Monday, November 30, 2009

INTERVIEW - Capital Backyard show 106.3FM in Des Moines

Hi all,

I just found out that I will be the featured interview guest on the "Capital Backyard" radio show on 106.3FM in Des Moines. The show features local Central Iowa musicians on Sunday nights at 7PM on 106.3FM

My date is tentatively scheduled for January 10th 2010. Stay tuned for more details!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Love Is Waiting - Christmas 2009 message

Hi all,

I wanted to share this with you. This is a song Sarah and I wrote for her 2004 Christmas album (BTW, the whole album is GREAT!). With this song, I actually wrote the lyrics and Sarah wrote the music and melody.

As I reflect on 2009, a year which I experienced a deep and profound love loss, I realized also that maybe on another level you never really lose love. Its always there...if we just believe. ("Love Is Waiting" is my featured song in my player)

Love Is Waiting
Words and Music by Ryan Sheeler and Sarah Beisser
-as recorded on the album Love Is Waiting by Sarah Beisser (2004)

Look around you tonight. One more year has come and gone
Time passes faster each day as we try to slow down
Gather ‘round the fire, come in from the cold
The wind is blowing steady and the snow drifts on the road

News of life eternal guided by a star
All the glory be given to this new King of ours
A miracle on a winter’s night our God is with us here
If we only believe His love is waiting

On the night of Christ’s birth in a town far away
Our God came to this earth as that little baby boy
This child was so special as only the prophets knew
He was God most high and holy and had come for me and you


And did Mary know she'd have to trust an angel
Or be doubted for the very lies that she didn't tell?
And could Joseph ever have wanted a more perfect Son
Than the child who always was the Everlasting One?

So here we gather tonight one more year goes by
Life begins anew again in the twinkling of an eye
Don’t forget to tell someone “I love you” when you can
And most of all remember He who holds you in His hand


If we only believe…our love is waiting

c. 2004 Ryan Sheeler/Sarah Beisser Ling ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Colors of Eve - Dan Fogelberg

One again Dan has managed to do it - move me beyond words and say what I've been trying to find words to say for month. This beautiful song is from his last/posthumous album "Love In Time"

The Colors Of Eve (Fogelberg)

She never looks and she never listens
her heart only knows what it feels
and all that she is, and all that isn't
Her every movement reveals

All the bright moods and all the dark tempers
She's never the way she appears
And she sometimes forgets, and sometimes remembers
and sometimes must laugh through the tears

Of lavender mornings and gray afternoons
sad when the day takes its leave
Nights of white passion and deep shades of blue
These are the colors of eve

The shade of her eye like pale purple asters
runs down her cheek when she cries
and the way of her heart no man may matter
even though many may try

The blush on her cheek, the gold on her fingers
shine when the lady's in love
but a strong gentle touch and a sunset that lingers
are the things her dreams are made of

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scented Vinyl - audio interview and pics coming this week!

Hi all,

The audio interview and pics from my Scented Vinyl interview will be posted this week. I'll post the link. Be sure to listen in as I talk about relationships, life, my songwriting and influences, and perform two songs. It was a very good interview and I can't wait to play it for you!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanks to Smokey Row!

Thanks so much to the staff at Smokey Row Coffee House in Des Moines and everyone who came out to see me play last night. I had such a blast! Thank you so much!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scented Vinyl recap!

Hi all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Scented Vinyl show last night. Daniel Bosman and Mars Cafe are really passionate about supporting local musicians - and its so refreshing to be a part of.

The night started off with an interview at Sound Factory studios right next door to Mars. Daniel and I talked about my new album (LITR), songwriting influences, my upcoming plans and gigs. The interview will be up on the Scented Vinyl website within the next few days.

Then it was back over to Mars where we spun some great vinyl by Elton John, Dan Fogelberg, George Benson, Envy Corps and more. Then I played a small set:

-Light In The Rain
-Anything and Everything
-If You Only
-Leader of the Band
-Chasing Heaven

Afterwards a good-sized crowd had gathered, so Daniel and the Mars staff let me perform a full set. :) Great evening. Pictures and interview will soon be up on:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

If You Only - #45 and climbing on AC charts!

As of today "If You Only" is #45 and climbing on's Adult Contemporary charts!

GIGS o' plenty

Hi all!

Just wanted to let you all know that I am hitting the road around Central Iowa A LOT between now and Christmas. Be sure to head over to my website for a full itinerary, and if you do come out to one of my gigs, PLEASE come up and introduce yourself!

Scented Vinyl - interview show at Mars Cafe

Hi all,

I'm very excited to share this with you. I am doing the famous "Scented Vinyl" show at Mars Cafe on Monday night 11/16 in Des Moines. Scented Vinyl is hosted by Daniel Bosman. It is a live interview/performance show where he features a local musician, and discussed influences. Then we spend the balance of the evening sharing old vinyl records, talking and sharing with the crowd. I will also be performing a short set.

I will be the featured guest this Monday night. :) I will be discussing my new album, Light In The Rain, my songwriting influences, my writing style, my philosophy about performing and recording, and much more.

