It might just take “20 Years”

Well, it’s definitely not Monday, but I think that I can get away with the yesterday, (Monday) was Christmas day observed  excuse, for why this latest “Music Mondays” offering is actually getting posted a day late.

Not that anyone seriously cares anyway, or, at least, I hope not.

It’s been a while now, but when the exquisite, acoustic sound pouring forth from the bare-bones  arrangement, The Civil Wars, consisting of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White, initially struck my ears—it was love at first hear.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one to have had this instant heartfelt response to their harmonic and lyrical ballads.  Success was practically immediately theirs after the song “Poison and Wine” made its mysterious debut when it was played—in its entirety—during a critical montage on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Despite the lack of fan-fare, lyrics from the song were “googled” by thousands of music-loving viewers, and The Civil Wars were discovered and on their way to musical stardom.

You might be wondering what all of this has got to do with suffering, or perhaps not, but I’m-a gonna tell ya anyway.

In my experience, there’s nothing like a beautiful song to transport one’s mind and soul away from the horrible extant land of suffering. If your pain isn’t too acute, and you’re able to relax the body enough, you might just forget that you were hurting at all. This effect may be enhanced if accompanied by a slightly tannic, full-bodied and aromatic glass of red-red wine. This is my preference, but a warm cup of mildly fragrant tea may impart the same relaxing effect.

So, if you’re up to relaxing, I highly recommend that you pour your favorite beverage, cozy up with your favorite blanket, and tune-in and drop out to “20 Years”.

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