Ritch Spence

Ritch Spence

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandRockAdult Contemporary

Ritch Spence writes and performs modern progressive rock and instrumental music.

His unique style mixes virtuosic piano and guitar with cinematic backings and lyrics that can be read on many levels.

Shining through these layers however, is an unmistakeable touch for catchy choruses and pop hooks.

Biography

Ritch Spence

I’ve written music since I was first allowed on the piano and played my first gig when I was 12. I write constantly; lying in bed at night, on the piano at home and on the road with a guitar. I like words too; metaphor, double meanings, layers underneath layers and evocative imagery…I often start songs with words first and write music around them.

I was born in London, England, grew up in Yorkshire and studied a BA hons Music at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, although my mother and father taught me most of what I know today.

Other than music, my lifelong love is for novels and literature. The words of the writers I read while growing probably have as much influence on my sound and artistic direction as the bands I listened to...

…I like Tolstoy, Tolkien, Anne Rice, George Orwell, Philip Pullman and Dostoevsky...

...I also like REM, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, The Wildhearts, Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, The Wallflowers, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Debussy.

One of my dreams is to record and perform with an orchestra.

I became interested in music production while living in London in my early twenties and spent time working in two recording studios there. I soon wrote and recorded my debut album “Labyrinth Tracks in 2009, along with a suite of instrumental pieces.

I moved to the USA and became involved in the American musician business from 2007 onwards as a founding member of the Country-Rock group Emma King and the Heartsets. I also wrote songs for and produced the EKH debut album “Life Under Lights” in 2008, which received 5/5 and was described as ‘Stunning!” by Country music magazine Maverick.

Listeners often say my work sounds like ‘film music’.... come and see if you like it!

Lyrics

Go Home

Written By: R.Spence

The doctors say you’re free now; but you need to buy some clothes
Apparently there’s friends there who won’t let you go
But your energy is frozen, though they say you’ll start to learn
You’re thinking that you’re stranded, but the logic will return
Your lovers, martyrs and allies are given to the kids
But if you start to prosper you can reconsider this

Go home
Home, go home
Home, go home
Go home

How does it feel when a life is stripped away?
Like religiously converted in a hospital bay
You try to give it credence, a truth beneath it all
But if the barriers are imagined, then you start to fall
Imagining your enemies, imagining your friends
Imagining your memories to fit in with events
Imagining your conscience, imagining so long
Imagining an audience, then imagining this song

I sang a song today and you painted a picture
My friend designs a cathedral, and in it, someone preaches religion
I trust the satellites are off taking pictures of the moon
But it will take more than dinosaurs to stop my never-ending loop now baby

Go home
Home, home go home
Home, home go home
Go home

Heartset

Written By: R.Spence

You get your heart set then it takes a blow
You get your head set then it takes a blow
You wake up thinking of the saffron girl
You wake up presently

You lose you heart before the night is out
You lose you head before the night is out
You used to scream until your guts came out
You lost you guts

There’s something terrifying here and then she whispers in your ear
Singer Sweet
There’s something serious so near and then your heartset disappears
Singer Sweet

It’s cold inside the cell but burns like hell
It’s your punishment so it burns like hell
That’s too much thinking of the curled hair
That’s too much thinking

You shouldn’t start it if you lose your head
You start to notice what your sister says:
Only buy albums from a record store
Not singles, singles, singles

There’s something terrifying here and then she whispers in your ear
Singer Sweet
There’s something serious so near and then your heartset disappears
Singer Sweet
There’s something going on in here and then she whispers in your ear
Singer Sweet
There’s something going on in here and your heartset disappears
Singer Sweet

Untrue

Written By: R.Spence

Weather permitting I’m writing to you
My bottled up worthlessness jarring the blue
Laments, I meant, are not pleasing to you…
Untrue

It’s torture to change but people do
I thought all this time it was bound to be you
It wasn’t outrageous, they all thought it to
But it was untrue

You squirming, awkward, and you out of time
You read my informant and sealed with a sigh
I’m red towards you and cannot reconcile…
Untrue

It’s torture to change but people do
I thought all this time it was bound to be you
It wasn’t outrageous, they all thought it to
But it was untrue

Weather permitting I’m talking to you
Your bottled up worthlessness jarring the blue
You’re funny to me and now I’m pleasing to you…

It’s torture to change but people do
I thought all this time it was bound to be you
It wasn’t outrageous, they all thought it to
But it was untrue

