Drew Miller



In Search of Simplicity: Jeremy Casella on his New Album

By Drew Miller

In case you haven’t heard, Jeremy Casella is working on a new album, and it will be his simplest and most vulnerable project yet.

Getting to hear him talk about it was one of the highlights of my week. He spoke with great care, emphasizing his desire for his forthcoming songs to speak directly to his listeners.

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Meditations on a Coke Machine

By Drew Miller

One day several years ago, I sat bored in Opry Mills as I waited for family to emerge from various stores. I found myself staring at a Coke machine. It was one of those newfangled ones with a screen. Glowing from this screen was the Read More ›

Song & A Story: “Psalm 131”

By Drew Miller

This psalm is medicinal to me.

It was recommended to me during my last semester of college by an old, wise professor of mine. I remember meeting with him in order to air out some angst I had been carrying around. In hindsight, I believe my angst had something to do with Read More ›

The Year of the Locust: Andrew Osenga on The Painted Desert

By Drew Miller

I had the good fortune of talking with Andrew Osenga about his new album, The Painted Desert, in October of 2017 when he was still in the process of making it.

We sat in Osenga’s recording space in the basement of his house and discussed his year of desert-wandering, records that allow space to be sad, the difference between sadness and bitterness, and the heavy gratitude of feeling indebted to one’s friends, among many other things. Read More ›

Joking About the Great Hereafter

By Drew Miller

Some songs, however new they may be, feel as if they have existed for centuries. One such song is “The Meal We Could Not Make” from Son of Laughter’s new album, No Story Is Over.

When Chris Slaten and I discussed his new record, we spent plenty of time going in depth on this particular song. What follows is our conversation both in audio form, augmented at various points by clips of the song itself, and in the written word. Read More ›

Advent with The Orchardist: “Psalm 126”

By Drew Miller

Every Friday leading up to Christmas, The Orchardist is sharing a new song arranged specially for this season in a collection called A Child Will Lead Us All.

Here’s the find the final song of the collection, “Psalm 126.” Lyrics are provided below. Read More ›

He Takes the Weight of Hell: Chris Slaten on “The Hurricanes”

By Drew Miller

Perhaps the most epic, enigmatic song on Son of Laughter’s new album is “The Hurricanes.” When Chris Slaten and I discussed his record, we took quite a bit of time to dig into the writing of this song.

What follows is an in-depth conversation walking step-by-step through the narrative of “The Hurricanes,” augmented at various points by clips of the song itself. Read More ›

Advent with The Orchardist: “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”

By Drew Miller

Every Friday leading up to Christmas, The Orchardist is sharing a new song arranged specially for this season in a collection called A Child Will Lead Us All.

Below you will find the second song of this collection, “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming.” Lyrics are also provided Read More ›

Advent with The Orchardist: “A Child Will Lead Us All”

By Drew Miller

A message from The Orchardist: Welcome to Advent. Every Friday, we will be sharing a new song prepared specifically for this season. We are calling this collection A Child Will Lead Us All after the song that has led the way for us. We hope you find in these songs words and melodies to lean on as we anticipate Christmas together. Read More ›

Sing a Hymn and Spite the Devil: An Interview with Jon Troast

By Drew Miller

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Jon Troast and got to hear many a compelling story surrounding his latest EP release, G [Editor’s note: Yes, the letter “G.” Jon’s albums are working their way through the alphabet. No joke.] Read More ›

The Lowlands: An Interview with Adam Whipple

By Drew Miller

Adam Whipple’s songs feel like dense works of fiction, making their own way between poetry and prose. You can sink your teeth into his words, savoring the many subtleties of flavor you’ll find on repeated listen. Read More ›

Re-Writing Our Patterns With Music: An Interview with Christopher Williams

By Drew Miller

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting across the table from Christopher Williams to ask him about his brand new (and may I add, positively excellent) album, Gather. If you want to check out the album for yourself, you can find it here. Read More ›