Anton's simple but mesmerizing music and his profound lyrics lay bare the nostalgic soul of what could be defined as modern folk music. Like a gentle drift back to the vocals of James Taylor, Roger Miller and John Denver, Anton Ryan's music is a compilation of heart and soul rather then intense sound and distracting screaming lyrics.
'Can I Have The Answer' describes the ultimate search, be it for answers, truth or self, it is in the searching that we find the real questions. 'Stillwaters' displays the knowledge that the choices we make are what bring us to the point we arrive at and that it is only within ourselves that we can find a way to change. 'Morning Sun' is the loving reflection each and everyday brings as the warming light reaches out. 'What's My Life' is a coming understanding of the darkness inside each heart and the guilt that realization presents. 'Wake Me' shows the fleeting time we have in life and the knowledge that life is to be lived.
Aside from Anton's powerful music and even more powerful vocals, described as "a strong howl of a voice" by Drum Media, Sydney Australia, he is also a great intellectual. On his website www.antonryan.com, Anton keeps a journal of sorts. Like a proverbial "fly on the wall" we can see into the grand intellect and catch perhaps a glimpse into the philosophic mind as it speaks more to itself then to the voyeuristic reader. Anton's journals read like a poetic diary entry but within one can see the inner workings and can understand more readily the heart and soul behind the lyrics. To close, there are artists who influence the way we think about life and ourselves, not to mention our place in life, Anton Ryan is one of these artists as well as being poet, philosopher and all around renaissance man. NORTHEAST IN-TUNE 2006
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