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Gavin Mikhail

Gavin Mikhail

"I am not a rockstar. I am not a rockstar. I am NOT a rockstar... They say the first step toward overcoming a problem is admitting you have one. And, if not being a rockstar can be considered a problem (as I've been told by many in my industry)... well then... I'm here to admit it. I am not a rockstar, I have never BEEN a rockstar, nor do I ever PLAN on being a rockstar. I don't party 'til dawn, trash hotel rooms or demand 'where IS my deli tray?' upon entering a dressing room. I don't wear dark sunglasses in an already dark restaurant, have absolutely no tattoos, and try my damndest when meeting new people never to act (as my wife aptly puts it) too-cool-for-school. (oh yeah, I'm married... and, I have a kid... VERY un-rockstar-like... :)"

(The previous is an excerpt from Gavin Mikhail's self-written biography "The Anti-Rockstar" which can be found in entirety at www.myspace.com/gavinmikhail)

With over 160,000 fans, 1.6 million profile views, and almost 3.5 million plays on MySpace, sales in excess of 10,000 cd's and 45,000 downloads internationally, and an extensive resume of songs featured in film and television, Gavin Mikhail is a shining example of the modern-day independent artist. At the heart of his appeal is a lyrical honesty and devotion to his fans seldom found in today's mainstream musical landscape. Plainly put... he cares. And his fans love him for it. As testament to this artist-fan connection, in November 2007, out of 1,700 artists entered in the SSL/Eventful/Tunecore 'Lay It Down And Mix It Up In The UK' Contest, Gavin took first place, winning by a margin of over 13,000 votes. All told, 22,000 fans voted for him, more than doubling the number of votes cast for the second place finisher. Having won, Gavin traveled to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in December to begin work on his third studio album (due for release in spring 2009). Like his previous two offerings 'My Personal Beauty Needs' (2003) and 'Like Normal People Do' (2006), the album is sure to please fans and critics alike, showcasing his poignant lyrics, true musicianship, and further setting him apart from other artists in the ever-burgeoning piano-rock genre. Talented, down-to-earth, and with songs that touch the soul, Gavin is truly one to watch in 2008.

Artist's Media Player

Like Normal People Do (Japanese Import) Cover
  • Like Normal People Do (Japanese Import)
  • Pop
  • Gavin Mikhail
  • 11/08/2007
  • Like Normal People Do (Japanese Import)
  1. Not Enough (Acoustic Version)...
  2. Catch Your Fall (Strings Mix)...
My Personal Beauty Needs Cover
  • My Personal Beauty Needs
  • Pop, Rock
  • Gavin Mikhail
  • 11/25/2003
  • My Personal Beauty Needs
Liner Notes: Gavin Mikhail - My Personal Beauty Needs ALBUM CREDITS: Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Gavin Mikhail, except * Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Dwight A. Baker Recorded & Mixed at Tower Window Studios, Nashville, TN, except * Recorded & Mixed at Matchbox Studios, Austin, TX Mastered by Erik Wolf at Wolf Mastering, Nashville, TN Photography by Jimmy Abegg Album & Website Design by Jay Johnson p & © 2003 Tower Window Records, Inc., P.O. Box 122, Kingston Springs, TN 37082. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Made in U.S.A. www.gavinmikhail.com www.myspace.com/gavinmikhail SONG/PERFORMANCE CREDITS: 1. Fight The Sky* Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals Dwight Baker: drums, bass, guitars, keyboards 2. Handed Over Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming J.D. Blair: drums Chris Kent: bass Chris Schwachenwald: guitars Ryan Fitch: djembe 3. Take Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, guitars, programming 4. Come Alive Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Frank Cuden: drums 5. Who We Are Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals 6. Sitting On The Edge Of The World Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Rich Kij: drums 7. Banner Years Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Frank Cuden: drums 8. Amnesty Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Frank Cuden: drums 9. All Too Well Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, guitars, programming 10. Territory Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Frank Cuden: drums 11. After All Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, programming Frank Cuden: drums 12. You Grieve Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals All Songs Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) except track 5 written by Gavin Mikhail/Melissa Peirce © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI)/Diver Dann Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. THANK-YOU'S: To those who worked on this project or played with me live or supported my work or just took the time to listen... thank you... the Mikhail and Lukens families, Mike Toorock, Wayne Ledbetter, Rob Beckham, Joe Azar, Russ Zavitson, Kathleen Bonnicksen, Carol Spencer, Jeff Castelaz, Ellie Wyatt, Josh Sanderson, Frank Cuden, Luis Guerra, Chris Schwachenwald, Paul Rippee, Matt Shockley, Stanton Adcock, Brad Belanger, Amanda Baggett, Dwight Baker, Jimmy Messer, Danny Strick, Shannon Hunter, Michael Villegass, Mike Doyle, Bobby Cappadona, Joel Graves, Nick Haussling, Peter Torres, Ruth Gonzales, Sam Plotkin, Tony Ferguson, Daniella Capretta, Darren Harmon, David Byrnes, Gary Nuell, Jennifer Blakeman, Andrew Goodfriend, Steve Oberman, Louie Bandak, Trista Thorpe, J.D. Blair, Chris Kent, Ryan Fitch, Rich Kij, Melissa Peirce, John Boyle, Mark Mason, Matt Maher, Scott Carlson, Chuck Toler, Clayton Doty, Gaven Smith, Aisling Fenelon, David Henry, Evan Shoemake, Shane Adams, Erik Wolf, Jay Johnson, Jimmy Abegg, Vanessa Holtgrewe, J.J. Hull, Pete Leoni, Steve Curnutte, Morgan Pettinato, Sarah Smith, Paul Cassella, B.C. Rogers, Roxie Randle, Mary & Jay Kelley, Chad Provonsha, Matt Umberger, and anyone I’ve neglected to mention... A special thanks to Alicia Black... who worked so tirelessly to promote my music... and to Barb... without whom I would not be able to do what I do. I love you... Gavin LYRICS: FIGHT THE