Happy Humanitarian Day!
So excited to tell you about a rad event that is happening TODAY!! At 1pm-4pm PST, the incredible Kid President, Soulpancake and the United Nations are hosting an online event, celebrating World Humanitarian Day!
Alongside Kid President, Rainn Wilson, Scott Harrsion (charity: water), Jeremy Cowart, Paulo Coelho, Amitabh Bachchan & more, I received the honor of contributing to this beautiful online event!
I get play my song “Emphasis” as well as interview one of my favorite people ever, Scott Harison (founder of charity: water) to talk about the incredible things his organiation, charity: water is doing to make our world a healthier, happier and more beautiful place!
Please tune in today (monday) at 1-4pm Pacific Time and tell your friends!
Click HERE to check it all out!
Can’t wait to hang!!
Much Love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
here’s a little video I made for fun, while flying from charlotte to chicago a couple months ago. using only my iphone & tiltshift video app. “i’ll keep you safe” is from my “darkness” ep. thanks for watching and listening!
I’ve got a few things to tell you about today! Firstly…
“LIGHT” CD NOW SHIPPING!
As part of my Atlas CD Box-set/Subscription, the latest EP, “Light” is now shipping to all “Passport Plus” members! To purchase and/or learn more about this new CD box-set, visit here.
ATLAS THEMES ANNOUNCED!
Speaking of Atlas, today I am pleased to announce the remaining Atlas EP titles/themes for this year! Drum roll, please…
The next Atlas theme is SPACE.
SPACE will be a collection of songs inspired by our Solar System – a song for each planet. Through lots of incredibly fun research, I’ve been learning a lot about each planet, documenting their colors, characteristics, mythology and other details that will inspire and inform the tone and feel of each song. A couple examples of this: “Mercury“, as I’ve learned is a planet made up of roughly 70% metallic, will be a song recorded only using metallic instruments… Bells, Brass, Cymbals, etc. “Venus,” named after the roman god of love, will of course be a love song. And so on and so on. As you can see, these songs will not be a collection of Theremin Solos, but Sleeping At Last songs inspired by the incredibly beautiful information that exists about the galaxy we live in!
This theme will span over the next two Atlas EPs. The first of which, called “SPACE 1” (late Summer release) will feature 6 songs:
Followed by its 5-song sibling EP, “SPACE 2” which continues and completes the Solar System inspired track-list:
… and of course, a bonus-track entitled “Pluto.”
Later this year, I’ll pull the camera in a little closer with the release of LAND. A 4-song EP:
Concluding Atlas Year 2013, I will release OCEANS. Continuing and completing the oceanic theme that began on my previous project “Yearbook,” this 5-song EP will be a collection of all instrumental songs inspired by the 5 oceans of Earth.
As you can now see, Atlas tells an overarching story about how all things came to be: the origins, emergence and experiences of life. This Atlas year only tells a small fraction of that story, but I’m keeping next year’s Atlas schedule and themes under wraps for now! So fun to finally share with you the concept. I geek out on this stuff and I couldn’t be having a better time writing songs within these concepts and ideas!
Thanks for reading!!
Love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
p.s. here’s a list of things i love right now… (brought to you by the letter “c”)
1. candy crush saga (i didn’t want to get sucked into this life-consuming ios game… but it happened. i see candy in my sleep)
2. celestron telescopes (my wife got me one for my bday and i LOVE it. so inspiring for my “space” songs!)
3. can i stream.it? (my go to app for finding out if that movie or tv show is on netflix, or wherever!)
I hope this email finds you enjoying your Summer thoroughly! It’s been a very busy and wonderful one here! Traveling, writing, recording… needless to say, it’s flying by so fast!
LIMITED-EDITION MESSENGER BAGS
As you may already know, alongside each Atlas EP, I am offering a limited-edition merch item. For the recently released “Light” EP I am pleased to announce a collaboration with an absolutely incredible nonprofit called Re:new.
Behold! The limited-edition “You Are Enough” Messenger Bag!
Offered in 2 sizes, these bags were beautifully hand-made and custom designed in collaboration for this project, featuring the lyric “You Are Enough,” from my latest EP, “Light.”
Aside from being amazing and fashionable, these bags also carry a beautiful and important story…
Founded by our close friend, Rebecca Sandberg, Re:new exists to transform and invest in the lives of refugee women living in America. Every year, tens of thousands of refugees from all over the world fleeing war, persecution, or natural disaster are resettled in America. Re:new comes alongside refugee women in America, enabling them to thrive, by providing employment opportunity and relational community. Re:new Artisans enjoy fair wage employment creating one-of-a-kind handcrafted products in a creative and dignified workplace.
I’ve been so so so inspired over the years by the work of Re:new that I couldn’t be more excited to partner up with them to offer you this custom-made bag!!
With your purchase, you come alongside refugee women in America and empower them to support their families and experience hope. All proceeds benefit the work of Re:new!
Get the “You Are Enough” Messenger Bags here!
Complimenting the “You Are Enough” Messenger bag (which is only avail on our site!), Re:new is offering a beautiful “You Are Enough” Zip Pouch, available on their site! The perfect accessory for your new messenger bag! OR a great gift for someone else!
Get the “You Are Enough” Zip Pouch here!
In addition to their incredible bags, Re:new is also a great source for handmade home linens and many other totally beautiful products, including my personal fav, iPhone/iPad cases! Please take a moment to visit the Re:new website or in person at their flagship store in IL and learn more about the incredible work they’re doing, first-hand!
Thank you SO much for reading, and a HUGE thanks to Rebecca and the Re:new team for the wonderful work they are doing to make this world a better place!!
Much Love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – TONIGHT!
Just a super quick note to let you know that my brand-new song “In The Embers” (from my “Light” EP) will be featured on tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance!! (7/9) Choreographed by the incredibly talented, Sonya Teyah!
If you missed the last few songs of mine on this season of SYTYCD, check ‘em out here (click on the song titles to watch): “Turning Page“, “Clockwork (Piano Version)“, “Goes On and On” and be sure to tune in TONIGHT to hear “In The Embers“! 8/7c on FOX! I feel so grateful and blessed to be a part of this wonderful show!!
Thanks for reading! Many hugs your way!
Ryan – Sleeping At Last
here’s another list of things i love right now…
1. cosmicomics by italo calvino (this book is wonderful and so very visual)
2. in the shadow of the moon (beautiful and moving documentary. what an incredible moment in history to put a person on the moon.)
3. klondike vanilla icecream sandwich (i shouln’t eat these.)