Blake Mills is a man whose music aches with the cracks of age and heartbreak, and each song he composes is a reflection of being human. The fact that he terms love as a “Curable Disease” is not the affectation of a cynical punk who hates Hallmark cards, but his willingness to look into our haunted psyche. He may yet get the fame he richly deserves as a producer, a collaborator, an artist, but he is forever humble.
Mills speaks about how music comes naturally to him, but turning those melodies into a finished product with lyrics “is more of a hunt, there’s no guarantee of what day or what time it’s gonna come” though it may seem like a put-down, it’s more obvious of the intent and passion Mills puts into his work, he wants his melodies to have an equal match in the meaning of the words, and for that we’re all the more grateful.
You can still find his 2010 debut Break Mirrors on:
"I never tell her when she's played a song I never heard
because I always learn the music and forget the words"
Genius in simplicity. There’s a reason why music can be awfully transcendent at it’s most simple. Blake Mills defines it, in this two chord run that manages to fit a grand narrative of hope and damning insecurity within a man who’s in love. Even as a man who has built a solid reputation as a dynamic guitarist backing the likes of Lucinda Williams and others, he and his 2010 debut Break Mirrors has flown under the radar. This version of “Hey Lover” from his recordings with Daytrotter, finds him at his most dynamic, raucous and understated, check it out.
“Early in the year feeling/ fade away/ something has clearly gone today/ dont know what i can do but i know /i know/ i know/ its the worst thing to put you in a song/ as the words come i know that it was wrong/ early in the evening but i know/ i know/ i know”
“Wintersong” is one of those hushed and wistful tunes that makes one reminisce about times gone by. Blake Mills showcases his talent as an artist here, anchoring the song with some great acoustic production and strong vocals and just when you think you’ve got the whole song figured out he brings it into Fleetwood Mac Rumours territory with some great back and forth with an unknown female vocalist. A perfect heartwarming song for those cold spring nights. The free download after the jump, plus a great live bonus track.