SKY Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) You fight the daily battles of a million things created of and around what you fear and know and fear not knowing we get thrown into the face of a thousand trains you've trained upon our ears here we are here we are still listening... And you fight the good fight to win until the death over a thing that doesn't care carry any weight at all and doesn't even know it signed up for duty in a war that you created built with the help of those who didn't care but gave you tools supplies and dared you "build a place to hide your fear..." I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide You wait for it to die now I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide I'll watch you fight the sky now... I will watch you fight the sky and wait for it to die and we wait and we wait and we wait for a strong wind to pick you up and rip the pain and slam it down into a wall it can't climb up get past knock down and so we wait... Pick your battles save your force for the fights that really matter but still you demand waiting for the world to understand and to care to know to love and yes to give a damn so if it runs may it hide I will watch you fight the sky... I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide You wait for it to die now I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide I'll watch you fight the sky now... The color's changing now the dim light shifting to those across the world who don't know don't care don't worry if you've won... So tell me if it changes fixes curses or remains all the ones you left behind keep nearer still and remind that asking means fighting means winning needs doing and you have won oh now you have won... That asking means fighting means winning needs doing and you have won it all... I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide You wait for it to die now I will watch you fight the sky You make them run and hide I'll watch you fight the sky now... You fight the daily battles of a million things created of and around what you fear and know and fear not knowing we get thrown into the face of a thousand trains you've trained upon our ears here we are here we are still listening... HANDED OVER Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) God knows I've carried the torch of indecision worry see the watchers watching... I know you're grounded in years of family history worry leave the talkers talking on... To the ones she needs on a ride I believe "Take the chances while you're young" And the ones who too soon handed over Now see what they've done... The years have shown you our way the doormat face down wipe your feet on our good graces... Take in their words and their meaning good intentions hand it over take your places now... To the ones she needs on a ride I believe "Take the chances while you're young" And the ones who too soon handed over Now see what they've done... I'm a little bit tired... I'm a little bit jaded... And I need someone to tell me "you can make it..." I'm a little bit tired... I'm a little bit jaded... And I need someone to tell me "you can make it..." I know your fear and I still believe you can descend without the wings to fly... And in time you'll carry your food for ammunition compass strength across the wire now... To the ones she needs on a ride I believe "Take the chances while you're young" And the ones who too soon handed over Now see what they've done... TAKE Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I can see you crawling fast along the shadow side of greed through all the past alone you travel... Tell me I can fight you Tell me I can try you Tell me all I want To see you from beneath me... Take what you can when you can Take what you can when you can... Sit me down you talk of time your truth the reasons why you need us bleed us dry no room for me and... Tell me I can fight you Tell me I can try you Tell me all I want To see you from beneath me... (Tell me I can feel it comin' around you drown the fight in us again and I can feel you pinning me down a thousand lies are spoken then and I can see you spinning me around a shot from me into you...) Take what you can when you can Take what you can when you can... I can see you run and hide among the flashing signs of passion passing by your understanding... Tell me I can fight you Tell me I can try you Tell me all I want To see you from beneath me... Take what you can when you can Take what you can when you can Take what you can when you can Take what you can when you can... (Tell me now tell me now tell me now all of the reasons why you're feeding the dreamers to bleed the sound you never settle for what's given you take us and break us and make us sell out to see you steal the dream the beauty give me everything that you take...) COME ALIVE Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I wish you could lose yourself sometimes and be All the things that I remember from your history I wish you could lessen your grip and let go Of your life and all the things you know... But I will be the one to lead you If you listen I will teach you All the ways that I can make you come alive I will be the one to take you From the lies that almost break you From the days and nights you wonder why Just trust in me I'll make you come alive... I wish you would stumble, trip, and fall on through To that other someone speaking up inside of you I wish you would take some time and just take care Not to lose the person you find there... But I will be the one to lead you If you listen I will teach you All the ways that I can make you come alive I will be the one to take you From the lies that almost break you From the days and nights you wonder why Just trust in me I'll make you come alive... What ever happened to the one I knew back then? The way you'd fight for all of the things you thought were right and always said, "Just stand up tall for all that you believe in all the time And life will work out fine for you and me... you'll see..." But I will be the one to take you From the lies that couldn't break you From the days and nights that passed you by Just trust in me I'll make you come alive... But I will be the one to lead you If you listen I will teach you All the ways that I can