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!!
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.
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.
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!
Hey! Spring is totally happening right now… it’s so beautiful outside and that makes me super happy inside.
Excited to tell you about a few things!
GREY’S ANATOMY TONIGHT!
So pumped to announce that tonight’s (thurs) episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will feature my song “Uneven Odds” from my recent Atlas EP “Darkness“! So so honored to be a part of the show again!! Hope you’ll tune in! Tonight, 8PM CST on ABC!
FREE SONG DOWNLOAD & PERFORMANCE!
Immediately following tonight’s Grey’s episode, the wonderful folks at ABC are giving away a FREE download of my song “Uneven Odds” for a limited time! AND while you’re there, check out the recent performance I did for ABC and Disney! Such a fun (and nerve-racking) experience!
California is truly one of my favorite places in the world and I just cannot wait to play and I hope to see you there! I’ll have a band with me, including a string trio! Hooray! Click here for more info!
More news coming your way soon! Thanks so much for reading!
PS here’s a list of things i love right now… (tv edition!)
1. New Season of Arrested Development (seriously may 26th cannot come soon enough! “hey, brother…”)
2. Mad Men (new season is great so far. been a fav show for a while now)
3. Parks & Rec (my goodness, what a lovely show. took a little while to get on board, but has since become an all time fav)
4. America in Primetime (4-part documentary about television that is incredible. watch. it.)
“hit or miss” is the middle track on the july ep (itunes) in the yearbook series.
i think i’ve proclaimed this before, but (unfortunately for those closest to me) i am a very impatient person. no matter how hard i try, i am just not a fan of waiting for things.
the opening lyric, “hurry, hurry up and wait” is the heart of this song. in the middle of yearbook, that concept was at constant play in my head. i would rush, rush, rush to meet the monthly deadlines and when i finally hit the finish line, as soon as each song left my hands, i’d have to do more waiting. so even though the whole idea of yearbook was born in the spirit of impatience, making the gap between writing, recording and releasing disappear, i was still impatient with the whole thing. so i wrote this song to remind me to cool it.
musically, a lot of this song’s shape and heart was written several years before this song became a song, in a hotel of all places. a while back i got a new keyboard, and as is tradition with each new instrument i buy, i write something and play around with recording it with no aim, aside from seeing what i’m capable of doing with this thing. so while on tour way back when, i spent an evening in my hotel room messing around with my new gadget. usually those try-out-my-new-toy recordings don’t turn into anything more than a bit of fun, but i always liked these particular little odd melodies. so i kept this song on the back burner until it made sense within one of my projects… yearbook felt like a perfect fit for this sort of exploration.
once i decided this piece of music belongs on this ep, i decided to approach this song without any specific intentions aside from having a lot of fun playing around further with it, keeping it in the spirit in which it was written. in most cases, i have a very clear picture of how i want a song to end up and exactly what i want it to say, so i really enjoyed a less pressured approach for this one.
musically, i liked the idea of taking some of those descending sparkly melodies and have different instruments take turns playing them. bells turn into wurlitzer turns into banjo, turns into several other types of keyboard sounds. instrument evolution of sorts.
lyrics… as i mentioned, are all about me venting my impatience, while pretending that i appreciate the importance of patience. (i do, of course… it’s a virtue after all, but just not my favorite one…) this song is obviously very much about time.
i liked the idea of expressing patience (and impatience) through a lot of common expressions, like:
“a watched kettle never boils, a watched tree never grows”
“hit or miss”
“may we reap all that we sow”
i’m not sure why, but i generally tend to like the use of idioms in songs. there’s a familiarity i suppose that i like when in contrast with (hopefully) new ideas. so for this song, i wanted to include as many as i can. it was a lot of fun to make those odd little connections.
