Daily Discovery: Ryan Fine, “Subway Train”


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Ryan Fine is a young musician studying Commercial Music Production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Keep up with him on his Facebook page & personal website.

ARTIST: Ryan Fine

SONG: “Subway Train”

BIRTHDATE: July 10, 1995

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio

CURRENT LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio

AMBITIONS: Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to work with major artists in the music industry as a producer. Helping musicians and the general flow of mainstream music is an ambition of mine. As far as location goes, I want to be in Nashville with all of the amazing talent!

TURNOFFS: I dislike it when songs and artists get too predictable. I’m always shooting for a new sound and treating each song as its own.

TURNONS: Song structure is my favorite aspect of music. I appreciate it when artists can make consecutive phrases or song sections memorable, while contributing to the story’s purpose.

DREAM GIG: My dream gig would be opening for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. And to finish the performance, sing “She’s Got A Way” with him.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “And every time I’ve held a rose, it seems I’ve only felt the thorns. And so it goes, and so it goes. And so will you soon I suppose.” – Billy Joel

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: My sister, Kelly, is crazy great. She is my best friend and an important, positive influence on my life. She is a go-getter and incredible musician.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Long And Winding Road” by the Beatles

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Billy Joel, Woody Allen, Frank Sinatra, Ewan McCregor, Kyle Mooney

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Paul McCartney’s show at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. While everyone was standing up and cheering, I was sitting in awe taking it all in. He was all I listened to growing up, so seeing him in person was an out-of-body experience. Eventually, I got up and shouted all of his songs with the crowd.

I WROTE THIS SONG: “Subway Train” is a short and sweet piece. I wrote it thinking about motivation. Sometimes I like to take a step back from my busy life and go through the motions to keep a wider perspective. I related this sensation to lying on a subway train. I imagine someone stopping their schedule to relax, but still move somewhere with the train. It may be a stretch of an analogy, but regardless the song is relaxing and catchy.

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