make you come alive I will be the one to take you From the lies that almost break you From the days and nights you wonder why Just trust in me I'll make you come alive... WHO WE ARE Written by Gavin Mikhail/Melissa Peirce © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI)/Diver Dann Music (ASCAP) So many chapters to This life we're living through I rediscover you with every passing day And I'm happy here To know you're standing by my side As time passes by, and I... Know all the years and the places The fears, the lonely faces, scars, and broken hearts have made us who we are We're always writing a new history And redefining you and me And though I know we've come so far We will begin again Our story never ends... I wonder every day If I could watch the changes in our passions as they happen slowly Making us what we need The you and me we find inside as time passes by, and I... Know all the years and the places The fears, the lonely faces, Scars, and broken hearts have made us who we are We're always writing a new history And redefining you and me And though I know we've come so far... We're changing all the time and I can see So much of what you mean to me I can't explain the how and why Of all the changes now, but I... Know all the years and the places The fears, the lonely faces, scars, and broken hearts have made us who we are We're always writing a new history And redefining you and me And though I know we've come so far We will begin again Our story never ends... SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Sitting on the edge of the world and the life and the love of a world surround me... I'll tell a man that all that he does can be swept aside of the man that he can be... But I still wish Wait for something Still need All the man Until he gives it all away And if I still need Hope that all is well He gives it all away... Sitting on the edge of the world and the sun and the clouds of a fall surround me... And fall away the tick of the time and the shapes and the signs of a world that it can be... But I still wish Wait for him And still he Digs away And still he covers everything And if I still need Hope that all is well He covers everything... Sitting on the edge of the world and the waves will come in the tide to change me... But finish everything that's done in the days and the light of the hours that have made me... made me... made me... I'm the one to open outward A great expanse am I The one to open outward I can fly The one to open outward Into a blazing sky The one to open outward I can fly... Sitting on the edge of the world and the life and the love of a world surround me... I'll tell a man that all that he does can be swept aside of the man that he can be... But I still wish Wait for something Still need All the man Until he gives it all away And if I still need Hope that all is well He gives it all away... BANNER YEARS Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I am sorry for the bother of repeating all the things I should believe in If I told my story could I use it to bring the all the end the everything... The effigy of what I set myself up here to be The hollow peace of living still giving up all I need Arrives complete telling every reason indiscreetly Lasting banner years of all the things I wait to see... Am I wasting all my time Fighting through this so-called life Can you tell me now How do we know just when the fight should end When I can take the broken, bent, And shattered hopes and walk away From this place... Overcome by all the dangers, in a life less ordinary will you know the ones who dare to carry On with all the changes, fighting to the truth inside of me and guiding what I need... The if's and why's of disbelieving everything they teach And their advice spoken in the words that never reach All the heights of heaven every lesson incomplete for Lasting banner years of all the things I wait to see... Am I wasting all my time Fighting through this so-called life Can you tell me now How do we know just when the fight should end When I can take the broken, bent, And shattered hopes and walk away From this place... Do you miss me since I stood and walked away To find the reasons why I'm living every day For that something that I can't seem to find this time But I will be all that I set myself up here to be And I will try to see the future through your eyes and keep Myself fine away from all the ones who punish me for All the little reasons every vision I will keep, but... Am I wasting all my time Fighting through this so-called life Can you tell me now How do we know just when the fight should end When I can take the broken, bent, And shattered hopes and walk away From this place... AMNESTY Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) If I could be the man you idolize and sensualize the wisdom of the hunt capture penalize free-thinking making basing all who run the world and glamorize the business you can see I would be less the man the stand I take and further all who seek the twisted ethic live the ways and means of daring profit-sharing with the meek free to think of me uncaring in the race of money making climbing taking chances cancel those who gamble ramble on about achieving still believing they can make it... I cannot reach you caught between The love you hate, the hate you need ‘Cause all your life you've traded me The freedom for your amnesty The lock and key that keeps you tied to me The days you live and breathe The "might have been" that you pretend So you can cash our past in... Now I stumble slowly forward through the twisted ethic bore you with the details of the me inept but free to push the morals fact debris of scattered ashes you believe after the fashion now I see you for what you came to be in person fact and fiction evolution self-exertion charm them into your submission make them tow the line to the letter better now than later how we stand and take it is the measure of the better man than he who claims to be the thinker blinks to find his fame is never free... I cannot reach you caught between The love you hate, the hate you need ‘Cause all your life you've traded me The freedom for your amnesty The lock and key that keeps you tied to me The days you live and breathe The "might