Biggest Sky

by Gary Ruschman

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Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears, while we all sup sorrow with the poor. There's a song that will linger forever in our ears; Oh, hard times come again no more. Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, hard times, hard times, come again no more. Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh, hard times come again no more. There's a pale sorrow maiden who toils her life away, with a worn heart whose better days are o'er: Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day, Oh, hard times come again no more. Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave, tis a wail that is heard upon the shore. Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave; Oh, hard times come again no more. Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, hard times, hard times, come again no more. Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh, hard times come again no more.
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Wild 04:10
I was tired Tired of being alone Frightened to pick up my Phone line I was cryin' Scared. Scared of my feelings inside Trying to make up my mind Since you Came in view Wild: Thrilled just to be here with you Dying to tell you the truth, that I love your smile. High: Can’t understand what it means Hoping it's more than it seems That you feel it too! Now I'm styled Walking with you at my side Knowing there's no need to hide From this, your kiss. Now, now it’s so easy to see Easy to see how you matter, How you’re so able to flatter It’s how much you matter to me. How you thrill me, Always will be Yours forever together Wild: Thrilled just to be here with you Now I can tell you the truth, that I love your smile. High: I’ve never felt so alive I never knew I could fly Make me feel free as a child Oh, babe: you drive me Wild ©2018 Gary Ruschman (ASCAP)
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Mercy 03:24
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Desire 05:47
She has never traveled down this road But believes that she’s got it right She only needs a trigger to take flight Her only way to go with her desire He doesn’t have control His world (his world) is just this night Only needs one opportunity to take his bite He thinks that he is owed by this desire She knows she'd be disowned Wants the rules to not apply She has got to find a way to have a try It’s the only thing she knows from her desire The need comes quick and keen And they claim they’ve lost themselves, They’re not the ones to blame They have nowhere left to turn They want so much to burn The only way for them is to explode Let go into the fire of their desire ©2018 Gary Ruschman (ASCAP)
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Bright Morning Star a Rising Bright Morning Star a Rising Bright Morning Star a Rising Day is a-breaking in my soul Oh where are our dear fathers? Oh where are our dear fathers? They are down in the valley a-praying. Day is a breaking in my soul. Oh where are our dear mothers? Oh where are our dear mothers? They are up in the mountain a-shouting. Day is a breaking in my soul. Oh where are our sisters and brothers? Oh where are our sisters and brothers? They have all gone on before us. Day is a breaking in my soul.
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Road Song 04:17
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When troubles come, a setting sun You are welcome here. You're going numb, feel overcome You are welcome here. If you're alone, can’t find a home You are welcome here. Your bird has flown, you’ve been disowned You are welcome here. Can’t find a friend, or feel condemned You are welcome here. You will be heard, so rest assured You are welcome here. Feel our pains together Celebrate together Live our lives together All are welcome here. ©2017 Gary Ruschman (ASCAP)
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DipsyDoodle 03:17
Twisted around, baby you’re mesmerizing Upside down, I’m overanalyzing Mystifying, when you get right down to it. Topsy turvy, I don’t know how you do it. Popsy pearly, help me, so I don’t blow it. State of confusion, now you’ve gone right down to it. Got me dizzy, and I can’t help but show it. Fire crackly, y’got me and don’t you know it. You’re just a dipsydoodle, all my balance is thrown. This kind of love is brutal, your eyes won’t leave me alone. Mind is a jumble, I’m going under. Now I’m in trouble, you’re bringing the thunder. I want you, I need you. Got to got to have you. @2018 Gary Ruschman (ASCAP)
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Someone gave me kindness; Someone gave me kindness Cancelled all my shyness Someone gave me kindness. And now that I am strong, It’s time to pass along My finest. Someone helped me wake up; Someone helped me wake up Helped me after breakup Someone helped me wake up Now that I can see, It’s down to you and me To take up… The flowering of our hearts Connecting us to life, The reason we were born To open up our eyes, The thankfulness we know That we’ve been helped to stand To find our peace together, hand in hand. Someone gave us kindness; Someone gave us kindness Cancelled out our blindness Someone gave us kindness Now that we are strong, It’s time to pass along Our finest… @2019 Gary Ruschman (ASCAP)
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Biggest Sky 05:20
Two birds, High Flying West Underneath the crescent of the moon High above the jack pines, they do their best Down here, we're naturally immune A momentary flash of recognition A choice to stay smart without the scars Observing in yourself your inclinations Your tiny place on earth, beneath the stars Magic in the snow, and it’s still April But we’re so far North that no one seems to see The biggest sky, so often one you’ve missed before-- Missed your chance for sweet recovery A momentary flash of recognition A chance to stay smart without the scars Remembering at once your obligations to Your tiny place on earth, beneath the stars A momentary flash of recognition A choice to stay alive while you’re at sea Considering it might be hallucination, this distance you have traveled, or reality
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Blending folk, jazz, and rock, singer/instrumentalist Gary Ruschman leans into his Kentucky roots on this solo debut, featuring emotional old-timey balladry and uplifting summertime jams.

Envisioned as a musical travelogue, Biggest Sky is filled with sonic layovers in big cities, small towns, and the mountains, deserts, and fields in between. Mixing influences ranging from Appalachian folksong to contemporary jazz and sounds experienced on tour across the globe, Gary's lyrics layer on the themes of how we take care of one another, life lessons, wants and needs--and the differences between them.

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released December 5, 2019

Katherine Castille: vocals on Wild, All Are Welcome Here

Thomas Doggett: saxophone on All Are Welcome Here, DipsyDoodle, and Biggest Sky

John Cleve Richardson: bass guitar and vocals on Bright Morning Star

Andrew Thoreen: trombone on Mercy and DipsyDoodle; background vocals on Biggest Sky and All Are Welcome Here

Julie Thoreen: vocals on DipsyDoodle and Biggest Sky, background vocals on All Are Welcome Here

Gary Ruschman: lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, baroque guitar, bass guitar, banjo, percussion, programming

Cara Wilson: fiddle on Hard Times, Road Song, Wild, Biggest Sky

Recorded at Colfax Dupont Studios (Minneapolis); Crane Artist Lofts (Des Moines); Sound of Music Studio (St. Paul); St. Timothy Lutheran Church (St. Paul)

Lyrics and notes: ruschman.com/biggestsky




All songs written by Gary Ruschman (ASCAP), except Hard Times (Come Again No More) by Stephen Foster, and Bright Morning Star (Traditional)
produced by Gary Ruschman ©2019

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Called "Terrific" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Gary Ruschman has performed across the globe as a vocalist and multi- instrumentalist. Appearances include NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, the Boston Pops, Kennedy Center, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Prague Choral Festival, Birdland, Portland Opera, and a decade touring and recording with Cantus vocal ensemble. ... more

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