Andrew Ryan “Midwest Kids” – we’re the kids in (middle) America

Photo: Katrina Barber

‘Midwest Kids’ is a gently strummed recognition that each generation faces, more or less, the same issues as they rise up the years – a point which Andrew Ryan took to heart as he watched his own daughter move from being a kid to being a pre-teen.  Changes we all go through, but this time observed from the other side, which needs its own acceptance as Ryan sings: “Your face says it all / You resist when I call / Life will not always be like this / I’m at war with the obvious.

It’s taken from Andrew Ryan’s new album ‘A Tiny Death‘ whose title refers to the many deaths/transformations that occur in life.  As Andrew Ryan puts it: “I came across the french phrase ‘La petite mort’ which means a little death. It translates to ‘the brief loss or weakening of consciousness. It also refers to ‘a short period of melancholy’ which is something I can relate to – death and transformation isn’t necessarily a bad thing or something to fear. For me growing is also allowing some death to occur in your life.”


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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