Matt Glickstein

Matt Glickstein

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Matt Glickstein is a songwriter and musician born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. His commitment to helping the environment, his community, and those in need has led him to writing Songs for a Better World.

Biography

Matt Glickstein is a songwriter and musician born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. His commitment to helping the environment, his community, and those in need has led him to writing Songs for a Better World.

Songs For a Better World was inspired by the tragic events that took place in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Glickstein was moved to create a music video tribute to bring comfort to all those affected, and composed Steppingstone: A Benefit Ballad for Japan.

In January 2012, Glickstein collaborated with students from Lanai High and Elementary School to write and record several songs and music videos. Working together with their classroom teacher, Glickstein and Lanai’s fourth grade class (Class of 2020) wrote songs of peace (Singing to the World), the environment (Everyday is Earth Day and Being Green), and more. The children’s passion inspired ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to accompany them in their first music video. In April 2012, Singing to the World, was played at two public events in Honolulu featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The work of Glickstein and his students has generated local, national, and international recognition. Every Day is Earth Day won a national Project Earth 2012 Earth Day Contest and Dream What Could Be Done, a song and music video about Hawaii’s homeless, was featured in the Huffington Post. In honor of their accomplishments, Glickstein and his students were formally recognized by the Maui County Council, and received a Proclamation from Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.

Glickstein currently lives in Lanai City, Hawaii with his wife, Kerri and works as an Educational Assistant at Lanai High and Elementary School. For more information on Glickstein and Songs for a Better World, please visit his website.

Lyrics

Steppingstone: A Benefit Ballad for Japan

Written By: Matt Glickstein

Steppingstone
Music and lyrics by Matt Glickstein

Verse 1:
Walking all alone
Where my bedroom used to be
No blanket left to catch my tears
All belongings washed away
How’d this happen in one day?
I’ve lost everything that I hold dear

Pre-chorus:
But despite my heavy heart
I refuse to fall apart

Chorus:
Family gathered here
To laugh and love,
This will always be my home
Pictures from the past,
flowing out of me
In the stream of tears I cry,
Each memory lives as a steppingstone

Verse 2:
Wading through a mess
I find my first guitar
All the strings are gone, but one
There’s a broken picture frame,
An old textbook with my name,
My favorite toy when I was young

Pre-chorus:
But what I miss the most
Is someone to hold me close

Chorus: repeat

Bridge:
Tears will dry
Hope is my guide
As I’m making a new start
I won’t forget what’s in my heart

Chorus: repeat

End:
Even though I am alone,
And the future is unknown
Each memory is a steppingstone
© Sticky Tunes Music 2011

Singing to the World

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lana'i Class of 2020


Singing to the World (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Lana'i Class of 2020

Verse 1:
Peace is gumdrops and raindrops
Gazing at the stars
Spread all the peace to the world
Like jelly from a glass jar

Verse 2:
Peace is to be a good person
Keeping your dreams alive
Making things a little bit better
Giving your friend a high five!

Chorus:
I see the world in a different way
Everyone coming together
We all see the world in a peaceful way
Just love, only love, to make the world better

Verse 3:
Peace is a world without sickness
With clean land and fresh air
Let's make people smile and happy
With friends and family there

Verse 4:
Peace is having fun
Singing to the world
Everyone is equal
With happy boys and girls

Chorus

Bridge:
Peace is laughter all around
No more tears, no more frowns
Peace is a dove
The symbol of love
With everyone free
That's what peace means to me

Chorus (2X)

Every Day is Earth Day

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lana'i Class of 2020


Every Day is Earth Day (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Brooke Belista, Dian Ozoa, and Matt Glickstein

Verse 1:
Every day is Earth Day
Pick up the trash around you
Reduce, reuse, recycle
That’s what you’ve gotta do
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Verse 2:
Every day is Earth Day
Help the fishes in the sea
They’ll be very happy
Get rid of all debris
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Bridge:
Every little thing you do
Helps keep the planet green and blue
Turn off all the lights
See the stars so bright
Everyone unite!

Verse 3:
Every day is Earth Day
Go out and plant a tree
Take a walk instead of driving
There’s no gas, it’s free!
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Bridge:
Every little thing you do
Helps keep the planet green and blue
Turn off all the lights
See the stars so bright
Everyone unite!

