Written by Matt Fogelson

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This essay was originally published by The Washington Post.

If I could offer one piece of unsolicited advice to new parents, it would be to think through your bedtime song selections with an eye to when that partially formed newborn cooing in your arms weighs 100 pounds and can beat you at chess.

A.A. Bondy’s music is spare, dark and penetrating. Much of it features just Bondy on acoustic guitar singing of sadness and loss.

Bonnie Bishop has evolved from a self-described country singer trying to sell beer at Texas dance halls, to a bluesy soul singer more in line with who she is as a musician.