It Don’t Matter to Me (1970) – Bread

It Don’t Matter To Me was a late inclusion to the Music Library Project. In my last article – Everything I Own another song by the Los Angeles soft rock band Bread, Max at PowerPop told me how much he liked today’s featured track. I had always liked it too. Bread frontman David Gates said of It Don’t Matter To Me: “I wrote that song a year or so before joining Bread, mostly for my personal pleasure. I thought it would be good for the group – it has this unusual bridge that takes off and does some crazy things musically.

It don’t matter to me
If you really feel that
You need some time to be free
Time to go out searching for yourself
Hoping to find time to go to find

And it don’t matter to me
If you take up with someone
Who’s better than me
Cause your happiness is all I want
For you to find (peace)
Your peace of mind

This version of the song is a re-recorded version of a Gates song from their first album. The song was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. and Canada. The part of the song I really enjoy hearing is the guitar wailing above the string section at 2:10 in the video below. This is the third song to appear here from Bread and the fourth featuring Gates. My favourite by him is Goodbye Girl and I’m a huge fan of the movie as well based on the Neil Simon play.

David Gates was from Tulsa, Oklahoma and knew Leon Russell and both played in bar bands around the Tulsa area. Both Gates and Russell headed for California to check out the music scene there. You can read more about the formation of Bread in the article below.

1. It Don’t Matter to Me – Wikipedia
2. Bread – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “It Don’t Matter to Me (1970) – Bread
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Gates and Russell…odd pair but I would love to hear something they did together. Gates is such a great pop songwriter. I love this song because I grew up with it.

  2. One of my favorites of Bread’s many songs. I still have my 45 single that I bought 52 years ago.

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