Irreconcilable differences of ambition. By now, fans of folk duo The Civil Wars — or anyone who regularly checks in to read articles by NPR — are familiar with that phrase as the supposed deathblow to the short-lived but superb musical career of songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White.
Perhaps more than any other industry, the world of film and television relies heavily on personal connections, so the idea that a group of graduating UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television students would be their own best connection could seem counterintuitive.
In recent movie history, fans of both music and film have seen the rise of some truly great filmmaker-composer partnerships. The most obvious, of course, is composer John Williams and filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who worked together on movies such as “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
Set your calendars, ladies and gentlemen. Set your alarm clocks almost a week in advance, cancel any plans with friends or loved ones. In short, make sure you’re in front of a television on Sunday night.
Contrary to popular belief, Zooey Deschanel is not entirely synonymous with Jessica Day, the goofy and romantically challenged protagonist of her show “New Girl.” In fact, she was first the lead singer of She & Him, a two-person musical group made up of herself and M. Ward, who plays more of a background role in this album.
In November, the folk duo The Civil Wars, comprised of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, abruptly announced they were canceling all upcoming tour dates, citing “internal discord” and “irreconcilable differences.”
There’s something about old stories that manage to hold our interest long past their telling. I noticed this in Ireland when I studied abroad in the fall: The past and its tales are revered and treasured as part of Ireland’s national history.
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