Some time ago during a visit to my family doctor, he and I talked about our mutual love for music. A group he highly recommended for me to listen to was The Milk Carton Kids, a folk duo out of Eagle Rock, California, USA.
Singer-songwriters and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan came together at a time when their solo careers weren’t going anywhere, and they soon discovered how well they played off each other, their collaboration creating a sum greater than its parts. They’ve made eight albums I could identify (and a concert DVD accompaniment to one) plus several singles. It’s notable that they released their first two albums, Retrospect (as Pattengale and Ryan) and Prologue (as The Milk Carton Kids), both in 2011, without charge though the free downloads are no longer available on their website.
The Kids’ melodies are soft and pleasing, and their harmonies are beautiful. Their style has been compared to Simon & Garfunkel, the Jayhawks and the Everly Brothers. My sweety and I both think they sound similar to the former folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.
“Hope of a Lifetime” was the opening song from a 2013 concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, recorded live and released as the album Live From Lincoln Theatre (2014). The song showcases the exceptional talent of these two men.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video of the performance from the ANTI- Records official YouTube channel:
Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com. They also appear as the first comment under the video post.
You can also view the whole concert on the same channel: