Youth & Valor
music created by Courtney and some of her friends.
grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. Her parents took her to summer
music festivals. 100-degree heat standing in hot expanses of
grass listening to Willie Nelson and Doug Sahm. Beer and BBQ.
Sunburned, tank-top-wearing cowboy hippies.
often went to the Bluebird on the east side in
Como, a tiny, baby blue shotgun shack serving beer
and set-ups out of the kitchen. There were long
formica tables and everybody shared so you got
to know your neighbors. The proprietor, Mr. Robert
Ealey, was also the singer in the house band. He
always wore a three-piece suit, no matter what
the weather. He had a microphone cord about 3 miles
long——he could walk outside and up
the block to get something out of his car and you
could still hear him singing over the PA. Once
every set or so all the ladies took to the floor
to do the electric slide.
public education is not highly regarded. The best
thing about going to school in Texas is you learn
how to dance in P.E.——two-step, waltz,
cotton-eyed joe and polka.
If you go to school in Texas you learn to be a
lively guest at a wedding.
Courtney grew up she moved to New York City and
met a lot of people. Talented, ambitious people
live in New York. They are always thinking of possibilities.
When her friends heard her sing they said, “why
aren’t you singing out in the world?” She
said, “I don’t know.”
friend Michael asked her to sing a song for a movie
he was scoring. He’s a very good composer
and songwriter and a natty dresser. If you were
looking for someone to play a psychologist in an
Eric Rohmer film you might ask Michael. He could
even wear his own blazer. That was her first recording.
by the film, “Two-Lane Blacktop,” Courtney
wrote some songs. She asked her friend Sean Eden
to play guitar and help her make an album. Sean
is Canadian but he grew up in Clearlake, Texas.
It’s a place full of astronauts. Most of
Sean’s neighbors had been to the moon and
that must have affected his psyche in some way.
Sean is fantastic at playing guitar and was once
an actor. If you’re bored you can ask him
to recite the call to battle from “Henry
it is very stirring.
took a very long time but finally the project was
finished. “Some Satisfactions Are
was recorded in Brooklyn,
Manhattan, Austin, Texas and Springfield, Missouri
and lots of talented musicians and friends pitched
in. For this Courtney is most grateful.