We recently checked out San Francisco indie folk singer/songwriter Mike Derrick and his new single “Ditch The Rosaries”
Pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Derrick had been in bands throughout his life, gigging in pubs and small venues in the UK — where he was born — and in and around the Bay Area — where he now resides. Despite being a lifelong musician, interestingly enough, Mike never considered himself a songwriter until he addressed his pandemic drinking. He discovered when he stopped pouring the booze, songs miraculously began to flow.
“The catalyst for my songwriting has been calling it quits with drinking,” he affirms. “Suddenly, I had lots of time on my hands, and I naturally caught the music bug after many years dormant.” He continues: “I didn’t have the confidence before, and I don’t think I really had anything to say. But since I wrote my first song, there’s been a flood, and I haven’t looked back. I can’t get enough of music these days!”
Ditch The Rosaries is a potent dose of haunting pop-rock with glistening harmony guitar melodies, minor-but-catchy chord sequences, and layered melodic motifs. The song details a story about Mike’s father’s funeral where a bunch of Mike’s friends—who didn’t know his dad—surprised him by making the trip to “Old” Jersey, Mike’s old stomping ground and where the ceremonies were taking place. “It was lovely,” Mike remembers. “It made me realize that the most important component of painful moments in life isn’t the faith and the religious traditions, it’s following your heart and showing up for loved ones.” Mike’s words here are viscerally thought-provoking. One memorable passage is: Always take the chance / You have to keep in touch, no excuse accepted / And throw away the crutch / Empty promises…. / What the hell do you think will happen to your sanity / It may take you to the brink.
Mike Derrick above all is a phenomenal song writer who is a master storyteller. However, what draws you in is his unbelievable harmonies. These harmonies are absolutely breathtaking. We can wait for more music from Mike Derrick.
You can listen to Ditch The Rosaries below