|Photo by Brendan Pattengale
“When it hurts most/ it’s the right thing…”
Such hard hitting lyrics usually knock us on our asses, and in the case of The Milk Carton Kids’ most poignant line of “Michigan,” our Jam of the Day, it’s no different. However, we gotta say, what hurts the most right now is that the fact that we managed to miss out on the Los Angeles duo for most of 2011, the year its outstanding album, Prologue, was released. Alas. It won’t be the last time we jump on the bandwagon (see what we did there?) a little late, but the most important thing right now is that we have finally jumped.
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale’s acoustic “Michigan” is a decidedly more-bitter-than-sweet farewell to the state itself and the former lover who lives there. Michigan might be in the rearview mirror, but what lies ahead is unclear. It’s important to just keep moving forward, measuring the growing distance between the past and the future, between heartache and potential happiness, ensuring complete and total separation despite the lingering question: “What am I supposed to do now?”
Amazingly, and puzzlingly, you can download Prologue for free in its entirety at the duo’s website. But, it’s more than worth a $6.94 investment. And, be sure to check out The Milk Carton Kids recent Daytrotter session. You won’t be sorry.