The ten songs that comprise the acoustic pop sounds of “Pirates” still address angst and accountability, love and loss, but anger is replaced by a degree of acceptance. Skinner sings in the title cut: “A sturdy ship from those at hand will help your passage, Deliver you to a new land…Position your ship so that the sun shines in their faces.”
Stopping The Stigma of Mental Illness Through Song
"Train of Tears" signals the rebirth of Skinner on several levels. The original songs are gritty, touched by the angst his long journey has led him through, but also by a renewed hope. He has dipped into a deep well of emotions and brought them to the surface: Mental Illness is a challenge to be taken on, not a definition of who or what a person is. The stigma, which can be just as damaging as the illness in its isolation, is one that Skinner wants to actively speak out against.
Listen as Mike sings “Brush Away Your Tears" from his latest album release "Waitin' For A Train".
Michael Skinner is an accomplished motivational and inspirational speaker available for radio, television, and live performances. His blend of humor, compassion, listening, and just being present disarms one of the major weapons abusers count on: silence.
Giving Sunshine That Has Emerged From Behind The Clouds
“Waitin For A Train” is Michael Skinner’s third full-length CD release over the last decade. An award-winning and outspoken advocate on issues involving child safety and exploitation, Skinner threads a sense of justice through his music, though the tracks “Songs For the Keys To Your Life,” “Joy” and “Maureen” offer his fans the sunshine that has emerged from behind the clouds.