Normally, this would be the part where I spend a paragraph bitching about my husband bowing out of our date night because he just knew he wouldn't like the music. In fact, he admitted after the fact that he almost did. However, he didn't and off we went. The show was at a venue called McGonigel's Mucky Duck in the heart of Houston. I'd heard of it but never been there and was excited about visiting a new live music venue. It's been a while and I've seriously missed taking the time to sit and enjoy a live show. This was the first time we had dinner while watching the performance and the food was really good too. In fact, if I had to think of something to complain about it would be the forty-five minute drive to get there, but that's a whole other issue.
So, before The Civil Wars there was a single guy with his guitar. His name is Rayland Baxter and his voice reminded me of Paul Simon. He was really good. I bullied my husband into buying his CD as soon as his set ended, but was disappointed to discover at home that the song I enjoyed most isn't on it. That's okay, some cyber-stalking helped me find it on Youtube.
I realized as I was sitting listening to his soul-wrenching melodies that though I don't usually create a story soundtrack as other authors do, I could easily create one with his music. Once the Civil Wars hit stage what began as a seed in the back of my mind became a full-blown character, background and all, and I can hardly wait to introduce him to the world. Until then, please take my advice and have a listen to The Civil Wars. I promise it will be time well spent.