Anchor - EP

by Heather Miller

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about

2011 brought about a seismic shift in Heather Miller’s relationship to her path in music. While she was championing the art of so many songwriters via her Lyrical Venus radio show and blog, she still felt a void in relation to her own art. The nagging calling to do something led her to find Rubicon Artist Development in Austin, Texas, a recording studio and year-long mentorship program founded by producer and musician Daniel Barrett. Rubicon offered intensive study and goal-oriented mentoring in writing, musicianship, performing, and recording.

The songs on Anchor reflect Miller’s journey from Iowa to Texas, with opening track “Keep Telling Me” addressing the fears that everyone faces when trying to take a big leap in life. “Shoreline of Alaska” again explores searching for something greater while trying to make it through every day existence. “Jonah’s Whale” continues the nautical theme of the record with a twist on an old story that addresses the inner turmoil of being a human...or a whale. “Rain Song” pulls from Miller’s first long, hot summer in Austin, perhaps an overly warm welcome with drought conditions, fire warnings, and 100+ degree weather. The chorus of “Everybody needs a rain song, something to sing when it’s been dry too long,” becomes a classic folk song, a simple prayer set to melody. Finally, the title track, written when Miller first arrived in Austin, turns out to be a self-fulfilled prophecy. “I’m leaving behind everything I know to follow the calling deep within my soul...I’m gonna throw my anchor down, gonna hold my head up high.”

Sonically, the album pulls from Miller’s acoustic folk roots and builds on them with appearances by some of Austin’s finest musicians. Rick Richards on drums (Joe Walsh, Dixie Chicks, Mary Gauthier), Red Young on piano and Hammond organ (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt), Daniel Barrett on guitar and bass (porterdavis), and Warren Hood on fiddle (The Waybacks) are all featured on Anchor.

After coming to Austin to explore the life of a working musician first hand, Miller left not only having seen it but was living it daily, and with the release of Anchor, she is planting herself firmly in the musical world and following her calling. “I don’t have that nagging voice anymore asking, “When are you going to do the music?” Now it’s like, this is who I am and what I do...you don’t get freaked out about how to make eggs in the morning...you just do it. All that anxiety of wishing and hoping isn’t there anymore. It’s happening.”

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released 13 November 2012

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Daniel Barrett at Rubicon Artist Development www.rubiconartistdevelopment.com
Mastered by Mark Hallman at Congress House; Austin, TX

Players:
Heather Miller - vocals, acoustic guitar
Daniel Barrett - vocals, bass, electric guitar, baritone electric guitar, glockenspiel, tambourine, keyboards and programming
Red Young - piano, Hammond organ
Rick Richards - drums
Warren Hood - fiddle on Rain Song
Ana B - vocals on Jonah’s Whale, Rain Song and Anchor
Bettina Davis - vocals on Anchor
Connie Galindo - vocals on Rain Song and Anchor
Jana Pochop - vocals on Keep Telling Me

Artwork by Alicia Carradus - aliciacarradus.blogspot.com
Design by Emily Shirley - www.emilyshirley.com
Photo by Shawnee Kilgore - shawneekilgore.com

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Heather Miller Fairfield, Iowa

I love music and I'm so grateful for all the gifts it has brought to my life. In May 2011, I took a huge leap of faith and moved from Iowa down to Austin for a year, to study at Rubicon Artist Development and make my first EP called "Anchor". I'm now back in Iowa, CD in hand, excited to share it with the world! ... more

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Track Name: Keep Telling Me
Keep telling me about the lonely
Keep telling me about the scared
Keep telling me that it don’t matter
and that you don’t really care

Keep telling me that you’re too tired
Keep telling me that it won’t work
Keep telling me you had the vision
But your boss was such a jerk

I will hear you out, when you’re filled with doubt

Keep telling me that it won’t happen
Keep telling me that you’re too broke
Keep telling me that love’s for suckers
and how your life is one big joke

You don’t need a Cinderella ending
Just enough to pay your debts
Why’d they fill our heads with fairy tales
If this is what we get?