have been" that you pretend So you can cash our past in... Now I see a life of more than beautiful Where I can be the everything you hide... I cannot reach you caught between The love you hate, the hate you need ‘Cause all your life you've traded me The freedom for your pride... I cannot reach you caught between The love you hate, the hate you need ‘Cause all your life you've traded me The freedom for your amnesty The lock and key that keeps you tied to me The days you live and breathe The "might have been" that you pretend So you can cash our past in... ALL TOO WELL Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Ask me how I'm doing care to know the answer? soon I'll be the one you know is winning stand and face the ones you spin the tales of knowing "heard the sounds you were creating living showing while the others weren't listening" now they wait to get their fill of all the reasons why you made it riding backs of those who gave you all their time unanswered messages "we'll get together when you play the show and fill the stands and meet the customer demand for all things pretty we can move to any band that sets the mood..." And I can And I will Hold me down Keep me still Take your reasons Lies you sell ‘Cause I know you All too well... The party people gather quickly drinks in hand to hear the thing their friends will talk about and wish away the meaning and the inspiration to the background music search the crowd for faces focused on the you of all the headlines focused always on the by-lines live the life rock star persona People magazine will show us all the greatest angles of a face so recognizable perfect grace accept the nomination "entertainer of the year" you beat out everyone and everything even sold us with your tears... And I can And I will Hold me down Keep me still Take your reasons Lies you sell ‘Cause I know you All too well... A lasting year of dedication to the cause of all the patience if I save the time I'm willing to give up the things I build and keep away from those who shop the very things I cannot stop the way you live a life self-focused scan the pages get the most you can and ask me how I'm doing care to know the answer? soon I'll be the one you know is winning stand and face the ones you lose... And I can And I will Hold me down Keep me still Take your reasons Lies you sell ‘Cause I know you All too well ‘Cause I know you All too well... TERRITORY Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) While you give your life away I will never stop, take stock, and believe in All the ones who pine away For the very state you hope to achieve in... That place you hide Where the damage gets you by And if you can You'll think that... I am listening to you repeating everything they believe And why I bring the weight of the world crashing down on me And it may be that you have found that everything you need But I'll never be territory... And you wander every day Through the lines and pages, text of the season And you hope to find a way But I will not listen up or believe in... That place you hide Where the damage gets you by And if you can You'll think that... I am listening to you repeating everything they believe And why I bring the weight of the world crashing down on me And it may be that you have found that everything you need But I'll never be territory... But all my life I've lived at the price of taking flight Away from the man, true faith, end times, and promised land "If you would only take my hand..." I am listening to you tell me everything I believe And why I'm free from the weight of your conscience, ideology... I am listening to you repeating everything they believe And why I bring the weight of the world crashing down on me And it may be that you have found that everything you need But I'll never be territory... AFTER ALL Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Take this silence out of my head Just open me up and make it dead... I am not as strong as I wanna be I need the freedom, belief Can the heavens help me now? This is not the life that I wanna lead I need the peace of the free Can you hear me asking... Did it really have to be me after all? Did it really have to be me after all? All eight guns have gone to six It's your disease I thank for this... I am not as strong as I wanna be I need the freedom, belief Can the heavens help me now? This is not the life that I wanna lead I need the peace of the free Can you hear me asking... Did it really have to be me after all? Did it really have to be me after all? These are the signs of the coming waves of sound And they will guide us through everything they've found If we stay and listen all their words will tear us down These are the signs of the coming waves of sound... Did it really have to be me after all? Did it really have to be me after all? Did it really have to be me after all? Did it really have to be me after all? YOU GRIEVE Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2003 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) So many times we've come undone and sold our lives We struggle all the time And we forget to choose the sides With every passing sign I breathe you in and can't let go Of all the things I know I'll be the one to take your soul... But if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you grieve? And if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you... you grieve... If we lose so many times the game we play Why do we play it just the same? Something more that I wait for That I can never change Check the sides, hear the lines We've said it all and so You'll be the one to take my soul... But if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you grieve? And if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you... Though you handed it away caught in the middle of the silence stays a little longer every day we stay... but we stay... So many times we've come undone and sold our lives We struggle all the time And we forget to choose the sides With every passing sign I breathe you in and can't let go Of all the things I know I'll be the one to take your soul... But if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you grieve? And if I go Will you watch me leave Still love me though you... you grieve...