Verse 1 (repeat):
Every day is Earth Day
Pick up the trash around you
Reduce, reuse, recycle
That’s what you’ve gotta do
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Smile

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lana'i Class of 2020


Smile (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Brooke Belista

Smile says I love you so
Draw a smile on your toe
Smile when you're feeling low
Smile, just smile

When you see a person say hello
You can say Aloha, hug them too
But the best thing you can do
Is smile, just smile

Smile says a lot of things
You can hide it
or show it in your teeth
Smile when someone's
Tickling your feet
Just smile

Smile everyone around me
Smile everywhere you walk
Smile even while you talk
Oh smile, just smile

Smile says a lot of things
You can hide it
or show it in your teeth
Smile when someone's
Tickling your feet
Just smile

Solo

Smile says a lot of things
You can hide it
or show it in your teeth
Smile when someone's
Tickling your feet
Just smile

Smile says I love you so
Draw a smile on your toe
Smile when you're feeling low
Oh smile, just smile

Dream What Could Be Done

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lana'i Class of 2020


Dream What Could Be Done (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

music by Matt Glickstein
lyrics by Lana'i Class of 2020

Verse 1:
Look all around us, what do you see?
People sitting on the street
It’s so helpless, what can we do?
Come on, everyone let’s think
They’re lonely, let’s give them love
They’re hungry, let’s give them food
They’re people too, there’s lots we can do!

Chorus:
If we could change the world
Help all the boys and girls
Take care of everyone
Now our job has just begun
See all the stars, and look at the sun
And dream what could be done

Verse 2:
Just imagine if it were you
What would you want us to do?
If you lived in a world where nothing was free
We need to help, can’t you see?
They’re lonely, let’s give them love
They’re hungry, let’s give them food
They’re people too, there’s lots we can do!

Chorus

Solo

Bridge:
Let’s share the things they need
Clothes, toys, shoes
And books to read
So give a little,
‘cuz they’ve got families to feed

If we could change the world
Help all the boys and girls
Take care of everyone
Now our job has just begun

Chorus

Being Green

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lana'i Class of 2020


Being Green (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Brooke Belista

What does being green mean?
Feeling sick in the car?
No, no, no
Is it looking like a frog?
No, no, no

Let's be green, green, green
Don't be mean, mean, mean
Yes, be green, green, green

To the earth
Be green, green, green
Don't be mean, mean, mean
Yes, be green, green, green
Be green
To save the earth

What does being green mean?
Tasting like a pickle
No, no, no
Screaming like a crazy alien
No, no, no

Chorus

What does being green mean?
Cleaning the islands
Yes, yes,yes
Growing your own garden
Yes, yes, yes

Chorus

I Do

Written By: Matt and Kerri Glickstein

I Do
Music and lyrics by Matt and Kerri Glickstein

Verse 1:

You hope once in a lifetime you'll find
Someone you won't leave behind
Someone who's more than a friend
Someone who'll be there till the end with you
Someone who'll love you just for you

Chorus:

It's the greatest day of our lives
And as I gaze into your eyes
I vow to spend my life with you
I love you
And, “I do”

Verse 2:

By fate, I have discovered the one
Feels like my life's just begun
You've opened the door to my soul
And now I can't control my love for you
I can't wait to say, "I do"

Chorus:

It's the greatest day of our lives
And as I gaze into your eyes
I vow to spend my life with you
I love you
And, “I do”

Solo

Chorus:

It's the greatest day of our lives
And as I gaze into your eyes
I vow to spend my life with you
I love you
And, “I do”

Verse 3:

Our love will last forever, we pray
and it will show us the way
Throughout this journey we know
That I'll be there till the end with you
Now it's time to say, "I do"

Every Day is Earth Day

Written By: Matt Glickstein and Lanai Class of 2020

Every Day is Earth Day (feat. Lana'i Class of 2020)

Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Lanai Class of 2020 and Matt Glickstein

Verse 1:
Every day is Earth Day
Pick up the trash around you
Reduce, reuse, recycle
That’s what you’ve gotta do
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Verse 2:
Every day is Earth Day
Help the fishes in the sea
They’ll be very happy
Get rid of all debris
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Bridge:
Every little thing you do
Helps keep the planet green and blue
Turn off all the lights
See the stars so bright
Everyone unite!

Verse 3:
Every day is Earth Day
Go out and plant a tree
Take a walk instead of driving
There’s no gas, it’s free!
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Bridge:
Every little thing you do
Helps keep the planet green and blue
Turn off all the lights
See the stars so bright
Everyone unite!

Verse 1 (repeat):
Every day is Earth Day
Pick up the trash around you
Reduce, reuse, recycle
That’s what you’ve gotta do
We all have a role to play
So let’s clean the earth today

Discography

Songs For a Better World

Piano Moods

Steppingstone: A Benefit Ballad for Japan

Set the Dog Free