lifeblood: listlogs: 1999v01n233-news


ig-news-digest      wednesday, december 22 1999      volume 02 : number 233


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] yahoo chat transcript...   ["neil hunt :o)" <neily@netreach.net>]
  [ig-news] chat transcript                 [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]
  [ig-news] new ig site is up      [nancy lambert <armydillo@mindspring.com>]
  [ig-news] cool posters                                [hlc <hlc@portal.ca>]


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date: tue, 21 dec 1999 09:53:56 +0000
from: "neil hunt :o)" <neily@netreach.net>
subject: [ig-news] yahoo chat transcript...


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]


http://www.hob.com/live/artistinterviews/991217indigogirls/index.shtml


and not at all how i remember it. things got awful mixed up when
it was live...


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date: wed, 22 dec 1999 10:18:26 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] chat transcript


hey folks,


here's the transcript of the online yahoo! chat...


- -sherlyn


- ---begin transcript---
indigo girls: amy: hey, happy holidays from amy, welcome to
the house of blues online chat with the indigo girls.


question: what do you think of mp3s being traded for free on
the internet? do you have any objections to people being
able to listen to your music whenever they want without
paying for it?
indigo girls: amy: i don't have any objections to people
being able to listen to music without paying for it. as long
as they are willing to come see us as a live band, because
there has to be a way to make ends meet. but i like the idea
of music becoming less of a commodity in some ways.  so i'm
sort of happy about it that way.


question: i heard that amy is putting out a solo album soon.
what kinds of songs will be on it? will chiapas bound ever
appear on an album?
indigo girls: amy: hmm! i am going to put a solo record out.
i'm starting to work on it in january. i'm not sure what the
content is going to be. i am starting out with some songs
that are sort of melodic punk. and i have a lot to choose
from, so i might put chiapas bound on there, but it might
end up on an indigo girls album.


question: do you have plans to do another live album anytime
soon?
indigo girls: amy: im sure in the future we'll put one out,
it's a ways away. but we are always recording our shows
though, with that as a future goal.


question: love your music - it was an inspiration to me
during a tough time, do you find that lots of young women
use your music as a sense of strength?
indigo girls: amy: people say that to us a lot and it makes
us feel good. because we probably get the same amount of
strength out of our audience.
indigo girls: emily: hello!


question: i use to work for a record label and saw how hard
it is for bands. how have you two stayed together so long?
indigo girls: amy: well we have a really good friendship,
actually we've played together for 20 years and known each
other for longer than that. friendship and a respect for
each other. and we do different things musically, and our
musical differences keep it interesting for both of us, each
one of us adds something to the whole that the other one
doesn't. it's a really well run partnership.


question: do you guys have any plans to return to your early
accoustic sound?  (not that the newer sound isn't also
good!!)
indigo girls: lol! amy: we're going to go out in the spring
and do a whole, starting in late march, and do a bunch of
shows as an acoustic duo. that's as much as we have planned
so far.
indigo girls: emily: we've also talked about recording some
stuff stripped down. but it just depends on how we feel
about the songs at the time we get to the studio.


question: emily, in the song "trouble," what does "grow a
peaceful crop" refer to?
indigo girls: emily: it has to do with genetically
engineered crops, things that are unhealthy for people, it has
to do with nafta and when nations like mexico end up having to
import corn. rather than subsist on their own food production.
the inequity of that. and how food will once again, hopefully,
be equitable and peaceful ultimately. and it's also a general
reference to sowing the seeds and creating peace. it's a
metaphor as well. and ultimately producing peace. and i use the
crop, obviously, to complete the metaphor.


question: how did you come up with the name "come on now
social" for your cd?
indigo girls: amy: the name came from a song that i was working
on called "measure of me". and it was just a line from the song
and we liked the way it sounded. it seemed to sum up what we
were talking about on the record. a call to find your place in
the world.


