I just finished a song I’ve been working on for 9 months.
FINISHING IS AWESOME AND IT’S TERRIFYING.
I haven’t released any music for a while so I’d like to catch up those of you who are wondering what’s next for me and my music.
Last year, my goal was to release a song a month for an entire year and compile all 12 of them into a single album. Shout out to Bruno Major! I wanted to find my sound and grow as a songwriter holistically.
I got four months in before burning out, but I learned so much along the way. I learned that not every song comes easy and that it takes time to make something beautiful.
Last year I took a year off from school to pursue music, save money, and get my head on straight. Living at home for a year was an enormous blessing. I didn’t have any major bills to pay, so I poured my resources into making the best music I could possibly make.
Things are a lot different now though. I moved out in June of 2018 and have been living with three other dudes. Well, four now. Anyways. It’s been grand. But I haven’t been able spend as much time in the studio, especially now that I’m back in school.
All that to say — this new song “Londonderry Road” means a lot to me and I’m so proud of it! There’s a simple complexity to it that I’m so stoked for you to hear. I want it to make you feel hopeful again.
To me, Londonderry Road is about feeling like you haven’t arrived anywhere yet. Like you’re constantly running in hope of Home. The longing we feel now is evidence of where we’re going later.
I’ve gone through so much transition this year. New job. New school. New apartment. And yet God is leaning in even when everything else feels uncertain.
LONDONDERRY ROAD BY RYAN LEE JONES (2/2019)
the light of morning comes
and I have left my home
the summer berries come and they go
on Londonderry Road
they told me I’d be okay
now I got nowhere left to stay
I know I'm skin and bones
but my Father’s got my soul
I’m almost Home
my blade is in the blood
of tension good enough
the calling and the cure
the artist on the floor
I’m almost Home
a song is in the trees
and I've been on my knees
I've almost caught the wind
my God is leaning in.