Today is the official release day for “Light,” the 2nd chapter in my Atlas EP series! Hooray!
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“LIGHT” RELEASE NOTES:
With the previous EP, “Darkness,” I recommended listening to it for the first time with the lights off and your eyes closed, which is how I spent most of my time writing it. During the writing of “Light“, I was fortunate enough to spend time soaking up inspiration in Hawaii, the brightest place I know. So this time ’round, I recommend listening to “Light” on the sunniest day you can find. Whether that means through headphones on your AM jog, or in your car with the windows rolled down, or laying on the grass in your favorite park, or in the sand on your favorite beach, or even indoors with the windows open and birds singing along. Find brightness anywhere, and that’s where this EP should be heard.
I wrote “Darkness” and “Light” as two sides of the same record. Although released separately, they make up side-A and side-B of one full-length album. “Darkness” finishes with the song “Uneven Odds,” a rather sad story, written from the perspective of someone who becomes the legal guardian of a very young boy who recently lost his parents. I wanted to write a song that tackles the incredibly difficult task of explaining the heaviness and purpose of darkness to an innocent child. The “Light” EP begins with the title track, which was written as the second half of that same story. The song is written from the perspective of the little boy from “Uneven Odds,” who is now an adult and becoming a parent himself. He has been given the gift of being the first to introduce the brightness and beauty of light to his newborn.
This EP tackles as many interpretations of “light” as I could imagine: heaven, weightlessness, exposure, hope, new life, fireworks and even stories projected onto screens. I had an incredible time exploring the theme of light within these songs and am so privileged to finally share with you the results.
2. You Are Enough
4. The Projectionist
5. In The Embers
ROSS CHRISTOPHER (played Violins and Cellos on “You Are Enough” and “The Projectionist”) – Ross is pal of mine who came out with me on tour last fall. He’s such a talented musician and as I was writing the strings for these two songs, I knew he’d be the guy to bring them to life! Couldn’t be more pleased with how it all turned out! Ross is a wonderful songwriter and artist – listen to and support his lovely work here!
DAVID HODGES (played Piano on “Heirloom”) – As this song was coming together, I kept hearing a particular kind of piano, played in a particular kind of way in my head, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, when suddenly I realized, it was David playing on his upright piano that I was imagining. Truly one of the most gifted people I know and one of my very favorite humans on earth too! So thrilled with his gorgeous contribution to this song! Listen to and love David’s latest music here!
SETH RICHARDSON (played Upright Bass on “Heirloom”) – I’ve been wanting to have Seth as a guest for a while and finally the right song came along! Seth’s been a friend for a couple years now and I’ve admired his talent for a while – so thankful he was kind enough to lend me his gifts for this toe-tappin’ track! Listen to Seth’s amazing band, Moonsville Collective here!
KERA-LYNNE NEWMAN (played Fiddles on “Heirloom”) – This song was nearly finished when I decided “This song needs one more thing… fiddle.” I called up Kera, (who also joined me last fall on tour!) and she kindly obliged and shortly after sent me back the most lovely fiddle tracks I’ve ever heard! I’ve never featured this style of violin in my songs, and Kera was such a perfect fit! Fiddle was truly the missing piece of this song. Listen to Kera’s bands, Black Bonnet Ballyhoo & The Eskimo Girls.
DAN PERDUE (played Bass on “You Are Enough”) – As always, when a song comes along that warrants more than just a simple bass line, I call up my best pal, Dan, literally my favorite bassist of all time. As usual, he killed it. Very few people I know are masters of their instrument, and Dan is certainly one of the finest on the earth.
Thank you SO much for listening and for being a part of Atlas! I hope you enjoy this collection of songs!! I’m already hard at work on the next Atlas EP! (I’ll be announcing all of the remaining themes SOON… Can’t wait to share!)
Ryan – Sleeping At Last
I am SO thrilled to announce that my brand new 5-song EP, “Light” is available right NOW to all Atlas Passport holders!
If you’re a Passport holder, check your email – Your download is ready! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about and want to get each of my upcoming EPs (28+ songs in 2013!) earlier than the rest of the world, and get exclusive art by Geoff Benzing and more, visit here to learn more about my Atlas EP project and becoming a Passport holder! (All the cool kids are doing it)
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE:
For those of you iTunes purists, the official release date for “Light” is June 11th! On that day it will be available everywhere digital music is sold! The iTunes Pre-Order should be up before the weekend! Keep an eye out!
