I got a fun package in the mail the other day. It was from my friends Ryan and Cameron, guys I met probably 4 or 5 years ago. Our meeting is funny for me to remember, actually, because when I asked them what they did for a living and they said, "We're musicians," I'm quite sure I gave them that barely-concealed, oh-isn't-that-nice-that-you're-manifesting-your-destiny eye roll reaction (the same one people give me when I say, "I'm a writer.") I figured they were your typical wannabes--nice, fabulous, awesome guys--but wannabes nonetheless. You know, like Landry on Friday Night Lights, practicing with his terrible band in his parents' garage.
So you can imagine how shocked I was when I went to hear them play, and they let fly with this:
That's when I learned that they have four (now five) CDs out, tour all over North America, the whole deal. Um, not exactly Landry in his parents' garage!
Their band is Ryanhood. The package they sent was their latest CD, The World Awaits. It's amazing. Check out Back Into Blue (my current favorite) and the title track. Goosebumps. It's like they GET the full range of emotions that goes through most of us in any given day, and they've somehow captured it in these songs.
If you're a writer, this is music to write to.
It's reminding me of that quote by a famous dancer (whose name I can't remember right now) about how we're each here to create something, and unless we do the work to create it, the world will be less than what it should be. Good (and hard, but hard in a good way) to remember.
"Go! The world awaits you..."