Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Last Thursday and Friday a flurry of news stories appeared addressing?again?the link between Rep. Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand?s ideas. The new stories and blog posts were in response to a National Review article (?Ryan Shrugged?) which seemed to characterize as ?urban legend? not only the idea that Paul Ryan is an Objectivist (he?s never indicated he is), that he embraces an Objectivist epistemology (he?s never said that he does), but also that he is a devotee of Ayn Rand, and that he requires that his staff read Atlas Shrugged.
Some reporters quoted a sentence or two (circulating for some time on the Internet) made by Ryan at a 2005 Atlas Society event celebrating Ayn Rand. This morning The Atlas Society released, on their website, the full audio of Ryan?s speech.
Excerpts from Ryan's speech:
-- "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It?s inspired me so much that it?s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff."
--"I always go back to... Francisco d?Anconia?s speech [in Atlas Shrugged] on money when I think about monetary policy."
--"We have to go back to Ayn Rand. Because there is no better place to find the moral case for capitalism and individualism than through Ayn Rand?s writings and works."
To hear the full audio of Ryan's speech, and to read excerpts from it, click here.
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Miz Mandy Contracts with Los Angeles Based Music Producer, Ryan Franks, to Co-write and Produce her Third Pop Album
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 21, 2011
Pop singer, Miz Mandy, has partnered with Los Angeles based songwriter, composer, and music producer, Ryan Franks, to co-write and produce her third pop album. A change from her first two albums, ?In The Mix? and ?Today?s the Day? which included two Billboard charting singles ?In the Mix? and ?Sweet Fury of Love?, Miz Mandy says ?We?ve switched up my artistic direction a bit, focusing on a bit more of a sophisticated and retro sound. Moody. Sultry. Chic.? http://www.MizMandy.com/
Graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor?s of Music, Ryan Franks chimes in, ?When she approached me, the idea was to take traditional pop music from the 60?s, like Serge Gainsbourg or Nancy Sinatra, and bring a contemporary sensibility to it? a really fantastic opportunity to play with almost cinematic themes and orchestrations, while dropping heavy beats and really energetic arrangements.? http://www.Pendulummusic.net
Ryan and Miz Mandy met through a mutual business associate and began working on the album late in 2010. Miz Mandy states, ?With him in Los Angeles and I in San Diego, we?ve done a lot of collaborations over the phone and Internet. The process itself has been different due to starting with my lyrics, then his production next, followed by co-writing the melodies and reconstructing the lyrics. But Ryan is great to work with? very talented, easy going, hard working and ambitious.?
Composer for numerous film scores including the up and coming film ?Stay Cool? with Wynona Ryder, Hillary Duff, Sean Astin and Chevy Chase; Ryan continues, ?[Miz Mandy?s project has] touches of big band, rock, electronica, pop, and chord changes that are influenced by French artists, American pop, dance and cinematic melodies. The arrangements are big and have a lot of sonic elements to them. It?s the kind of thing that I hope people will be able to take things from on both the first and fiftieth listen. I think the hooks are strong and the beats will grab people, but there is also a lot of ear candy that is great for putting on headphones and zoning out to.?
Ryan states, ?I love the tiny prepared piano sounds from ?Diesel?, the driving chorus from ?Tomorrow?s Drag?, the dance hook of ?The Cat?s Pajamas?, the energy and melancholy of ?Can?t go Back to Eden?. What excites me is the cohesive unit of the entire album? the pieces came out having a very homogenous feel, while maintaining their individual personality. Sometimes you either get too much diversity or too much similarity, and this project feels extremely well balanced to me.?
Miz Mandy says, ?It may sound clich