Love Letter

by Ryan Mintz

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Wanna fall in love?

That's what my 2nd album is all about!

This yummy acoustic-pop album will take you on a journey through a relationship. From it's exciting beginnings, to challenging middles, to difficult goodbyes, and an ultimate return to self.

Recorded in San Francisco with super-producer Ben Bernstein, the tracks feature super-tasty arrangements that will make your heart melt. We tapped a community of musician friends from around the country... like the cellist from LA, the flute player from Florida, the piano dude up in Seattle, and some great mandolin, dobro, drum, bass, and electric guitar wizards right here in the Bay.

I'm so incredibly proud of this album, and I can't wait for you to hear...

Happy Valentines Day 2012!

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released February 14, 2012

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Songs by Ryan Mintz
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Ben Bernstein
Mastered by Gary Hobish
Artwork by Jared Morgan

Recorded at:
Petting Zoo Studios, Oakland CA
Spliggityfidge, Emeryville CA
Michael Winger Studios, San Francisco CA

Adam Roszkiewicz:
Mandolin (1)

Alex Doty:
Acoustic Guitar (1)
Electric Guitar (1, 4, 5, 9)

Annie Wenz:
Flutes (10)

Ben Bernstein:
Bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)

Bryan Horne:
Cello (7)

Charlie Kuchler:
Additional Engineer (10)

Gawain Mathews:
Dobro (5, 6)
Electric Guitar (5, 6, 7)
Mandolin (2, 6)

Jill Knight:
Background Vocals (8)

Lesley Grant:
Background Vocals (5)

Mai Bloomfield:
Background Vocals (3, 4)
Cello (3, 4, 7, 8)

Mike Stevens:
Drums & Percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Pots, Pans & Boxes (2)

Ryan Mintz:
Acoustic Guitar (1, 3-10)
Lead Vocals (1-10)
Harmony Vocals (1, 6, 9, 10)
Glockenspiel (2, 3, 8)
Shaker (2)
Snaps (2)
Toy Piano (2)

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Track Name: It Was You
You came in gentle as the breeze, I barely knew you captured me
You worked your magic slow, worked your magic slow
Cuz first the water’s at my feet, and next you know I’ve gone knee deep
I crashed into your waves, oh I took that leap of faith

Cuz you can’t know the sunshine ‘til you’ve seen it with your eyes
And no, you can’t know how good it tastes until you take a bite
That’s how I knew that it was you
It was you

I was just a seed on floatin’ air, just flyin’ ‘round from here to there
Just lookin’ for a home, just lookin’ for a home
But now that seed is planted down, I’m puttin’ roots into the ground
I made that risky move, oh I did it all for you

Cuz you can’t know the sunshine ‘til you’ve seen it with your eyes
And no, you can’t know how good it tastes until you take a bite
That’s how I knew that it was you
It was you

Late in the night is when I find myself
And later in life is when I found myself
With you, ooh ooh ooh

It’s finally startin’ to sink in, my new life’s about to begin
With you, oh with you

Cuz you can’t know the sunshine ‘til you’ve seen it with your eyes
And no, you can’t know how good it tastes until you take a bite
That’s how I knew that it was you

And now I know that it was you
So glad I found you
It was you
Track Name: Falling in Love
I’m late again cuz I was up all night, like I always am
And all my friends say I’ve stopped calling
And I’ve been blowin’ off my to do list, I hate when I do this
Cuz I get lost thinking of you all day long

And this is the unhealthy part about falling in love
It’s not my head, it’s all my heart, when I’m falling in love
And I don’t wanna lose myself when I’m falling in love
… well maybe just a little

I said I’d like to spend some time in Chicago, get to know ya
Cuz I don’t have to be anywhere right now
I’m the kind of guy who’ll just stay somewhere when I feel good there
And I’m feeling good, so I guess I’m staying

And this is the uncertain part about falling in love
It’s not my head, it’s all my heart, when I’m falling in love
And I don’t wanna lose myself when I’m falling in love
… well maybe just a little

I’ve always thought that I gotta go solo
To do what I want in my life
But I would like to find it, this balance
So I can have both this time

