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Guitarist Cary Park releases “You Matter To Me”

Known throughout the professional music and recording circles as a ‘go-to guy’, guitarist Cary Park has also carved out his own name as a singer/songwriter. Park’s latest tune “You Matter To Me” showcases his stellar guitar skills, as well as his emotionally-driven lyrics. It’s his voice, his stripped-down vocals that collide the two skillsets creating a compelling listening experience.

Park’s intuitive singing comes from his exceptional guitar skills. His guitar cradles the shyness in his voice, a man that only speaks when he has something important to say. In this loving tribute, Park never hides his affections, but he is a man of few words. His chorus says it all, “you matter to me, in every way that I never thought could be.” Park’s voice is speckled with a hard outer shell, but the inside of his voice, the heart of his timbre, is soft and giving. The patina in is voice has been saving for this exact song, this time in history to shine. I think he reveals some things that might not during a regular conversation, but with song, he can let go. The line “you show me things when I’ve come undone” made me think that his love is a patient person and can stick through things like anxiety attacks or anger outbursts. He really shows his humanity. Listening to this song made me feel as a listener that I was privy to some deep conversations, and even a diary entry or love letter.


I almost wish this song and Park were featured on an MTV Unplugged episode. I wanted to know how long it took him to write, and a bit more about his inspiration. Park’s own history includes being a part of the group Boy Howdy, touring and studio work with Jim Messina, Olivia Newton-John, Phil Lesh and Bruce Hornsby. Park played guitar on the No. 1 hit “Strawberry Wine” (Deanna Carter). He also has played on several television projects like HBO’s Real Sex, TLC’s Honey Boo Boo and The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan. His motion picture music contributions include A Cowboy’s Funeral and performing the song “Kitty Kitty” from Dean Cain’s Hole In One.

When he’s not singing, the guitar is voicing its own melodies and harmonies. The strings crawl along, as if they were the stepping stones to a lifetime of marriage or commitment. By the song’s bridge, the guitar is in full swing, an unveiling of the intensity. I loved the way Park’s guitar skills shower the listener with a sound much bigger than one instrument. The music base holds its own, but the guitar and Park’s vocal delivery are the real stars. His guitar, his voice are enamoring.

Cary Park’s “You Matter To Me”, co-written with Pat Melfi, is a beautiful song. Music fans looking for a song that say what they can’t find the words to say themselves, should look to this tune for inspiration. No matter the listener’s backstory, this song really connects with all of our experiences. It doesn’t have to be a lover, it can be a grandparent or best friend.

Mindy McCall

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