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ig-news-digest        thursday, april 15 2004        volume 07 : number 066

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] 2 kickass minneapolis tickets !!!!    [ritesofpassage9@webtv.net]
  [ig-news] good minneapolis tickets available          [elfowl@usfamily.net]
  [ig-news] emily chuckin' tofu                       [dweiden@ix.netcom.com]

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date: wed 14-apr-2004 2:51pm
from: ritesofpassage9@webtv.net
subject: [ig-news] 2 kickass minneapolis tickets !!!!

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

that's right, i too have a pair that i don't need!
they are very good seats in row d....just
four rows away from the box......somebody please take these so that i
may tell an ebay seller i can buy their tix for box seats.

barb

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date: wed 14-apr-2004 2:41pm
from: elfowl@usfamily.net
subject: [ig-news] good minneapolis tickets available

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

hey listmates-

i am crawling out from lurkdom for a great reason...

i have two tickets to the minneapolis show at the orpheum on april 22, next
thursday. they are on the main floor, row j, seats 5 and 6 (emily side). my
partner was able to get a hold of seats in row c as a surprise for me!!!
what a woman :-)

anyway, i would love to see someone use these tickets, so i am selling them
for face value of $37.00 each/$74.00 total. no ticketbastard charges or
handling fees.

please email me asap, so we can make arrangements to get these great seats
into your hands!

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date: wed 14-apr-2004 7:12pm
from: dweiden@ix.netcom.com
subject: [ig-news] emily chuckin' tofu

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

this is a longer version of an interview i posted a few weeks ago. the
main difference is additional qhotes from emily, including the closing
paragraph which brings to mind hilarious images. or maybe its just me. ;-)


diane


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the indigo girls amy ray and emily saliers are happy
to do their part in the struggle for same-sex marriage
rights. but that doesn t include playing those
weddings.

          oh my god, that would be depressing i
think,  muses saliers regarding the prospect of a
wedding singer career.  we know a few  80s songs i
think, but it s not gonna happen. no  you light up my
life.  no way.

         besides, the atlanta-based girls are busy
touring with their own new album, all that we let in
(epic). last we heard from the indigos was 2002 s
become you, whose producer, peter collins, and
musicians carol isaacs, clare kenny and brady blade,
they reunited with at georgia s sound tree studios.
all that ...  is a lively, energized album filled with
indigo aural hallmarks like rich dueling guitars,
soulful keyboards, and ray/saliers  melodious vocal
harmonies. it s a bridge between the acoustic/folky
become you and 2000 s alt-rock tinged come on now
social.  come on was so layered, has so much stuff on
it,  saliers notes.  such a fun album to me, it might
be my favorite. this one s more organic to me across
the board, although there s electric guitar on it ...
.  and don t worry, birkenstock set there are acoustic
ballads in the mix, too.

         the album s 11 songs were almost evenly split
writing-wise: five by ray, six by saliers.  a lot of
[our songs ] themes crossed over,  saliers shares.
politics and social causes are going to emerge, so we
have some thematic similarities. we also have some
straight-up love songs. it s not a concept album.

         however, a story does bond the album
together: one illustrated by comic book legend jaime
hernandez (whose love & rockets comic series features
queer characters). ray, a big comics fan, asked
hernandez to illustrate the album s cover/interior
booklet, and he agreed.  it s the best packaging we ve
ever had and a great storyline,  saliers gushes.  very
proud of it.

         saliers describes the strange hernandez-drawn
story, which involves a woman who plants statues from
outer space in the desert, as  a metaphor for the
beautiful miracles the universe can provide. if we
keep our minds open to it and through hard work,
diligence and reflection, it s a profound experience.
the cover art is this woman [balancing] on a pipe but
to me it is a balance between nature and the
destruction of nature. there are a lot of things going
on there. very spiritual.

         as for the songs, ray s love for reggae, ska
and the clash inspired the bouncy, reggae-spiced
heartache for everyone.  does ray also appreciate the
reggae/ska staple of  da herb?  (as in marijuana herb,
of course.)  the herb? i don t know actually,  saliers
laughs.  i don t know if she loves the herb.  amy, do
you love the herb?  i ve never asked her.

         of the story and meaning behind the album s
gentle title song, saliers proffers  it s very
personal but also universal. it talks about the
details of life meeting, about planets falling and
exploding. it s an anti-war song. and it talks about
things that have actually happened in my life with
friends. in the end there s the beauty and terror of
life, they work hand in hand it can be painful.