Keep telling me about your passion
Keep telling me about your dreams
Keep telling me your tiny secrets
And how far off they seem

Tell me one good thing, just one good thing about today

I can’t tell you it’ll change tomorrow
I can’t tell you it’ll change next year
But if a spark could be ignited
Or you could stare down one small fear

Would you tell me one good thing, just one good thing

Come on, there’s one good thing about today
Track Name: Shoreline of Alaska
He's still snoring as I shuffle to the kitchen
Tie my robe, and put the kettle on the stove
I light a cigarette, this is the only chance I'll get
look out the window as I wait to hear the boil

The only thing to see across the way is a green hedge
I knock the ashes off against the window ledge

If I had a dream I can't remember
If you ask me how I am I'll say I'm fine
I'll tell you about the tulips or the roses or the weather
and tonight I'll pour another glass of wine

He always promised we would travel
When all the kids had all grown up and gone
But he worked himself to death, and there's not much of him left
Still somehow through the years he's clinging on

I know it's my duty to stay here by his side
For better or worse is what I promised as his bride

And
If I had a dream I can't remember
If you ask me how I am I'll say I'm fine
I'll tell you about the tulips or the roses or the weather
and tonight I'll pour another glass of wine

The shoreline of Alaska is calling out my name
A lullaby is whispering from the rails beneath a train
The drumbeat of old Ireland is pounding through my veins
It's all a lie, it's all a lie when I say that

If I had a dream I can't remember
If you ask me how I am I'll say I'm fine
I'll tell you about the tulips or the roses or the weather
and tonight
oh tonight
yeah tonight
I'll pour another glass of wine
Track Name: Jonah's Whale
I am just a simple whale
I sing my way across the ocean
But when Jonah’s ship set sail
An age old plan was put in motion

I was appointed on the day that I was born
I won’t spite the hand that feeds me
He doesn’t ask too often and He doesn’t ask too much
I will do as my Lord needs me

When they threw Jonah to the waves
I was waiting there to catch him
That bellyacher banged my belly for three days
It was worse than indigestion

I was appointed on the day that I was born
I won’t spite the hand that feeds me
He doesn’t ask too often and He doesn’t ask too much
I will do as my Lord needs me

Then the man inside made peace
The struggle in my gut was over
I heaved him out upon the beach
Turned to face the deep and dove there

I was appointed on the day that I was born
I won’t spite the hand that feeds me
He doesn’t ask too often and He doesn’t ask too much
I will do as my Lord needs me

I was appointed on the day that I was born
I won’t spite the hand that feeds me
He doesn’t ask too often and He doesn’t ask too much
I will do as my Lord needs me

I am just a simple whale
I sing my way across the ocean
Track Name: Rain Song
Everybody needs a rain song
Something to sing when it’s been dry too long
Everybody needs a rain song
So come on, come on rain

It’s so hot, the blacktop is crying
The potted plants on the porch are all dying
The grass is greener in some other state
We’re watching the sky and asking it why
All we can do is pray

Everybody needs a rain song
Something to sing when it’s been dry too long
Everybody needs a rain song
So come on, come on rain

Come some other time we may get floods
And we’ll forget about how dry it was
The only constant is the weather will change
So we keep watching the sky and asking it why
All we can do is pray

Everybody needs a rain song
Something to sing when it’s been dry too long
Everybody needs a rain song
So come on, come on rain

Everybody needs a rain song
Something to sing when it’s been dry too long
Everybody needs a rain song
So come on, come on rain
So come on, come on rain
So come on, come on rain
Track Name: Anchor
Gonna throw my anchor down
Gonna hold my head up high
Gonna claim this brave new world
In the name of you and I

Gonna throw my anchor down
Gonna hold my head up high
Gonna claim this brave new world
In the name of you and I

I’m leaving behind everything I know
to follow the calling deep within my soul
Don’t know what awaits me on the distant shore
But that sweet siren song, I can no more ignore

Dreams I have aplenty, possessions I have few
My compass has been broken, but my heart is true
If I can make my way, if I can soldier on
the life that I once knew, will be dead and gone

and that golden prize will at last be won

So I’m
Gonna throw my anchor down
Gonna hold my head up high
Gonna claim this brave new world
In the name of you and I

Gonna throw my anchor down
Gonna hold my head up high
Gonna claim this brave new world
In the name of you and I