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Growing up in the midst of such disparity and injustice made a profound impression on him.So does the precarious state of the world today, which he addresses on several songs on DMB’s new album.He has also supported an array of other worthy causes, including Kids Wish Network, and Artists for a New South Africa.
At least, where we are now -- I don't assume it will stay this way always because we're older and wiser -- but I feel we have more of the callouses of experience...How has his approach to songwriting changed, now that he's an older and wiser family man?“Maybe there’s a little more experience and more of a craft to the process,” he said.“For me, it came mostly from my mother and my family,” Matthews, 45, said from his home in Virginia. my response to being overpaid is that I should pay it back to my community in some way. “So, when I look at someone on the side of the road who has a ‘Will work for food’ sign — and this is not a crazy exaggeration — although I’m millions of dollars away from where that person is, I’m really not that far away from them, in terms of how fate has smiled on me, (although) I don’t believe in fate.There’s not such a big gap between us (rich and poor), and every day that gets impressed upon me, when I look at the people around me.” As a teenager in his native South Africa during the brutal apartheid era, Matthews witnessed the dramatic divide separating blacks from whites, rich from poor, the privileged from the oppressed.