This Song Will Make You Miss Whatever Small Town You Came From

In “Stranger Than Fiction,” Terence Ryan captures the sad beauty of “home.”

There's something awfully magnetic about the South Shore of Massachusetts, that string of towns 30 or so miles from Boston where the beach, woods, and residential suburbs all blur together. It's the kind of picturesque, slow-moving community that locals probably daydream about leaving, but then miss terribly when they've actually packed up and moved out. Terence Ryan, a South Shore-based songwriter whose day job involves driving a forklift, gets that.

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The video for melancholic, country-tinged "Stranger Than Fiction" seems to explore the creative frustration of working a dead-end, blue collar job day in and day out. But the rural Massachusetts scenery is shot so beautifully, it feels like a love letter to that quiet existence, too. He sings about being somewhere with palm trees, and sounds sad: 10,000 miles from that old grove/ picture pine trees and snow fall/ this ain't home. The track is off his Will Word & Hand EP, out now.

This Song Will Make You Miss Whatever Small Town You Came From