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๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†When a musical artist d...
05/14/2021

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

When a musical artist decides that music is his passion and works toward the pursuit of his goals, it's no secret that he or she has already been writing or composing material. Occasionally, some of that work resurfaces and becomes a highly meaningful addition to a new CD release.

๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด is just that song for Thomas Michael Riley. While the CD, ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ , is Riley's new release, track 6 is actually a seasoned cut that first appeared on a 2-song 45 rpm vinyl in 1991 from Misty Records. While most artists are remiss to release any of their early work in the hopes that more current music is 'better', this track shows that Riley started out a cut above the rest in his ability to use the written word to express emotions that all of us have felt at one time. His reflections on the sentiments of wishing that we could have far more of the good than the bad and have more time to enjoy the lighter side of life strike a cord in the hearts of those who have had to give up family time because they were called into work or have had very brief encounters with the happiness they seek only to have the proverbial rug pulled from under them in short order. We all know that when we are on vacation, away from the trivial and trying, those days seem to rush by and suddenly we are back at work where, at times, we swear the clock is ticking backwards.

The song seems almost biographical in a sense - an aspiring Texas singer/songwriter who holds down a day job as a high school English teacher in the very rigid world of public education and then goes out to play shows on the weekends; his summer vacation is over before he knows it and he did not get the time with his family that he really wanted before he is back in the building prepping for a new year. This is perhaps the most reflective tune on the CD, and that sentiment provides the listener with a deeper understanding of the writer. The other tunes lift us up and express a tone of thanks for the support Riley has received in his efforts throughout the years. He has had a wonderful opportunity to become someone we want to continually hear and connect with, and after hearing this one, we know more of the background and what drives his music to be as endearing as it is.

Highly reminiscent of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ from the CD ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ฎ, ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด opens with a simple guitar medley and brings to light more of the 'man' that is Thomas Michael. The most striking feature of the song's sound comes from the vocal ranges that Riley covers. Much of the song is in his familiar baritone, but the 'lows' are his chance to dip into a true bass note not often heard. It adds more meaning to the end of each phrase and the overall tone of the song - we can go from such glorious highs to some very deep lows in short order. The music maintains a steady volume and traditional sound for Riley, and it works well as it leaves the listener more likely to focus on the words being sung.

๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด is the final track on the new CD, ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ , available Friday, May 14. Get your CD or download the new tracks and enjoy the personal reflections of each song, the motivation to keep pushing forward, and a heartfelt thank you from Thomas Michael Riley for supporting him throughout the years.

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

When a musical artist decides that music is his passion and works toward the pursuit of his goals, it's no secret that he or she has already been writing or composing material. Occasionally, some of that work resurfaces and becomes a highly meaningful addition to a new CD release.

๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด is just that song for Thomas Michael Riley. While the CD, ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ , is Riley's new release, track 6 is actually a seasoned cut that first appeared on a 2-song 45 rpm vinyl in 1991 from Misty Records. While most artists are remiss to release any of their early work in the hopes that more current music is 'better', this track shows that Riley started out a cut above the rest in his ability to use the written word to express emotions that all of us have felt at one time. His reflections on the sentiments of wishing that we could have far more of the good than the bad and have more time to enjoy the lighter side of life strike a cord in the hearts of those who have had to give up family time because they were called into work or have had very brief encounters with the happiness they seek only to have the proverbial rug pulled from under them in short order. We all know that when we are on vacation, away from the trivial and trying, those days seem to rush by and suddenly we are back at work where, at times, we swear the clock is ticking backwards.

The song seems almost biographical in a sense - an aspiring Texas singer/songwriter who holds down a day job as a high school English teacher in the very rigid world of public education and then goes out to play shows on the weekends; his summer vacation is over before he knows it and he did not get the time with his family that he really wanted before he is back in the building prepping for a new year. This is perhaps the most reflective tune on the CD, and that sentiment provides the listener with a deeper understanding of the writer. The other tunes lift us up and express a tone of thanks for the support Riley has received in his efforts throughout the years. He has had a wonderful opportunity to become someone we want to continually hear and connect with, and after hearing this one, we know more of the background and what drives his music to be as endearing as it is.

