The fall of the American Music Industry


The following selections, (in bold) have made a notable appearance on Billboard in the past few years. The extremely popular songs enjoyed by the general populace.

The examples that follow them are from the Indie, alternative, and folk genre. You know who listens to this: the “weirdos”. The socially awkward bookworms who troll Etsy for the perfect pair of vintage tortoiseshell frames for their glasses. The “hippies” or “hipsters”. The ones that take their type-writers to the park, and would rather watch the BBC than keep up the Kardashians.

You may judge, indeed, who has the superior soundtrack.


Baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine…”

Justin Beiber

“Swan dive down, eleven stories high, or swim down deep until you see the light. You can sink to the bottom of the sea, just don’t go without me… C’est la vie, c’est la mort, [This is life, this is death] You and me, Forevermore…”
The Civil Wars

“Have you ever felt like a plastic bag floating on the wind, waiting for life to begin?”

Katy Perry, “Firework”

“What if I was wrong? This land means less and less to me without you breathing through it’s trees.. At every turn the water runs away from me, and the halo disappears…I’m not whole when you’re not near… ” Mumford and Sons

Carly Rae Jepsen

“I’ve known mornings white as diamonds, silent from a night so cold. Such a stillness, calm as the owl flies; our lives are buried in snow…I was sifting through the piles, in my hand a tangled thread. Each patient tug upon the snarl is a glimpse of what has been…”
Alela Diane


“I was desperate, I was weak, I could not put up a fight. Where are you now, where are you now? Do you ever think of me in the quiet or the crowd? Triumphant in the mind of the logic that you hold. You said no one will ever know the love that we have shared; as I took my leave to go it was clear you didn’t care.” -Mumford and Sons


“Meet in the garden, where the weeds grow tall… we’ll set on the swing… Meet me in the tintypes of long ago, trace the lines of my face… You and I, we’re just pressing flowers; they’re dying, but they’re ours…” –
The Civil Wars

“Loving him was red, re-e-e-e-e-ed…fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there was no right answer…” Taylor swift

“It’s under control but the Sun and Moon have been after each other from night until noon, chasing like a couple of fools, in a race of the clouds like a bloody cartoon… colorful creatures in wonderless moods have been tirelessly learning their lines and their runes, turning about in their colorful shoes, surprising themselves with their wonderful moves… I know I’m gonna get there someday soon..” -Ben Taylor

“Baby you light up my world like nobody else
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed
But when you smile at the ground it ain’t hard to tell
You don’t know (oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!” – One Direction

“I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned… And I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay… and true, it may seem like a stretch, but it’s thoughts like these that catch my troubled head when you’re away and I am missing you to death…” – Iron and Wine

“Who run the world? GIRLS

Who run the world? GIRLS

Who run the world? GIRLS”


“If I get murdered in the City, don’t go revenging in my name. One person dead from such is plenty, no need to go get locked away. Make sure my mother knows I loved her, make sure my sister knows the same. Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.” –
The Avett Brothers

Beautiful art requires intelligence. Help us make intelligence fashionable again: Support the “hipster” movement.



Our favorite British people

We are, admittedly, anglophiles. Tis no small thing, nay, an all-consuming obsession. The following is our list of favorites.

MadaLin’s favorites

1. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (wife of Prince William, first in line for the throne)

2. Tom Hiddleston (actor)

3. Benedict Cumberbatch (actor)

4. Michelle Dockery (actress)

5. Jane Austen (writer of romance novels)

6. Emma Thompson (actress)

7. Katie McGrath (actress)

8. Helena Bonham Carter (actress)

9. Kate Winslet (actress)

10. Judi Dench (actress)


Nicole’s favorite British people

Queen Victoria (goes without saying, truthfully. She has an entire era named after her. [1840-1900])

1. Steven Moffat (writer and director)

2. Agatha Christie (writer of mystery novels)

3. Alfred Hitchcock (director)

4. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (preacher/writer, possessor of an excellent beard)

5. Shakespeare (if you don’t know who he is there is a strong possibility you live under a rock)

6. Benedict Cumberbatch (actor)

7. The Bronte sisters (authors of “Wuthering Heights”, “Jane Eyre”, among others)

8. Kenneth Branaugh (actor/director)

9. Tom Hiddleston (actor)

10. Emma Thompson (actress)

11. The Beatles (band) [obviously] {no really, duh…}

10. Matt Smith (actor, the 11th Doctor)

12. David Tennant (actor, the 10th Doctor)

13. Judi Dench (actress)

This is, naturally, not a comprehensive list. Perhaps one day we will produce a sequal. So tell us- who are your favorite brits?