  1. Fight the Sky
  2. Handed Over
  3. Take
  4. Come Alive
  5. Who We Are
  6. Sitting on the Edge of the World...
  7. Banner Years
  8. Amnesty
  9. All Too Well
  10. Territory
  11. After All
  12. You Grieve
Like Normal People Do Cover
  • Like Normal People Do
  • Pop, Rock
  • Gavin Mikhail
  • 10/17/2006
  • Like Normal People Do
Liner Notes: Gavin Mikhail - Like Normal People Do ALBUM CREDITS: Written & Produced by Gavin Mikhail Additional production by Neilson Hubbard, Frank Cuden, and Paul Rippee Tracks recorded by Jordan Richter at Roswell East Studios, Nashville, TN Overdubs recorded by Gavin Mikhail at Tower Window Studios and Neilson Hubbard at Mr. Lemons Studios, Nashville, TN Mixed by Gavin Mikhail and Jordan Richter at Tower Window Studios and Roswell East Studios, Nashville, TN Mastered by Stephen Marsh at Threshold Mastering, West Los Angeles, CA Additional editing by David Axelrod Photography by Jimmy Abegg Album & Website Design by Jay Johnson Gavin uses Yamaha pianos, Mojave microphones, and UA preamps and compressors Frank uses Ayotte drums, Sabian cymbals, Simba sticks, and Aquarian heads Paul uses Fender and Musicman basses, and Eden and SWR amps and cabinets Neilson uses Gibson and Fender Guitars, Electro-Harmonix, Full Tone, Menatone, and Dan Electro pedals, and Fender and Vox amps Chris Carmichael uses Super-Sensitive violin, viola, and cello strings. © & p 2006 Tower Window Records, Inc., P.O. Box 122, Kingston Springs, TN 37082. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Made in U.S.A. www.gavinmikhail.com www.myspace.com/gavinmikhail SONG/PERFORMANCE CREDITS: 1. Brave 2. Catch Your Fall 3. More 4. Back For Me 5. Go On 6. God In This Moment 7. Sight Unseen 8. Days Gone By 9. Stay 10. One Of These Days Gavin Mikhail: piano, vocals, keyboards, guitars, programming Frank Cuden: drums Paul Rippee: bass Neilson Hubbard: guitars, programming Chris Carmichael: violin, viola, cello Strings on tracks 1, 2, 4, & 5 arranged by Gavin Mikhail Strings on tracks 6 & 8 arranged by Chris Carmichael All Songs Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. THANK-YOU'S: THANK YOU... To Fiona K... My new reason for creating music. Having you around has made everything in my life better, sweetheart. I love you so much... To the Mikhail and Lukens families... I couldn't ask for more support from a group of people who're still somewhat perplexed by what it is I actually... do. :) I love you guys... To my players: Frank, Paul, Neilson, and Chris... your talent, musical intuitiveness, and friendship made this record what it is. Thank you so so much for helping me realize these songs... To Russ Zavitson... one of the few I've met who embraces what it means to be part of a creative community, you're always there with advice and counsel. So much of this record is a direct product of your wisdom, Russell. Thank you... To Chris Schwachenwald... a great artist in your own right, you've been a friend through all of my ups and downs in this business. I feel so fortunate to have had your support along the way. Thanks, bro... oh yeah... and thanks for getting me on TV... :) To Dave Pensado... one of the best in the business, your mixing insight saved me countless hours of frustration... Thank you for being so giving of your time and knowledge... To Jay Johnson... you're a truly gifted artist, brother. The look of the finished album and website are better than I could have ever hoped for. Thank you... To Liz Redwing... in it for all the right reasons, you are one of the most generous, selfless people I've ever met in this industry. I appreciate your help and support more than you know, Lizzay... To Erin Bell... my sounding board and biggest fan. Your enthusiasm is infectious, Elbell. Thank you so much for keeping my spirits perpetually lifted... To Chad Provonsha... at the times when I've most needed a friend and an objective opinion, you've been there with encouragement and counsel. For that, I am so grateful... Thanks, brother... To Melissa Peirce... living proof that hard work pays off. Your success is my motivation to keep at this thing called music, kid. Thanks for your support and friendship... To Jimmy Abegg... thank you for taking such unbelievably great pictures. If only I looked so cool in real life! To Gaven Smith... thanks for making me look good in those great pictures. There’s a reason you’re so successful at what you do... To Yvette... I didn't recognize 'til recently just how supportive you are of my music. To have you as a little sister... I should be so lucky... Love you, kiddo... To Sarah, Richard, B.C., Matt, and all the friends who keep me sane... thank you... To those who helped and supported in one way or another throughout this crazy long project... Rolff Zwiep, Mike Toorock, Alan Stewart, Mike Paragone, Evan Shoemake, Paul Bonfiglio, Clayton Doty, Paul Cassella, John and Angie Belcher, Courtney Johnson, Mina Provonsha, Josh King, Ronan Chris Murphy, John Billings, Chris Ludwig, Jordan Richter, Stephen Marsh, David Leonard, Ed Foote, John Saylor, Erik Wolf, Erick Jaskowiak, John Jennings, Weston Radcliffe, Barry and Becca Sanders, John Olivier, Laura Covington, Glenda, Casi, Jason, and all the fans who've taken the time to listen and connect