Highly reminiscent of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ from the CD ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ฎ, ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด opens with a simple guitar medley and brings to light more of the 'man' that is Thomas Michael. The most striking feature of the song's sound comes from the vocal ranges that Riley covers. Much of the song is in his familiar baritone, but the 'lows' are his chance to dip into a true bass note not often heard. It adds more meaning to the end of each phrase and the overall tone of the song - we can go from such glorious highs to some very deep lows in short order. The music maintains a steady volume and traditional sound for Riley, and it works well as it leaves the listener more likely to focus on the words being sung.

๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด is the final track on the new CD, ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ , available Friday, May 14. Get your CD or download the new tracks and enjoy the personal reflections of each song, the motivation to keep pushing forward, and a heartfelt thank you from Thomas Michael Riley for supporting him throughout the years.

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† & ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€Anyone who has spe...
05/14/2021

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† & ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Anyone who has spent any time listening to Thomas Michael Riley knows that, while most of his songs have a deeper meaning and often a lesson, there will be at least one on an album that is meant as a more light-hearted and upbeat tune. Even better than the tunes are the stories that go with them. His recollection of the writing process for ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ from the ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ CD is a personal favorite: "I was down on 6th Street and saw a young lady in a bar who just got her belly button pierced...I was watching her and she slapped me and said stop staring. I told her I was writing a song". ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ, the 5th track on the new ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™  CD, is 'that song' for the new album. The story of 2 people who connected over their love of dancing and dirty martinis is a fun tune with some outstanding musical depth. The song leans more 'traditional country' than some of Riley's other tunes and is reminiscent of the country music of our youth. The pageant title in the first line - Oatmeal Queen from Bertram, Texas - is a real title. The Oatmeal Festival is held annually as a fundraiser for scholarships to benefit local seniors, and the pageant is held prior to the festival to decide the festival royalty who will act as ambassadors for the event. Riley describes her stature in detail, contrasting it with the 'farm-fed boy' she connects with, calling them Beauty and the Beast. The descriptions lend credit to many pairs often seen in dance halls around the state.

As the song progresses, the two took their more public interactions to a more private setting, still later connecting over another round of dirty martinis. The two appear to have a connection, but the ultimate direction of their relationship is purposefully left open-ended.

๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ is a fun song among a collection of heartfelt personal messages on the new ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™  CD and will provide an amusing diversion, and will likely be quite the boot-scuffer live. Get all 6 songs from Thomas Michael Riley Music on the new CD, available Friday, May 14.

Want to win a copy? Answer the question below. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing for your very own copy!

What are the ingredients in a 'dirty' martini?

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† & ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Anyone who has spent any time listening to Thomas Michael Riley knows that, while most of his songs have a deeper meaning and often a lesson, there will be at least one on an album that is meant as a more light-hearted and upbeat tune. Even better than the tunes are the stories that go with them. His recollection of the writing process for ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ from the ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ CD is a personal favorite: "I was down on 6th Street and saw a young lady in a bar who just got her belly button pierced...I was watching her and she slapped me and said stop staring. I told her I was writing a song". ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ, the 5th track on the new ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™  CD, is 'that song' for the new album. The story of 2 people who connected over their love of dancing and dirty martinis is a fun tune with some outstanding musical depth. The song leans more 'traditional country' than some of Riley's other tunes and is reminiscent of the country music of our youth. The pageant title in the first line - Oatmeal Queen from Bertram, Texas - is a real title. The Oatmeal Festival is held annually as a fundraiser for scholarships to benefit local seniors, and the pageant is held prior to the festival to decide the festival royalty who will act as ambassadors for the event. Riley describes her stature in detail, contrasting it with the 'farm-fed boy' she connects with, calling them Beauty and the Beast. The descriptions lend credit to many pairs often seen in dance halls around the state.

As the song progresses, the two took their more public interactions to a more private setting, still later connecting over another round of dirty martinis. The two appear to have a connection, but the ultimate direction of their relationship is purposefully left open-ended.

๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ is a fun song among a collection of heartfelt personal messages on the new ๐™๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ญ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™  CD and will provide an amusing diversion, and will likely be quite the boot-scuffer live. Get all 6 songs from Thomas Michael Riley Music on the new CD, available Friday, May 14.

