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indigo girls

I have been listening to the indigo girls for years. It all started long ago, when I worked in a small coffee shop in downtown Flagstaff and next door was a local music store (Dab Nabbitts).

The guys from Dab Nabbits would come over for a cup of coffee and we’d chat. I was working 8-12 hour days and we had a lot of time to get to know one another.

One of the regular guys at the store, Mike, would find music he thought I’d like; music that he called “Dawn’s Lesbian Chick Music.” He would keep the CDs behind the counter until I could go next door on a break or after work. He’d play it for me to see if I liked it. One of the first CDs he ever gave me (and you have to remember, CDs were fairly new back then so we loved them) was the Indigo Girls Rites of Passage. How could I not fall in love with that music. The harmonies are exquisite. The lyrics are sublime. It is the perfect CD (and, to this day, still my favorite IG CD even though I own as many as I can find). Another CD that he gave me was Brenda Kahn’s Epiphany in Brooklyn and I still love that one, too.

From that moment, I was hooked on the Indigo Girls. I couldn’t wait for each CD to come out. I’ve loved them all, each one different and unique and totally IG.

I have watched their tour dates for years. I have been hoping one would come close enough that I’d get to see them. This winter, I got notice they’d be in Tucson and Santa Fe. Those two cities aren’t too far away so I started making plans to see them. And then, two days later, I got another email. The Indigo Girls would be in Flagstaff. Flagstaff! Wow, wow, wow! Seriously WOW!

I was beside myself. I was so excited and called up my brother right away to see if he’d want to go (he likes them, too). We made plans to buy the tickets as soon as they went on sale. Wouldn’t you know it, though, that they went on sale while we were on the road to California for my great Aunt’s 90th birthday party? I was disappointed but figured that maybe we’d be able to find some tickets somehow. We got in later that night and logged on to the web site. Imagine my surprise when there were still premium tickets available. Not just one or two — enough for all of us (my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and me).

Not only are we going to see my favorite band in concert, but we have second row seats AND we get to meet Emily and Amy (and typically I wouldn’t be into the whole “meet and greet” thing — but this is a pretty cool event, I have to admit).

Tuesday, May 22nd, I get to see my favorite band — up close and personal. I’m so excited! And to share in that, this is their newest video, “Last Tears”:

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