Dillon Ryan | That Monster: Chapter III

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That Monster: Chapter III

by Dillon Ryan

That Monster: Chapter III is an autobiographical and lyrical story telling the artist's journey transitioning to adulthood. It deals with the death of a parent, losing love, and losing and then finding herself along the way.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Riff (The Prologue)
4:07 album only
2. Dear Me
5:22 album only
3. Mother
4:17 album only
4. Home
4:46 album only
5. Tin Man
4:32 album only
6. Road Kill
3:46 album only
7. Empty Chair
4:01 album only
8. Pinocchio
5:22 album only
9. Sparrows
4:05 album only
10. Burn Out
4:15 album only
11. Stupid Man (Ode to the Modern Day Scarlett O'Hara)
4:15 album only
12. Dirty Water
5:37 album only
13. That Monster
4:52 album only
14. Human
5:24 album only
15. Bleed (A Poem) [The Epilogue]
9:23 album only
16. That Monster (Remix)
5:02 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Artist Bio:

Dillon Ryan is more than just 5 feet 6 of twisted steel and sex appeal… she is more than just the newest tenant to join the cast on, “The Complex Show” a new Reality that is taking the world by storm, and she is more than just the master of the world’s cutest and most bad ass Havanese puppy of all time named “Brotha”…. She is a creator. She is a writer. She is a dreamer. She is a thinker. Maybe possibly, in her eyes, one of the deepest thinkers of all times. Sometimes, she thinks so deep that she herself can’t understand what exactly she is thinking, and eventually as she tries to figure it out, she forgets what she was thinking about to begin with. Luckily, here, we are lucky enough to get to glimpse into the mind of what some might say, is a mind like no other. That is for sure.

Dillon Ryan began writing songs and stories when she was five. When she first began singing, she was quickly discouraged as her high notes shattered her grandmother’s precious crystal teacups, which had been carried for generations dating back to days before this. Although discouraged, Dillon still was determined to let her tiny voice be heard. She participated in any writing, singing, drama, dancing activity she could. She filled her notebooks with journals, and stories, and songs. As she grew she would practice singing when no one was around, although yes, the frequency is her voice was so high that it attracted a large abundance of feline friends which would circle around her or lay longing outside her window…mistaking her voice for The Great Jungle Cat’s mating call… it was ok. It made Dillon feel as if she was like Snow White, and was dancing and singing amongst the mice and birds. The cats became her audience, and their hair became her glitter. And through this she wrote some of her best work.

In college, Dillon’s English professor encouraged her to write. He encouraged her to enter as many contests that she could as well. She won several. There were various thumb wrestling championships, a couple drunken Texas Hold Em Tournaments and one wet tee shirt contest that the bowling team of 2005, “Go Pinheads”, is still talking about… But then there were also many writing awards she won as well including the 2004 Tennessee Williams Young Writers Award. She was not only awarded to have a collection of her stories and drawings published, “The Story of the Chicken Pox”, but through this she landed a writing contract with Hachette Group and began her career in freelance and article writing. She has written for such magazines as Moxie Girl and Into The Gloss, and more.

She participated in several bands and duos over the years, and eventually began singing for human beings again. Yes, sometimes people stop quick, wondering where the helium tank that she must be hitting off of is hidden…but for the most part she has become accepted in her species.

Recently Dillon has been signed with a publishing contract with Black Bullet Productions, and is currently working to promote her new CD, “That Monster”. This site will follow that journey, her blog, and of course “The Complex Show” in which we get to see Dillon in her home life. Thinking... deeply. Dillon’s dream is to finally one day hear a voice that doesn’t break the sound barrier sing her songs. She wants to one day write her stories and songs for artists that can share them with the world.

Please support her songs. We have found that if we do not tell people that…then they do not support her…and then they soon end up as the subject of one of them. So you have been officially warned…<3

Album Info:

That Monster: Chapter III, is a tell all autobiography of Dillon's journey from carefree and young days to the trying transition into adulthood and the realities that are faced in that crossing. "That Monster" deals with the tragedy of losing a parent, of facing your own worst demons, of self realization, of gaining inner strength, of regrets, dependency issues, love loss, break ups and even a twist on the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" is included. It is a lyrically based album. It starts as Dillon has just gone through all of these life lessons and tragedies and is trying to find herself again... The first track is called "Riff" and here we see Dillon waiting for a perfect riff or the right chords in which she can release all of her thoughts and worries onto through her lyrics. It would seem that this sets the stage for the rest of the CD because after this, in songs like "Mother", "Home", "Empty Chair", "Dear Me", "Pinocchio", Dillon tells stories of what appear to be her childhood, the death of her mother, and different losses in her life that have been heavy in her consciousness. There is then a love story unfolding through out the album as well in which starts out with her angry and heartbroken and as the journey continues it seems she finds self truth and realizes that you must love yourself first to be lovable. In, "Stupid Man: Ode to the Modern Day Scarlett O'Hara" With an obvious sense of feminism, it seems she finds strength from this character and realizes that she has to save herself and will not depend on a man to do this, in which the previous song, "Burn Out" tells of the awakening. At the end of the album is a 9 minute song "Bleed (A poem) The Epilogue" which seems to be just that. It has no instrumentation, it is all Dillon Ryan making up the music with a combination of beat boxing, and ambient singing and over top of this she tells the tale of her journey. Including each song, and how all of these stories came from her journals, her heart, and made her stronger again.

Dillon Ryan admits she has a tiny voice, but her craft is writing and she wants to write songs for other artists one day. In "That Monster" her craft shines.



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