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Trying To Be Cool

by Jeff Miller

Elements of rock, pop, and folk collide and weave their way through this debut album from Jeff Miller.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Friday Night
3:38 $0.99
2. You Can't Fool Me (with that smile)
3:40 $0.99
3. Trying to be Cool
3:38 $0.99
4. Careless Words
3:41 $0.99
5. On the Outside
4:15 $0.99
6. Empty Again
4:18 $0.99
7. Finger on the Pulse
5:01 $0.99
8. Talk of the Town
3:41 $0.99
9. Figure You Out
2:44 $0.99
10. Lights of LA
2:43 $0.99
11. You Can't Fool Me (reprise)
3:21 $0.99
12. Heaven Has Room-Watch Out for that Girl
8:24 $1.49
13. Outtakes-For the Last Time
5:53 $1.49
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Album Notes
Trying to be Cool has received airplay at over 150 stations in the US and abroad, and has sold over 1,000 copies.

"Echoing the Paul McCartney video to 'Coming Up,' Jeff Miller is pictured playing every instrument but drums inside the CD booklet to his debut effort, 'Trying to Be Cool.'

And like McCartney, the songwriter actually played those instruments -- and more, including violin -- on the record, accompanied only by the drummer from his high school trio, Jimmy Cramer, who also co-produced the record in his studio."

-Ed Masley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jeff has been playing music for almost as long as he can remember. Starting with the violin at age 5, he has picked up many instruments and styles along the way. He concentrated mainly on violin and trombone, and classical and jazz music until his freshman year of high school.

During the summer before his freshman year of high school, Jeff made the decision to sell all his video games and buy his first guitar. Soon after, the guitar became his primary instrument, and Jeff fell in love with songwriting. The seeds of songwriting were sown during Jeff's high school years, and he was active in many groups, ranging from jazz bands and string quartets to a rock trio.

The musical journey continued when Jeff started classes at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Here he dual-majored in Songwriting and Guitar Performance and studied with the likes of Pat Pattison and Jon Finn. Jeff's songwriting really began to develop and take form at Berklee. It was during these years that Jeff performed and recorded with artists such as Mike Schmid, Stacy Phillips, and Stephan Sharp.

After graduating in December of 2001, Jeff focused his efforts on writing this debut album. While much of this album fits generally into the Rock/Pop category, many different feels are explored from song to song. A lyrical concept / theme album, Trying to be Cool explores our human tendency to put on false fronts and hide our problems. Trying to be Cool is eclectic, drawing from Jeff's rich musical background while also revealing aspects of his writing, playing, and singing that are still developing.

Jeff's sophomore release, 'Something Different', was added to CDBaby in February of 2005, and his third album, 'Seesaw' has just been released, and includes Matt Mangano (John Mayer, Darrell Scott) and Nick Buda (Edwin McCain).

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Regis Behe - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Miller's debut impressive - 12/6/02
[On his debut Miller] sings and plays guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin, percussion and violin. . . It's an impressive effort from a kid - Miller's just 23 - who doesn't seem to realize he's recalibrating the pop music of artists such as Todd Rundgren or Marshall Crenshaw for the new millenium. There's an ingratiating innocence to songs such as "Careless Words" and "Friday Night" balanced by the rock of "Finger on the Pulse" and "You Can't Fool Me (with that smile)," a bluesy shuffle.


Amazingly talented musician
You can't compare Jeff's music to any other musician. His instrumental skills are unbelievable, and his voice is breath-taking. He combines his skills to produce beautiful, heart-felt music. Jeff is quickly becoming my favorite musician because of his musical talents and his ability to perform almost flawless concerts.


Jeff is a very skilled musician.
I heard Jeff play live for the first time at Pitt University. He did a fantastic job. I also bought the cd. It isnt my favorite genre of music, but I really dig track #4. Awesome cd Jeff.


Jeff is a terrific song writer!
Not only are the songs deep, but the music is catchy. You'll definitely be singing along with this CD when you are driving!

Chris Scholke

And Jeff Miller is cool (in that reformed geek sort-of way)
Trying to be Cool is the fun, head-nodding rock/pop album I wish I had in high school instead of all that angst filled mood-killer. Jeff’s music does not want to jar you nor simply entertain you. It invites you in through clean melodies that complement thoughtful lyrics. Most of the situations Jeff describes are not happy, but his distance to them allows him to add a layer of warmth and humor that is missing from most music about bumbling through relationships. It is easy to see yourself in Friday Night, You Can’t Fool Me, and the title track as Jeff tries his hand at romance. And I think everyone can identify with Jeff’s search in Lights of LA and Heaven Has Room. I am afraid there are no grand revelations or catharsis coming out here, and Jeff looses some of his solid footing when trying to punch a serious subject home too hard on a few of the middle tracks. But that is a small quibble with an enjoyable collection of songs you might easily find yourself singing in the shower. At its best Trying to be Cool’s light touch and fun lyrics bring a smile to your face that does not want to go away. And, really, what more do you want in an album?