“much too tired to try, much too stubborn to quit.”
that lyric always kicks me in the butt in the right way. i find myself feeling like that, often. a state of limbo. that lyric is a good reminder and overview of the ridiculousness of letting myself remain in that place.
on a visual level, i was really excited when this line came about…
“every cloud above’s full of splattered paint”
it has two meanings: on a totally surface level, i just liked the idea of there being clouds above us that are full of multicolored paint. and the actual meaning behind the line is probably obvious: rain is what gives our world life = color. when a line works on both levels, intent and surface visual, it makes me super happy. so i was grateful when that little line appeared.
overall, “hit or miss” was such a fun song to write! because of the less pressured approach and lyrically it’s a lot of me venting and discussing my obsession and struggle with patience, it was quite enjoyable to write.
total side note: as i mentioned in the “wilderness: how it was made” blog post, i aimed to make that song in the vein of some of my older material from my “ghosts” album… i aimed to make this song have some instrumentation similarities to music on my “keep no score” album, AND on the next song of this ep, “aperture” i built it similar to songs on my “storyboard” record (when i began writing and recording my ukulele) so there’s a fun little sleeping at last history concept at play on this july ep.
thanks for reading!
much love, ryan
click here to read other “how it was made” blog posts!
(why does that have the wrong artwork? no clue.)
HIT OR MISS
hurry, hurry up and wait is how the waiting game is played. a thousand moving parts keep score inside the watch we can’t ignore.
so let’s hurry, let’s hurry up and wait.
much too tired to try, much too stubborn to quit, on an island in between the coasts of hit or miss. are we settlers or are we natives of this land? only time will tell on which pedestal we were meant to stand.
so let’s hurry, let’s hurry up and wait. so let’s hurry, let’s hurry, hurry up and wait.
every cloud above’s full of splattered paint, every seed below lies patiently in wait. but a watched kettle never boils, a watched tree never grows. may we have our tea in the forest, may we reap all that we sow.
so let’s hurry, so let’s hurry, hurry up, hurry up and wait. so let’s hurry, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait.
For each of this year’s Atlas EPs (6 total!), we are making a limited edition merch item!! Behold the brand-new, ultra limited edition shirt for the EP “Darkness,” which features full-color artwork from this latest Atlas EP! Hope you like it!
(Pssst… If you’re a Passport Plus member, you’ll get an exclusive discount for each of these limited edition Atlas items! Hooray! Speaking of, keep an eye on your email – You’ll find a 20% off coupon as a Passport Plus Perk super soon!)
This morning, the incredible (and now a household name) Kid President posted a new video from his time visiting the Obama family at the White House! So fun! President Obama (aka Adult President) gives KP a tour around the Oval Office. It just so happens you might hear some familiar music on this lovely video too! Check it out and keep your ears peeled for my song “Next To Me“! (I think only eyes can be “peeled” but you get the idea…) 17+ Million plays later, it’s so exciting to see how far Kid President‘s wonderful and sweet message has traveled since his epic “Pep Talk” a couple months ago… So privileged to be a part of his adventure!
Since the release of the 1st Atlas EP, “Darkness,” I’ve been working away on the next chapter, “Light.” It’s coming together real nice so far! I wrote a blog post detailing the progress… Check it out here, if you’re interested in following along!
Thanks for reading, folks!
Much love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
ps here’s another list of things i love lately:
1. Cry Baby Candy (these little doozies are my childhood in the form of sour candy)
2. GoPro “Hero3″ Camera (my amazing mom got me one as a gift recently… i love it. makes me want to adventure more)
3. Mophie “Helium” Juice Pack (a battery-case for iphone 5. it’s a life saver, in a 1st-world-problem kind of way…)
4. “Finding Dory” (just announced that pixar’s making a sequel to finding nemo! can. not. wait. “just keep swimming”)
i wanted to write a progress report for the upcoming atlas ep “light.” here goes!
“light” is taking its sweet ‘ol time. BUT thankfully, as of this last week, all of the songs are officially accounted for.
1 is completely finished. 4 are still in need of various jobs (i.e. lyrics, or more instrumentation)… but all are arranged, shaped and for the most part, written. which means the hardest parts are behind me! now it’s just a matter of putting some finishing touches all up ons.
(note: all of the following titles are temporary… however, some of ‘em might stick around)
“you are enough” is entirely complete. very excited with how this one turned out… it’s upbeat for me, and also happens to be one of my most personal songs.
