I was jogging through Boston Common earlier this week when I saw Ryan LaPerle busking in front of people picnicking nearby on the grass and playing fetch with their dogs. I paused to listen, and quickly fell in love with this singer’s voice. As soon as I got home I had to know if he had original music, and sure enough, he did.
The song, inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic, talks about how hard it can be when you're far from others and spending lots of time alone. For those as bad at math as me, 72 inches equals 6 feet, so the title is about trying to keep that much space between yourself and others while practicing social distancing.
It’s a rough time not just here in Boston, but for everywhere in the world. It’s easy to feel hopeless right now but this song finds beauty in the chaos and tragedy; it reminds us we can still find ways to feel like we’re together and to love from afar.
A line of simple acoustic chords and LaPerle’s sincere vocals help the New England artist speak his message louder. Out of all his original songs and covers, “72 Inches” is the best track in his discography.