Musician Ryan Webster is back in the ROC — his hometown — after living in Southern California for four years. Endless sunshine isn't the only thing he misses about the Golden State. "I like to collect music gear, so I really miss the Craigslist out there," says the 29-year-old. "You can find just about anything you are looking for."
While on the West Coast, Webster submitted his songs to network giant ABC. Before long, his single "Does Life Begin Again" aired on One Tree Hill, while "Smile" appeared on The Ghost Whisperer, One Life to Live and General Hospital.
So what brought him back here? "It's kind of a long story with a lot of twists and turns," he says. "The short version is that it was supposed to be a temporary thing. Then I reconnected with old friends and (my wife and I) made new ones, so we decided to stay."
After resettling, the musician and his business partner, John Ebel, who also performs with Webster, began designing and building Honey Farm Studios in Spencerport; it's since been completed. Currently, Webster is working on a CD, which he hopes to release this fall.
"It's going to be a good mix of anthemic, acoustic and moody music," says the Swillburg-area resident. "It'll probably sound as though someone took all my favorite (music) and put it in a blender. I'll be the sauce that holds it all together."
What are you listening to now? Fleet Foxes' Fleet Foxes and Sun Giant EP, Joanna Newsom's Have One on Me, Blitzen Trapper's Destroyer of the Void, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Damien Jurado's St. Bartlett, Beck's Modern Guilt and Junip's Fields. Oh, and lots of David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon.
Top 5 CDs ever?
1. Harvest Moon, by Neil Young
2. Fleet Foxes, by Fleet Foxes
3. The Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd
4. Have One on Me, by Joanna Newsom
5. Cold Roses, by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
What's the best show on TV? Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! The over-the-top bizarre humor and the low-budget, public- access cable feel makes it one of my favorites.
What's the last movie you saw? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. I loved it! I thought it was the best yet. I've read all of the books, and this one really seemed to follow the story much better than the earlier movies.
Top 5 movies ever?
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. The Big Lebowski
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. No Country for Old Men
5. There Will Be Blood