Above is "Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The So-Called Presidential Debate" from this morning and I even took to Facebook to note it today. Thank you, Isaiah. :D
Okay, do you know Mary Chapin Carter?
She first hit big in 1989 and would eventually win five Grammys. She's considered country and folk and her hits include "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" and "Passionate Kisses" and "Shut Up and Kiss Me" among other songs.
She was on Talk of the Nation today. Excerpt:
CONAN: This is an email. We've asked other songwriters to email us and say how much of themselves and their lives do they put in into their lyrics. This is from Luli(ph). I hope I'm pronouncing that correctly. I have always put my own experiences in my music combined with experiences and emotions I interpret from those around me. One challenge has always been with significant others looking too deeply into my music if, for example, the song is sad or about love. A risk that somebody is going to misinterpret something.
CARPENTER: Well, as Eudora Welty so beautifully put it, all serious steering comes from within. So, you know, I think that you can't have your art and not take risks.
CONAN: And this one is from Mary: My husband passed two years ago at the age of 50. I lost all desire to play, as well as creativity. Only recently have I rediscovered how to put my emotion into my music. My life is definitely reflected in my music. Thank you to all singer-songwriters for giving us a channel through your lives.
How long after these events - obviously, your father passed last year, so not that long before you went into production for this album.
CARPENTER: No. I have been writing these songs that became this record for the last few years. And then after dad died, I had a few more songs to write, as you can imagine. And then I went into a studio this past January and recorded the album.
I was home alone. That was fine. (My husband was getting people to debate watching parties -- elderly members of our church who did not have a place to watch or did not want to watch alone.) So I just put on some Sade and Neil Young, had a little wine and read a few chapters of Young's Waging Heavy Peace which I'm really enjoying.
Watch the debates?
How about Amy Goodman's little show?
You know she's burned her bridge one too many times for me.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"