with my songs... thank you. And, most importantly... to Barb... Honey, I don't really even know where to begin. Put as plainly as possible, you are the reason I'm able to make music. In those moments when I question why I do what I do, through your every word and action, you remind me to keep at it, strive to be better, and ultimately, believe in myself. I am continually in awe of the grace and beauty with which you handle the difficulties in our life and can unequivocally say that without you, this record would not even exist. Your constant support and faith in my abilities means everything to me, and I feel like the most fortunate guy in the world for having you in my life. I love you more than I can ever say... Gavin LYRICS: BRAVE Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I am not as brave, beautiful, and patient as you are But I am safe in your arms I listen as you say "I'm proud of who you've become and the person you will be tomorrow..." And I know I would give anything up for you... I'll follow through I promise to hold on I'll never let go won't let you down If you can stay proud I'll be brave somehow... I am not that brave... Sometimes I need to hear you whisper "Everything's O.K... You'll be fine, I'll help you find your way..." And I have nothing but faith in you All that I am is what you are and we are I would give anything up for you... I'll follow through I promise to hold on I'll never let go won't let you down If you can stay proud I'll be brave somehow... Whisper... You can save me I am listening I am waiting for your best to come alive And help me understand the reasons why I'm here now living a feeling unlike my fear Outside of this life I am here now for you... I'll follow through I promise to hold on I'll never let go won't let you down If you can stay proud I'll be brave and I will follow you I promise to hold on I'll never let go won't let you down If you can stay proud I'll be brave somehow... CATCH YOUR FALL Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) It's that time To sink or swim I try To be stronger inside And rise above myself I know for you It must be painful to Carry the way you do Though I can't be you I see through Your silence, feigned indifference gets you by And though I'm trying I can't tell you when we'll fly Just know... I care I'll lift you up to See where I will always Be there any time you call And I will take us back Into a life of more than we've Been through beyond the lengths that we Went to to be here after all And though we sometimes stumble and you're scared I'm always there to catch your fall... It's hard, I know So much we can't control You watch, wonder, and hope For all the best For us I know for you It must be painful to Carry us still but you Always carry through When I need you Your silence, feigned indifference gets you by And though I'm trying I can't tell you when we'll fly Just know... I care I'll lift you up to See where I will always Be there any time you call And I will take us back Into a life of more than we've Been through beyond the lengths that we Went to to be here after all And though we sometimes stumble and you're scared I will be there to catch your fall... Still counting down the days to when we'll finally arrive But I am here now, you are safe now, we're O.K. now We'll survive And I will hold you when you cry... Know I care I'll lift you up to See where I will always Be there any time you call And I will take us back Into a life of more than we've Been through beyond the lengths that we Went to to be here after all And though we sometimes stumble and you're scared I'm always there to catch your fall... MORE Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I know, know you, you don't like To hear the words that I might say Of how I'm living, spending my days Belief in what I'm doing The right to fight for who and what I am You know it's mine and so I can And I am... Far gone and you are still here I'm not yours for the taking Move on you've never been there for me Useless and complaining Of why you don't have more... But I know, know you, you're waiting To hear someone say "you can get there, too" Be patient, they will see you Someday when you are different You give a sh** for someone else and stand For something more, well then you can But I am... Far gone and you are still here I'm not yours for the taking Move on you've never been there for me Useless and complaining Of why you don't have more And how your life has brought you crawling To my door It all comes down to nothing Is that what you might say? Or how it could be different If it'd gone another way... Far gone and you are still here I'm not yours for the taking Move on you've never been there for me Far gone and you are still here I'm not yours for the taking Move on you've never been there for me Useless and complaining Of why you don't have more... BACK FOR ME Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) How did I miss something? When did you decide In your heart That we aren't Worth the fight? Though it's been awhile I'm finding It hard to see your side And I don't Think you know What that's like... I know it's time I live my life without you But even though I should let go and try... no... I wonder where you