Skip to main content

No Battle Here: The Civil Wars are Winners

I would like to take a moment to tell you why you should check out The Civil Wars.

1. They are a little bit country & bluegrass. O Brother Where Art Thou kind of country.



2. Joy Williams has a perfectly suited name. The woman does not stop smiling. She also used to be a fairly-fabricated Christian pop musician. Her current work is better. (I can say that, cause I listened to her back in the day)

3. John Paul White looks like Johnny Depp. And has a wicked fun sense of humour. Which results in more laughter from Joy.

4. How many other bands do you know that keep an audience of 500 spellbound with one guitar and two fantastic voices?


5. They cover Jackson 5. And Michael.
(oh yes, and they toured with Adele)

6. They sing about real life with honesty. "Poison and Wine" is about marriage, and what you might say to someone if you were being fully fully honest about how you feel. (They are both married, not to each other - which Joy says allows them to sing & write songs that wouldn't be healthy for a couple in a relationship with each other).






This morning, I made Nadine watch two of the videos above. An hour later, she told me, "Beth, your news about Joy Williams may have made my day." This is from the girl who slept in until 11:30 and has been trying on hats from the 90s this afternoon. It's hard to get better than that...

Comments

Ariana said…
Ok FINE. I got the album. You've finally talked me into it.
Laura said…
Well, country from O Brother where art thou is called Bluegrass but most people don't want to admit they like bluegrass. I own a number of bluegrass albums with pride.

Please, I beg you, wear that hat the next time we see each other at an airport. I would like to be greeted by that hat.
Rachelle Francey said…
Hi Beth, Thank you for introducing me to these people. They remind me a bit of Whitehorse, who are actually married to each other. If you haven't heard them yet, you might want to listen...Melissa McClelland and Luke Ducet. Take care :)
Beth said…
ariana - woot!

laura - i am faster to admit my fondness for bluegrass than i would own up to liking country... and if i owned that hat, perhaps, for YOU, i would wear it at the airport :)

rachelle - i have heard a song or two by them! i will check out more of it. thanks.
Anonymous said…
Amazing!! More good music please. Also Hey Ocean is great.

-Jackie

Popular posts from this blog

Fostering FAQ: How Can You Say Goodbye?

It seems I finally have something(s) to say... Here's the first in a short (or maybe long?) series on Fostering FAQs. If you've got a question to add, feel free to comment/email/text/message me and maybe the next post will be in response.

--

8:30 am on Day 4 of parenting. I woke up in a panic two hours ago because I remembered that there is a baby and I am responsible for her (at least at 6:30am, when the man beside me will snore through anything). Now, I have put on clothes and eaten breakfast. The dogs are walked, there is a loaf of banana bread in the oven. My tea is steeping. Most importantly, Dream Baby is already down for her first nap.

Despite my morning efficiency, I'm already beginning to see that even with the happiest, most easygoing, and smiliest baby, like we somehow managed to be given, parenting is a grind. On Friday night, I couldn't join friends for $5 pints at a local joint. Instead, I blearily washed the same 8 bottles again, and then made another ba…

Fostering FAQ: How Long Will She Stay/Will You Adopt Her?

Our first foster baby came with about 18 hours notice; it was respite care, which means we had him for a few days while his regular foster family had a break/dealt with a family emergency. He stayed 3 nights, long enough to come to church and have a dozen people cooing over his little sleeping cheeks.  With each new visitor to our quiet corner, I explained again that he would be going back to his foster family the next day.

Barely a week later, we got a 9am phone call with a fostering request and by the same afternoon, we were snuggling her. This time, we had her for 4 days before church came around. Again, our community was keen to see the little one we had in tow. Again, the question, "How long will she stay?" And this time, "Are you going to adopt her?"

--

Here in Toronto, when a child is placed in foster care, it is always for an indefinite length of time. It depends on the parents' situation, and whether they are able to make a safe home environment for th…

Fostering FAQ: What's Her (Mom's) Story?

This is probably the second most common question I hear about the baby currently in our care, right after, "Will you keep her?"

It comes in many forms:

"So, what's her story?"
"Is her mom in the picture?"
"How did she end up in your home?
"Is her mom a drug addict?"
"How could a mom not love such a cute baby!"

I get it. It's natural curiousity, and I know I've asked similar questions of my friends who are adoptive parents.


But here's what I'm learning: a child's story is their own. And equally as important, the parent's story is their own.

Imagine how it might feel to hear that for the foreseeable future, you are not allowed to care for your child. On top of whatever difficult circumstances you are already in - perhaps poverty, social isolation, lack of adequate housing, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, drug or alcohol dependency, low cognitive functioning, or a myriad of other complex strug…