Rivers - Exclusive 5 Track "Process Single"

by Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES

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Rivers of whiskey Rivers of girls Rivers like ravens Rivers of pearls Watch me boys for I could fade tonight The shore is dark and void of any light Rivers of loudmouths Rivers of work Rivers of boredom And rivers of hurt Watch me boys for I could fall tonight The shore is dark and void of any light We scrapped and then we fought with all our might The shore is dark and void of any light Her eyes are like two sparrows Gone and faraway And all I want is what she was Before I said what young sailors say Rivers full of smoke And rivers full of grins Now rivers are full of rooms That I’m no longer in Watch me float and fade to black tonight The shores are dark and void of any light I tumbled through the haunt and fell inside This river too is dark and void of light Rivers full of coils And rivers full of strings Rivers are such mysterious, and ruthless and seductive things Her eyes got like two sparrows So dark and faraway And all I want is what she was All I want is what she was All I want is what she was Now all I want is what she was before I said what young sailors say It goes like this The end’s a kiss Summer grins At winter’s fist And as you drift All you’ll get is Hallelujah I threw it all away I threw it all away Don’t throw it all away On rivers that don’t exist It goes like this The end’s a kiss Summer grins At winter’s fist And as you drift All you’ll get is Hallelujah... Words & Music by Matthew Ryan © Plastic Violin / BMI 2020
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What is a Process Single?

These 5 tracks represent the process each song of mine goes through from birth to the version that is eventually shared with you. It's always some version of this work, exploration, feel and process... Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer... But always a sequence of events that generally goes from seed to tree, or wood to table... Or whatever metaphor makes sense to ya.

I thought this kind of a listen might be of interest to some of you.

There's also bonus material, it's a photo of the lyrics with some notes I was leaning on for the final demo.

Please note that Track 5 on here is the moment the song arrived. It had started as an idea for a poem. I sat down at my keyboard with the limited words I had previously written and pressed record to see what would come via the inspiration of a moment. It's quite raw sonically and gets uncertain, but it does capture the moment some thoughts developed into a song. Both tracks 4 and 5 are quite raw sonically, but again, the hope is that some of you will find the process of interest.

The final version of Rivers was created with the wild talents of Brian Fallon, Corey Siegle, Brian Bequette and Hans DeKline. Please make your first listen via good headphones or speakers... Maybe even in your car? We paid a great amount of attention to the details in this recording and I want your first experience with it to be as beautiful as possible.

As always, I hope this song finds you and yours good. Stay hopeful and smart out there. I hope this song and any of its versions become a good companion for you.

Thank you.

Always,
M. Ryan

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released August 19, 2020

The final version of Rivers was created with the wild talents of Brian Fallon, Corey Siegle, Brian Bequette and yours truly

Mixed by Frankie Fingers
Mastered by Hans DeKline

The Design of the Album Cover was a Collaboration by Gillian Stoll and Yours Truly

Album Art Photo by Frankie Fingers

Rivers was written by Matthew Ryan
©Plastic Violin / BMI 2020

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Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES Nashville, Tennessee

In addition to his solo work, Ryan is a member of Strays Don't Sleep with longtime friend, Neilson Hubbard.

In 2021 Ryan decided to offer his solo work as The Pines at Night to clearly enunciate the collaborative nature of his music.

Devotedly independent, Ryan offers moody & honest work that's now rich with a long list of beautiful songs.
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