         more pain can be found in the catchy first
track,  fill it up again,  a failed relationship story
in the disguise of an upbeat pop ditty.
interestingly, saliers has enjoyed a very healthy
relationship with a girlfriend for 10 years now, so
how does she keep coming up with yarns of unhappy,
dysfunctional ones?  as a writer your eyes and ears
are open all the time, you observe people and other
relationships,  she explains.  you have empathy and i
think a lot about what it would be like to be in
certain situations. i watch a lot of films and read a
lot of literature, so i pick up a lot of dysfunction.
the movie monster that s such a painful story. i ve
seen it a couple of times ... it blew me away. talk
about dysfunctional and the worst painful relationship
situation you can imagine that s the film to see. but
bad relationships are all around us.

         conversely,  free in you  expresses the
delectation of her own love life. its lyrics include:
love is like breathing when it s true/ and i m free
in you.   the hallmark sentiment,  saliers admits with
amusement.  i m just loving and romantic. always.
she s a really wonderful person, i like her
personality; she s always interesting to me. we have a
lot of respect for each other. and we learn how to
deal with being apart a lot because i travel all the
time and we have enough independence to bring to the
table to keep our relationship interesting. i found
the right person and i m very fortunate. but we work
at it. you have to work at any relationship.

         like her longtime friendship and professional
collaboration with ray. the indigo girls  seeds were
first sowed in a decatur, ga., elementary school. by
1981, the childhood friends laid down their first
tracks and experimentally dubbed themselves  the
b-band  and, more austerely,  saliers and ray.  the
indigo girls officially came to be in 1985. their
eponymous major label debut hit the racks in 1989, and
over the course of nine albums they won a grammy,
multiple glamas, and earned double platinum status.

         the lesbians with acoustic guitars shifted
gears and went electric with a bunch of talented
friends on 2000 s come on now social, which they
recorded in london with producer john reynolds, sinead
o connor s backing band ghostland, and guests like
joan osborne, sheryl crow, me shell ndegeocello, and
kate schellenbach of luscious jackson. asked who she d
like to have guest star at some point in the future,
saliers says stevie wonder ranks high. madonna is also
welcome and  i wouldn t mind singing with mary j.
blige. she can sing the whole track, actually  i ll
sing backup.

         ray also runs a record label, daemon records,
and released a 2001 solo album, stag. a second solo
album may follow, while saliers is considering a debut
solo effort as well before the next recorded indigo
effort commences. but first, an album of rarities
(largely suggested by fans) will be released.

         while their sound has evolved over the years,
one thing that remains 100% consistent is the indigo
girls  commitment to political activism in music and
life (voter registration booths may be present at
their tour venues). lately, that has entailed fighting
amendments to both state and the country s
constitutions that would disallow same-sex marriage or
partnership benefits.

          bush would be the first president of the
u.s. to amend the constitution in a way that is
exclusive rather than inclusive,  saliers reflects.
he needs to stop. what a legacy he s dug already. the
religious right does not control this country; it does
not reflect the way most people feel spiritually. in
georgia a bill was introduced to ban gay marriage. the
house just voted against it and they asked for a
revote. so there was a rally [in atlanta] i went to
last week and there were all sorts of clergy
[protesting] against the amendment, in support of the
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. it s
very uplifting to see that there are other sides and
that the christian right doesn t speak for all people
of faith. that was encouraging.

         saliers encourages  every known gay person in
the public eye to take a stand  and fight for marriage
rights.  i d like all fellow gay and gay-supportive
public figures and celebrities to speak up against the
antigay amendments ... . they have to. kudos to rosie!
i wish amy and i had a more powerful voice in pop
culture consciousness because it s just so important
that people realize we need to have our civil rights.

         as for whether saliers herself plans to get
hitched is a more personal, private issue, she
insists.  if my partner and i want to we will and if
not we won t,  she shares.  i wouldn t get married
just to celebrate having won the right. i m fighting
for a civil right for all who want get married, but
not everybody does and i respect that as well. i will
stay in this fight until the end. if my life depends
on it.

especially if the  weapons  are vegetarian-friendly:
i wouldn t take up arms,  she insists.  i m not a
violent person. but tofu ham i might lob a big ol
thing of tofu ham at the white house. i might be
willing to be arrested with my block of tofu ham.

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