are Wonder what you need Wonder why you mean so much to me And after all this time I still can't understand why They say you're never coming back for me... I'm facing down the memories And I don't understand What you thought Where you've gone Why you can't Try again and show me every Emotion that you have All the rest Whatever's left That's all I ask... I know it's time I live my life without you But even though I should let go and try... no... I wonder where you are Wonder what you need Wonder why you mean so much to me And after all this time I still can't understand why They say you're never coming back for me... But I would give up everything that I am For you, for just one chance at what we had And if we're through I wish that you'd understand Then you'd know why I can't let go... I wonder where you are Wonder what you need Wonder why you mean so much to me And after all this time I still can't understand why They say you're never coming back for me I wonder where you are Wonder what you need Wonder why you mean so much to me, baby And after all this time I still can't understand why They say you're never coming back for me Not back for me Back for me Won't you come back for me? No, not back for me You know I love you Won't you come back for me? GO ON Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Here I stand as you're leaving Far away from me And I don't know why you're leaving I am lost... do you see? You lied to me... What am I supposed to do without you? What am I going to love instead of us, instead of our life? I tried, I wasted time believing you were mine I know it now you're gone somehow I will go on go on... What if I said that I'd change To everything you need? Make believe I am someone Else you'd love and keep Would you leave me? What am I supposed to do without you? What am I going to love instead of us, instead of our life? I tried, I wasted time believing you were mine I know it now you're gone somehow I will go on go on... And in the days to come I will know it And so if I don't live for it Far beyond this, staying away from you I won't be the one left hated, discarded, and jaded Now I know Not for you I'll find the way to My heart and I am gone... What am I supposed to do without you? What am I going to love instead of us, instead of our life? I tried, I wasted time believing you were mine I know it now you're gone somehow What am I supposed to do without you? What am I going to love instead of us, instead of our life? I tried, I wasted time believing you were mine I know it now you're gone somehow I will go on go on No I will go on go on Know that I will go on go on... GOD IN THIS MOMENT Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Stained glass windows all around me Watching as they fall down to their knees Whispering words I am not understanding But I know that I should be Kneeling, praying, asking for forgiveness Thinking of all the things I've done wrong Hoping their god is out there somewhere, he's listening now And all along... And I'm told There's a god in this moment Watching over me I don't know Their god in this moment But I know I'll try to believe... Ten years, ten lifetimes older now Watching, waiting, expecting that day Knowing that I can't hope to imagine The ways my life will change Now I'm holding my daughter, she's sleeping I'm staring down at a face just like mine Knowing that from now on nothing matters as much as this In my life... And I know There's a god in this moment Watching over me And I, I know My god in this moment And I know I'll always believe... Until the day you took away from me The only thing that mattered in my life Can't you see why I am angry with you? I'm hating you for all you put me through And I don't know why inside this silence is deafening In time I gave up everything for you I followed you always, all along, god don't let her be gone I'm lost without you... But now you're gone and I'm fading And I, I hurt in all these new ways Though I'm praying you've gone to a better place now I just can't say... But I hope There's a god in this moment Watching over me I don't know If there's a god in this moment But I know I'll try to believe... God I hope You're there in this moment Watching over me now Can you show me You're there in this moment Something to make me believe... SIGHT UNSEEN Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I know the reasons you shy Away from things you can't explain But when you make it alive I cannot, can never finally say You should have taken that road You should have gone the other way So tell me are you finding that road hard to take? If you are the choices, all that I've given up And the one to make it all real If you are the voice that takes me to heaven Why can't I feel Anything more than all of this nothing Anything less than all of this pain If you are the one to make me feel something Why am I afraid? You said, "I'll take it in stride" You said, "I'll take it sight unseen" But now you do realize That you cannot, can never ever leave But they will believe it in time They will exist to hear you say It's mine, I made it alive and I will stay... If you are the choices, all that I've given up And the one to make it all real If you are the voice that takes me to heaven Why