I went to Matt's site today, to discover it's no longer up. The message posted there was not promising. I hope he has not decided to stop making music. He is my favorite rock artist, and it's so good to hear someone with an actual opinion, with meaningful lyrics rather than someone who is just manufactured to make money. I've liked his music almost since the beginning, and bought every album. To me, if Matt Good stopped making music, that would be the equivalent of someone else's favorite rock band breaking up, or the members dying, never to play again.
Given the circumstances, I understand how he must feel. To listen to people ridicule you every day, especially when they don't even know you, wears upon a person. I know this from experience... And just because he is in the public eye does not mean it should be expected. He deserves as much common decency as anyone else. You would not expect to go walking down the street and be called names... but that the same is what he has been enduring.
I grew up in the Okanagan. I had heard that he came to play in Vernon, and someone in the crowd decided to throw a water bottle at him. That's utterly disgusting. Why would someone even bother to come to his show if they didn't like him? That kind of thing hurts, no matter how much you just try to shrug it off. I wonder how many people have had some random person come up to them in the mall or at school or something and call them names... I have, and it hurts, and after so many times, it's hard to just go on and try to live happily.
Anyway, the point of this is, I understand, and hope that getting out of the spotlight will help him. I also hope that if he still likes making music, he will continue. If he has decided it is no longer his desire, then I wish him the best in all his future endeavors, and will always consider him one of my favorite artists.