Sean Ryder 14


Worcester, US   Jan 2014  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, The Civil Wars, Sarah Jarosz, R.L. Burnside, Pete Seeger, Willy Tea Taylor, Aaron Embry, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Anais Mitchell, Eddie Vedder, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson

A man of many hats. Old enough to know better, but foolish enough not to care. Playing genre-crossing music in and around New England. My real name is Sean Ryder and I work in Worcester, MA... pronounced "wistah" by the locals. πŸ˜€

2019 will be my fifth FAWM. My goal for this year is to stretch my limits as a songwriter. Outside of my comfort zone. Maybe electric guitars?

Please check out my various and sundry musical doings, and come to a show if you find yourself in Massachusetts:

Songs (14)


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  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 7

    Thank you for commenting on my song "Doll", I appreciate the listen!

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 5

    Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Move On", I appreciate the listen!

  • @itoarazi Feb 28

    YES, my friend!! You got to 14! Way to go!

    Thanks for your comments and support. You are one of three reasons I joined FAWM in the first place (another being the need for a muse, and the third not being able to FAWM this year, sadly)!!

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 25

    Yay!!!! Congrats on your win! You're amazing! So glad you stuck with it.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 25

  • @paiyatamu  Feb 25

    Thank you for you kind comments on my Karen Carpenter tribute. She had an amazing voice and I'm glad we live in a time where her music has been preserved with excellent acoustic fidelity. Timeless.

  • @tseaver  Feb 24

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my songs. You asked about the background responses in the verses: those are me, imagining the subject's comments, with all the highs and lows rolled off ("telephone effect").

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 23

    At this rate you're gonna finish before I do! (glad you're in all the way.)

  • @estheraleida Feb 22

    Thanks a lot for your kind words on 'the sound of a writers block'

  • @sunnymae  Feb 21

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on I can love you for today. I'm glad you were touched by the chorus. One of those songs that came down real quick. You know those!

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 21

    You're on fire! You can make it to 14, I know it! (with good songs, too!)

  • @mikeb Feb 20

    Thanks for the listen and comment on 'We Used to Sing'.

  • @hanke7 Feb 20

    Thank you for your kind comments

  • @davewermers Feb 19

    Thanks for your comments on "Someone To Love". I appreciate taking the time to listen.

  • @wearedinosaurs Feb 18

    Thanks for the kind words! I've posted the lyrics, should've done that right away but I get a bit embarrassed

  • @misterd Feb 18

    Thanks for listening and the kind comments on my blues song ' Just another day in Paradise '- I appreciate it . Thankyou !

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 18

    Thanks for your kind comment on β€˜Orion’ . Looking forward to hearing your tunes! 🌟

  • @mishykatz  Feb 18

    Thank you for the listen and comment on "Gettin Over You" much appreciated!!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 18

    Thank you so much fpr you kind comment on Bosses song

  • @clioem Feb 18

    Hey, thanks! Yes, it's a bowed guitarlele - the top three strings are nylon and the bottom three are wound nylon/steel. I amplified some of the metallic sound through an amp modeler in GB, actually 😁 Neat trick eh? I also designed a separate EQ and reverb for each track, I think that helped keep it moody <3

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 17

    Hmm. Of those options I think I'd choose "All I got left is this rhyme," because it at last goes with the concepts of the rest of the chorus (Coming around here with words), and self-referentially pokes at the fact that you're writing a song about this -- AND fits with the "used up all my rhymes" for the last chorus.

    But the thing that's really helped me this FAWM (that for some reason I haven't been able to do previously) is when I bang my head against a line that isn't working, I go back and change the reason I got stuck with that line/rhyme in the first place -- it's not clear that "I heard them words a thousand times" is so essential that you need it in exactly that form -- figure out what you want the last line to be and then retrofit a second line to it.

    My two cents. Feel free to ignore!

  • @theodamus Feb 17

    Hey thanks so much for the lovely comment! I'm glad it made you smile 😁

  • @rustyp Feb 17

    I'm a Reaper guy too.

    Sounds GREAT! πŸ˜€

  • @rustyp Feb 17

    Hey Sean,
    Thanks for your kind words about "Call you Beautiful." First of all, complete and full disclosure, the mic is actually an sm58, but people swear they're the same thing on the inside. either way, I've been really pleased with what I'm getting with it.

    And thanks for your comment on my lyric. I've been working really hard this year on writing good lyrics and listening to good lyrics and trying to open myself up to say mundane things in striking ways if at all possible. πŸ˜€

  • @dani312 Feb 17

    Thanks so much for the generous feedback on Nowhere to Go!

  • @lain Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your words about Glassbox and Encounter - I appreciate your listen and I am happy that you liked the songs! πŸ˜€ Today I uploaded my first German one within this FAWM πŸ˜€ Greets from Germany πŸ˜‰

  • @jnatiw  Feb 15

    Thanks for the listen, Sean!

  • @mikeb Feb 15

    Thanks for the comment on 'Bridges', 2 chords is actually quite challenging - nowhere to go except to the other chord!

  • @davewermers Feb 14

    Thanks for your comments on "Burned". I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

  • @wistah  Feb 11

    Sorry folks! I got off to a slow start thanks to some work responsibilities that took me out of town, but I'm back and I'm ready to party! I'll be cranking all your tunes in my office starting tomorrow πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Feb 10

    You're here! 😊🀘

  • @ductapeguy Feb 10

    Yay. You made it to FAWM. I've been wondering if you would be here this year.

  • @jyllian Feb 9

    Where ya been friend?

  • @theresaj  Feb 2019

    I came hoping to hear some music...I’ll check back!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2019

    And to a fellow farmer from the same starting year , hello from sunny Thailand . Can’t wait to hear your stuff . If I manage anything it may involve sea noises !!

  • @mikegtz  Jan 2019

    On your mark, get set......GO!

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @marthie Jan 2019

    Happy FAWMing 2019.
    Looking forward to hear what you come up with this February.
    I am planning to focus on songs for Easter in this year’s FAWM.
    Let’s play, write and listen!🎢🎢🎢🎢
    MarthieNel- #WOmanOnFire

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2019

    Welcome back! Have an awesome FAWM!!!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2019

    Hey Sean! Happy Fawming! (And most def bust out the electric guitar. I have a new Gretsch hollowbody that will be heavily featured this year. Can't wait!)

  • @mikeb Jan 2019

    Hi Sean, just joined FAWM for the first time!

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2019

    Hey Sean! 😊

  • @chariotbaldwin  Jan 2019

    Welcome to 2019 - looking forward to seeing your stuff this year. Let me know if I can help you stretch your comfort zone
    Good luck!

  • @the3queens  Jan 2019

    Let's do the damn thing!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2019

    Always happy to see you back in the arms of FAWM!! Play your heart out.