can't I feel Anything more than all of this nothing Anything less than all of this pain If you are the one to make me feel something Why am I afraid? Know I have given everything I have Know I have given everything I have... no... I am the voice you can't hide I am the life you still try to live I'll never leave you alone with your pride 'Cause I am awake, alive on the inside... If you are the choices, all that I've given up And the one to make it all real If you are the voice that takes me to heaven Why can't I feel Anything more than all of this nothing Anything less than all of this pain If you are the one to make me feel something Why am I afraid? DAYS GONE BY Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) I won't break down this way I will hold on for one more day If you'll help me make myself feel Something so much more than this, something that's real I'll live, I'll love, I'll carry on Pretending I don't notice that you're gone... But god I miss you So much it hurts sometimes And I can't bring us back to All the days gone by Why didn't I notice That you were not quite fine? Now I can't bring us back to All the days gone by... Tell me why, make me see How my giving up, giving in isn't what's best for me You know I've tried But I am terrified by all I should believe I need to know to carry on Pretending I don't notice that you're gone... But god I miss you So much it hurts sometimes And I can't bring us back to All the days gone by Why didn't I notice That you were not quite fine? Now I can't bring us back to All the days gone by... And I may not always Be there when you call my name And I cannot promise That the things you love in this life won't change But I will be with you In all that you say and do 'Cause you are part of me And I, I will always love you I will always love you I will always love you... But god I miss you So much it hurts sometimes And I can't bring us back to All the days gone by Why didn't I notice That you were not quite fine? Now I can't bring us back to All the days gone by I took for granted That you were in my life Now I can't bring us back to All the days gone by I always loved you I miss you all the time I promise I'll remember All the days gone by... STAY Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) We've come this far and it's so clear That we are everything you hoped for, loved, and feared And I don't know the reasons why All this time, it goes by slowly And we don't see much to fight for... What if I get lost here? Without you nearby could I still breathe? Please tell me... If I would stay here and wait for you Would you stay here and wait for me? Could you stand and believe in the face of all you never wanted This life I lead... I owe so much to who you are And though I've fallen time and time again You've picked me up and brought me far I'm safe, and still you fight And every time you give I live to find my way I try to make things right... If I get lost here Without you nearby could I still breathe? Please tell me... If I would stay here and wait for you Would you stay here and wait for me? Could you stand and believe in the face of all you never wanted This life I lead... I'm sorry for the times that I could not prepare you For every little thing that I could not decide No not for us I am not the one who fights To keep our love awake and still alive But someday soon we'll be alright... But if I get lost here Without you nearby could I still breathe? Please tell me... so I know... If I would stay here and wait for you Would you stay here and wait for me? Could you stand and believe in the face of all you never wanted This life I lead Never wanted this life I lead You never wanted this life I lead... ONE OF THESE DAYS Written by Gavin Mikhail © 2005 Tower Window Publishing (BMI) Today Is there anybody listening? Is there anybody left to hear me say O.k... I'm doing this thing Your way... What if I wait around for forever? Would it come back around here for me? Or would I waste whatever's left of this life Wishing for things I think I need? 'Cause I still believe There's a heaven waiting there for me And I know someday That I will find it and you will find me on my way If not today Maybe one of these days... Today Is it time to rise above this? Is it time to move beyond the choice I made And say, I can love this Someday... What if I wait around here forever Holding onto the hope that there's something more for me? Would I waste whatever's left of this life Living for things I think I need? 'Cause I still believe There's a heaven waiting there for me And I know someday That I will find it and you will find me on my way If not today One of these days... But what did I ever do To make you make my life so complicated? I hate it I wish you wouldn't do those things you do So give me what belongs to me And spare me all the sympathy you use To hold me down and keep me tied One day you'll see me rise... 'Cause I still believe There's a heaven waiting there for me And I know someday That I will find it and you will find me on my way If not today Maybe one of these days...
  1. Brave
  2. Catch Your Fall
  3. More
  4. Back for Me
  5. Go On
  6. God in This Moment
  7. Sight Unseen
  8. Days Gone By
  9. Stay
  10. One of These Days