ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS…

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For some music is simply background noise that touches their ears in random places; the car, the grocery store, the restaurants in which they eat. For those people music never really goes much farther than the surface of their awareness, it never truly reaches their soul… I am not one of those people! Actually for me, music, much like writing, is therapeutic. It escorts me through my random moods which often vary from one moment to the next. When I’m happy I listen to everything from Aerosmith to Pavarotti, when I need to blow off steam it’s Pearl Jam and Sound Garden. When I’m in a funk, I turn on the ghetto fabulous tunes, there is absolutely nothing that Kanye and a little “Gold Digger” can’t fix… And Otis Redding, well he’s good for other moods;) I love it all, heck, when I die my girl Mary-Alice knows that “Good Riddance” by Green Day better be played, and maybe a little “My Way” by good old Frank Sinatra…

So, you can pretty much bet in the years to come, there will ALWAYS be a music category during the “12 Days of Favorite Things”. This year I’ve discovered several favorites including Alabama Shakes’ “Boys and Girls”, John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” (Love Is a Verb is my personal favorite), Pink’s “The Truth About Love” and many, many more. Even though the album that lands at the top of this years list was technically released in 2011, I did not discover it until earlier this year, so it simply had to be shared…

The Civil Wars “Barton Hallow” lies somewhere between country/folk (a place where I rarely land) and indie/pop, creating a sound that is both soothing and haunting in simultaneous rhythm. The duo is comprised of Joy Williams, who despite her Californian roots doles out southern harmonies as beautifully as any native I’ve ever heard, and John Paul White who comes by his gritty, lonesome sound more naturally as a born and bred man of the south. Together their voices weave achingly melodic love songs, as well as a few “not so” love songs, that leave listeners longing for lost love, love to come and everything in between. My personal favorite “To Whom it May Concern” weaves a wistful tale of “knowing” the one you love, even though you have never met him or her. The voices of Williams and White intertwine and you easily become lost in the tale of these two lovers who long for the day when they will finally be together. As the song draws to an end White croons softly “Dear whoever you might be” as Williams replies “I’m still waiting patiently…” These are words that I, as a tough, single, modern day woman can totally become lost in… Because let’s face it ladies (and some gentlemen), as badly as you try to deny it, deep down we all want a love like that. Someone who knows you are who they’ve been looking for all along, even before they knew where to find you. Making you feel something like that through music and lyrics is true artistry, an attribute that seems to be long forgotten in today’s music industry, but one that is certainly not missing from “Barton Hollow” and The Civil Wars! One lucky winner will have the pleasure of enjoying a visit to “Barton Hollow” this holiday season via a signed copy of this amazingly beautiful album. And that lucky winner is Haley McKenzie!

Congratulations Haley! Check back tomorrow for more prizes, you could be the lucky winner!!!

For those of you that did not win today’s prize you can visit www.thecivilwars.com for a free download of The Civil Wars “Live at Eddie’s Attic”.