Please make plans to join us at Mars Cafe! :)

LIVE at Cafe Milo in Ames 11/14/09

Hi all , I'll be be playing at Cafe Milo (4800 Mortensen Road) in Ames tomorrow night. No cover charge. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

If You Only: lyrics and downloads at

If You Only is currently #46 out of 4643 songs on the Adult Contemporary charts at

You can read the lyrics, listen to, or buy the song at my page:

Monday, November 9, 2009

If You Only - demo

You might have noticed that I have new demo of a song that's been up for a few weeks now. If You Only is a new/old song of mine. I've had the idea for quite some time --- I wanted to write a classic AABA form song like Johnny Mercer or Jerome Kern yet with some new chord changes and melodic twists.

Well... here it is. It may be the BEST I've ever written - the best melody, the most beautiful chords, and my most engaging vocal performance. I am so grateful to be blessed to write and sing songs. I thank you so much for listening and lending your support.

Note that the version online is ONLY a demo, I intend on orchestrating it and using it on my next project. You can download, purchase, or listen to it at Soundclick. Lyrics are posted there as well.

Songs on the charts! If You Only, Anything and Everything

Hi all!

Thanks so much for your support. If You Only and Anything and Everything are making serious headway on Internet Radio!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Big week ahead!

Lots of stuff going on. Songs on the radio, Internet, and elsewhere! I'll NEVER get tired of hearing my songs on the radio! :) Gigs.

Big announcement is my appearance on the Scented Vinyl radio show in Des Moines on 11/16 more details soon!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hi all,

I am now a member of - looking for gigs in Central Iowa. Please book me. :)


Thanks to all my friends and fans who have been requesting my music. You are a blessing to me. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Charts updates - Anything and Everything, If You Only, Light In The Rain, etc.

Hi all,

The recognition keeps rollin' in. I have several songs on the National Charts for Adult Contemporary, Country, and Pop.

If You Only - Soundclick (Adult Contemporary) #59 out of 4600
Anything and Everything - Soundclick #115 out of 5000 on Country-Pop

Other radio links -- PLEASE REQUEST! :)

"Come To That Place" played on David Tanny Show PODCAST! :)

One of my songs "Come To That Place" has been played on a national PODCAST -- The David Tanny Show from CA. How cool is that?? Listen here:

Poem of the Week: Photo Album

I've had this around for a long time now, and have been chipping and polishing it. This is one of my all-time favorite poems that I've ever written - a high watermark for me. A little Poe-ish, but still really powerful. I think I really captured a mood here:

I keep an old photo album
on my bottom shelf.
I get it out every once in a while,
just to sift the time away

I keep a lot of pictures
There inside that book. Some are old and a little
Yellow now, but still somehow clear.
Funny hair and clothes. Gigs and weddings,
funerals and newspaper clips,
just like time standing still

Tonight I looked through it again,
just knowing what I might find.
Somehow I think my heart
knew what it was looking for.
by the time I got halfway through

As I neared the end
of this blue memory lane…I saw it again…
the picture of you and me on our first night together.
I remember your blue eyes, your beautiful smile….
I remembered you….in my heart

You are, were, and always will be the love of my life,
The memories came flooding back,
too fast for words, and too strong to hold.
I remember God smiling down on us
As we shared our first night.

Dear God-how I loved you
(and still love you) so much
But now it can’t be…when
time and pain have driven us apart.
How did it get this way?

For minutes that seemed like years,
I cried my tears on your picture
And kissed your cheek on that page
I was trying so hard to keep the pain away.
But it came unrelenting…

And I’m afraid there are
many more tears to cry
who knows when they’ll come
My heart is forever yours, captured
in a snapshot on page 24

As I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord keeps you safe
May you feel loved tonight
even though
I’m very far away

I’ll always keep your picture
And your kiss inside my heart
I just can’t bear to
throw away the memory
Of the love that we’ve lost

Your picture is still inside
That album on my shelf
Sealed by tears, and prayers
Memories too painful to hold on to,
and too precious to let go

Chart updates

Hi all,

Hopefully before the end of the day I will post some stats from Internet Radio charts. Several of my songs (Light In The Rain, Anything and Everything, If You Only are doing very well! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1000 hits!!!


Thanks to all my friends and fans! has went over the 1000 hit mark today! Thanks so much for all your support.

Monday, November 2, 2009

dealing with...


Today was a bad day emotionally. It started with me realizing that this unemployment is weighing on me financially. November and December are gonna be tough if I don't land a job. :( That thought scares me what with my lack of success since I was laid off.

Also, some past hurts of this summer about grieving a major personal loss came to the fore in my mind today. Somedays its just too hard to bear so I try to push the pain out of my mind with other things. Writing songs help, it doesn't make the pain go away, it just helps frame it and make it semi-manageable.

If you only...getting closer

One last legal hurdle to get through...

"If You Only" is already making its way into Internet Radio, and will be available for purchase through Soundclick and other online music vendors very soon. Plus it will be on Internet Radio as well!

I can't make a formal announcement right now, but I will tomorrow :) It will be worth it! This song has gotten SO much buzz - and its a wonderful and stunningly beautiful song.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

If You Only

Legal issues have been resolved...

my new song "If You Only" is making its way onto Internet Radio across the country and the indie music scene.

I AM SO EXCITED to unveil this song. It is my best song, best melody, most personal lyrics. I have a gut feeling that big things are in store for this song!!! I've played it once live already - and it went over so well!!!! :) I'll be performing it on the Scented Vinyl radio show and at gigs in near future!

this song will melt your heart. Its more than just a love song, its a beautiful story about love and regret...saying things that you never got the chance to.

I never say this about my songs....but I have a gut feeling that this song is gonna be an over-the-fence home run.