Hi, I’m Matthew Moran. Thank you for dropping by.

I am a songwriter, author, technologist/software developer - currently working for Meta*, and, as my mean girlfriend tells me, a mensch with asshole tendencies. I maintain a fairly aggressive coffee addiction that serves as the glue for all of the above.

* No, I can’t help you get your account reset or get you out of Facebook jail.

Photograph of Matthew Moran in Marina del Rey taken by Debbie Levy
Me in Marina del Rey: Deb filtered this to make my skin look youthful.

More backstory

I am a father to four kids. I think they’re pretty cool. I am twice-divorced and tried to learn something about myself through that process. I enjoy cooking, which my mean girlfriend tells me was a prerequisite to our relationship. I like hiking with my dogs and working out a bit.

I rarely watch TV but I do love documentaries on science and the human condition.


About my music

Genre: Modern Americana (???)
That’s my way of avoiding any true genre. Acoustic rock, folk, folk rock, country, blues, pop… I try to write catchy but thoughtful lyrics. I think I’m pretty good at it but you should check me on that.

You can get more info on my website or by checking out a few of my songs on YouTube. (this playlist below - “The Acoustics”).

About my writing

I write about music, family, politics, culture, technology, things that excite me, things that annoy me…. things.

I try to make it entertaining through absurdity, sarcasm, and snarky-ness.

I am confident to the point of arrogance with a large portion of self-doubt on the side.

I’ve written two books (book 1 | book 2) about careers in technology and dozens (hundreds?) of articles on business, technology, music, and creativity. I also write the occasional poem, short story, marketing piece, tutorial, and absurd humor.

I think it was Stephen King who said (paraphrase): Writers believe they have something to say and are surprised as hell when anyone actually listens.

My job, write/create! Your job, surprise the hell out of me by reading or listening.

Other places to find me:

About The Arrogant Sage

I was online with a friend, helping them with a technical issue on their website. When I finished, they asked me to help them with another technical issue. Finally, after those two tasks, they asked me some relationship advice.

I find this funny as I’ve been divorced twice. Well, not funny that I’ve been divorced twice but that, given that fact, they would ask me for relationship advice. In case I didn’t mention it, I’ve been divorced twice.

But hell, I answered anyway.

Then they said, “You are a sage!”

I replied, “Yeah… I know!”

They responded, “An arrogant one!”

And my band, which had been searching for a name, suddenly had one.

It received some positive feedback and so, I decided Arrogant Sage would be the moniker for me and this newsletter.

Are you truly arrogant, Matt?

I’m confident in a few select areas: My songwriting. My writing. My ability to solve technical problems. And my willingness to explore ideas with intellectual honesty. Extraordinarily confident!

However, I am wildly insecure about my competence in key areas: personal finance, home improvement, auto repair, just to name a few.

I’m comfortable being confident and carrying an air of arrogance in certain areas. But it is mostly tongue-in-cheek. I like the moniker for its snappy snarky-ness.

And there you have it.


Topics & Tone

Below is a short-list of topics I am likely to cover and the tone in which I write.

THE TOPICS MIGHT INCLUDE:

  • Songwriting

  • Creating Writing

  • News & Culture

  • Reviews: (services, music, writing)

  • Cooking?

  • [insert absurd caffeine induced musing here]

THE TONE MY WRITING MAY TAKE

  • Sarcastic & Snarky

  • Sincere

  • Excited

  • Angry

  • Sad

  • Humorous

  • Nostalgic

  • [insert absurd caffeine induced emotional state here]

Absurd and Caffeine is a through line.


I think that covers its.

Thank you for dropping by.

Sincerely,
Matthew Moran
Arrogant Sage Music


People

Matthew Moran
Songwriter | Author | Technologist (Collaboration Apps Engineer at Meta). I'll share music, ideas, and opinions.