Music Monday: Joy Williams

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My Dearest Treasures, Loves and Cosmos,

The Civil Wars announced that they would permanently part ways on August 4. Joy Williams wrote: “I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together.” John Paul White’s statement read: “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between.”

In all grieving process first is denial and isolation – NO it can’t possibly be true – everyone just leave me here crawled up in a ball on the floor and let me rock back and forth

Then anger – omg I can’t believe they couldn’t work it out. Then bargaining – maybe they will do one more album – just one… then Depression. I’ll just play these album one more time. Then finally Acceptance.

Maybe I should look into their solo work

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And here we are – I give you Joy Williams

The thing didn’t know The lovely Joy has been at this music thing for a long time. Unlike some of her teenage peers at the time (Stacie Orrico, Rachael Lampa, or one of my favourites Paige), Joy had strong and sweet vocals.Her self titled record is a fresh mixture of ballads, upbeat pop numbers, and moving testimonials. Her second album in 2005 was a quilt work roamed giddily all over the musical map, delving into rock, pop, heavy-hitter diva balladry, and soft pop music.

The thing about Joy is that she goes better and better has she goes along. She followed her first two album with Genesis. Her songs feature lyrics that reflect issues that most of us experience

Of course in 2008, Williams attended a writing camp in Nashville, where she met John Paul White and well the rest we know.

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Joy was raised in a Christian home where her parents worked in ministry. She sang in church, and in the early career faith-based pop songs but I think we have to look a little farther into it. Good music is good music no matter where it comes from.

So when I heard that Joy was working on a new solo album (after stalking you twitter page, of course) I couldn’t be more excited. Joy is an artist that goes better with every album. How is that not exciting….

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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My Dearest Treasures, Loves and Cosmos,

It is a Sunny Sunday and that is good news for any Sydneysider to hear. We have been rained out for a fortnight and that doesn’t leave much time for fun or a dry area where my hair will not turn into a violet fuzzball afro. So, music has been a good choice.

  • I’m In The Mood by John Lee Hooker
  • Smokestack Lightning by Howlin Wolf
  • Trill Is Gone by BB King
  • Wedding Bell Blues by Laura Nyro
  • Compass by Lady Antebellum
  • Prisoner by The Jezabels
  • She is Love by Josh Radin
  • Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson
  • Be My Side by Ben Harper
  • Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne
  • Billy Jean by The Civil Wars
  • Marry Me by Train
  • Landing In London by 3 Doors Down feat Bob Seger
  • Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch
  • Wasting My Young Years by London Grammar

xxLayla

Don’t Just Tell Them Show Them

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You know how a good story stays with you long after you have finished it. Whether it be a book hangover or a really good movie after the credit have rolled. That’s the exact thing happened to me on Monday night. Anyone who has seen the movie Zodiac from 2007?  I remembered that I liked it the first time I saw it, I actually went to the cinema to see it and brought the DVD but I hadn’t seen it in years. So there I was, house to myself, nine o’clock at night and raining pouring outside. Yes, I know, y’all are shaking your heads, I would be too but I pushed play anyhow.

Within an hour and a half I got up and locked my front door and I wasn’t feeling so comfortable in my favorite spot on the lounge. I had forgotten how much the film crawls under my skin, buries itself in my brain and effectively scares the sh#t out of me for a few days to follow. Don’t get me started on the scene when the Zodiac calls the television news show and tells them that ‘he has headaches’ – So do I dude, but I don’t scream like that!!

My point, A)  if you haven’t seen Zodiac – go see it, find it – do whatever you need to do – its great – freaky, graphic in parts but fantastic.

B) Good stories crawl under your skin.

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There is the old writing advice don’t just tell them show them – Why tell Layla that this movie is scary, when we can freak her out for days. Like seriously people I was watching a story on the news about a woman in Pennsylvania who thinks she saw a UFO – I saw the video and I thought – wow, that’s freaky but not as freak as the Zodiac killer at my front door – in my defense it was really early in the morning when I was watching the news and it was really dark outside my front door, which was open at the time.

