a simpler sound.

a MUST listen: The Civil Wars.

I honestly don't think I could sum up my love and awe of this band in one post.  I could easily write an entire blog dedicated to The Civil Wars, reviewing each and every song and video and live performance [though I've only been to one] because they are that talented.  Every time they sing, the nuances in their voices and the combination of these two impeccable singers is so refreshing to the ears, I don't think I could ever get tired of them. 

The chemistry between Joy Williams and John Paul White* is palpable.  I'm absolutely baffled these two aren't in a relationship [both are married].  Watching the back and forth between them, how effortless they're able to make music together, and not to mention the banter the two have on stage- if I ever meet someone who I have that with, I'd keep them by my side for the long haul, without question. 

I try to check Youtube often for new videos of their performances, since each one is so different, but perfectly executed time and again. I especially love the covers they perform, since so many of them are even better than the originals. [albeit, I'm a bit biased...] I stumbled upon this one that was just posted the other day, and it's of a song I hold close to my heart, so I had to post it. 

"I've Got This Friend" tells the classic story of two star-crossed lovers, who have for whatever reason, shied away from telling the other of their feelings. The lyrics are written in a way that they're referring to their supposed 'friends' who would be perfect for each other, with the implications that they're in fact talking about themselves and the struggles they both have with finding love and sharing how they feel. 

The chord progression is simple and light, and you can't help but be in a good mood listening to it, all the while holding a bit of longing and hope for the two characters in the story. "If only..."

The lyrics really resonate with me:

"I've got this friend
holding onto her heart
like it's a little secret
like it's all she's got to give"

The long and short of it: The Civil Wars are by far the most talented music act I've seen in years.  Watching them live was such a moving experience- and so rarely for me is a live performance even better than the record, but without a doubt this was the case. I'm not someone who gets weepy or overly sentimental, but their performance moved me to tears. 

I can't wait to hear more from this phenomenal band, and look forward to seeing them live again soon. 

*Is it just me, or is John Paul a hybrid of Jack White and Johnny Depp? Regardless, his voice makes me melt...