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MP3 Matt Di Filippo - Mystic Heaven

Ambient guitar instrumental music.

12 MP3 Songs
SPIRITUAL: Inspirational, EASY LISTENING: Background Music

2-12 Artist Matt Di Filippo
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Big brother to two siblings, Eagle Scout, Reagan HS Senior Class ’08, Future Aggie
Catholic Christian, LifeTeen / XLT, Steubenville South, Musician, Song Writer
Discography: “Mystic Heaven” (2007)

… in his own words…

When I was 14, I picked up the guitar not knowing where it would take me and not knowing the journey or the experiences that would soon follow. My reason for first deciding to play the guitar was just that, playing it. I never envisioned performing anywhere, playing in front of audiences or much less putting out a CD. I just wanted to play.

I practiced everyday, spending hours learning the different chords and finger placements. I had a few guitar teachers until I found one that was worth the money. After awhile I became pretty good and started to branch out and write my own music. The music I started to write was instrumental music, different from music with lyrics. As I improved my skill on the guitar, the songs I wrote also improved.

When I first started playing, I found out that one of my good friends, Levi Guffey also had picked up the guitar. In the early years of playing, Levi and I would write songs and play together. We became use to each others style and felt comfortable with each others techniques.

I attend Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was invited to play on Saturday evening mass by one of the musicians, Dan Duet. Playing at church was my first real experience in front of a crowd; and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Soon after, I joined the music ministry at church and continued to play with Dan. Through my experience with music ministry, I soon realized that there is a major difference between performing and playing. Performing is when you put on a show for people to watch and be entertained. Playing, such as playing at church is when you are there solely to provide music for a liturgical and prayerful meaning.

Dan taught me many things about music and ministry. One of the most important things that I learned from Dan was how one can ask God to use oneself. At the time I was a strong Catholic and an even stronger one now, but never really thought about asking God to use me. That never crossed my mind. One night I started to pray and asked God to use me as his instrument as I use my guitar. I asked him to play through me and play through my music. I prayed that prayer many times and it worked. One night I was playing the guitar and had an urge to pray. Then this amazing song started to form. I played it as if I had been playing it for years; it was incredible. This new song blew all my other pieces of music away, far away. After this experience, I kept after it and continued to ask God to use me for his glory and not mine.

Once I started to play the guitar for God rather than for me, songs just came to me and became easier to write. Sometimes after a song was written, I would feel like there was no way I could of written that and that is when I knew it had to have been God who inspired me. The songs that were formed through prayer were all instrumental and would all soon be a part of a bigger picture.

Excited, I showed Levi the new songs I wrote and he was impressed. Then, I asked him if he would add some music to go along with the instrumental songs. Not only did Levi agree, he also wanted to help advertise and market the songs. What he wrote and added took the songs to another level. God must have been playing through him as he played through me because the music he wrote fit perfectly with how I wanted the songs to turn out. He deepened the emotion of the songs and brought a stronger feeling of peace. When I played "Mountain Ridge", one of the first songs I wrote, for Dan, he was thoroughly impressed. That song is what got him interested in my music and interested in my style. He then offered me the opportunity to be the first recording artist on his new record label, "2-12", and now I have my first CD, “Mystic Heaven”. It is a collection of instrumental songs that came from my time of prayer.

All things really are possible through, and with Jesus Christ.

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