Matt Bishop is the lead singer of the band Hey Marseilles.
Matt Bishop is the singer in the band Hey Marseilles. Courtesy of Matt Bishop

Good morning.

It's Monday, the start of the week, and we're going to make it through this one, just like we made it through the last one.

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Today's message comes from Matt Bishop, the singer in the band Hey Marseilles, "one of your many local orchestral folk-pop feelings bands," as Matt puts it, hilariously.

"I miss you terribly, just walking around my neighborhood," he says in his message. "I miss people and crowds and the general city-ness of things. But I am also increasingly grateful, recently, that I am a part of this community. And in that spirit, I would love to sing to you a song about hope."

Hey Marseilles has been on a bit of a hiatus since their last record came out in 2016, and since their last show in 2019. Part of that is because a few of them have gone to grad school.

They were planning a 10th anniversary show of their first record for this summer, and were about to announce it when COVID-19 shut everything down. So it's to-be-determined when that will occur. They might have to turn it into an 11th anniversary show.

Bonus music video: Here's the Hey Marseilles video of the same song Matt performs above—a video made in 2010, back when people were allowed to stand close to each other:

Matt is a lifelong Northwesterner. He grew up in Snohomish, he's a double UW grad, and he's been reading The Stranger since he came to Seattle for college.

Now he's about to graduate from the MBA program at the Foster School at UW. He decided to go to business school after making music and touring full-time with Hey Marseilles for four years and watching his rent double in that time, and realizing he needed to make more money if he wanted to stay in Seattle. He's spending his last term in "hours and hours of Zoom classes and looking forward to virtual graduation."

But he also tells us he's using this time of isolation to tap back into writing new music.

Thanks for singing to us this morning, Matt.

It's inspiring to hear you're writing new music.

Good luck this week, everyone.


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Previously in this series:


Shenandoah Daviss message to the city on April 25.
Shenandoah Davis's message to the city on April 25.

Lorena Gonzálezs message to the city on April 24.
Lorena González's message to the city on April 24.

Clyde Petersens message to the city on April 23.
Clyde Petersen's message to the city on April 23.

David Ritts message to the city on April 22.
David Ritt's message to the city on April 22.

Sara Porkalobs message to the city on April 21.
Sara Porkalob's message to the city on April 21.

Julia Sweeneys message to the city on April 20.
Julia Sweeney's message to the city on April 20.

Linda Derschangs message to the city on April 19.
Linda Derschang's message to the city on April 19.

Molly Sidess message to the city on April 18.
Molly Sides's message to the city on April 18.

Nick Garrisons message to the city on April 17.
Nick Garrison's message to the city on April 17.

Tomo Nakayamas message to the city on April 16.
Tomo Nakayama's message to the city on April 16.

Rebecca M. Daviss message to the city April 15.
Rebecca M. Davis's message to the city April 15.

Heather McHughs message to the city on April 14.
Heather McHugh's message to the city on April 14.

Brandon ONeills message to the city on April 13.
Brandon O'Neill's message to the city on April 13.

Kate Wallichs message to the city on April 12.
Kate Wallich's message to the city on April 12.

Rebecca Browns message to the city on April 11.
Rebecca Brown's message to the city on April 11.

Lucien Postlewaites message to the city on April 10.
Lucien Postlewaite's message to the city on April 10.

Betty Wetters message to the city on April 9.
Betty Wetter's message to the city on April 9.

Amanda Morgans message to the city on April 8.
Amanda Morgan's message to the city on April 8.

Nancy Guppys message to the city on April 7.
Nancy Guppy's message to the city on April 7.

Jonathan Bisss message to the city on April 6.
Jonathan Biss's message to the city on April 6.

Chris Jeffriess message to the city on April 5.
Chris Jeffries's message to the city on April 5.

Lesley Hazletons message to the city on April 4.
Lesley Hazleton's message to the city on April 4.

John Rodericks message to the city on April 3.
John Roderick's message to the city on April 3.

Bill Cartys message to the city on April 2.
Bill Carty's message to the city on April 2.

Price Suddarths message to the city on April 1.
Price Suddarth's message to the city on April 1.

Kary Waysons message to the city on March 31.
Kary Wayson's message to the city on March 31.

Ellen Forneys message to the city on March 30.
Ellen Forney's message to the city on March 30.

Major Scaless message to the city on March 29.
Major Scales's message to the city on March 29.

E. J. Kohs message to the city on March 28.
E. J. Koh's message to the city on March 28.

Ken Jenningss message to the city on March 27.
Ken Jennings's message to the city on March 27.

Demarre McGills message to the city on March 26.
Demarre McGill's message to the city on March 26.

Lynn Sheltons Message to the City on March 25th.
Lynn Shelton's Message to the City on March 25th.

Timothy White Eagles message to the city on March 24.
Timothy White Eagle's message to the city on March 24.

Cookie Coutures message to the city on March 23.
Cookie Couture's message to the city on March 23.

Sarah Rudinoffs message to the city on March 22.
Sarah Rudinoff's message to the city on March 22.

John Osebolds message to the city on March 21.
John Osebold's message to the city on March 21.


Ben Gibbards message to the city on March 21.
Ben Gibbard's message to the city on March 20.

Nathan Chans message to the city on March 19.
Nathan Chan's message to the city on March 19.