Proud of Me – Steve Ryan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Steve Ryan‘s last release looked at the conflicted nature of love, Proud of Me deals with a whole different relationship, that of father and son. It deals with the idea that we don’t always follow the path that our parents might want and expect for us, but we can still live a life that they can be proud of.

This gentle piano ballad is a personal look at his relationship with his own father and the sometimes rocky road that it took. But it is a story that we can all relate to.

It grows from delicate piano lines to more punchy and punctuated pop, it delves deep into its subject and musically follows the same highs and lows as the story being played out. The song concludes in a loving crescendo of musical euphoria and the knowledge that, although his father is no longer here to tell him, Ryan knows in his heart of hearts that he would be proud of what he has achieved and the man that he has become.

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