In a classic rock single that has sentiments as one might assume from its title, Roger Ricks encourages us to “Break The Cycle” today by fighting against old structures, exploring new ways to work, and breaking out of our boundaries of the past. All proceeds from the song will be donated to Chance For Children, an organization that builds schools for street-connected kids and their families in Ghana.
Roger Ricks grew up in a small village in Switzerland where not much happened, so at the age of 12, he became really interested in making music upon receiving an old guitar from a friend. At that time, bands like Guns n’ Roses and Aerosmith were hip and Eric Clapton‘s Unplugged album was on the charts, which influenced Roger’s passion for guitar music as he wanted nothing more than to be able to make music just like them. These days, about 30 yars later, he has composed and produced his own songs in his home studio and can pack his feelings into melodies, riffs, and rhythms. His solo project allows him to express himself completely as his songs are very personal – about his life, relationships, fears, and searches. He hopes to give his listeners the power to overcome the hurdles of life and further explains,
Music manages to unite cultures and overcome borders. Therefore, it is important to me that I can make a positive contribution to society with my music. Half of my music income…goes to charitable projects all over the world.
“Break The Cycle” is reminiscent of the artists who formed much of Roger’s musical influences when he was growing up. Filled with classic rock melodies and thought-provoking lyrics that are centered around going against the grain, it gives listeners a sense of empowerment with its gentle nudges towards looking inward at what we need to change and making those choices. Muted vocals build into an explosive insturmental solo as the final minute of the track rolls around, before settling into a more acoustic-styled verse that then leads back into a powerful ending. Let “Break The Cycle” serve as a reminder, as we are still early in the year, that you are in control of your life and you can make a change in your life any day you want.