Interview on Anna Sewell’s “Black Beauty”, with special guest

We here at Barton Hollow have been given the opportunity to sharpen the literary skill of one of our friends who is in 6th grade; and so today we share the stage with a special guest, Nathan, who enlightens us to his thoughts on Anna Sewell’s masterpiece “Black Beauty”:


Q. (Nicole): In what time was this book set?
A. (Nathan): The book black beauty is set in England, during the Victorian era.
Q. Who is the main character?
A. The main character in this book is Black Beauty, a powerful stallion.
Q. How do we find out that he is a horse?
A. We find out he is a horse when he says,”My mother was a powerful horse, often used by the master”
Q. describe his personality to me.
A. His personality is a young bright spirit, with energy to spare!
Q.What sort of families does he find himself with?
A. He finds himself with good, bad, and cruel families! But good for the most part.
Q. What time of his life does he remember with the greatest fondness? Why?
A. He remembers his time in Birtwick Park the fondest, because all of his good friends lived there at this time.
Q. What time of his life did he least enjoy? Why?
A. He enjoyed his time at the Flour Factory least. Because it was at this time he was treated  so badly, that he fainted in the middle of the road.
Q. What was his attitude towards those who didn’t treat him well?
A. He did not develop a bad attitude towards the bad owners, he just did what he was told, and did it to the best of his ability.
Q. What do you think this book tells us about the author’s beliefs on animals? How does she think they should be treated? Does she love animals?
A. I believe that Anna Sewell was an animal lover, and respected animals greatly. I also believe that she thought that animals should be treated fairly, just as you and me.

Review on the “Abram’s Daughter’s series”, by Beverly Lewis

In 2002, Beverly Lewis published the first installment of her excellent “Abram’s Daughters” series. The four books that followed track the lives of an Old Order Amish family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The story begins in the year 1942, and resolves in 1969. The Ebersol family has four daughters, all of whom we see mature from their youth. The books average  in at 350 pages. They are steadily paced, and solidly written. Though the author deals with intense family drama, it is handled with exceptional good taste, resulting in a book that can be read with the family. We will refrain from spoiling the story, but we happily report a satisfactory (if unexpected) ending. Five stars.

We also enjoyed Beverly Lewis’ “Annie’s People” series.

Our favorite fictional books


1) Pride and Prejudice (released 1812 by Jane Austen)

2) Revolution (released 2011 by Jennifer Donnely)

3) Entwined (released 2011 by Heather Dixon)

4) Memoirs of a Geisha (released 1997 by Arthur Golden)

5) The Godess Test series (released starting 2011 by Aimee Carter)

6) Abandoned (released 2012 by Meg Cabot)

7) Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)

8) Nevermore (released 2010 Kelley Crayg)

9) Enchanted (released 2011 by Aleathea Kontis)

10) Splintered (released 2013 by A.G. Howard)

Honorable mention: “Treachery of Beautiful Things” released 2012 by Ruth Francis Long


1) Eragon [The Inheritance Cycle] (released starting 2001 by Christopher Paolini)

2) To Kill a Mockingbird (released 1961 by Harper Lee)

3) The Hunger Games trilogy (released starting 2008 by Suzanne Collins)

4) Wuthering Heights (by Emily Bronte)

5)Frankenstien (released 1815 by Mary Shelley)

6) Holes (released 1998 by Louis Sachar)

7)Tell-Tale heart (released 1843 by Edgar Allen Poe)

8) Divergent (released 2011 by Veronica Roth)

9) Hunchback assignments (released 2009 by Arthur Slade)

10) 20,000 Leagues under the sea (by Jules Verne)


Our favorite movies & tv shows



1) The Star wars saga

2) The Lord of the Rings saga

3) Penelope (starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy)

4) Pride and Prejudice (starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFayden)

5) Bright Star (starring Abbey Cornish)


1) Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman)

2) Doctor Who (starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, later Matt smith and Karen Gillan)

3) Downton Abbey (starring Hugh Bonneville)

4) Cranford (starring Judi Dench)

5) Return to Cranford (starring Judi Dench, introducing Tom Hiddleston)



1) Much ado about Nothing (starring Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompsen)

2) Brothers Grimm (starring Heath Ledger and Matt Damon)

3) That thing you do! (starring Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler)

4) Wuthering Heights (starring Tom Hardy)

5) Thor (starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Tom hiddleston)

Honorable mention: Treasure Planet and Emporer’s New Groove


1) Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman)

2) Lorna Doone (starring Aiden Gillen and Andrew Coyle)

3) Doctor Who (starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan)

4) Larkrise to Candleford (starring Julia Sawahla)

5) 48 hrs Mystery (or any type of crime show)

6) Psych (starring James Roday, Dule Hill, and Corbin Bernsen)

7) Alice (starring Caterina Scorsone and Andrew Lee Potts, premiered on the SyFy channel on 2010)