Ryan Muddiman

Ryan Muddiman

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Ryan Muddiman is a Cincinnati based musician, intent on delivering intelligent, soulful, and heartfelt rock music. Lyrically, his music is personal without being self serving or oblivious to the outside world; thus creating songs that are accessible, heartfelt and honest.

Biography

Ryan Muddiman is a Cincinnati based musicican intent on delivering intelligent, soulful, and heartfelt rock music. Combining an array of influences and styles to successfully create music that is introspective yet observant. Lyrically, his music is personal without being self serving or oblivious to the outside world; thus creating songs that are accessible and honest.

Ryan honed his skills performing as a solo act that combined elements of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and soul. His style as a singer/songwriter embodies countless influences. Early on he was exposed to many great artists; everything from Nat King Cole, Jim Croce and the Beatles to Zeppelin, CSNY and the Doors; the variety was vast, to say the least. Later, he steeped himself in songwriters such as Prince, Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley and PJ Harvey. Like a true artist though, he is not relegated to simply mimicking those that came before; he draws from these influences and channels them to create a style all his own.

Appreciation for his music has garnered worldwide accolades: from Sweden to New Zealand , people are beginning to take notice of the music and the voice that has been called "music for your soul" and that has drawn serious comparisons to prolific singer/songwriters of a rare breed.

At times he can be found with a full band line-up of friends and/or hired guns, appearing under the name ~wake~

Lyrics

Novel

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

The tragedy of Truth,
liberate me. unburden me.
weightless.weightless.
Free.

The comedy of Lies,
interrogate me. question me.
chain me. chain me.
Bound.

The mystery of Life,
confound me. puzzle me.
wonder. wonder.
Hope.

The paradox of Love,
enamour me. consume me.
Hold me. Hold me.
Owned.

Forever's Too Long

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

Father to all, friend to none
Friend to none, that is, save one
Friend to the one who forgets
You never said that you wouldn't forget

It's best if perhaps we stayed away
And any harbored lust was kept at bay
At least an arms length away
On second thought why don't you stay

Everything feels so right at the time
It's only when we look back that we find
It's never as simple as we hoped it would be
Forever's Too Long for love never to be

Words are as hollow as blood is thick
As the thread of promise ravels quick
I suppose I could stay behind
And cling to a truth that you want me to find

Everything feels so right at the time
It's only when we look back that we find
It's never as simple as we hoped it would be
Forever's Too Long for love never to be

Lover Goodbye

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

Lover Goodbye

Lover goodbye, it burns to bring these words to fruition
But damn, lover, I've tried and even when I get you to listen..
You never seem to hear the words I say...so
Goodbye, Lover, Goodbye.

Afraid to ask why don't love me... afraid of your reply
Afraid you won't say "Of course I do"-afraid you'll tell me why...
That's why I have to say...
Goodbye, Lover, Goodbye

All the pleas in the world
would not happy boy make
If you've made up your mind
that's the truth I must take
but, before you throw your stones,
I just have to say...

I kissed you in your sleep last night, upon your cheek last night
you looked so peaceful lying there with my son by your side
Now it's hard to imagine, about what we would fight..
So Goodbye, Lover, Goodbye...

Sin City

Written By: Gram Parsons

This old town is filled with sin,
It'll swallow you in
If you've got some money to burn.
Take it home right away,
You've got three years to pay
But Satan is waiting his turn

This old earthquake's gonna leave me in the poor house.
It seems like this whole town's insane
On the thirty-first floor your gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain

The scientists say
It'll all wash away
But we don't believe any more
Cause we've got our recruits
And our green mohair suits
So please show you ID At the door.

A friend came around.
Tried to clean up this town,
His ideas made some people mad.
But he trusted his crowd,
So he spoke right out loud
And they lost the best friend they had

On the thirty-first floor your gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain

Damn

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

Damn, you’re beautiful
Damn your strength
Damn our bitter words
Damn our grief

& Damn what comes to pass
Damn how it can sting
& Damn my hurtful words
& Damn, damn me

Damn your sultry smile
Damn, what it does to me
Damn, how it can bring me down
to my damn knees

Damn my calling card
...it’s never my intent
to be so damn over bearing
Damn, you’d think I’d take the hint

Damn, if I hadn’t met you girl
Damn the thought of where I’d be
Damn the thought of growing old
...if you weren’t there by me

So damn girl, how I love you so
You should feel it to your core
There’s not another damn soul alive
damn…who could love another more

Burden

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

Where’s your faith?
Where’s your glory?
Where’s your friend when you’re needy?
Where’s the moral to your story?

How’s the world supposed to know
the truth of your Burden such a heavy load
for a bird in flight…?
Alarming noise for a soundless night

Where’s your lust,
Where’s your hunger
Where’s your passion when you want love
Beneath the(your) foot it’s trampled under

How’s the world supposed to know?
The truth of your Burden, such a heavy load
When arrows barbed with fire
Aim to pluck your eyes and close your hour…

Where’s your faith, where’s your love and your hunger and lust…
For your glory, desire and a friend you can trust
When we’re all at the gate and the pistol is fired
It’s never forethought to tire…

Strange and Beautiful

Written By: Ryan Muddiman

She knows who she is
even if
she doesn't know it
Her will to appear so dark
outside...
but her happiness
blows it
So contemplative as a child
I knew that you'd be
Knew that one day you'd be...

Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful,
you'll always be
Strange and Beautiful
to me

don't let 'em get ya down
all those dog-eyed men
with wicked ways
Keep your spirit 'mongst the crowd
of robots
of the commonplace
Keep doin' what you've done
up 'til now
and you'll always be
you'll have no choice but to be...

Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful,
you'll always be
Strange and Beautiful
to me

The kindness of your soul
and the charity
with which you grace
All who find themselves
in need
of a helping hand
or friendly face
Try to hide it at times
it's in vain
You've no choice but to be
You've no choice but to be

Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful,
you'll always be
Strange and Beautiful
to me

Discography

Greetings/Farewell ~ 3 song demo 2004
"Glimpse of Resolve" ~ 5 song ep 2007
Currently working on the long awaited, full length ~ "Resolve"

Currently working on full length album titled "Resolve".

Set List

Any of the following originals might be heard in a typical set:

Damn
Burden
Forever's Too long
Change
Doin' Fine
Hello Tomorrow
Don't Forget to Feel
Tired Town
Song For Tyler
Lover Goodbye
+many more

Cover's include:

Grace
Satisfied Mind
Folsom Prison Blues
Mercy, Mercy Me
I Shall Be Released
Heroes
Feelin' Good
Bleed
I Heard You Singing
One
Diamonds and Rust
Song To The Siren