill your heart’s desire
Gifts of blood and innocence, progress will require

On to fill your namely due, keep your spirits higher
Fortune strikes the bold, young lad, let it stoke the fire

Fallen leaves, and rotting soil, mark this sacred land
Hazards lie in broken thought, safety never stands.

Bandages and broken hearts dot the blood-lined hill,
Patience young Conquistador, all will be revealed


from Songs from Montara, released July 15, 2014
Written, sung, performed, engineered, and mixed by Matthew Zeltzer, except for pedal steel guitar (Andrew Hobbs)
Mastered by: Sean Ingoldsby


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Portland songwriter, Matthew Zeltzer, is currently hard at work touring the Pacific Northwest. Over the past year, Zeltzer has toured with Brothers Comatose, Frankie Boots and the County Line, the McCoy Tyler Band, Jaime Wyatt, including a stint as the lead guitarist of NPR Tiny Desk winner, "Fantastic Negrito." ... more

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