my heart is beating out in line for change
and waiting for you
there’s love in every sound, in love to change
and beating for you
and hiding all you say in every word
i love to follow
in every little love, in every game
it’s beating for you
and so begins the opening song, “Love To Change,” from Nate Miller’s new album, “Fall Is Meant For Falling To The Ground.” the song begins simply–a piano, voice and background noises (including a snippet conversation between Miller and producer Nate Vaughan)–almost as if to say “We are stripping this record down to the basics…only what is needed.”
there aren’t many drums on this album, and you get the sense that’s the way Miller and Vaughan wanted it. let the voice–and words–speak for itself. thankfully, miller has one of those voices that can pull it off, reminiscent of Tim-Rice Oxley of Keane, Damien Rice and Foy Vance. it’s somber, yet pure, with an effortless falsetto.
however, a great voice alone can’t hold a listener’s attention. it’s the words coming from the singer’s mouth that move us and make us want to hear more. miller’s lyrics could be described as “heartbreakingly beautiful,” as with each song, we realize how poignant the album’s title is. miller puts his heart on his sleeve, openly confessing about the time he has fallen to the ground.
oh, november, i didn’t want you to arrive
the cold air settles, and the darkened evening skies
and i’m alone, and the sun has left my sight
in the bitter cold, i walk angry through the night
it’s clear that miller has ventured into some dark spaces. however, he always interjects hope into the darkness. we, as listeners, are rewarded. we get to eavesdrop on an artist who can be honest about his struggles, but has the courage and conviction to point to something greater.
you fearful saints, fresh courage take
the clouds you so much dread
are big with mercy and shall break
in blessings on your head
standout tracks include “Love To Change,” “November,” “Room” and “God Moves In A Mysterious Way” (the lyrics written by William Cowper, an English poet and hymn writer). miller can be found at http://freerefills.wordpress.com, and the cd can be purchased at: