In December 2010, Branch announced her return to her pop/rock roots for her album, West Coast Time. In early 2011, Branch released three previously unreleased songs from Everything Comes and Goes including, "Texas In the Mirror", "Take a Chance on Me", and "Long Goodbye", the latter a duet with Dwight Yoakam. On March 22, 2011, in a video regarding updates on the third studio album uploaded via Branch's YouTube account, Branch confirmed that half the album is finished and added that "it's sounding really really good....it's all going well and it's all on time." On April 14, 2011, it was announced that Branch had finished recording the album, she also added that "only mixing/mastering left. Michelle practiced and recorded a few tracks with Tilted Head and FIVE lead singer Joshua Barton, however it is still a work in progress." On May 26, 2011, Branch hosted a live webchat with fans in which she previewed her new single "Loud Music", which was released to the iTunes Store on June 14, 2011. The song was co-written and produced by British writers Jim Irvin and Julian Emery who collaborated with Michelle on several songs on the album. In the webcast, Branch also mentioned songs on the album called "Mastermind" and "The Story Of Us" and also added that "Through The Radio" would be a hidden track on the CD. In a previous webcast, she premiered a song from the album called "Spark". During a live outdoor performance at the Warner Brothers building she performed another new song, dedicated to her then-husband Teddy Landau, "For Dear Life". In June 2011, she released the album's first single titled "Loud Music". It has charted on the Adult Pop Songs chart. On July 12, 2011, Branch performed "God Bless America" at the MLB All-Star Game, in Phoenix, Arizona. In September, a new song "Another Sun" was featured on Fox's TV series Terra Nova. On October 29, 2011, she gave a small concert to approximately 200 fans at the Egyptian Room in downtown Indianapolis, as part of the Gravedigger's Ball. On December 12, 2011, Branch released a song titled "If You Happen to Call" for free download on the official website.
When Robert left it, he was followed so quickly by Christina that shehad an opportunity of speaking to him as he was putting on his overcoatand gloves, and thus to thank him for his invitation of the previousevening. "I never had such a happy time in all my life, Robert," shesaid, "and Theodora does play and sing wonderfully. It is a joy tolisten to her."
That night her heart was too full of hope and sweet content to let hersleep. She had not been as happy for many months. She had not been ashopeful. She told herself this detached life was all that was requiredto secure Robert's affection, and that six months of it would make himimpatient of any intrusion into the sacredness of his home. And she wasfull of sweet, innocent plans to increase and settle certainly andfirmly the treasure of his love. They kept her waking, so she rose longbefore morning, and, opening a casement, looked out into the dusky nightfull of stars. She sat there, watching Nature in those ineffable momentswhen she is dreaming, until the cold white light of the dawning showedher the waning moon blue in the west.
In this sane and peaceful life, month after month went onwarddelightfully, while she waited in the fulness of health and hope for thechild which God would give her. During these months Robert also had beenhappy. Now and then there had been invasions of the lower man, but inthe main he was joyous and amiable, thoughtful for her comfort, anddelighted to share all her hopes and pleasures. He had insisted on hismother and sisters going to the Bridge of Allan for the summer months,had given Jepson and Mrs. McNab holiday, and practically closed theGlasgow house until September. And he had found Inverkip so pleasant,that he was even more with Theodora than his promise demanded.
"Circumstances may sometimes make it so, Isabel," answered Theodora,"but I would rather wake and suffer, than sink into animalunconsciousness half my life. Robert has slept, or pretended to sleep,twelve hours out of the last twenty-four, and he does not even dream."
Then Mrs. Oliphant said: "Come now, David Campbell, and tell your sisterTheodora how heartily you are at her service." And the supposed Mr.Kennedy took Theodora's hands, and said: "My dear sister. I have knownall your sad life for the last half-year. I am here to help you."
So in Theodora's case, the everyday occurrence of a quarrel with aservant girl was the culmination of years full of far more cogentreasons, for her final decision to abandon a life which she was unableto manage. But when Robert went to his dinner, and left her alone tostruggle with a defeat and a loss she felt so keenly she came to thispositive conclusion. In that hour her life was brought to the fine pointof a single word. "Yes" or "No," which was it to be? Would she acceptfor herself and her child the wretched life she had unknowingly chosen?Or, would she abandon it, and seek some happier environment? And afterhalf-an-hour's intense thought and feeling, she stood erect, and,clasping her hands, uttered an emphatic "Yes!" Even at that hour, hermessenger was on his way to consult her parents, and she had littledoubt as to their decision. She believed they would bid her "Go in God'sname"; and fortified by that order, she would follow the advice DavidCampbell gave her. He knew the United States well, and it was awonderful thing, he should have come home in this time of her trouble.Surely he had been sent for her help and direction.
At Greenock she found the prepared room in the Tontine, and she madeherself and little Davie comfortable, and then ordered their dinner tobe brought to them. She was glad of this pause in her affairs, and longafter Davie was asleep, she sat pondering the past and the future. Atfirst she was dazed and half-unbelieving of the great event that hadtaken place in her life. In the darkness of the room, she fell intoshort sleeps, and kept feeling around in the darkness of her mind tolearn what troubled her, until suddenly, in cruel starts from sleep, hersorrow found her out.
But this is the depth in our nature, where the divine and human are one.Here, in our weakness and weariness, we are visited by the Upholder ofthe tranquil soul, and words wonderful and secret, cheer the weary andheavy-laden; for God has royal compassions for the broken in heart.Theodora awoke in the morning full of hope, and in one of her mostcheerful moods. The road no longer frightened her, the ocean no longerseparated her. She had wings now for all the chasms of life, and whenshe opened a little book for a word to clear the way, and the day, shecried out joyfully, for this was her message:
"From what Isabel told me, I should say his family had full dominionover him for two years; the result being the tearing to pieces of thehome he made for me, and the handing over to his sister everything thatwas mine. The last two years he has lived a solitary life at his club,no doubt self-indulgent, self-centred, and self-sufficient." 2b1af7f3a8