Tara Lynn Johnson

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No joke

I first heard this song by an artist I’ve loved for several years sometime in early 2018. For weeks after first hearing it, I had it on repeat forever, and for a while, it made me cry every time I’d listen.

Fast forward a year and she performs it on The Grammys, with her long-time bandmates and collaborators, as the most-nominated artist of the year. This now three-time Grammy winner is someone many people probably have never even heard of, but that’s changing, rapidly.

My favorite part of this particular performance, a tune she’s performed a zillion times since By The Way, I Forgive You came out (and that I’ve seen a zillion times on YouTube), is her glee, jumping up and down after nailing the vocals. I couldn’t help but smile watching that as this somewhat unsung artist was thrust into the spotlight after years of hard work, and with such beautiful, emotional songwriting and storytelling.

Enjoy The Joke by Brandi Carlile.

Here’s the official video in case the CBS broadcast version won’t play where you are.


The whole world is not on Facebook, though it may feel that way. I know. I used to. But that was before I deactivated my account, for good.

It was easier to quit than I thought. Why did I think it would be difficult? Read more

Snow Day

For me, today was a go-out-and-play day, especially considering that the past few Winters have been sorely lacking in snow. I spent yesterday working and getting things done while the flakes floated to the ground. In the afternoon, after the showers stopped, the sun came out and so did I (with my camera).

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