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New Music Video “Wake Me Up” by Ryan Tennis

Posted by Devin Weakland on 11/28 at 04:04 PM

Acoustic folk musician and Philadelphia native Ryan Tennis has recently released a music video of his song “Wake me Up” from his latest album Goodbye to the Ground.

The video follows Ryan on a road trip from the city to the country as he travels to spend some time with family and friends around a campfire. Along Ryan’s journey, the video features young children playing in a park and beautiful landscapes, juxtaposed with urban images seen from the window of Ryan’s car.  These scenes play on the lyrics of the song, reminding listeners to appreciate the simple things in life.

The video, playing alongside the slower tempo of acoustic guitar and piano chords, has an interesting way of surfacing old memories for viewers. When I watched the video for the first time, I thought back to my childhood days when I discovered the world through playing and exploring at the local playground, or in the pond behind my house. 

The video ends after Ryan arrives at the campfire.  He sits down with his guitar and plays songs for his audience of friends and family, which also consists of the same children seen playing earlier in the video.  The video comes full circle.  Watching this scene, I could feel the happiness and togetherness of the gathering around the campfire.  I feel like I could imagine exactly what the people in the video were discussing and feeling, as it reminded me of the times I’ve spent with my own family and friends around a fire, roasting marshmallows and talking about life.

This video relates to almost every viewer because it hits on experiences and values that are important to most people.  Personally, I value the time I get to spend with those that are close to me, because as I get older and my schedule gets crazier, those times happen less often.  I think this notion is exactly what this song “Wake Me Up” is getting at.  We realize the importance of breaking away from schedules and appreciating the opportunities to spend time with loved ones.  It’s perfectly fine to slow down and to take in the blue skies and landscapes outside our windows.

Watch the video here:

{name} Author: Devin Weakland
Bio: Devin is a junior at Penn State double-majoring in print journalism and marketing with a minor in international business. Playing the piano since age six, Devin has come to love and appreciate the art of music. Her favorite genres include indie rock, techno and pop punk, but she also has a soft spot for acoustic stuff. You’ll almost always find her listening to Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Blink-182 or Ben Folds. In her spare time, Devin enjoys reading, writing and traveling.


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