From Debbie Miller’s first album, ‘Fake Love’
I highly recommend listening to this artist.
Debbie Miller is a very talented sing/songwriter, recently discovered captivating her audiences with her affably delightful personality around the Brooklyn and the East Village local open mic music scene.
On Debbie Miller’s first album, ‘Fake Love’, Debbie exudes a personality that radiates as purely genuine and pleasant. Her songs demonstrate a sense of playfulness and youthful honesty that is hard to find anywhere else. Some might compare, and perhaps accurate so, Debbie Miller to Zooey Deschanel. I would agree with this relation, except for the fact that I feel as if it wouldn’t give enough credit to the uniqueness and creativity of Debbie Miller. Instead, she claims her inspiration primarily originates from the works of Antje Duvekot, Feist, The Waifs, Counting Crows, Ben Harper, Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, Mozart, Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell, and Paul Simon.
Her songs range across the musical and thematic spectrum from jocular upbeat melodies to slower more melancholic acoustic sets, ultimately demonstrating her versatile and multifaceted talent, as well as a lucid ability to tread the fine lyrical line between witty irrelevance and frank significance . This vacillation of tone can occur several times within one song, making you laugh, cringe, smile, and reflect all at the same time. Some of her best songs are told through her classic quirky narrative style in which she examines life’s daily temporal problems such as traffic, graffiti in bathroom stalls, and love through a satirical, candid, acerbic, vivacious, indie, mirthful lens.
This song is from her new EP, ‘Measures and Waits’. It was performed as a “Ballard Session”, a video collection/documentary made by a group that features local artists performing live songs.
Don’t be fooled by the first two songs on the EP, Inch by Inch and Much Longer which might make ‘Measures + Waits’ seem morose, the tone eventually picks up. The acoustic guitar finger picking, coupled with Debbie Millier’s resonate voice makes Much Longer a truly potent ballad
“I am older than I was an hour ago/I am more sleepy than this morning/ Tired I am so I don’t want to wait much longer/Time is sliding through my finger tips/ I can’t grab more/ We are better people than about this time last year / We are better people than before/ So we deserve not to wait anymore ”
The third song, however, It’s Been a Day, is more upbeat and melodious, with redeeming comic qualities
“It been a day, I wonder if you miss me/ Then one time you called me from the bathroom, and I’m pretty sure that love, at least some kind.”
The last song, Snippets From a Bathroom Stall, interestingly enough, is actually a song that Debbie Miller made entirely based off the writing she found in a bathroom stall she once frequented.
Unfortunately, her music is a bit hard to track down. With only a couple of live songs on youtube, most of Debbie Miller’s can only be readily found on aol, where her entire new EP is being streamed for free, and on Debbie Miller’s own website, http://thedebbiemiller.com. Whatever you have to do to get a hold of some of her music, do it. Debbie Miller is an absolute darling and her music is marvelously stellar in the most fun, amusing, and enjoyable way possible.