So here’s the deal, I’ve got my plans, and you’ve got yours too
But here we feel so intensely
So how bout I’ll sing my songs, and you do your yoga, and I’ll show ya
That we can be that couple who does things our way

And this is the amazing part about falling in love
It’s not my head, it’s all my heart, when I’m falling in love
And I don’t wanna lose myself when I’m falling in love
… well maybe just a little

Yeah, maybe just a little
Cuz we could get a lot
Track Name: Love Letter
Won’t you write me a love letter? Make it real good
Say all those things like a good boyfriend would
Put in your poetry, put in a surprise
Use magic marker, draw hearts on the I’s

And take me away…
Take me away… to you

Won’t you write me a love letter when I’m on the road?
Cuz I’ll need a piece of you to keep in my coat
I’ll read it each morning, I’ll read it each night
You’ll be on my pillow to help me sleep tight

And take me away…
Take me away… to you

Won’t you write me a love letter like I used to do?
Cuz no one has written me one… until you
I don’t got a great track record, but I promise I’ll try
There won’t be enough paper for all the love that we’ll write

To take me away…
Take me away…
Take me away… to you
Track Name: I Will
Where do we go from here? (she said)
I don’t have any idea (I said)
Cuz I’m so used to moving that I can hardly stand still

But I will if you will

All our friends are getting married these days
Maybe someday we’ll start to act our age
Can we stay together while we’re seeking all our thrills?

Well I will if you will

I will
If you will
If you will

Standing at the bedroom door, my bags are packed again
You’re a sleepy head in slumber, and I fall in love again
And though we’re just 2 travelers, we’ll make it work until…

And I will if you will

I will if you will
I will if you will
Track Name: My Religion
I’ve been driving for hours, gotta see my show
People think I’m crazy, such a long way to go
Maybe I’m crazy

But I’ve been saving for months just to get to this club
Just to see her on stage, just to feel I’m I love
Maybe I’m crazy

But I swear, music’s my religion
When I’m there, it feels like I am praying
And I’m not the believing kind, but I’ve heard songs that change my mind
And I’ve heard lyrics speak divine… and that’s my sign

Now the lights have gone down, I raise my hands to the sky
My lips know every word, there are tears in my eyes
It’s like she knows me

Now I lose all control, gotta get up and dance
Gotta feel every note, gotta stay in this trance
Oh yeah, she has me

And I swear, music’s my religion
When I’m there, it feels like I am praying
And I’m not the believing kind, but I’ve heard songs that change my mind
And I’ve heard lyrics speak divine… and that’s my sign

And if each religion, every sect, uses music to connect—
Gospel choir, tribal dance, eastern meditation chants
Morning mass, temple songs—why can’t we all get along?

Now the encore is done, and my feelings are raw
And I know what it feels like to believe in a god
Maybe I’m crazy

But I swear, music’s my religion
When I’m there, it feels like I am praying
And I’m not the believing kind, but I’ve heard songs that change my mind
And I’ve heard lyrics speak divine… and that’s my sign
Track Name: Live. Love. Be.
Jimmy’s from a small town not too far from here
And people in that small town say, “we don’t like your kind here”
And Jimmy became my small-town hero by telling those small-town minds…

I’m gonna live. I’m gonna love. I’m gonna be.

Sarah’s been a city girl, she likes seeing different people all around
But Sarah and her city friends still hear people say, “get back to your side of town”
But Sarah and her sisters just won’t take that anymore, they say…

I’m gonna live. I’m gonna love. I’m gonna be.

Maybe it’s unrealistic anyway
But still I’m optimistic for the day

So here I am living in this big bad world
So many people and so many dreams, we all wanna just be heard
And maybe there’s room for everyone if everyone just sings…

I’m gonna live. I’m gonna love. I’m gonna be.

I’m gonna live. I’m gonna love. I’m gonna be.
Just let me live. Just let me love. Just let me be.
Cuz I wanna live. I wanna love. I wanna be.
I’m gonna live. I’m gonna love. I’m gonna be.
Track Name: Good & Bad
Show me those sad eyes, it’s OK with me
Yeah, I don’t mind if you cry in front of me
Cuz I’m all for being real, and for feeling what we feel

I love you good and bad, I love you unconditionally
And even when you’re sad, I want you curled up next to me
I love every part of you, the light and the dark of you, and I never felt like that
I love you, I love you good and bad

I can be a handful, I hope that’s OK
Cuz some of the other boys got scared away
But I’m not here to impress, and I’m not always at my best

But I love you good and bad, I love you unconditionally
And even when you’re sad, I want you curled up next to me
I love every part of you, the light and the dark of you, and I never felt like that
I love you, I love you good and bad

…even when you’re in a funk
I love you, I love you… even when I’m feeling stuck
I love you, I love you… even when I lose my cool
I love you, I love you… each and every part of you

I love you, I love you…
I love you, I love you…
I love you, I love you good and bad
Track Name: Sunshine
I know times are tough
I know it’s a little windy outside
I know you feel swallowed up
And spit onto the sidewalk

This ain’t what you signed up for
Well hon, it rarely is
And no one’s gonna pick you up
If you don’t reach out your hand

It’s okay to take some time, it’s okay to get some space
It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to be afraid
You can ask for some alone time, just take the time for you
Cuz you’re the only one who knows what’s right for you
And sunshine, sunshine, you’ll be fine

So you took a risk
So you took the trail that was not marked
So you got a little lost
And you don’t know where you are

It’s okay to take some time, it’s okay to get some space
It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to be afraid
You can ask for some alone time, just take the time for you
Cuz you’re the only one who knows what’s right for you
And sunshine, sunshine, you’ll be fine

And I’m one of the few who will say to you
That it’s okay, it’s okay to be selfish
Cuz I know things get worse when you don’t put yourself first
And say okay, okay, I am taking care of me right now

It’s okay to take some time, it’s okay to get some space
It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to be afraid
You can ask for some alone time, just take the time for you
Cuz you’re the only one who knows what’s right for you
And sunshine, sunshine, you’ll be fine
Track Name: Re-Believe
Don’t know where I’m going, but I seem to like it
Don’t know what I’m showing you, but you seem to like it
And you were the one who said too much too soon for me, so can’t you see
That it would be so easy to indulge with you, start anew

Here we go writing our own ending
We need a dose of childhood pretending
When boys could fly and girls had wings, and we believed in anything
And everything made sense, I wonder where that went
I wish that I could re-believe

You’re the little kid who believes in ever after
But all your scripts are drama, mystery, and disaster
But I like romantic comedies, they show the possibility
That it could be a different way, you see, here with me

Here we go writing our own ending
We need a dose of childhood pretending
When boys could fly and girls had wings, and we believed in anything
And everything made sense, I wonder where that went
I wish that I could re-believe

You think that you can sweep me away
You talk about our wedding day
The fantasy sounds nice
But hey, I’ve got my life

So here’s what I propose love: we end this story
Count to 10, open up our eyes, and see that now the morning light has come

Here we go writing our own ending
We need a dose of childhood pretending
When boys could fly and girls had wings, and we believed in anything
And everything made sense, I wonder where that went
I wish that I could re-believe

I wish that I could re-believe
I wish that I could re-believe
I wish that I could re-believe
Track Name: My Adventure
I wanna go to Thailand, see what the food’s really like
I hear it’s cheap over there, I can get by on 10 bucks a night
I wanna see the temples ancient, and see the smiling kids
And sleep by the ocean, get lost in a village, what a way to live

This is my adventure calling me, calling me
And you can come too

I’m goin’ to Costa Rica, I’m gonna plant some trees
And see those rainforest monkeys, and all those 1000s of species
They don’t carry a military, and they value their land
How great it’ll be to be around people who understand

This is my adventure calling me, calling me
And you can come too

I’m gonna live in Paris, live the artist’s life
I’ll begin every day with my café au lait, and go out every night
I’ll sit all day at the cafés, or wander to the Seine
And talk about politics, romance, and feelings… I’ll be one of them

This is my adventure calling me, calling me
And you can come too

You can come too
You can come too