Matt Zarley Looks Back – ‘He Used To Be Mine’

Matt Zarley gender-flips Sara Bareilles' "She Used To Be Mine"
Matt Zarley gender-flips Sara Bareilles’ “She Used To Be Mine”

Returning to theatrical roots, award-winning recording artist Matt Zarley’s new music video takes on Sara Bareilles’ masterwork, “She Used To Be Mine,” from the Broadway musical, Waitress.

Written as the emotional peak of the show, the song’s delicate, nostalgic melody soars and recedes like an emotional roller coaster as the singer moves from sadness to acceptance.

The song was not only a hit on the stage, but the week Bareilles released her studio album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, “She Used To Be Mine” became the most-added song at hot adult contemporary radio.

As we all know, life is not neat, life is not a straight line.

The road may stretch out in front of us, but every now and then, we do glance at the rear view mirror:

He’s imperfect, but he tries
He is good, but he lies
He is hard on himself
He is broken and won’t ask for help
He is messy, but he’s kind
He is lonely most of the time
He is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
He is gone, but he used to be mine

Matt Zarley covers Sara Bareilles' "She Used To Be Mine"
Matt Zarley covers “She Used To Be Mine”

Coming from this introspective viewpoint, Zarley finds himself remembering his own years on Broadway (A Chorus Line, Tommy, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) before turning to the recording studio, as well as some past decisions.

Zarley writes:

Before I started recording, I spent several really wonderful years doing theatre in New York. When I first heard this song, it reminded me of those experiences and how close I hold them to my heart.

I miss them.

I think any of us can relate to this song and it’s message. I think most of us have regrets to an extent. I know there are times when I reflect on my life and think to myself that this is not where I envisioned myself. Not to say that I am not grateful for my life… cuz I am.

But, if I could go back and have a do-over, there are definitely some things I would change.

There are days when I really miss the guy I used to be…he used to be mine.

Matt Zarley sings "He Used To Be Mine"
Matt Zarley sings “He Used To Be Mine”

The guitar-driven approach to the track, with a touch of pensive viola at just the right time, makes a perfect frame for Zarley’s muscular vocals.

Instinct has previously covered Zarley’s musicĀ here.

“He Used To Be Mine” is available on iTunes here. Hit play below.

1 thought on “Matt Zarley Looks Back – ‘He Used To Be Mine’”

  1. Matt Zarley is one of the most talented artists i have come accross in years, his vocal’s are always amazing and brings a shiver down my spine.
    This song along with many of his others ( in particular songs from Hopeful Romantic) i can really relate to in my own life situations, Its as if he either understand’s me or is living my life.
    I always look forward to his new ventures as i can always expect something fantastic. ( he is also a “very sexy guy” as well) so i could watch him literally all the time.


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