• Karlee Smith

Review: "Burning Underwater" - Michael Taylor





Heartache. Longing. Forbidden Love. These are the subjects of Michael Taylor’s new single, “Burning Underwater”. He tells the story of a love that can never be, but will forever burn. Taylor wrote this song about the only girl he will ever love. Unfortunately, due to life and circumstances they will never be together. Despite this fact and his efforts to blow out the flame, the connection between them will always be there. The harder they try to kill it, the brighter the flames burn. It is like trying to put out a fire that keeps burning underwater: unbelievably impossible. He sings that they will “always be two halves to one soul”. These compelling lyrics hint that the two soulmates can never be together, breaking the heart of listeners. This eternal flame will never die. But the forbidden lovers will never feel its warmth.









Within the first few seconds of the song, Taylor catches the attention of the listener. The beautiful melodies and the clarity in his voice invite them to join him in this vulnerable story. He takes them on a journey of this passionate love he can never have. The music ebbs and flows so well with Taylor’s soothing vocals. “Burning Underwater” is reminiscent of a song played at the end of a sad romance film. One that tells the story of the love that got away. It is tragic and pulls at the heart strings, but it is also beautiful and magical. Taylor has taken his heartbreak and turned it into an artistic ode to the unattainable love of his life.



Michael Taylor is a folk-pop singer-songwriter based in Nashville. About two years ago, he nearly died in a high-speed motorcycle crash. This near-death experience is what got Taylor to finally pursue his lifelong dream. After his six-month recovery from the accident, he dropped everything to move to Nashville. Since his debut in 2021, he has released 5 singles. His single, “Without You”, has been featured on many playlists including Spotify’s Editorial "Fresh Finds Country". His music is compared to the likes of Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and NEEDTOBREATHE. Taylor can be found performing at songwriter nights and local stages in Nashville.


Written By Karlee Smith



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