responsibility to care

CityBeat: “Many of these kids were evicted or exiled by their families and communities because they are gay,” Alber says. In a quick email interview, Alber tells CityBeat about why he’s doing the benefit show, what he thinks of the It Gets Better Project, and more…”There are tens of thousands of queer youth—literally that many—living on America’s streets every night because they were left behind or so badly abused they chose homelessness over what they had. For them, life just doesn’t get better with time. I have the great privilege of living in a safe and comfortable home and with whom I choose to love. I go to bed with a full stomach every night and I get to sing songs for a living. I’m not a wealthy man but it dawned on me recently that as a gay man and as a human being I have a responsibility to care for these young ones first, before I spend a dollar on anything else. These kids are OURS, whether we know their names or not.” (Matt Alber helps youth in need)

Matt Alber – Seattle-based singer/songwriter Matt Alber has been writing about that same sliver of hope since he quit his day job and started making records at home. Alber’s first full-length album, Hide Nothing, does just that. He sings openly about a boyhood crush on a Field-trip Buddy. In Beotia, he sings both parts of a duet (one in coloratura soprano) between male lovers in an ancient army. He even plays a 1960’s crooner in the music video for End Of The World finding love in a barbershop with a gentleman getting his shoes shined. Sonically he culls everything from chopped-up beats to children’s choirs– and did I hear a real bassoon? But Alber’s songs, while keeping the pronouns honest, seep deeply into the heart of any listener who’s ever wondered if things were going to work out (Facebook).

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