Want to win a copy? Answer the question below. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing for your very own copy!

What are the ingredients in a 'dirty' martini?

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†In the various albums and songs I...
05/13/2021

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

In the various albums and songs I have heard and written reviews for, few have had lyrics that captured my attention more than Track 4 of the new Thomas Michael Riley Music CD, ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ. The gospel-leaning tune evokes the duality of the Christian 'man' - born once to a man and woman and then born again into the Christian faith through the commitment of his life to Christ. Riley has never been shy about using religious themes throughout his music. His 2009 CD ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ is a 10-song compilation of Riley's most spiritual songs. His faith is scattered throughout other album cuts and he is not shy about discussing his beliefs from the stage.

๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is a smooth tune with emotional lyrics that describe a man who realizes where his true passion and power lie. He understands that he can do the greatest tasks - "I can move mountains; conquer my fears" - but also has the deep capacity for the gentlest help - "Bring hope to the weary, wipe away tears". Anyone of the Christian faith will quickly recognize the tenets of rebirth in the Lord and the strength of spirit that comes with allowing a Higher Power to provide inspiration and endurance. The song's use of "blood and the water" hearken to a variety of verses in the Holy Bible. One in particular, John 7:38, is symbolically referenced in the bridge, "Like a river that rages on when the rains keep falling; that river runs through my veins". In the Bible verse, Jesus proclaims "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." The last line of the bridge, "Thunder keeps calling, calling", might provide the listener with a thought of an ever-increasing storm; however, in Psalm 29:3, David writes "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The Lord is over many waters", reminding us that even in the most raging storm, God is still watching over us and empowering us to navigate the rough waters and thrive in Him.

In this writer's opinion, ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is one of the most inspiring songs Riley has recorded. It is full of heart, personal revelation, and a soul-stirring sound that will draw even the most passive listener in.

๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is track 4 on the new Thomas Michael Riley CD ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. The new album drops Friday, May 14. Don't miss it!

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช - ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— - ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

In the various albums and songs I have heard and written reviews for, few have had lyrics that captured my attention more than Track 4 of the new Thomas Michael Riley Music CD, ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ. The gospel-leaning tune evokes the duality of the Christian 'man' - born once to a man and woman and then born again into the Christian faith through the commitment of his life to Christ. Riley has never been shy about using religious themes throughout his music. His 2009 CD ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ is a 10-song compilation of Riley's most spiritual songs. His faith is scattered throughout other album cuts and he is not shy about discussing his beliefs from the stage.

๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is a smooth tune with emotional lyrics that describe a man who realizes where his true passion and power lie. He understands that he can do the greatest tasks - "I can move mountains; conquer my fears" - but also has the deep capacity for the gentlest help - "Bring hope to the weary, wipe away tears". Anyone of the Christian faith will quickly recognize the tenets of rebirth in the Lord and the strength of spirit that comes with allowing a Higher Power to provide inspiration and endurance. The song's use of "blood and the water" hearken to a variety of verses in the Holy Bible. One in particular, John 7:38, is symbolically referenced in the bridge, "Like a river that rages on when the rains keep falling; that river runs through my veins". In the Bible verse, Jesus proclaims "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." The last line of the bridge, "Thunder keeps calling, calling", might provide the listener with a thought of an ever-increasing storm; however, in Psalm 29:3, David writes "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The Lord is over many waters", reminding us that even in the most raging storm, God is still watching over us and empowering us to navigate the rough waters and thrive in Him.

In this writer's opinion, ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is one of the most inspiring songs Riley has recorded. It is full of heart, personal revelation, and a soul-stirring sound that will draw even the most passive listener in.

๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ is track 4 on the new Thomas Michael Riley CD ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. The new album drops Friday, May 14. Don't miss it!

