Australian singer Miiesha gives us another beautiful track in Price I Paid. The original version is a little upbeat, but I fancy the live version a bit more. The softer tones and slower pace really fits the feels of the song. And even then, during the second run through of the chorus, Miiesha speeds it up just a little. The acoustic guitar in the live version was played very well. Noticeable enough, but not so much where it wants to take over in the song.
Miiesha talks about how she views her body as a temple, but the one she wants to be with and breaks up with stops coming by to pray. And in the track there are two different metaphors that she uses interchangeably. The religious aspect of her body and the betting/gambling of her faith in her (now) ex. Faith, in this context, works for both because it’s the currency she has from herself then bets it all away on a losing game. Hearing her sing it doesn’t seem like a word salad. For some people, it’s hard enough to get one coherent theme for any particular track, but Miiesha was able to weave in two. She is truly one of the better writers from Australia.
There has been so much praise for upcoming Australian artist Miiesha that she was nominated for two APRA awards: Breakthrough Writer of the Year and Most Performed R&B/Soul Work. So when her new song Damaged came out, I got excited because I got to hear good music and great writing. Initially, I thought this was a song about a relationship between two people (read: intimate relationship or long-term relationship) and Miiesha got tired and decided to break it off. After seeing the music video, I understand that their lyrical abilities are off the charts.
So this wasn’t about that type of relationship, but about a father and son. So certain words and lines start to pop off having new context. So this line for example:
The way you demand it; Turned me into a savage; Nothing left for me to do; When I cannot break your habits
This isn’t about one love to another trying to get them to break bad habits, but a son to a father losing his mind trying to get him to break his habits. I mean the way he was going off on the woman on her phone was over the line and the son had to go check him. Then there was the second pre-chorus where Miiesha sings:
Drown in the sound of a heart crying; Tryina bleed out a blood line; Still tryin to prove; There’s always more
That line about bleeding out a blood line was so loaded when you have a music video about a father and son. I think that whole segment is about the son trying to not pass on the paternal legacy to his family. But as he continues, there is always something else he realizes or discovers about his father and you get to the line “There’s always more”. The one part of the video towards the end has the father reading a book called Deepest Regrets. The producers for the music video were extremely detailed and I appreciate them for that.
I can understand why the hype behind Miiesha is so high. I see her on par with Gallant in terms of song writing and readers of the blog know I place him in the highest of regards in terms of songwriting. It’s not as prevalent as it was decades ago, but people like Miiesha give me hope.