If you’ve followed the Sleeping At Last Twitter or Facebook over the last several months, you might have seen me mention that I’ve been working on a few “secret projects”… well one of those secret projects is with my pal, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot). Earlier this year, Jon asked if I’d be interested in contributing to his upcoming solo record (release date tba)… So he sent me a song that he had just finished writing and asked if I’d care to add some things… anything I’d like, really. So I spent a bit of time with it (adding anything that popped into my mind… drums, bass, strings, pianos, background videos, etc!) and had an incredible time layering ideas onto his gorgeous song. Soon after, he was kind enough to invite me to contribute to a few more songs. It’s been such an honor to say the least… Jon is one of my favorite songwriters (and people) ever, so to be invited to be a part of his music is just a wonderful privilege!
Although I have no clue as to when these songs will meet the world, I can say that they are some of Jon’s very finest work and I cannot wait for you to hear!
I can’t believe that Fall is so nearly upon us! I hope your Summer has wrapped up beautifully!
I spent much of this year working on projects that I couldn’t talk much about! (no fun.) As fate would have it though, most of these projects will be announced and/or rolled out every week from now through October! So much fun stuff to tell you about each week… let the wild rumpus start!
Just a few weeks ago I was invited to score 20+ minutes of new music for Global Festival!! What is Global Festival, you ask? It’s a massive advocacy event in Central Park, NYC on Sept. 29th, feat. Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys & more. The festival’s sole purpose is to raise funds, awareness and to urge our leaders and fellow citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty
I had the amazing privilege of being invited to write an original score for 11 short films by the incredibly talented filmmakers at DTJ. Each short film is centered around an issue intrinsic to poverty and will be screened in between the acts at the festival, as well as streamed live online, in what will be the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history!
I can’t wait for you to hear it all! Click here for more information about Global Festival, how to stream it and my involvement!
In other “Global” news, I just found out that my music will also play a part in this week’s Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in NYC as well, where world leaders (incl. Governor Romney and President Obama!) and change-makers gather for the sole purpose of turning ideas into action. Bipartisanship at its finest! Videos will be posted soon, as they become available.
Last week, my song “Turning Page” (iTunes) was featured again on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX! I was rather privileged to hear that they chose Sonya Tayeh’s beautifully choreographed dance, set to my song, as a season highlight, feat. an encore performance in last week’s finale episode! So honored to have my song be a part of the show again! If you missed it, check out the clip of it here.
Just a few weeks ago I was invited to score 20+ minutes of brand-new music for Global Festival!! But, what is Global Festival you ask? It’s a massive advocacy event being held in Central Park, NYC on Sept. 29th, feat. concerts by Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys & more. The festival’s sole purpose is to raise funds, awareness and to urge our leaders and fellow citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty. In a nutshell, it’s a pretty rad event.
I had the incredible privilege of being invited to write an original score for 11 short films by the insanely talented filmmakers, DTJ. Each short film is centered around poverty-related issues, shining light on the problems and more importantly, on the solutions. The films will be screened in between the acts at the festival, as well as streamed live online, in what will be the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history!
There will be 3 exclusive online screenings:
4:30pm EDT September 29th 12:30am EDT September 30th 8:30am EDT September 30th
Working with my friends at DTJ on this has been such a privilege – they are some of the most talented folks I know, so it was wonderful to come together on this project. I spent just about all of September writing these new pieces of music and had such a lovely time. The visuals and emotional impact that DTJ put into each film is beyond beautiful, so to have the opportunity to write music to something so awe-inspiring was truly a treat. I can’t wait for you to see/hear!
I’ll be flying out to NYC to attend the festival and I’m just so excited to see how the final films all turned out and to experience the event in person!
In addition to all of that newly scored music, I’m told that some of my previously released music (songs from “Yearbook,” etc.) will play a roll in the festival as well.
PLUS… In other “Global” news, I just found out that my music will also play a part in this week’s Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in NYC as well, where world leaders (incl. Governor Romney and President Obama!) and change-makers gather for the sole purpose of turning ideas into action. Bipartisanship at its finest! Videos will be posted soon, as they become available.
Thanks for reading! Hope you’ll tune in on Sept. 29th for Global Festival!!!
got some rad news last night! my song “turning page” was featured again on the season finale of so you think you can dance on FOX! i was rather privileged to hear that they chose sonya tayah’s beautifully choreographed routine set to my song as a season highlight, with an encore performance! tiffany (season finalist) and george did a wonderful job. i am so honored to have my song be a part of the show again! huge thanks to sonya tayah and all at sytycd! what an honor!
watch it here:
as a result, i was also so blessed to see that “turning page” found its way onto the itunes “top songs” charts, as well as in the top 20 songs in the “alternative” charts! huge thanks to everyone for downloading!!
Pleased to announce that my 2006 album, “Keep No Score” is NOW available on 1st edition double-vinyl! Orders are shipping out starting today! It’s my first vinyl release ever and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. (Stock is limited, first come first serve!) Grab your copy here!
Last month I played at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI… They were kind enough to invite me back this month! September 21st, I’ll be performing another intimate, “evening with” type of evening (feat. a String Quartet!) at the Ladies Literary Club in Grand Rapids, MI for Calvin Students and for general public! Hope to see you!! Can’t wait. Details here.
This is my final mention of this- I wanted to let you know one last time about that my charity: water birthday campaign. It’s ending in just a couple days… I would be absolutely thrilled, honored and privileged for you to check it out, learn more and consider helping me reach my goal for this cause! Learn more/Donate here!
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at one of the upcoming Fall Tour dates! Check out the dates here.
Much love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
PS Here’s a list of stuff i love right now…
1. Welch’s Strawberry Fruit Snacks (mmm.. so good.)
2. Warby Parkers (just got my first pair of warby parker glasses.. they are such a rad co. for each pair of glasses purchased, they give away a pair to someone in need.)
3. iPhone 5 (oh it’s time again for me to open up my wallet to apple with high hopes of beautiful gadgetry. mmm.)
4. Kiwis (the fuzzy fruit. yum.)