question: have you given any serious thought to an official
reissue some of your pre-strange fire releases? (and if you
need a volunteer archivist etc.etc...)?
indigo girls: lol! emily: ha, ha, ha - the answer is no! a lot
of those early songs, make me cringe my writing!
indigo girls: amy: mine too, it sucks. we might end up
bootlegging them ourselves.  and let them be bootlegs and
online trading.


question: what kinds of presents are you hoping to get for the
holidays?
indigo girls: emily: socks.
indigo girls: amy: socks? that's what you want? i'll buy you
socks.
indigo girls: emily: i already asked my sister. and a bird
watching kit.
indigo girls: amy: i just want books. just books.


question: "compromise" is such a strong song. what exactly
was it written about?
indigo girls: amy: oh, boy, that's a really complicated song
for me to explain. so... i took the relationship between two
people where their sort of paths in life are not politically
opposed to each other, but the way they achieved their goals
sometimes are in conflict with each other. and i used that as
a metaphor for what i consider to be some of the bigger
issues of the world, with references to sweat shops,
patriarchy, anthropology and environmental devastation. but
in all those things, saying to the person that i'm talking
to, that i understand that the way we're going about these
things is different, but i need that person.


question: have either one of you ever consider writing a
book?
indigo girls: emily: i'm actually going to write a chapter in
a book with my dad this year. for the first time. it has
something to do with music, culture and faith. it's a broad
beginning but i'm looking forward to the process. but besides
that, i've never thought of writing a book.


question: what are your favorite songs to play in concert
now?
indigo girls: amy: go, soon be to nothing.
indigo girls: emily: ozilline, andy, and fay tucker.


question: who would be your pick for a woman president?
indigo girls: emily : winona laduke.
indigo girls: amy: i'm going to say cynthia mckinney.


question: have you ever played with any of the musicians
that inspired you?
indigo girls: emily: my god, yes! joan baez, patti smith,
a million local musicians.  neil young, there are so many.


question: hi there, i have been a huge fan for years and
years.  i met emily and leslie the first day watershed opened
in atlanta and ordered the spice cake for my family's
thanksgiving. so good.  my question is: do you find more
inspiration today from the native american influences rather
than the bluesy southern ones of your early years?
indigo girls: amy: i don't think we're influenced by native
american music. except for groups that we play with. they
don't influence us, they inspire us. and i think our
influence and inspiration from native america is more geared
towards politics.


question: how do you feel about being an inspiration for the
young gay community?
indigo girls: emily: i feel really good about that. in as
much as it's true, when you are part of a minority population
in the midst of an evolution and struggle for civil rights.
it's very important to feel a sense of comaraderie with your
other community members.  and so if we are that sense of
comaraderie to our fellow gay people, bisexual people,
transgender people, then that's great.


question: will you pursue another high school tour any time
soon?
indigo girls: we are in the first stages of planning how and
where we're going to play some time in the late winter
possibly early spring.


question: emily, is the first verse of "burn all the letters"
a reference to virginia woolf?
indigo girls: emily: yes it is.


question: what has been your consistently favorite venue?
indigo girls: emily: in the berkeley area, the greek theater.


question: what do you think about hillary's run for ny
senate??
indigo girls: amy and emily: we're all for it. but we don't
live in new york.


question: statistics say that people of our generation will
change careers on an average of 4 times before retirement
(i am on my second!). are there any other careers outside the
music industry that you look at and think, hey that would be
cool job?
indigo girls: amy: teaching for me.
indigo girls: emily: yup, teaching.


question: your music is so deep. who inspired you to start
playing music?
indigo girls: emily: probably primarily my parents. because
we grew up with music in the house all the time, both live
and recorded. and the first album i ever bought was the
jackson five and they inspired me.


question: thank you for playing "land of canaan" at the
backyard in austin.  what was the inspiration for that song?
indigo girls: amy: that was just the basic unrequited love
song. someone was cheating on me.