But

It’s easy to say don’t just tell them show them but how the heck do you do that. It’s just like they say – don’t start your first chapter with the weather – which I have for my current WIP – but it’s to show the reader that Jude’s a cop and walking around a flooded area looking for a child – while its raining. Yes I have started with the weather but it is to place the reader right where my main gal is. So does one writing rule cancel out another?

I don’t have an answer – I just thought it was a really good question

So what do you beautiful should think? Breaking a rule or two – worth it or forbidden?

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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Happy Friday My Loves,

So this morning a lady bossed me out of my seat on the train saying ‘turn that seat around’ okay – when I got up to turn the seat around, she sat in it. I have been mowed over by three people in the shopping centre and I am so ready for a glass of wine. Although I did get in a fight with the corkscrew. Here are your Cool Links For Cool People

What Gal Doesn’t Like This

Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be

I’m Completely Disagree

An Affair To Forgot

Boil Them, Chop Them, Stick Them In A Stew

Timeless Classic

Because Its Been In My Head All Day

Productivity, Ahoy

What I Am Binge Watching This Weekend Before The New Season

Reuse, Repurpose

xxLayla

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom

imageI think it’s not just our job because women’s empowerment can’t just be something that women are pushing for, it has to be something that we’re all pushing for….Women very often get put into these two dimensional boxes where we’re just supposed to be this role and that’s all we are but, we’re complex. We’re human beings

~ Sophia Bush

 

Sunday Playlist

41a0bbcb46a7137a868ba77779f6e87cMy dearest treasures, loves and cosmos,

It’s Sunday. Why has Sunday always feel different to any other day of the week, but it does, doesn’t it? Wherever you are in the world at this very moment, I hope you’re happy and having fun. For me I will be typing away at the keys for the next few hours but i will have this playlist to keep me company and my imaginary friends

  • Drops of Jupiter by Train
  • Catch The Wind by Donavon
  • Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  • Vincent by Don Lean
  • At This Moment by Michael Buble 
  • Who Stopped The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
  • Key Lago by Bertie Higgins
  • Black Velvet by Alana Myles
  • Wedding Blues by Laura Nero
  • Lolita by Lana del Rey
  • Seven Devils by Florence Welch
  • Keepsake by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Someone To Watch Over Me by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Love Child by The Supremes

xxLayla

Cool Link For Cool People

ab9d7c6598d6067a960b004261b9a0feHappy Friday My Loves,

It has been a long week and i have been wearing many hats, figuratively speaking. Yesterday I read the name Herb as the world Hebrew and I knew I needed the weekend, sooner rather then later. Then my friends and I planned a fictitious trip to the Maldives but Rita and I have settled for a night with a movie and scotch – that’s going to have to do for now.Here are your Cool Links for a Friday

Samantha Jones, always on the money

3 writing lessons with Chandler Bing

Bend and stretch

55 gentle ways to take care of yourself

The Wee Little Things

One of the coolest ladies on the planet

That’s not how you read a book. This is how you read a book

You will never see a man shirt the same way again

Food, Food, Food

Some drinky-poo

xxLayla

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom

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The nuns taught us there are two ways through life … the way of Nature… and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. They taught us that no one who loves the way of grace…ever comes to a bad end

Terrence Malick (Tree Of Life)

Cool Links For Cool People

tumblr_mzu81rjt5d1rc8f43o1_r1_500My dearest treasures, loves and cosmos, Happy Friday.

This is a big weekend. Plotting,mapping and making sense of an idea in my head. A new hair color and the wedding of one of my favorite people in the whole world. There is plenty things to be happy about and there are plenty of new things to share

The Lovers Reunite

Canadians Cook It Better

I Understand Completely

Los Angeles Like You’ve Never Seen It

Dilemmas Every Book Lover Has

Romance Never Dies

Take A Chance

So Simple, So Easy

Spend Some Time At The Common With A Truly Talented Man

Road Trip Must Haves

xxLayla