Aug 9, 2010
Some people complain about them, some people love them, but for those of you who haven't figured it out yet, these "... Returns" shows should really just be called "Darrin shoots the breeze with his buddies," because -- since all of the obligatory biographical information/stock questions have been covered -- they tend to get personal, off-topic, and are really just excuses to hang around, drink beer, and play some new music. You know, the same kind of stuff we would be doing even if there weren't mics in front of us. This week's episode, featuring long-time friend of the show Chad Mills, is no exception, doubly so since it is also reinforced by the ubiquitous presence of Ms. Jenn Cristy, who just happened to be playing on stage with Chad that night -- thus activating the clause in her contract that legally binds us to give her a mic whenever she's in a five mile radius of a show taping. So, enough with the deep, philosophical stuff; to heck with the in-depth analysis of the subtle ironic and thematic elements in Chad's lyrics; forget discussions of his dreams and aspirations as a struggling independent musician. What we really want to know about are fish in beer mugs and how annoying that Alicia Keys song really is.
That said, Chad Mills is really starting to piss me off. Why isn't this guy famous yet!? Hell, why isn't he at least touring the "Midwest State Fair Circuit" and getting his music heard outside of a 100-mile radius? It's not for lack of being busy, he plays around 150 shows a year. Certainly it's not because his material isn't accessible, I firmly believe Make the Door should be a hit, or at least a wildly successful novelty song in the vein of "Cover of the Rolling Stone" that is revered on college radio stations around the country. It certainly isn't because he isn't loved in Indianapolis, he commanded probably the largest crowd I've ever seen at Birdy's on the night of his CD release party -- a reported 250 in attendance, not counting the myriad special guests who joined him on stage for what turned out to be, in my humble opinion, the performance of his life. "Make the door" is one of those albums that you have no excuse for not liking, as it easily caters to the pop, folk, country, and indie fan alike. For this release, Chad showcases his whole spectrum, offering up stripped down singer/songwrater fare with tracks like "Dusk" and "Long Winter Stretch," bouncy toe-tappers like "The Line" and "600 North 600 West," introspective story songs like "Moving Manhattan," pure poetry like "Chemical Hymn," burning jams like "On my Way" and just plain fun singalongs like the aforementioned title track, and ... well, I could go on, but it's probably best that you just buy the album and hear it for yourself. What you're getting on this show is just a sampling of what's in store for you.
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