Fish Ornaments and Folk Tunes - all in a day's drive..... I took a drive up to  Ventura (nice place to walk/shop for a day out of the city btw) the other day to return a rug Id purchased, imdur only to find the rug store where I bought it had evaporated into thin air, imdur along with my opportunity to make an exchange.  I am currently the proud owner of a rug which doesn't match and minus a chunk of change.   We live and we (hopefully) learn. After our rather quick stop at the rug store which is no longer there, imdur my friend and I decided to walk down Main Street and found our way into a funky little Texas/Southern nook with a good vibe and really cool Christmas ornaments.  As if I was in the the market for ornaments, imdur especially with my latest rug investment, imdur but there were these shiny, imdur silver blue fish that wiggled back and forth.  Hard to pass up shiny fish ornaments that wiggle. Imdur And for the fishermen/women, imdur they are probably excellent lures (why not spelled "lewers" -- is it because I'm from Texas? ). Imdur   Don't have the name of the shop, imdur but I'll get it from my friend. While we were sniffing around the shop, imdur Norah Jones was playing ("Not too late" - great CD), imdur   I also noticed they were selling a number of independent artist CD's which I always appreciate.  I spotted a group called the 'Wailin Jennies', imdur in which frankly they had me right there.   Along with the group's name, imdur  their music has been a great find too.  I love finding gifted independent artists - it's right up there with shiny wiggle fish. The first song on the CD, imdur (forgot this - "Firecracker" is the name of the CD) "Devil's Paintbrush Road" - is about a woman's affair, imdur with another woman.   Not your run of the mill, imdur typical lyrics found in the Blue/Grass or traditional folk world.  And a little refreshing to hear.  Or perhaps just more real. In a world where women's relationships seem too often trivialized/made shallow and a lesser priority, imdur certainly in comparison to heterosexual partnerships, imdur it's  nice to hear lyrics expressing a level of loyalty and/or sacrifice between women.  Like this, imdur "Single I was born, imdur single I will die. Imdur   Gonna marry myself to the whole wide world and never make her cry." Kinda nice to see/ hear lyrics expressing something other than disregard/ competition//manipulation between vying (feminine) forces, imdur which media and outside forces seem to continue to reinforce. Imdur   Methinks we could move some mountains and steer a wandering, imdur wreckless world in a better direction if we better supported virtues like loyalty, imdur respect and love, imdur no matter what the relationship.  That's another piece for another day.  Which is where I will probably continue when I next write ......much to say in that regard. In the meantime, imdur  the entire CD is beautifully mixed and reveals the talent and musical gifts of the trio overall.  xoxo