Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ryan Silverman - If Only In My Mind


I write about music because of the connection I am able to create with the artist and their work.  This connection is made generally because the artist is able to express a thought or feeling I am having difficulty doing.  Ryan Silverman has a knack of doing just that and he does it with such flair and panache that I feel like my original feeling has been upgraded to something less pedestrian and more "top shelf" as it were.

In his latest single, he talks about the things he's going to do with his true love but as luck would have it, he can only do these things because they aren't the two that are the two.  Be it distance, or incompatibility or just lack of availability  we all have had that moment where we see the perfect person and you immediately plan out the next ten years of your life and where your time share is going to be and how you are going to split the holidays, but those things are just things because in that same moment - they're gone.  He does all this to a funky Calypso/Latin  inspired beat and has created a very evocative video that expresses the longing and loneliness you can feel when you don't have that person.

I really like Ryan's music.  It's classy. It has a maturity to it that most popular music doesn't have. It's cabaret. It just makes you want to have your shoes polished and put on your best suit and have a night on the town.  He has an album in the works and with what I've heard so far, there is the potential to do something great and bring focus to a style of music that doesn't have much of a face to it.  I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next because it just keeps getting better and better.

p.s. the dance number at 1:30 is about the most adorable thing I've seen in a long time.