Getting Ready for the Indigo Girls

Door County, WI, Door Community Auditorium

The Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, come up to the north woods this Tuesday and there’s excitement in the air. Granted, it’s mainly humming through the female population. I am sure, however, many men will accompany their ladies to the show (and enjoy it, though their manliness may not let them admit such a thing).

Though often labeled as feminist, or “girl music,” The Indigo Girls appeal to a wide range of men and women, old and young. Their music ranges from folk, to Indie, to rock and anybody who appreciates music; harmony, gifted lyrics and talented singers…anybody with those musical values cannot help but love these ladies.

My Dad, a Bears and Cubs loving Chicago man, has a soft spot for folk and can be found driving to meet with one of his clients and soothing his rage at inner city traffic with the Indigo Girls in his CD player.

I discovered the Indigo Girls in high school and counted on their companionship through the first couple years of college. Indeed, there are still eight of their albums on my Itunes, not to mention my external hard drive.

Their hit, “Galileo” off their Rites of Passage album, profoundly touches me every time I hear it. I came to know this tune freshman year of college when two of my guitar-playing lady friends sang it together. They never failed to captivate their audience. How could they? With lyrics like:

Galileo’s head was on the block,
The crime was looking up for truth,
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

How long until my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo,
King of night vision, king of insight

These ladies have been playing music for over two decades with 18 albums and a new live album, Staring Down the Brilliant Dream, released June 29th. They have profoundly impacted the Indie/Folk movement with numerous hits, powerful and poetic lyrics and sheer talent.

Songs like, “Power of Two,” “Get out the Map,” and “Secure Yourself,” are forever soul soothing, reminiscent of long drives, star-gazing, break ups, break downs, love and lemonade on long quiet afternoons.

Their music, community involvement and activism continue to inspire fans and give a voice and power to women and other minority groups. They are brilliant role models and their creative power is evidenced by albums spanning my entire lifetime (their first release was in 1985).


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