The Civil Wars: Thank you for the music

Oh, no! After just one Grammy-winning album and the promise of so much more, my favorite band The Civil Wars have decided, at least for now, to call it quits — citing “internal discord” and “irreconcilable differences of ambition.” A civil war within The Civil Wars: it seems, ironically, that they chose their name well.

I hesitate to ask, but: coming so soon after the election, could the split be due to political differences? Could the self-described “California girl” and “Alabama boy” have fallen out over the Dream Act and the merits of Obamacare? I jest — not too offensively, I hope — because this truly saddens me; Joy Williams and John Paul White have crafted some of the most exquisite music I’ve heard in a long time, and I was SO looking forward to seeing them perform live someday. Their sound is a gift. And whenever personal differences — or any of the other demands and compromises of “real life” — silence that kind of music, it’s a great loss for the world.

If you haven’t heard of them, check out this concert, which showcases what they’ve done so astonishingly well: luminous, heart-piercing songs fashioned with love, joy, and the most ethereal harmonies this side of Simon and Garfunkel.

Thanks, Joy and John Paul. Best wishes on whatever roads you travel. May they someday lead you back to each other and to your music, with which you’ve won so very many hearts.


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