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.)
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.)
It is my absolute honor to announce that my new project, “Atlas” has begun!!
The very first Atlas EP, “Darkness” (5 songs!) is available to download RIGHT NOW exclusively for all Atlas Passport Holders!! The official release date for Darkness is Tues., January 29th (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) but Atlas Passport Holders receive early access and can grab Darkness now, along with the Passport-Exclusive Digital Booklet featuring lyrics, liner notes and 5 brand-new paintings by Geoff Benzing inspired by each of the 5 Darkness songs.
Learn more about Atlas and becoming an Atlas Passport Holderhere!
SO excited for you to hear this first EP and so hope you enjoy it!!
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.)
also i wanted to thank each of you who have donated to this incredible cause… i have been blown away by the generosity. truly made my birthday so special this year. thank you soooo much. because of you, hundreds of people will soon have clean, safe drinking water.
my beautiful and talented wife, cayt is a fantastic writer. this is a fact. she has a genuine gift with words and story. i’ve had the privilege of reading bits and pieces of her writing over the years, but until now, she has kept her incredible talent shyly under wraps. which is why i am so delighted to introduce you to her brand-new blog, “lumièrepure” (which means “pure light” in french), where she will be sharing bits of her writing, thoughts on the craft of writing and lots more. obviously i am a bit biased, but lumièrepure is exactly that, a place of pure light and if you’re a fan of words, story, imagery and the craft of knitting all of those things together, i hope you’ll bookmark her page and visit often!
I filmed and compiled this mini time-lapse video out our van window, while we drove from IL (home), through Asheville, NC to Norfolk VA. on our Spring Tour with Christina Perri. I tossed in the song “January White” for fun, which is from the Yearbook “January” EP. Fun. All filmed and edited on my iPhone 4s.
In honor of the upcoming Spring Tour with Christina Perri, we are giving away a FREE* download of the song “Next To Me“(* for the “cost” of just 1 tweet, or facebook post!) So if you’d like to download “Next To Me” (feat. Stacey DuPree King of Eisley/Sucre) from my latest “Yearbook” project, click the “pay with a tweet” button bellow!
It’s as easy as one, two, tweet. (yep… i just typed that.)
I hope this email finds you enjoying a gorgeous Spring! A few things to tell you about today…
THE SOUND SUPPLY
For the next few days, Sleeping At Last’s “Storyboards” record is available, along with 9 other albums for this months’ Sound Supply collection. That’s 10 albums for only $15 for a very limited time… only 4 days left to be exact! Includes albums by: Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion), Owen, Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) … and more!
A brand new (adult) T-Shirt design will be unveiled/available soon!! … Along with a special single-disc CD edition of “Yearbook” entitled “Yearbook – Abridged” which features 12 songs (1 from each of the 12 EPs)! Both items will debut on the Spring tour!! Speaking of tour…
TOUR TICKETS SELLING FAST!
If you’re considering attending one of the upcoming Spring Tour (w/ Christina Perri!! So excited!) dates, we just got word that tickets are nearly gone, so definitely grab ‘em fast! Plus, we’re pleased to announce that at each show, I’ll be playing with a full band! AND for select dates on the tour, I will be joined by a String Trio as well! SO excited for this tour!!!!! Here are the dates:
I can’t believe the Spring Tour is coming up so quick!! Couldn’t be more excited… for my Illinois pals, I hope you’ll join me for the kickoff show in Naperville, IL on April 28th! Sleeping At Last will be with a full band, plus my guest String Trio! Cannot think of a better way to start of the Spring Tour than at the lovely venue, The Union. Hope to see you guys!! Here are the final dates:
1. nike+ gps (this little jogging/tracking app is rad. have been using it lately and i love it. sad that it takes so much techonology to get me excited about excersize. whatever works though, right?)
2. “love does” by bob goff (bob’s a friend of mine and i can honestly say, one of the most amazing people i’ve ever met. this book tells his story, which is nothing short of incredible and adventurous!)