Band Inside My Head
Though issued in winter 2008, this collection of songs is comprised of material that was written in 2003 and earlier. In keeping with his day job at the time, the music is written for a full band, and ranges from the primal roar of 'Star Power' to the gentler jazz-like touches of 'Reality' and the prog-rock-meets-performance-art of the 'Band Inside My Head'. Through it all, the lyrical concerns focus on celebrity and ambition as well as the corrupting and deforming influences of the same. If that sounds like a mouthful, then just sit back and enjoy the music. While 'The Band Inside My Head' does reward careful attention, one can be assured that this band also aims to please. Assisting on horns, vocals, piano and sound effects are local luminaries such as Barry Bocaner, Shannon Downey Turpin, Tonya Plinsky, Mark Cisneros, Sarah Azzara and Ian Jones. What if Tom Petty's songs had been written by J. D. Salinger? Or Lucinda Williams had collaborated with Warren Zevon? Or what if Ryan Adams wrote music to accompany Steve Earle's short stories? If they did, you'd probably have a good handle on the music of Paul Miller. Against a backdrop of familiar and yet distinctive musical fabrics, Paul's narratives and character studies stand out for their keen observations of universal emotions - from the whimsical to the profound and reflective. A prolific songwriter, Paul's primary method is to write as many songs as possible, and then to go back to pick out groups of songs that suggest a common theme for rewriting and revision before going into the studio. The result is a finely crafted selection of material that stimulates the brain as well as the heart. Paul has worked with many local luminaries of the Washington D.C. music scene, including Sarah Azzara and Stella Schindler, and is looking forward to establishing himself among the other great singers and songwriters that the area has to offer. Thanks for your time, and please let us know if you've enjoyed the music - we'd love to hear from you!