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A Woman Running

I was sitting at my XP30 (a now vintage synth) while Neilson was filling out the choruses of Couldn’t Be Happier with a mellotron. I could hear what he was doing so I was just playing along. During a lunch break I sat down at the piano and recorded with my phone the idea I was toying with. The following day on my drive back into the studio I listened to this short piece. Instrumental music is so generous, it allows us to commune with our own inner countries. But it does this other thing, it makes everything you observe feel like a ballet. While listening a police car blew by. Traffic lights blinked from green to red. The sky brought all its mood. I saw a woman running… And so we hunkered down and filled it out. It acts as that important quiet deep breath between I Walked Away and Couldn’t Be Happier.




from A Short Film for a Long Story, released October 30, 2020
Produced Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Recorded by Dylan Alldredge at Skinny Elephant (Nashville, TN)
Mixed by Neilson Hubbard at Mr. Lemons (Franklin, KY)
All Music Performed by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
All Songs Written by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Mastered by Hans DeKline


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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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