The Big Pitch
Review by Willard Manus

J. Frederick Millea calls himself the L.A. Cowboy on his latest cd, THE BIG PITCH (which is also the name of one the album’s eight songs). Millea is a unique artist: a singer/songwriter with his own take on life, one which combines country-western twang with city-boy humor and rockabilly fire. He’s also a gifted poet and story-teller, with pungent things to say about love and loss, resignation and hope. Many of Millea’s songs deal with The Industry: the business side of the music world which has treated him harshly over the years. One major label, having recognized his writing and singing prowess, made an offer to sign him, only to dump him at the last minute, on orders from the CEO (who insisted he was too arty and uncommercial). Hurt and disappointed as he was, Millea managed to keep on performing, buoyed up by his love for a special woman.

The woman isn’t named but she turns up in several of his songs, still on his mind even after a break-up. Why do I still love her, he asks himself. “Why do I think about you sometimes when I’m searching for some silly word with which another rhymes? Why why why?”