Today’s song is “Cut Me Down the Middle” by Matt Jaffe. Hailing from the Bay Area, San Francisco, this singer-songwriter has a new infectious track that was inspired by his life being pulled in two different directions.
After cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area Jaffe was discovered by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. Together, they produced his first album at the age of 16, cementing Matt’s dedication to music. He formed a band and then went on to Yale University.
He was splitting his time between college and touring with his buddies in San Francisco. The pressure of his grueling schedule started to weigh on him and Jaffe felt he needed to make a choice. He was feeling “cut down the middle” and it was this experience that inspired him to write a song about his double life
The track premiered on American Songwriter and is the third single off his upcoming fifth studio album, Kintsugi, out this summer.
“Cut Me Down the Middle” is a high-energy number that has fueling rock guitars with some snappy harmonious choruses that will have you rocking out in no time.
More About Matt Jaffee
Matt has served as musical director for experimental theater, collaborated with poets on genre-bending spoken word, and curated residencies among fellow songwriters. Additionally, Matt volunteers with Bread & Roses, a non-profit that brings live music to facilities without regular access to it, such as prisons, rehab centers, and foster homes. Having suffered from seizures since 2015, Matt also uses his music to unite local and national epilepsy communities.