Ry Moran

Ry Moran

BandFolkRock

Ry is a blend of the best of the Canadian roots: the heart and soul of our native peoples, the lyrics of Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen and the timeless guitars of Neil Young.

Biography

Official Bio

"I wonder if I'm, born at the Right Time" asks Ry in the chorus of his first single Right Time. If the intial response to Groundwater is any indication, then Ry is born at the Right Time, and people want to hear what he has to say.

Dubbed "just plain excellent" by Amie Street.com, a popular online music store, number 1 at CKMS 100.3 in Waterloo, #3 on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown, nominated at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards and a showcase performer at Canadian Music Week and New Music West, Ry is rapidly making an impact on the Canadian Music scene.

Listening to the album, it is clear that Ry is profoundly moved by the times he is living in, and compelled to right about them. Be it the environment, aboriginal-alities or good old fashioned love, Ry attacks these topics with a sincerity, passion and honesty seldom heard in music today.

When preparing the record this album, Ry searched high and low for a producer. He eventually met JB Eckl, most well known for his work with Santana and Ozomatli. The two quickly became good friends, spending time drifting about the ocean on Ry's small boat discussing the project. In the end, the pair co-wrote the album, each adding their unique style and flavor to the project.

In the final line of Right Time Ry sings "Something tells me that I'm, born at the right time...how can you question desintiny." If the initial response to Groundwater is any indication, then perhaps there is a bit of destiny involved in all of this. '

WORKSHOP BIO

Ry Moran is an accomplished speaker, MC and workshop host. "Teaching is a fundamental love of mine...It is who I am" says Ry.

Ry's background ranges from giving the Keynote address at High School Graduations to hosting and
MC 'ing large corporate and aboriginal events.

Always keen to give back to the communities that have supported him, Ry teaches ongoing workshops in Songwriting, Recording, the Music Business and the Creative process across Canada.

His workshops are known for their relaxed but professional atmosphere where participants feel at total ease. "Ry's workshop was the highlight of my year" are often heard comments.

Ry is always willing to put on a special event or work with the local promoter to create a unique, dynamic and engaging workshop applicable to the local community.

Feel free to contact Ry...the next workshop is just a quick email away.

Lyrics

Right Time

Written By: Ry Moran and Jb Eckl

Old great uncle used to tell
Of the land he knew so well
Not too far from here but long ago

He said boy you shoulda seen
When there were salmon
In the streams
To where you couldn't see
The water flow

He used to speak with so much pride
Of forests deep and rivers wide
It's just another world to me
To me

And I wonder if I'm
Born at the Right Time
There's not much left for me to see

And I wonder if I'm
Born at the Right Time
Stuck at the end of history

I drive down the interstate
Trains besde me haulin' freight
They say half the fun is getting there

Don't care where the offramps go
Just the brand names that I know
And I guess I could be anywhere

I wonder how it must have been
For a young man way back then
So close to everything alive
Alive

And I wonder if I'm
Born at the Right Time
There's not much left for me to see

And I wonder if I'm
Born at the Right Time
Stuck at the end of history

Old Uncle you and your old days are gone, I can't go back with you
What I am supposed to do

I saw a child look up and smile at me
As if to say
For me you've got to pray
For me you've got to stay
For me you've got today

And something tells me that I'm
Born at the Right Time
There's so much left for me to be

Something tells me that I'm
Born at the right time
Standing at the edge of destiny

How can you question destiny?

Humanity

Written By: Ry Moran and Jb Eckl

I'm just a blade of grass on the plain
And I could go on about it all day
Gracefully waving
My bright sleeves of green
I'd be the best blade of grass
You've ever seen

But I could forget as blessed as I am
The size of this valley
Within which I stand
And however handsome
My dance ith the wind
I dance not on my own
But will all of my kin

I'm just a drop of water so clear
If not for the rain
Not a soul would live here
And there will be treasures
To reap with your hands
Should you be so lucky
To live where I land

But as I descend it all will depend
On how fate should choose
To deal to me my end
To be a lone droplet
That fades with the dew
Or join a great wave
In an ocean of blue

Therein lies the beauty
Therein lies the joy
Of waters and grasses
And proud Metis boys
It's all fine and well
Being special you see
But what makes us one
Is our Humanity

Dreams of Grey

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

Well I tried it again today
Writing down what I needed to say
We've been through this before
You find it all a bore
And none of this will reach your door
Anyway

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey

I could stand in the rain and wait
Like a shadow in front of your gate
You might ask me to stop
You might go to the cops
But you might just for one instant
Hesitate

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey

I see this movie
Where our eyes will meet
Passing on the street
And time will freeze
Until you understand
Understand
Understand

We can't live in the past
This verse will be the last
That is I guess
Unless there's still some way

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey

Nothing to say my love
I gave it away my love
One shining day my love
We'll wake from dreams of grey
Dreams of Grey
Dream of Grey

Waterloo

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

Napoleon led his army to the sea
Waging wars of glory
For God and country
You and me

And all the kings horses
And all the kings men
Went down to their graves
Went down to their graves
For him

When will you meet your Waterloo
When will you meet your Waterloo
Meet your Waterloo

Columbus sailed
Sailed his ships for distant shores
Filled with brave men
Eager to explore the great outdoors

And through the woods they came
And they burned it all away
A hundred nations laid to ruin
And we all know what they were doin’

When will you meet your Waterloo
When will you meet your Waterloo
When will you meet your Waterloo
Meet your Waterloo

And it’s not any mystery
And it’s not ancient history
It’s in the dirt your standing on
The tradition lives on!

