Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve 2020

Welcome to our world this night, Lord Jesus! Be with us in this time and in this difficult hour.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1%3A18-25&version=NASB

18 Now the birth of Jesus the [a]Messiah was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to [c]send her away secretly. 20 But when he had thought this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for [e]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [f]took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through [g]the prophet would be fulfilled: 23 “Behold, the virgin will [h]conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall name Him [i]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he named Him Jesus.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

KHOI Morning Masterpieces 12/24 - Christmas Eve Day

Tomorrow morning 12/24 - join me on Christmas Eve day for my monthly turn in the host chair on Morning Masterpieces. Christmas and seasonal holiday classical favorites from Elgar, Barrios, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Schoenberg are in the playlist. Settle in from the cold and tune to 89.1FM (Central Iowa) tomorrow morning from 9AM - 10AM. If you are not near a radio or are out of the listening area, feel free to tune in via the web stream at: http://khoifm.org/

Friday, December 11, 2020

Bandcamp - Official Store

Physical CDs available now - as well as MP3 downloads! CDBABY stopped their artist storefront service a while back. So I am now transferring all of my online merch to Bandcamp as my main store. They are the best storefront service I've found for working with indie musicians. All of my download MP3 albums and physical CDs are now available here. One-stop shopping! https://ryansheeler.bandcamp.com/

Monday, August 24, 2020

Tracky-by-Track #7 -- Walking In The Rain was a poem I had written many years ago.

 This is about no one in particular; it is a mélange of people I’ve known over the years. I’ve always been fascinated about the idea of rain, and sadness and depression .. and yet the rain is a bringer of new life as well. Lots of imagery in this one. Musically I was going for a blues-pop feel like Jonny Lang or Clapton’s 1990s output. Come for the groove and imagery, stay for the long outro – where I let fly with some guitar. 😊

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Track-by-Track #6 - I Never Got To Say Goodbye

Track-by-Track #6 - I Never Got To Say Goodbye is a special song I’ve had in the files for years. Years ago, I had the honor of singing for the funeral of the mother of a friend of mine. It was a sad yet beautiful occasion. I wrote this song soon after; all those emotions come pouring out of you after an event like that. I kept the song to myself for years and never had an album or project to put it with.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Track-by-Track #5 Westbound

 

Track-by-Track #5 Westbound wasn’t something I had planned for the album. But as the project started to grow, I felt like it needed a bit of interlude or palette-cleanser (a musical sorbet, if you will). So, I wrote this from scratch and tracked it all in about 2 days.

And wouldn’t you know it, it’s one of the tracks people have told me they like the most. It just goes to show you. Sit back and enjoy a bit of blues guitar as we look off into the sunset of another highway drive.

https://soundcloud.com/ryansheeler/westbound?in=ryansheeler/sets/roads-weve-taken

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Track-by-Track #4 These Streets Have Changed

 

Track-by-Track #4 These Streets Have Changed is the other brand-new song on this collection. This is the one I’ve gotten the most positive response from so far...and I nearly left it off the album…

This is one of my favorite songs on the album, and one of my favorites of my own of all the songs I’ve ever written. After all the of the unrest of this year, I started reflecting this summer on some of my memories of when I was younger. I remember when I was very little, my brother and I would walk to school by ourselves. It was about a 6-block walk to school; and we thought nothing of it at all. But things have changed over the years, we are so distrustful of everyone and everything – seems like we have a lot of neighbors out there but not a lot of friends. And every day we continue to wonder where we went wrong.

“These streets have changed, from now and then. We used to be neighbors, now we’re not even friends.”