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Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars

Album: The Civil WarsReleased: 2013
  • The Civil Wars duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White brought in their producer, Charlie Peacock, on this song. Williams explained: "He helped with arrangements and really helped take the song to a totally different place. Sometimes as an artist, you can't see what needs rearranging when you're so 'in it.' Charlie brought perspective. Almost like an eavesdrop within an 'Eavesdrop.'"
  • Williams gave birth to a son, Miles Alexander, in between the recording of The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow and self-titled albums. This song highlighted to her the change in her voice between the two records. She explained: "When I was first pregnant and performing on the road, I thought something was wrong with my voice. I was having a hard time hitting high notes, while my low notes kept getting deeper and deeper. I did some research with the help of a vocal coach, and learned that hormone levels affect a female singing range. Having a boy, naturally, upped my testosterone levels, making low notes easier to hit and higher notes harder to reach."

    "But the great thing?," she added. After having Miles, I regained my high range AND have kept my low range. Pregnancy literally changed the makeup of my vocal cords. There's a different timbre to it now, and I love that I can hear the story of my son in my singing."
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