“heirloom” is the first song i’ve ever written on mandolin. lyrics are all done, main tracks are nearly done and it’s just in need of a vocal recording and a bunch of layers. the fun stuff! this song is a little upbeat as well, but the lyrics lean a little heavy-hearted.
“light 3″ this one is in a great spot. most of the music is recorded and is sounding very full and finished! i have just a couple lines of lyrics to complete, but overall the vocal melody and concept are locked!
“light 4″ this one is also fairly far along… all of the main structures are in place. still a ways to go with lyrics, but the melody and lyric concept is locked. feeling like the work that is left on this song will come together quickly. it’s a friendly sort of song. secret: this song may, or may not reference all of my top 10 movies in 2012. (in the vein of what i did in “dear true love“)
& “light 5″ just arrived! i had been trying to write a very stripped down, simple and lyric-focused piece of music around a lyrical concept i’ve had for a while. the trick with those types of songs is that since there are so few parts and pieces, they really need to be rich and meaningful. each moment has to really count. after banging my head against the piano keys awhile, the music finally trickled out. this one is still in it’s infant stages, but i’m really excited about it and am currently finishing up lyrics.
artwork is coming together as the songs get finalized. geoff has already sent over about half of this round’s paintings and they are fantastic. SO excited!
i can’t wait to share these songs with you! it won’t be too long now… thank you for reading and for being a part of this atlas adventure!
Just a SUPER quick note to wish you and yours an absolutely beautiful and restful Easter Weekend!
I also wanted to let you know that we’re having a 24-hour Easter Sale in the Sleeping At Last store! 20% off ALL CLOTHING! Shirts, Onesies, you name it.
Browse the store here, and enter in the code EASTEREGG when you check out!
(Sale ends at 12:01 CST AM on April 1st!)
I’m working away on the next Atlas EP, “Light” – lots of news and info coming soon! Happy Easter, guys!
Much love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
p.s. here’s a list of things i love right now:
1. orange tic tacs (i don’t like any other tic tac flavor… but orange is something else. i treat ‘em as if they are candy rather than mints. so. what.)
2. justin timberlake on SNL (some celebrities are just masters of their craft. jt is an all around master entertainer… his latest snl appearance is no exception. so. funny.)
3. gesundheit! (such a fun and beautifully drawn/designed puzzle game on iOS)
4. arrested development (seen it probably 3 times through. rewatched a few episodes recently to prep for the new season, and goodness.. i think it’s my favorite tv comedy show of all time. it’s flawless.)
I’m taking a moment away from writing songs for my upcoming EP “Light” to let you know about some cool stuff I’m making available with the rad folks at BandPage!
Using BandPage’s brand new “Experiences” storefront, I am offering a few rare and never-before available Sleeping At Last items for sale!
1. CUSTOM LYRIC ART made just for you by me! Partnering up with the wonderful folks at InstaThis, I’m offering a handful of custom-made pieces of art based around your favorite Sleeping At Last lyric. You choose and email us the lyric of your choosing, and using photography and typography, I’ll create a 1 of a kind piece of art just for you, printed with perfection onto 16″ x 16″ wood. (See examples here!)Details.
2. SKYPE HANGOUT for Charity! I’m offering a couple 1 hour Skype Hangouts where I can play you a few songs of your choosing, we can chat about songwriting or I can even teach you how to play some Sleeping At Last songs if you’d like! Let’s hang out! Proceeds go to help First Response Team of America, who devote their lives to helping people effected by natural disaster. Details.
Excited to make these things available! Thanks for reading and for taking a look! Well, I better get back to working on the next Atlas EP, “Light” which will be coming your way very soon!
Tons of love to you!!
Love, Ryan – Sleeping At Last
here’s a list of things i love right now…
1. the west wing (yeah, i’m crazy late to this party, but i sure do love this show!)
2. brand-new mickey mouse cartoons! (mickey’s back and these shorts look SO good!)
3. hawaii (having just returned from an incredible inspiration trip there for the upcoming eps, i can confirm that hawaii is still my favorite place in the universe)
4. InstaThis (make beautiful wall art from of your instagram photos!)