Nails & Crosses

Written By: R.Spence

Every time I close my eyes
Every time I’ve got to laugh so I don’t cry
Every year I’m building stone by stone by stone
Every fear I laugh off except when I’m alone

So I’ve been thinking ‘bout this path (so long, so long)
I’ve been joking that I might just make it back
From a freezer where I’m cold and cold and cold
Funny feeling but I’m not feeling alone

What will she do with my box full of ashes?
Heated me up as they talked about the passion
And I’m not alone, not alone
It’s me and Walt Disney cutting our losses
Instead of getting fooled by the nails and the crosses
And I’m not alone, not alone

Now I can’t really decide (so long, so long)
Say “so long” to all that’s promised and untried
And I’m getting there just stone by stone by stone
It won’t be funny if I wake up alone

What will she do with my box full of ashes?
Heated me up as they talked about the passion
And I’m not alone, not alone
It’s me and Walt Disney cutting our losses
Instead of getting fooled by the nails and the crosses
And I’m not alone, not alone

What will they do with my box full of ashes?
Scatter me around or tie me with lashes?
Warming me up on top of the boxes?
Or thinking I’m a fool for the nails and the crosses?

Here’s to the freeze!
Here’s to the cold!
Instead of getting fooled by the nails and the crosses
Here’s to the freeze!
Here’s to the cold!
Instead of getting fooled by the nails and the crosses x4 – x/ “What will she do with my box full of ashes” in there…

I’m gonna freeze, instead of getting fooled by the nails and the crosses
Chorus

Labyrinth Track

Written By: R.Spence

Here’s the track that leads me home
It binds you until you’re fully grown
You’ve lost the tears you shed alone

I need my blindfold untying
I need my fingers untying

In this labyrinth I am crowned a king
I am crowned a king as I’m travelling
As I’m travelling in this labyrinth
In this labyrinth I’m unravelling

She meets me on the gravel path
And lays me down upon the grass
And sings the spinning wheel so fast

I need a cell to unwind in
I need to stop all this sighing

In this labyrinth I am crowned a king
I am crowned a king as I’m travelling
As I’m travelling in this labyrinth
In this labyrinth I’m unravelling

Wrong With Me?

Written By: R.Spence

There’s something in the air
Hold you fast and makes you stare, lady
There’s nothing wrong with
Turn my back and feel you scream, lady
There’s something in the air
I don’t buy that you don’t care
Keep you envies occupied and leave this shit to me

(chorus)
There’s nothing wrong with me
My green-eyed princess can’t you see?
There’s nothing wrong with me
I’m not a guilty lover can’t you see?

These memories from the past
Lay them down and they won’t last, lady
The vacuum in between
Tied you up and lassoed me, lady
The highway spread before
Batten down another door
You and me the only law
Leave all this to me

(chorus)

The highway spread before
Batten down another door
You and me the only law
Leave all this to me

There’s something in the air
Holds me fast and makes you care, lady
There’s nothing wrong with me
Turn my back and silence creeps, lady
There’s something in the air
I will try that you don’t care
Now I’ve introduced myself
Just leave the rest to me
(chorus)
There’s some thing in the air
There’s nothing wrong but you don’t care

Hummingbird & Tiger Teeth

Written By: R.Spence

In my mirror lies biting cats and birds upon my shoulder
I am capable of letting them go but I don’t want to lose hope
And I couldn’t choose each way

There’s a hummingbird in my hand
You hear it speaking in a language only I understand
Tigress has got my ankles in a tangle of words on a blissful day
And I couldn’t choose each way

I am the lying man, keeper of a gate that never opens
Guard of a foreign land, never been inside but I don’t want to lose hope
And I couldn’t choose each way

There’s a hummingbird in my hand
You hear it speaking in a language only I understand
Tigress has got my ankles in a tangle of words on a blissful day
And I couldn’t choose each way
That’s what I’d like to say
I couldn’t choose each way

That’s when the people setting fire to my world take hold….

I’ve been waiting ‘till I understand
Read so much Russian that you’d think I can
Tutors lecture on a fantasy
But no one contracts my reality
Little hummingbird and tiger teeth
Apricots and peaches, they’re all the same to me
Lying gatekeeper don’t want to be free
But it’s all the same to me

There’s a hummingbird in my hand
You hear it speaking in a language only I understand
Tigress has got my ankles in a tangle of words on a blissful day
And I couldn’t choose each way
That’s what I’d like to say
I couldn’t choose each way

Discography

"Labyrinth Tracks" (LP) 2009 - iTunes