An early single to be released on Wednesday, February 26th to raise money for a friend... 















A weekend ago I visited my friend John Anderson and his wife Amanda at their home just outside of DC. I've known John for about 15 years. He's one of those guys you just love to have in your life. Always grinning. A lover of great music, smart and generous. Talented and committed. Warm and inspiring. 

3 years ago John was diagnosed with ALS. A ruthless and particularly cruel disease.

You can read about ALS here: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

John is now entering the last stage(s) of his fight with ALS. I imply stages because I wouldn't count John out yet, he's a fighter. But like I said, ALS is ruthless and now the realities in addition to the disease are bearing down on John and Amanda. When visiting them a weekend ago I was shook by the toll the disease is taking on both of them. Not only via the obvious sad and hard health changes a diagnosis like this brings, but also via the emotional stress and real-world complications (and obstacles) of the financial weight of this disease. I've always believed that music is a humanitarian cause that is at its best when it's leaning for something greater than its own skin, when it connects people in a communal hymn of having each other's backs or simply not being alone on those hard roads that life announces at times.

What John is going through is sad, but it's just as hard and sad for Amanda. And it's for both of them that I felt compelled to at least try and do something. Let me be clear, these are strong and warm people in a tough battle. If I could afford to absolve their financial struggles myself I would do it in a heartbeat, but I can't so that's why I'm leaning towards a more communal approach. It was my idea to do this, I was grateful when they accepted the gesture. The song we chose is not a sublime lament, but a noisy and pounding rallying to the better parts of our nature and perseverence with gang vocals, poetry and some giant propulsive electric guitars. John being a true believer in the ability of Rock N Roll to throw fists in the air and inspire hope against odds wouldn't have it any other way. 

The song we're releasing is called An Anthem for The Broken. The single will be made available for streaming and purchase on Wednesday, February 26th. We will set the price at a minimum of $1 (with the option to pay more). Every dollar minus the small distribution fees that Bandcamp automatically extracts will go directly to John and Amanda to help lighten their load. I'm hopeful you'll contribute more if you can.

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned, more info and the purchase/streaming link will be posted in the coming days. 

Matthew Ryan

18 Comments

  • Bill Donohoe

    Bill Donohoe Sydney, Australia

    A worthy cause, for two awesome people. Get on board - this is an extremely generous gesture from Matthew. Well done mate !
    A worthy cause, for two awesome people. Get on board - this is an extremely generous gesture from Matthew. Well done mate !
  • michaela d'angelo

    michaela d'angelo bath, ohio

    my heart and support are with john and amanda. thank you for this, m.r. love to all.
    my heart and support are with john and amanda. thank you for this, m.r. love to all.
  • Rick Malcolmson

    Rick Malcolmson Boston

    A great gesture Ryan, it is truly a cruel disease, my prayers go to John and Amanda, will gladly donate to the cause. Thank you
    A great gesture Ryan, it is truly a cruel disease, my prayers go to John and Amanda, will gladly donate to the cause. Thank you
  • Scott Andrews

    Scott Andrews Nashville, TN

    I'll be lining up....virtually....to purchase the single. Make sure to remind us via facebook as the day nears or the day of. I'll set myself up a reminder too
    I'll be lining up....virtually....to purchase the single. Make sure to remind us via facebook as the day nears or the day of. I'll set myself up a reminder too
  • Alan Stein

    Alan Stein NJ

    Thank you. A special gesture for some special people.
    Thank you. A special gesture for some special people.
  • Todd Draper

    Todd Draper South Bend, IN

    I'm touched that Matthew would do this. John has been a friend for a long time.
    I'm touched that Matthew would do this. John has been a friend for a long time.
  • Jack Epsteen

    Jack Epsteen Austin, TX

    Fantastic. Thanks for doing this Matthew. Can't wait to hear the track.
    Fantastic. Thanks for doing this Matthew. Can't wait to hear the track.
  • Jayne Doniger

    Jayne Doniger New York, NY

    Thank you Matthew for this generous offering. Your description of John always grinning is spot on. Looking forward to the 26th.
    Thank you Matthew for this generous offering. Your description of John always grinning is spot on. Looking forward to the 26th.
  • zakhia aoun

    zakhia aoun Sydney, Australia

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God bless you on this heartbreaking journey and give you hope, strength and comfort to get you through.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God bless you on this heartbreaking journey and give you hope, strength and comfort to get you through.
  • Dave & Jamie Gaetano