question: when are you coming out with a new record?
indigo girls: emily: it feels like this one just came out!
it's going to be a while, at least another year.


question: what was it like playing for jimmy carter? what do
you think of him?
indigo girls: amy: it was awesome.
indigo girls: emily: i think he's the president with the most
integrity that this country has ever had. i think he had the
most holistic vision of the world, trying to work things out
together rather than separately, the myth of the american
power, he didn't buy all that crap.  and his party was a
blast, very moving. and we got to hear the mcguire sisters
sing live.


question: emily, in the liner notes from many of the albums,
you always thank someone for taking care of your cats. i
always smile when i see this. as a fellow cat owner i know
how important it is to take care of our babies! how many cats
do you have?
indigo girls: emily: not as many as amy! i've got three.
indigo girls: amy: i have seven. i have somebody take care of
them too!


question: do you ever read the discussion board on your epic
web page?
indigo girls: no.
indigo girls: amy: we feel if we start reading those kinds of
things, we'll get more self-involved.


question: i personally have been listening to you guys for
many years and you have greatly inspired me in many ways.
what is the song that is the most emotionally difficult for
you to play live and why?
indigo girls: amy: that's a good question. hmm.
indigo girls: emily: probably philosphy of loss right now.
when we were finishing it in the studio it was a time of deep
personal sadness and it brings me back to that time when i
sing it.
indigo girls: amy: probably for me nuevas senoritas. just
because it pays tribute to some women activitists in our
lives two of which we lost this past year. ingrid
washinwatok, and marsha gomez.


question: amy, how has your spirituality grown with your music?
indigo girls: amy: i guess i've used my music sometimes to
explore my belief system.  in writing, trying to write lyrics
sort of free of any censorship. i study what i write sometimes,
even things that don't go into the songs. and it brings me
closer to what i really feel and believe sometimes.


question: what do you think of the current presidential
candidates?
indigo girls: amy: sighs. i'm a ralph nader fan. that's who i
really love, ralph nader.
indigo girls: emily: i'm still in the process of checking them
all out. i don't of course believe the policies of the
republicans, they're all anti-gay, anti-choice and anti
everything i believe in. and in the end america will elect a
candidate with a lot of money and a great image.
indigo girls: amy: so that's an inspiration to vote! no, i
think a lot of democratic candidates are actually anti-gay as
well. not really willing to take a stand. so that's why i want
to support someone like nader.


question: what has been your most memorable moment since the
inception of your group?
indigo girls: emily: impossible to name just one. honor the
earth has been really important. opening for the grateful dead
was pretty awesome. countless experiences playing live. and
we've learned from and been inspired by countless mentors
along the way.  it's been fantastic so far.
indigo girls: amy: for me one of the things i remember the best
is driving around the southeast to some gigs with joan baez in
the front seat singing gospel music to keep awake! we hope
everybody has a happy holiday. thanks for tuning in and thanks
for supporting us. we really appreciate it!
indigo girls: emily: i second everything amy said!

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date: tue, 21 dec 1999 18:36:04 -0500
from: nancy lambert <armydillo@mindspring.com>
subject: [ig-news] new ig site is up


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]


yeppers the new ig site is up.
check it out
http://www.indigogirls.com/

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date: tue, 21 dec 1999 09:24:37 -0800
from: hlc <hlc@portal.ca>
subject: [ig-news] cool posters


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]


i recently ordered a great ig poster  from the site
http://www.concertposters.com. it arrived today and it looks even better
than on the site. i'm not affiliated with this site at all  but they
have some neat stuff and it arrived quickly, in good shape etc so i'm
passing on the info.  the poster i ordered is the one on the far right
of the top row shown. the writing on the bottom advertises the
bellingham and pullman shows. a nice surprise for me because i can't see
the writing on the web site photo so i didn't know what it said (i
bought the poster because i liked the picture) but i was at the
bellingham show. a nice coincidence.


happy holidays all
helen

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