Then he transferred to three more. We had lived in Longview for two years, but since I was leaving home for college, my mother decided to go back to Tulsa where she had made so many lifelong friends and felt so comfortable. When my mother told me on our trip back to Tulsa that she and Daddy were getting a divorce, I burst into tears and sobbed uncontrollably for the entire journey.
Of course, it was the best move she could possibly make after 20 years of living with such an explosive, unpredictable man. In my heart I knew that.
But it was a shock, and I was hurt that all these plans had been made without my knowledge. It was a punch in the gut. I immediately began to question whether I should move miles away from my mother, as I had planned, and I offered to stay with her and go to college in Tulsa. But she insisted that I follow through with my plans. So when my parents drove me from Tulsa to Denton, Texas, unloaded my stuff, and drove away to Longview to pick up their final divorce papers, I sat on my bare mattress in my bare room in my bare dorm in despair. I had never felt so lonely, so friendless and abandoned.
Where did I go from here? This is what I had longed for, so why did I have misgivings, wondering if I had made a gigantic mistake. Of course, by the end of the day, I had met Gladys, who would become my lifelong best friend, my new roommates, and within a few weeks, the man I would eventually marry. That scary hour of two represented an abrupt transition from childhood to adulthood. It was time to grow up.
When we moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, I felt like I was reluctantly leaving behind a cocoon that had kept me safe and warm. We had lived in our dream home for five years in a neighborhood I loved. I had been a school counselor for five years and planned on moving up from middle school to high school the next year. My best friend lived across town, and my church was nearby. Our third child was due. We had laid down roots unlike any I had ever known. I had left my nomad life behind and never wanted to return.
So while Chandler was excited for this opportunity, the thought of pulling up my tenuous roots in Irving, Texas,to move to a redneck town in the middle of nowhere, giving up our home and friends, sent me into a downward spin. The fact that it was only a couple hours drive from Irving gave me little solace. Might as well be on Mars. So he left me behind while I took care of two little girls, slowly packed, waddled around in misery, and bombarded him with a litany of complaints when he returned home on Friday night.
Then Chad was born, our beautiful little boy, and our routine continued until he was old enough to make the move. Mom had the girls and planned to bring them in a few days, and Chandler was out of town on a business trip. We had bought a house that needed a boatload of cosmetic renovation, having been neglected for years. But it was very large, had a great layout and a pool, and we were young and able-bodied.
The morning I was to meet the movers, it was raining buckets. I hated to even leave the hotel in such a downpour, but I bundled up my newborn, with all his baby stuff, and a couple of suitcases, and headed for the house to wait for the movers. But late in the afternoon, after the movers had left, and Chad was down for his long nap, I sat on the couch, looking at all the boxes and the falling rain, and felt an overwhelming sense of desolation and loneliness.
During that time, it was all I could do to care for three kids, and try to work on the house. Sometimes I felt a little like a robot — just going through the motions. All I wanted to do was sleep, and I still feel guilty that after I brought Adrienne home from preschool, I parked her in front of the TV and put Chad down so I could drift away for a little while. All the painting and wallpapering we did was actually a kind of therapy.
It was mindless. I made a few friends while we were there, but I never really felt at home. I felt as if I was standing with my hands resting on a vast glass wall, and on the other side were all the people going about their day. Though I was calling to them, I was invisible. It wasn't until we moved back to the Dallas area that I breathed again and happily crawled back into that comfortable cocoon. It was , and we had moved back from Wichita Falls into our new home in Grand Prairie. Daddy had called me a couple of times, telling me that he was very depressed and thinking of going into the hospital.
I questioned the staff allowing him to drink coffee all day, loaded with sugar, since one of his problems was his inability to sleep, but I figured they knew what they were doing. Not long after my visit, he called and said he was being dismissed from the hospital because his insurance was running out. What the hell?
He sounded desperate — at the end of his rope. I begged him to just hang tight and immediately booked a flight for the next day.
When I arrived, my heart dropped. He had lost weight, and his skin just looked gray. No mention of this album has been made on the band's official website or Twitter page, which suggests that they are not involved with its release. Following the success of the album She Will Have Her Way in , a second album of cover versions of Finn Brothers songs including numerous Crowded House songs was released on 12 November A statement issued by the band described him as, "A warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House.
In September , the song "Help is Coming" from the Afterglow album, was released as a download and limited edition 7" single to raise money for the charity Save the Children. The B-side, "Anthem", was a previously unreleased track that was recorded at the same demo session as "Help is Coming" in , with the final vocal added in Peter Jones plays drums on both songs. The money will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene for refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Neil Finn said of "Help Is Coming" There is such a huge scale and urgency to the current refugee crises that barely a day goes by without some crushing image or news account to confront us.
We can't be silent any more. In , Neil Finn confirmed in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant that Crowded House are on indefinite hiatus. The band, with the same lineup as in - with Tim Finn as guest performed four shows, 24—27 November As the primary songwriter for the band, Neil Finn has always set the tone for the band's sound. Allmusic said that Finn "has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail. Neil first saw Tim play with Split Enz in , and said "that performance and those first songs made a lasting impression on me.
She would play piano at family parties and encourage Neil and Tim to accompany her. Bassist Nick Seymour, who is also an artist, designed or co-designed all of the band's album covers and interior artwork. He also designed some of the costumes worn by the group, notably those from the cover of the group's debut album Crowded House. Since the band reunited, Seymour has again designed their album covers. The majority of the covers for the band's singles were not designed by Seymour. For the first four albums Mombassa and Noel Crombie , who had been the main designer of Split Enz's artwork, assisted Seymour in creating sets and costumes.
Today, the zeitgeist embraces sharing like never before. This is all a result of us being public and open and transparent about who we are. AS one North Dakota writer says, "Here and there a woman has to step on a few toes and put her writing above other things. The majority of the covers for the band's singles were not designed by Seymour. Whether or not we will listen, out here on the plains, I cannot say.
For the Farewell to the World concerts Crombie designed the set, while Mombassa and Seymour designed promotional materials and artwork. Crowded House has won several national and international awards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the rock group, Crowded House. For their debut album, see Crowded House album. For the racehorse, see Crowded House horse. Rock pop rock jangle pop indie rock alternative rock new wave. Capitol ATO. Main articles: Split Enz and The Mullanes.
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