    Dave & Jamie Gaetano New Jersey

    Matthew, you summed up John perfectly. Love John & Amanda with all our hearts, and can't thank you enough for this kind and unselfish gesture.
    Matthew, you summed up John perfectly. Love John & Amanda with all our hearts, and can't thank you enough for this kind and unselfish gesture.
  • Adrian duCille

    Adrian duCille West Yarmouth & Boston, MA

    Please let me know as soon as the single is available for purchase. I'm absolutely on board. John has always been a kind and helpful person, whenever we've interacted. I'm so very sorry to hear about this terrible illness.
    Please let me know as soon as the single is available for purchase. I'm absolutely on board. John has always been a kind and helpful person, whenever we've interacted. I'm so very sorry to hear about this terrible illness.
  • Matthew Ryan

    Matthew Ryan Pennsylvania

    Hey Guys, All of your comments are beautiful and so many of us feel the same about John and Amanda. My offering of this is only the beginning. Lets all do everything we can to raise awareness so we can direct people to contribute and offer meaningful aid to John and Amanda. The song is only an access point for people to help such good people at such a tough intersection. My hope is to post a preview of the song on Monday. On early Wednesday morning the purchase link for John will go live. All of that will be posted on the homepage of my website here. It will be very clear and easy for you to see and share.
    Hey Guys,

    All of your comments are beautiful and so many of us feel the same about John and Amanda. My offering of this is only the beginning. Lets all do everything we can to raise awareness so we can direct people to contribute and offer meaningful aid to John and Amanda. The song is only an access point for people to help such good people at such a tough intersection. My hope is to post a preview of the song on Monday. On early Wednesday morning the purchase link for John will go live. All of that will be posted on the homepage of my website here. It will be very clear and easy for you to see and share.
  • gina

    gina howell nj

    Familiar with ALS. Prayers for peace, comfort and healing, that all of your needs will be met in Jesus name. I am looking forward to hearing this music. Thank you.
    Familiar with ALS. Prayers for peace, comfort and healing, that all of your needs will be met in Jesus name. I am looking forward to hearing this music. Thank you.
  • Tom Randolph

    Tom Randolph Seoul

    MR -- moved well past words by your actions. Thank you. If I had to choose two people, period, it's John and Amanda. And the song is spectacular and hits it right on.
    MR -- moved well past words by your actions. Thank you. If I had to choose two people, period, it's John and Amanda. And the song is spectacular and hits it right on.
  • Anna Selden

    Anna Selden Alexandria, Va

    We won't quit. That sums it up. Some of us have been struggling to find a way to help so thank you for providing the perfect avenue.
    We won't quit. That sums it up. Some of us have been struggling to find a way to help so thank you for providing the perfect avenue.
  • Stu

    Stu Naperville, IL

    I've admired Matthew Ryan since I first heard East Autumn Grin 12+ years ago. Just stumbled to his site today to see if any new stuff was happening and read about this "mission" to help John & Amanda. Really admire someone using their "gift" to help someone else and motivating others to follow. I'll definitely be making the purchase on Wednesday and hope there is the ability to make an additional donation. Nice job M.R.
    I've admired Matthew Ryan since I first heard East Autumn Grin 12+ years ago. Just stumbled to his site today to see if any new stuff was happening and read about this "mission" to help John & Amanda. Really admire someone using their "gift" to help someone else and motivating others to follow. I'll definitely be making the purchase on Wednesday and hope there is the ability to make an additional donation. Nice job M.R.
  • Paul Z

    Paul Z central Mass

    I don't know John and Amanda but I do unfortunately know this harrowing disease all too well. Hats off to you M.R. for doing this. Prayers, strength and love to John and Amanda.
    I don't know John and Amanda but I do unfortunately know this harrowing disease all too well. Hats off to you M.R. for doing this. Prayers, strength and love to John and Amanda.
  • Lisa Iannucci

    Lisa Iannucci Jersey Shore

    What Anna said. I'll never forget some of my crazy Bruce-related escapades with John back in the day and how relentlessly positive he always was in the face of my equally relentless cynicism. Being friends with John has been a pleasure and a challenge, and knowing him has changed my life. Thanks for giving us a way to help them both.
    What Anna said. I'll never forget some of my crazy Bruce-related escapades with John back in the day and how relentlessly positive he always was in the face of my equally relentless cynicism. Being friends with John has been a pleasure and a challenge, and knowing him has changed my life. Thanks for giving us a way to help them both.