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช โ€“ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— โ€“ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†The third track on the u...
05/13/2021

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช โ€“ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— โ€“ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

The third track on the upcoming CD release from Thomas Michael Riley Music is the only song on the album not written or co-written by Thomas Michael Riley. Instead, the song was written by rapper and soul artist Michael Franti along with JP Bowman. The song is an upbeat and uplifting reminder to look up when all we want to do is look down at our problems. Following a similar vein of "Tommy", "Get Back Up and Ride" and "Raise 'Em High", the easy lyrics tell us that, when we are feeling low and alone, that we still need to have faith in one another and offer that hand of support. Riley writes "Even though I fumble and fall, don't let it go", telling us in no uncertain terms that, sure, we may all "mess up" when we are trying to help lift someone's spirits, but at least we ARE trying to help. This past year has been a big example of how so many of us have offered to lend a hand, an ear, and our time to those around us feeling lost and isolated, and this song captures that mood succinctly. The song is the proverbial "lemons to lemonade" tune, except that the musicality of it adds that squeeze of lime and shot of tequila that we all have come to love about Riley's music. The extra flavor to the sound comes from the addition of piano, played by Doug Carter, a Nashville session player who just recently was added to the roster for Lee Greenwood's latest tour.

When asked why Riley included a song on this album that does not have his name in the writer credits and why he chose a Michael Franti composition, he said that he and Franti are "kindred spirits." "He approaches life the way I do - with one eye on the greatness of what can be and the other eye on how we can help get all of us there." The end of the song sums that statement up clearly: "And when the sun comes up, you that I'll be there for you". Riley has been such a big part of so many singers/songwriters' lives, whether through invitation to play at his annual Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival in Luckenbach or through inspiration from his own story - a high school teacher who found a passion for music and had to work hard to make a name for himself in the circuit. Riley recognizes those who have helped him and pays that help forward whenever he can.

Get your copy of the new Texas Six Pack CD at the CD release party on Friday, May 14, 2021 at The Back Porch - Port Aransas, at the annual TMR Music Festival in June, online via your favorite music service, or from Riley's website, www.thomasmichaelriley.com

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช โ€“ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต
๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—— โ€“ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†

The third track on the upcoming CD release from Thomas Michael Riley Music is the only song on the album not written or co-written by Thomas Michael Riley. Instead, the song was written by rapper and soul artist Michael Franti along with JP Bowman. The song is an upbeat and uplifting reminder to look up when all we want to do is look down at our problems. Following a similar vein of "Tommy", "Get Back Up and Ride" and "Raise 'Em High", the easy lyrics tell us that, when we are feeling low and alone, that we still need to have faith in one another and offer that hand of support. Riley writes "Even though I fumble and fall, don't let it go", telling us in no uncertain terms that, sure, we may all "mess up" when we are trying to help lift someone's spirits, but at least we ARE trying to help. This past year has been a big example of how so many of us have offered to lend a hand, an ear, and our time to those around us feeling lost and isolated, and this song captures that mood succinctly. The song is the proverbial "lemons to lemonade" tune, except that the musicality of it adds that squeeze of lime and shot of tequila that we all have come to love about Riley's music. The extra flavor to the sound comes from the addition of piano, played by Doug Carter, a Nashville session player who just recently was added to the roster for Lee Greenwood's latest tour.

When asked why Riley included a song on this album that does not have his name in the writer credits and why he chose a Michael Franti composition, he said that he and Franti are "kindred spirits." "He approaches life the way I do - with one eye on the greatness of what can be and the other eye on how we can help get all of us there." The end of the song sums that statement up clearly: "And when the sun comes up, you that I'll be there for you". Riley has been such a big part of so many singers/songwriters' lives, whether through invitation to play at his annual Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival in Luckenbach or through inspiration from his own story - a high school teacher who found a passion for music and had to work hard to make a name for himself in the circuit. Riley recognizes those who have helped him and pays that help forward whenever he can.

Get your copy of the new Texas Six Pack CD at the CD release party on Friday, May 14, 2021 at The Back Porch - Port Aransas, at the annual TMR Music Festival in June, online via your favorite music service, or from Riley's website, www.thomasmichaelriley.com

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Running the back roads of the Texas Hill Country gets me thinking...what songs are a 'must play' about our amazing state? Mine are these: Gary P. Nunn - Road Trip Gary P. Nunn - What I Like About Texas Dan Johnson - This Is How We Texas Tell me some more!
We like the same music! Great job!!