Karl Ruch

Karl Ruch

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KARL RUCH is a singer-songwriter from Asheville, NC whose pop-folk songs are influenced by the likes of David Gray, John Mayer, and David Wilcox. He has played for over 10K people over the U.S. and has shared the stage with folk icons such as Pierce Pettis, David Lamotte and Tom Kimmel.

Biography

"What strikes me first and most about Karl's music isn't its aural beauty or supple, subtle wit, though both are in ample supply, but its transparency. It seems to me the songs themselves are, as I know the man to be, inherently, sometimes unnervingly, truthful, their foundations firmly set in... And whether that kernel of truth concerns himself, his marriage, his journey through the wider world, or the God whose love he pursues, the simple and substantial reality of these thing comes to the fore.

I watch Karl perform with a strangely comforting mix of jealousy and awe. I'm reminded immediately of Brooks Williams, whose songs exhibit a kindred kind of stripped fullness: their simplicity is more beautiful than bare, a natural and welcome consequence of focused devotion to the task at hand. His ease with the instrument is unmistakable, and the degree to which our attention is quietly deflected into the song and the moment itself seems to me the hallmark of a true musician: the art itself is what captures our attentions, our affections, and the artist himself our late appreciation.

And that may well be the crux of the matter, the precedence and preeminence of the song: Karl's a talented player and a gifted writer, but it's his uncanny ability - his gift - to create music wherein neither craft outshines the happy junction, the moment of music enjoyed by him and us alike."

Lyrics

Galileo's Hope

Written By: Karl Ruch

David’s son has a telescope
Magellan’s eyes, and Galileo’s hope
every night, he’s in the hills
just looking for a sign

He told me once that he took a drive
a thousand miles north to the borderline
just to see and to feel the
northern lights ablaze in the sky
they were saying

Don’t be scared, don’t be afraid
I wouldn’t hurt you
don’t be scared of all that you see
don’t be scared, it’s only me
don’t be scared, just believe

You see, once he read in an ancient book
about a man who had saved the world
and who said, he’d come again
to make all wrongs things right

So David’s son, he is looking hard
towards the east, for the morning star
and in his heart, and in his eyes,
he’s waiting for the Sun to rise and say

Don’t be scared, don’t be afraid
I wouldn’t leave you
Don’t be scared of all that you see
Don’t be scared, it’s only me
Don’t be scared

For a thousand years is like a day
and a night is like a lifetime
and the fear you have inside
is that I won’t come at the right time

So don’t be scared, don’t be afraid
I won’t forget you
don’t be scared of all that you see
don’t be scared, it’s only me
don’t be scared, just believe
just believe

Falling All Together

Written By: Karl Ruch

Trees are casting down their golden crowns
So solemn and serene
Leaves are falling down, Floating to the ground
In autumn’s harmony
Glory as they die with a fire inside
Ev’ry brightly turning leaf
They are letting go as the winds they blow them free

They are falling all together
They are falling all together
They are falling all together
They have let go with their hands
They are falling all together
They are falling all together
They are falling all together
And they need a place to land

Adam turned to eve when they’d been deceived
And he opened up his hands
Said, “We’re dying now, and we’re falling down
And I don’t know where we’ll land
Snake is in the tree and this new disease
It is spreading like a flood
Blood is on our hands and the fate of man is done”

“We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We have let go with our hands
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
And we need a place to land”

Softly we will come to rest
Gently we bow down our heads

So it’s you and me giving thanksgiving
And we pray our souls to keep
'Cause we have all turned away and we must be saved
From falling down too deep
Praying, “God above, take us in your love
Before the winter storms begin
Bring the harvest home so we’re safely gathered in"

We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We have let go with our hands
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
We are falling all together
And we need a place to land

Softly we will come to rest
Gently we bow down our heads
Quiet as the autumn leaves
Faintly falling on our knees

Discography

"a long time coming" - released 2000
"World Without End" - released 2005