Daily Distraction: Listen to new Paper Airplane single 'Olivia Midnight'

Ryan Horns wrote a song to celebrate the life of Liv Midnight and to raise funds for her scholarship memorial at Thomas Worthington High School

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Cover art for the new Paper Airplane single, "Olivia Midnight"

"What I love about music and art is how it immediately becomes immortal. When Chip Midnight’s daughter died, I felt an extreme amount of sadness for him and his family. I finally decided to write a song for her to help, at least me, deal with it," said Ryan Horns, frontman for Columbus power-pop act Paper Airplane, in a statement accompanying the release of new single "Olivia Midnight."

Olivia "Liv" Midnight died unexpectedly from a blood clot in the brain on June 4, 2018. She was 17. As Horns noted, Liv was the daughter of Chip Midnight, a longtime local rock journalist (Donewaiting.com, Alive, Big Takeover) and all-around great guy. In the wake of her death, a memorial scholarship was created at Thomas Worthington High School; the annual gift "provides $500 to a student who shares Liv's passion for art and joy of life," said Horns, who is donating all proceeds from song sales to the fund.

While not glossing over hard truths and unimaginable grief, Paper Airplane's Beatles-y tune feels more like a celebration of life. Give it a listen below, and consider donating to the scholarship fund through a Bandcamp purchase or by searching for "Midnight" at the Columbus Foundation.