California pals – I’m playing your lovely Los Angeles region twice THIS WEEK!! (I’ll have a full band, including a string trio with me!) – Hope to see you!!
May 31st (fri) – The Hotel Cafe
June 1st (sat) – Make Music Pasadena Festival
Click on the dates above for details!
That’s it for today, friends! SO SO SO excited for you to hear “Light” – I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!!
Much Love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
p.s. here’s a list of things i love right now…
1. Dots (the most addicting iphone game i’ve played in a long, long while. many precious hours, gone.)
2. By The Way (jeff garlin’s new podcast series where he just has conversations with cool people, ie. jj abrams, jeff tweedy, etc. absolutely love it.)
3. Ben & Jerry’s “Phish Food” Ice Cream (it not only proves God exists, but it proves that God loves us. yum.
4. New Arrested Development NOW (i was worried it wouldn’t be great, but i totally love this new season. totally)
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – TONIGHT!
Just got word that the solo piano version of my song “Clockwork” will be a part of tonight’s Season Premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on FOX! So excited to be a part of this lovely show again! Tune in tonight in just a few minutes (7pm CST!)
NEW VERSION OF “CLOCKWORK” AVAILABLE NOW!
The version they’re using is titled “Clockwork (Piano Version)” which is a solo piano/vocal version that was only released for a limited time a year ago. Pleased to announce that this version is NOW available on iTunes!!
Download it on iTunes now!
Thanks for reading, guys! In “Atlas” related news, the mixing phase has officially begun, which means the “Light” EP will be released very soon!
Much Love, Ryan
Sleeping At Last
Hey again, guys!!
It’s only been a week and there’s already bunch of stuff I’m excited to tell you about!
I’M GONNA BE (500 Miles) – COVER!
Chances are that these lyrics will ring a bell for most of you: “I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more.” Place the melody? It’s an incredibly popular song from the late eighties by The Proclaimers. Why am I talking to you about The Proclaimer’s song? Well, because I covered it and its available on iTunes right now! Hope you enjoy it.
Download my version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) now!
GREY’S ANATOMY – AGAIN!
My aforementioned cover of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” will be featured on tonight’s (5/9) Grey’s Anatomy!!! SO thrilled to be a part of the show again, just one week after they featured my song “Uneven Odds“! Honored to say the least. Tune in tonight (thurs) 9/8c on ABC!
ATLAS CD BOX SETS NOW SHIPPING!
So excited to announce that the CD version of Atlas: Darkness (along with the fancy Atlas: Year One Box!) is now shipping! Become a “Passport Plus” Member now and receive 6 CDs (28+ new songs!), mailed to you periodically throughout 2013! It’s like the fruit-of-the-month-club, for Sleeping At Last music.
They turned out beautifully!! Check ‘em out here!
Click here to purchase your Passport Plus CD Set now!
Psst… If you’re already a digital subscriber (Passport holder), check your inbox (spam folder too!) – We are sending out a special discount, if you’d like to upgrade your Passport!
That’s it for now! The “Light” EP is coming together – can’t wait to show you SOON!
Much Love, Ryan
Sleeping At Last
p.s. here’s a list of things i love right now:
1. blockbuster season (iron man 3, into darkness, man of steel, monsters university, gatsby, pacific rim and so many more. goodbye, money)
2. the giving keys (such a beautiful concept and product! learn more and support ‘em here!)
3. c.s. lewis (i don’t read neary as much as i’d like, but every time i crack open one of lewis’ books, i’m reminded of how much i adore the ideas and worlds he paints)
4. brene brown (maybe you’ve already seen one of her TED talks.. if not, do it right now. seriously…now.)
Atlas “Passport Plus” is HERE! The “Darkness” CD EP, along with the special Atlas Passport Plus Boxes have officially arrived and are now shipping!! Hooray!
For those of you unaware, a “Passport Plus” is a 6-CD (28+ songs!) subscription to my new project, Atlas. 6 CD’s will be mailed to you periodically throughout 2013, as each EP releases. Each EP will feature exclusive art prints by Geoff Benzing of each song in the project (28+ in total! Also featuring lyrics on the back of each card), along with high-quality CD jacket, full-color printed CD and a special linen-wrapped, gold-foil printed box to store each of the releases safely in!