“I Miss You a Little“
John Michael Montgomery
Written by Mike Anthony, Richard Fagan, and John Michael Montgomery
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 16, 1997
John Michael Montgomery co-writes his very best No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
What I Do the Best produced three consecutive No. 1 hits. This one follows “Friends” to the top.
The No. 1
Montgomery didn’t do a lot of songwriting during his heyday, so it’s especially impressive that one of the few songs he did co-write is one of his very best songs.
“I Miss You a Little” was written in memory of his father, and he strikes that rare balance here that I talk about often: specificity of detail coupled with universality of emotion. This song is expressly about his father, but the feelings he expresses hit home with anyone who has experiences the same kind of loss.
That second verse is still so devastating, capturing the feeling of being in your family home after the patriarch is gone. He’s not there but he’s everywhere.
A better writer than me could add something profound here about how our masculine culture taught us to hold in our feelings, and how Montgomery’s performance is all about trying to hold in something that is too big to contain.
I just know my heart breaks all over again every time I hear this record, and now I miss my dad and need to go hug my son and grandson.
The Road From No. 1
John Michael Montgomery’s final No. 1 single of the decade is up next .
“I Miss You a Little” gets an A.
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