lifeblood: discography: 1982-xx-xx: color me grey (amy ray)

an independently released cassette featuring amy ray performing solo. it is not known for certain how many copies of the cassette were issued, they were reportedly given out as christmas presents by amy ray to eight or so people. the j-card is photo paper with the song titles, album title, etc, hand-written on it and a copyright date of 1982. this release is long out of print.

a second version with additional tracks and new names for some of the tracks was released around 1985, more info on it can be found here.

no known copies of the audio files from this original release have circulated in the fan community. the good quality audio files from the around 1985 release were used to re-create this release below.

download a zip file with all the individual tracks


01. just passing time (4:06)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

02. no way out (also known as "scared to say we're friends") (3:34)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

03. losing touch (3:49)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

04. sweet gypsy (also known as "anyway i love you") (3:49)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

05. the distance remains the same (also known as "erase the pain") (3:49)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

06. i'll be there (also know as "always be there") (3:26)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

07. slow moving sea (also know as "anyone but myself") (5:26)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)

08. thursday afternoon (also known as "color me grey") (3:05)
--words and music by amy ray (lyrics) (listen) (background)


2001-08-03: indigo girls - talent seen once in a blue moon, the easton express-times:

when both were in high school, they started playing music together in preparation for a school talent show, and were soon performing at open-mike nights at local bars, calling themselves either saliers and ray or the b-band.

by 1981, ray and saliers had completed their first basement tape (literally - it was recorded in ray's basement) called "tuesday's children," a collection of cover songs augmented with two original tunes.

ray continued her songwriting and, the following year, she recorded a solo tape of her own material called "color me grey."

after high school, saliers became an english major at tulane university, and the next year, ray headed off to nashville, tenn., to study english and religion at vanderbilt university. but being away from home didn't sit too well with either, and by 1984 both were back in atlanta as students at emory university.

in 1985, again performing together on a regular basis, they decided to go by the name indigo girls. in one of the time-honored traditions of rock, the name held no real significance - ray chose "indigo" from the dictionary because the word sounded cool.


2004-05-17: singer of the week, (unknown):

from grey to indigo blue

they quickly moved up the ranks, playing at open mike nights in local bars. in 1981, they recorded their first tape, tuesday's children in amy ray's basement, followed by a 1982 recording of "color me grey," a solo effort by ray.

the duo's name, "indigo girls," was not adopted until 1985 (ray had seen the word "indigo" in a dictionary and thought it was catchy). with the release of their first single, "crazy game/everybody's waiting for someone to come home (a b-side)," the music industry had yet to catch on.

in 1987, the indigo girls independently released their first album, strange fire (it was rereleased in 1989 under the epic label). though they were told that they would never secure a deal because their songs were apparently too "immature," their music eventually led to a record deal with epic records in 1988.


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