Drew’s Lament

On March 25, 2014, in Advice, Gear, by Magnolia Guitar


Drew Braverman (Miles Heizer) and his supportive sister Amber (Mae Whitman) share a sad song as he suffers some heartbreak and teenage angst on NBC’s Parenthood.

Miles is playing the Tacoma Guitars Chief signified by it’s offset sound hole and unique bridge. Tacomas are part of the Fender Guitar family of instruments.

Drew / Miles is getting a little bit of criticism for the song on the interwebs saying that the song stinks, he’s a terrible songwriter and mumbles too much when he sings. (Click the photo above for the video.)

Let’s first remember that Parenthood is a TV show which contain characters written to fulfill specific roles. Drew Braverman (portrayed by Miles Heizer) is a teenage kid starting college and trying to figure himself out. You’re supposed to write bad but heartfelt breakup songs when you break up.

As a singer, I know how difficult it is to sing in front of someone, especially someone close to you. If you don’t have a lot of experience OR if you don’t have a lot of confidence (like teenagers), then you are going to be apt to mumble. I can’t tell you how many times my grandfather told me to stop mumbling when I was ‘Drew’s’ age. And now that I’m in my 40s? I don’t mumble. Thanks gramps!

Why are people criticizing the song of a character on a TV show that, in all likelihood, he didn’t even write because it’s all fiction! And even if it were REAL, would you in all seriousness intentionally damage a teenage kid’s self confidence to his face by telling him his sad breakup song sucks and he can’t sing? Who would do that in person? If that’s you, then you’re a terrible person and YOU suck.

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