Indigo Girls: 22 Years On

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Indigo Girls: 22 Years On

In honor of the Indigo Girls' new CD, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, which hits stores today, I thought we'd let some of their friends and colleagues do the talking (or writing, as the case happens to be). All week we'll be bringing you their words as we pay tribute to Amy Ray and Emily Saliers and their 22 years of activism and art.

 

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Michelle Malone, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers

Michelle Malone, singer/songwriter:

I met the Indigo Girls when we were in college way back before we had record contracts or even careers. They were already performing in clubs in Atlanta, and I was songwriting and woodshedding hoping to do the same, although I felt I wasn't quite ready yet. They coerced me onto the stage, telling me that I just had to do it to get good at it. So they invited me to play a few songs during their set break one night... and so my journey began. Soon I started singing with them in their sets, the beginning of a friendship and professional camaraderie with which I'm still blessed. They not only helped me get started in the business, but have been great role models, too.

They've always conducted themselves with integrity, never sacrificing their beliefs or ideals, and somehow managed to remain grounded and graceful throughout their platinum career. All this AND great music that will crack your heart wide open! They are like family to me, and I'm proud to call them friends.



Comments [15]

peacekitty's picture

You think that first episode

You think that first episode was bad...just keep watching. You're in for one heck of a ride. lol Wink

603 and 605 are fun though. xoxo - PK

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Robin Rigby's picture

I've always thought that

I've always thought that their major label debut- "Indigo Girls" was the quintessential Indigo Girls album. I think there's not a bad song on that one.

I also like Amy's solo stuff and get annoyed at the critics who label them a folk band and trash them whenever they bring out the electric guitars. I love that they mix it up, getting more rock oriented on some songs and more folksy on others.

Steph H's picture

"And the less I seek my

"And the less I seek my source for some definitive, The closer I am to fine".

One of my all time favourite song lyrics.

Steph H's picture

Hey PK :-) Wow, I can't

Hey PK Smile

Wow, I can't believe that they played in the student union - that's pretty cool. Sorry you missed out on tickets - I bet they sold out in a heartbeat.

Regarding Ep 1 - all day I have been thinking - since when did Jenny drive a Porsche and WHAT'S with the random close up camera work? And don't start me on Gabby Devaux's RIDICULOUSLY over the top "just had sex hair"..... I've seen Christmas Pantos that are more realistic....

Sorry for that mini-rant but really!! xoxo

peacekitty's picture

Hi Steph :) I was living in

Hi Steph Smile I was living in Leicester in 1994, attending classes at the University of Leicester, when the Indigo Girls had a concert right in our student union. Unfortunately it was sold out when I tried to get tickets.

I really loved them and thought it would be awesome to see my favorite band in England, but I missed out. That's the closest I came to seeing them in an intimate setting.

So you just saw episode 1 huh? Smile "Lost for words" pretty much sums it up.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Steph H's picture

I am lucky enough to have

I am lucky enough to have seen the Indigo Girls LIVE many years ago - love them.

And it was an exchange student from LA that introduced them to me at University 20 years ago!

Off topic - came across Ep 1 of S6 of The L Word on cable last night.... for once I am lost for words....

Xanadu's picture

That was the first time I've

That was the first time I've listened to an Indigo Girls song! (obviously I've heard of them) ... They're very good - in perfect harmony with each other.

Now I should go and actually listen to Tegan and Sara ... I'm in love with both of them, but have never stopped to hear their music (though I love to watch their stage banter on YouTube).

I'm such a bad lesbian!

LongBeachDogLover's picture

I'll do that...... thanks for

I'll do that...... thanks for the recommendations. Wink

Kelly McCartney's picture

Bad lezzie! Bad! If you want

Bad lezzie! Bad!
If you want to change that, start with Come on Now Social or Rites of Passage. Not a bad song on either of them.

Won't you be my neighbor? @theKELword

LongBeachDogLover's picture

I really enjoyed the slide

I really enjoyed the slide show Kelly. Acoustic guitar is so easy to listen to..... very nice. At the risk of sounding like a bad lesbian, I'm just not too familiar with them.

Sarah's picture

I loved the slideshow. What a

I loved the slideshow. What a great way to honor these fabulous women, musicians, activists, and role models.

Kelly McCartney's picture

Just posted a musical slide

Just posted a musical slide show up in the main player featuring a song from the new CD.

Won't you be my neighbor? @theKELword

peacekitty's picture

p.s. that's Ariel Schrag.

p.s. that's Ariel Schrag.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Thanks Kelly. :) The Indigo

Thanks Kelly. Smile The Indigo Girls are one of my favorite groups.

Something else worth noting: One of OurChart's former bloggers, Ariel Shrag, has made the American Library Association's "Rainbow List 2009" with her graphic novel entitled "Awkward and Definition." It's a highly recommended GN for teens. I'm purchasing it now for our system.

Go Ariel! Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Tex's picture

.....like a fine

.....like a fine wine.....worth more every day....

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