I’m writing this from my hotel bedroom in Melbourne ,Florida, as the sound of the waves crash against the shoreline through my balcony window…and I feel blessed to be alive, to have this job and to have great people in my life! I think when considering your great holiday of Thanksgiving the other day (in between the second and third football games!) it really dawned on me how important it is to step back sometimes and just realize how much we have to be thankful for.
And, I guess, this year has been one that I should give thanks for the most. Now my website has finally accompanied my debut album, I can sort of sit back and enjoy all your comments and reviews on my music and everything associated with it. I’ve said it so many times, but my main ambition with this album was to let people know who I was as a songwriter, what I felt important in songs and how certain subjects as we live our lives, can be dealt with in song. And for those comments I have received back, both from you personally, or through reviews on CDbaby.com, Itunes, or on the social networking sites, I am truly thankful and humbled. You have justified me taking this chance, letting you take a glimpse inside my world I suppose – but then you’re my friends – how could I not?!
With regards to the website (www.ryankellymusic.com), I really hope you are enjoying it. Of course, it is always a work in progress, so if you’ve anything you’d like to see, or are having problems with, just drop me a line and we’ll try our best to rectify it. We have just added lots of new items to the merchandise store (www.zazzle.com/ryankellymusic*), a lot of these were based on your requests – so I’m hoping along with all those copies of “In Time” you’ll be buying your friends and family for Christmas, you’ll find something else in there as well! ; )
Of course I couldn’t finish off without mentioning the news that broke yesterday about Paul leaving Celtic Thunder at the end of the tour. On a professional level, I am very sorry to see such an amazing performer leave our production. And I feel very lucky to have worked with him over the past three years. But, more importantly I guess, I’ll miss all his banter and craic as we’ve become such good friends since the first time in the studio when I heard him sing his part for “That’s A Woman” and I nearly turned and ran back to ask for my job back as an accountant! However, I’m totally excited for his solo career prospects and have no doubts this is just the start of a very successful chapter in his life.
So, I’ll bid you all farewell for now as our bus rolls on to Charlotte. The Christmas portion of the show has added a great new dimension and I’m looking forward to seeing some of your familiar faces at the last number of shows before we leave this great country again for another while! Remember to sing along with us! That’s what Christmas is all about!!