RYAN FLORES: A CZEXICAN POET

BIOGRAPHICAL TERRORISM   

Ryan Flores is writer (as well as a musician, producer, photographer, designer, and love adept) from California. His work has appeared in various literary journals, magazines, textbooks, blogs, wood burning stoves, waste baskets, and recycling bins. He is founder of the independent label Heart Shaped Records and is the wayward member of too many bands to enumerate. Flores is currently working on his first novel; “Carlos & the Cloudmakers,” which he hopes to publish on 110% post-classic literature recycled toilet paper. Colorado is where he presently spends one-third of his life sleeping. His favorite fruit is the mango.


A LITTLE BACKSTORY

It was a time of freedom, Rock ‘n’ Roll, polyester shirts, tight pants, steel bumpers, payphones, arcades, primitive computers, cassette tapes, boomboxes, VHS, space probes, mullets, mousse, warm hearts, hot rods and cold war. It was an age of innocence and as the ink was still drying on the marriage license, a couple of mixed heritage (Czech and Mexican: Czex-Mex) on the California coast saw their first born. A spirited lad full of passion and an irrepressible independence, Ryan Flores became what is known today as a “problem child” whose “ADD” required “special needs.” After a disreputable pedagogic career Ryan finally found something to temper his listless ennui: a tattered nylon string guitar. After a summer of taking out his aggression on the defenseless instrument he began torturing his college roommate with maudlin love songs set perfectly against the backdrop of his inscrutable teenage angst and lack of experience. Myriad instruments, songs, colleges, roommates and experiences later, Ryan discovered that music was his primary form of sustenance— the only thing that kept meat on his bones, as it were. It took some time (and hundreds of hours in wasted college credits) but Mr. Flores finally realized that he could not attain any measure of success or fulfillment unless he devoted his life to torturing a broader audience with said music. And thus, here began the creative calling of this rambunctious individual. 


AS FOR THE MUSIC ITSELF
   
Flores’ new solo endeavor, “Coyote del Quinto Mundo,” is a classical guitar driven instrumental album that stylistically traces the arc of the conquest from the Old World to the New World with catchy melodies, driving rhythms, and sophisticated arrangements showcasing adept musicianship and songwriting in a complex but listenable modern milieu. To be released in its entirety late in 2016, this record makes you want to sit still and soak it in as much as get up and dance.

Okay already!  You should just go see him play.    
    



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LANGUAGE WITHOUT LIES

We resuscitated music.
We rescued it from the icy grip of the cosmos.
It was stillborn, from a cloud of dust in a silent vacuum.
We refined the ancient sequence
of building tension to create resolve.
We defined the colors, the math, the geometry of sound.

Now music is our only language without lies.
Now we’re all playing different parts
of the same song, in which countless beats
of countless hearts provide the rhythm.
Now music is our ghost dance, our communion, a sanctuary
in which we’re all kneeling to kiss the ground,
a temple in which we’re all praying for a miracle.

Music is our echolocation—
a ping bouncing around in the dark,
singing, “I’m here, can you hear me?”
Music penetrates armor
and holds a light up to each and every face,
looking for something honest, something real.
Music order out of chaos, makes us feel like
we’re not just spinning around a star,
that’s spinning around a star, that’s spinning around a star.

Music helps define the lives and times of the human experience,
helps us trust our ignorance as much as our instincts,
helps aligns us with empathy and gratitude.
Music prepares us for love and loss thereof.

Music is the human soul thinking out loud.

-Flores

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