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Mike Barnhill / Press

“Pirates are known for toughing out storms, and "Oceans," a song from Mike Barnhill's upcoming debut album, "The Secret Police," provides a good soundtrack for riding out a big one. The singer-guitarist, who moved from Portland, Ore., to Miami seven years ago, penned this introspective tune while awaiting a hurricane. "It's so easy to self-destruct in the face of a storm," he says. "This song was an attempt to not run away when everything was going wrong. Even in the midst of fires and wars and destruction and loss, we can be OK. Sometimes, our past is all that we have to save us and give us grace. My favorite line in the song is, 'Sea legs make islands of these hollow mountains.' Nostradamus called skyscrapers 'hollow mountains,' and I dig the idea that our experience can be used to survive even the most disastrous circumstances." To hear "Oceans," visit Myspace.com/mikebarnhill”

Colleen Dougher - City Link Metromix

“I would agree with everybody else that I am pretty awesome.”

Mike Barnhill - Overheard Talking to Himself