MATT YEE SPOTLIGHTS HIS CABARET ARTISTRY
By Wayne Harada
Honolulu Advertiser Entertainment Editor
EVERY FACET OF MY HEART
by Matt Yee (Pake Records PRCD-0299)
Matt Yee is emerging as Honolulu’s most daring experimental artist. Through cabaret shows and recordings, he is finding his niche.
This collection reflects his diversity, his risks, his strengths. Clearly there is an artist here, waiting for his breakout moment. The title composition fuses English lyrics with Hawaiian and projects his straightforward ballad style. Of his other originals, “In the Arms of My Beloved” and “I’ll Reinvent Myself” are positive expressions of love, of life, of living.
One of the nice surprises is his interpretation of “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” the theme from the old “Mary Tyler Moore” show, with a line that sums up his posture: “You gotta make your own kind of music . . . even if nobody else sings along.”
Half of the disc tracks are excerpts from his live performances; “Kaleohano” and “Home Is Where the Heart Is” are samples of his quiet passion.