There are a few things you learn in life that stick with you forever… Roy G. Biv may be one of those. If I am ever asked to name the colors in the rainbow, that is how I do it… I think of my good friend Roy, and he reminds me that they are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
Why did I even think of this? Well, I was thinking about Indigo Girls and that is just where my brain went. What is funny to me, and perhaps odd to you, is that I actually arrange the hanging shirts in my closet by this color code system. Hey, I now have a rainbow in there! Literally.
Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage
The first Indigo Girls song I heard was “Closer to Fine.” Yet it was sung by a band of some friends of mine who sadly, I no longer see nor speak to. No falling out… just time and space I guess. I miss that time hanging out with Justin and John and Joe in Playa del Rey drinking and partying and listening to them jam. Fun times for sure.
Once I heard that song and knew who it was that originally and actually did it, I was hooked and started going through and acquiring the whole catalogue. This one, their fourth album that was released in 1992 seems to be the one I go to most and is probably my favorite. “Galileo” and the cover of Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet” are my deepest loves here for sure.
The band is Amy Ray and Emily Saliers and they started performing with the name “Indigo Girls” as students at Emory University. My friend Julie said she used to see them perform live there… Lucky! I had always heard that Michael Stipe from R.E.M. discovered them, but no mention of that on their Wikipedia page… I know he has sung back up for them on a few songs, like “Kid Fears” from the eponymous Indigo Girls album. I guess that is how you know you have made it in today’s world… If you have a Wikipedia page and over 3000 Facebook friends… Ah, how times have changed.
Anyway… this album takes that great collegiate, singer/songwriter, musical duo thing and pushes it deftly into deeper musical waters. They never lost their roots, but certainly knew how to grow and mature as musicians and artists. Revisiting this one and actually all of their albums… yes, they have remastered versions and added tracks… AAGGHH… will provide you with much listening pleasure.
Color me indigo.