Quite a discussion is going on over at my facebook about this list. At least with the first piece. Anyway, I can’t believe I only get to pick ten songs. BUT, I attended an Indigo Girls concert tonight and felt very confident about including one of their songs on my list. How many millennia did the world go on before the Indigo Girls? How will the world go on without them?
I love the Indigo Girls live! They have A LOT of energy, and they always thanked us after each song, and they told us what great singers we were. Which: true. While it ended up being mostly us singing along, I could still appreciate their writing and their harmonies and their guitar/mandolin/banjo proficiency. It was amazing. Really intricate, virtuosic stuff. And they seem like very, very nice people. Plus: activists. We have a similar sense of duty, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers, and I.
I chose an obvious song, but it really has become an anthem in the last however many years since I first heard it. You know the song. It ends with the question I’m constantly asking myself: How long ’til my soul gets it right?
Also? I know I’ve said this before, but I love that they can fit nuclear annihilation into this song. That’s worth extra points if it ever comes up in a game of Encore.
Songs of theirs that come closely behind: “Closer to Fine” (of course), “Chickenman” (for total kicks), “Ghost” (so brilliant in its imagery), “Love Will Come to You” (SO pretty with the countermelodies), “Land of Canaan” (also quite fun). AND, I guess everything else they’ve ever done. SO not fair.
Enjoy. Sing along if you want.