When will you meet your Waterloo
When will you meet your Waterloo
When will you meet your Waterloo
Meet your Waterloo

Feel You Here

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

To those souls who’ve passed
Whose world didn’t last
We’re here to sing your song
‘Cause although you may be gone

I feel you here
I feel you here
I feel you here

To the trees and to the sea
You’ve been brought to your knees
And I can’t figure out
Just how we’ll live without

I feel you here
I feel you here
I feel you here

And still this fire burns
And there’s lessons yet to be learned
Until these flames die down
Your spirit is here in our sound
And to you I call
Catch us as we fall

I feel you here
I feel you here
I feel you here

Buffalo

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

Buffalo
Out on the plains
I hear you callin’
My name

And how can I explain
What really happened
In those days
In those days

‘Cause when that cold wind blows
That drivin’ snow
When I feel it in my bones
That all we know
Could end like the buffalo

Standin’ on the old runnin’ grounds
There’s only silence where thunder used to sound
I see the ghosts of a million before
I hear them knockin’, knockin at my door
At my door

‘Cause when that cold wind blows
That drivin’ snow
When I feel it in my bones
That all we know
Could end like the buffalo

And in my mind I still ride those plains
All day and through the night
And I still see you runnin’
Beneath that full moon in the sky

So Buffalo may you run
Buffalo may you run
Buffalo may you run
Until this sadness is undone

No Good Reason

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

I've never been to Rome
At least the one in Texas
I never really wanted to
But if it sounds good to you

Put the wagon on the road
We'll see how far it gets us
Breaking down together
Seems like something good to do

You got my tapes, I got your smile
So honey let's just roam awhile

And we could celebrate the changing of the season
And propose a toast to Wednesday afternoon
And we could dedicate the day for no good reason
For no good reason, for no good reason at all

We'll drive on through the night
Until we feel like stopping
Make love with the sunrise
And then we'll be long gone

We'll eat some diner fries
I'll even drink the coffee
The taste will be like heaven babe
As long as we're still on

You get the tip, I'll get the check
And pop some Credence in the deck

And we could celebrate the changing of the season
And propose a toast to Wednesday afternoon
And we could dedicate the day for no good reason
For no good reason, for no good reason at all

We'll see the Eiffel Tower
At least the one in in Vegas
And then it's 5 more hours to the streets of Venice

Red River

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

There’s an endless sky above me
Bigger than the skies I’ve known
It’s a long way from the evergreens
But I feel I’m not alone

We were scattered to the Prairie wind
Left to wander far and wide
Telling stories of what might have been
And the home we were denied

Red River wind along
Through memory and song
Red River I’ve been gone, it’s true
But it could be said
My blood runs red with you

Fields of yellow stretch in front of me
As far as I can see
There are men and dreams still buried here
Like so many mustard seeds

If I stand here silent long enough
Will I find the strength I need

Red River wind along
Through memory and song
Red River I’ve been gone, it’s true
But it could be said
My blood runs red with you

Red River wind along
Through memory and song
Red River I’ve been gone, it’s true
But it should be said
My blood runs red with you

Butterfly

Written By: Ry Moran and JB Eckl

Goin’ away
For how long I cannot say
But here I will wait
Just to see you again

You could take me with you
In the back of your mind
Unless what you need
Is just to leave it all behind

Voyage on
My sweet butterfly
Spread your wings
And Fly High

Let the wind blow you
Wherever it may
Cast your sails
And sail away

Little things
Songs we used to sing
There are no bracelets and no rings
By the mirror

And wherever you may roam
So far away from home
I hope you’re safe and warm
‘Course it’s not for me to know

Voyage on
My sweet butterfly
Spread your wings
And Fly High

Let the wind blow you
Wherever it may
Cast your sails
And Sail away

After all is said and done
Can I still be the one
To hold you each and every night
Through all the pain, through all the fights
Pick you up when you are blue
Oh Darlin’
It’s you

Voyage on
My sweet butterfly
Spread your wings
And Fly High

Let the wind blow you
Wherever it may
Cast your sails
And sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away

Discography

Groundwater: Full length album.
Released 2007
# 1 album at CKMS 100.3 Waterloo
"Right Time" # 3 on the National
Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown
Recieveing commerical and
community airplay
Nominated Best Songwriter -
Aboriginal 2007 Canadian Folk Music
Awards

Ry Moran: Released 2004
6 Song Ep
Winner of Pierre Falcon Award for
Artistic Achievement

Set List

Different arrangements of songs to meet crowd. Can do many different versions of songs including stripped down solo performances to full band plus strings