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ig-news-digest          tuesday, may 25 2004          volume 07 : number 085

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] fw: indigo girls street team!  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis]
  [ig-news] asheville article from march  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.]


date: tue, 25 may 2004 10:16:58 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] fw: indigo girls street team!

hey kids,

here's the latest official mailer...

- -sherlyn

- ---------- original message ----------
date: mon 24-may-2004 9:59am
subject: indigo girls street team!

hello again!

amy and emily are going back out on the road and we need new street team volunteers to distribute posters and flyers in the markets listed below.

please note that we continue to refine the process to make the offer and acceptance process quick and easy for everyone.

here is the deal this go round:

1 - we will give volunteers a free pair of tickets.
2 - if you are interested, please e-mail us - -
3 - please notify us by no later than midnight, wednesday the 26th to be considered
4 - the subject line must start with your city (very important)
5 - you will be notified by friday afternoon if you are selected to join.
6 - this email address will be shut down by the end of the week.

thank you very much for your support and enthusiasm - it makes the whole
promotion process fun and rewarding.

best regards,


gilford, nh
asbury park, nj
philadelphia, pa
columbia, md / washington, dc
sterling heights, mi / detroit, mi
indianapolis, in
cleveland, oh

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date: tue, 25 may 2004 15:33:54 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] asheville article from march

hey folks,

i found this article online - it's from the a&e section of mountain xpress
in asheville... if you want to see it online it's at


- ---begin forwarded article---
mar 3, 2004 / vol 10 iss 30
sticking to your skin
earnest duo makes no apologies
by marsha barber

"you have to embrace the ugly and the harsh and celebrate it, and
realize it has a purpose in the grand scheme of things. you don't
rail against it blindly and with rage. you have to take tactical
measures to bring about the light."

that's indigo girl emily saliers in a recent phone interview from
somewhere on the road in the rocky mountain west. she's talking about
her duo's penchant for wielding gorgeous word images of dreamy but
devastating precision to describe painful emotions, brutal
environmental annihilations, bitter social injustices.

the indigo girls' brand-new cd is no exception. all that we let in 
penned alternately by saliers and her musical partner of more than
two decades, amy ray  strikes a hard-won balance between the
personal and the political.

"perfect world," the album's first single, is a classic-rock-inspired
tune written by ray about the manmade lakes she swam in as a young
girl in georgia.

"i grew up swimming every weekend in one of those lakes ... riding
nude with my first girlfriend in a canoe," ray has noted about the
song. "then when i was in my 20s, i heard about how some indian
burial places had been flooded by the tva to make those reservoirs.

"[the song is about] having a good time and not paying attention to
what's going on in the world, and then realizing you can't do that."

saliers wrote the album's title track in part about an activist
friend who was killed in a car accident. yet despite the song's
inherent sense of tragedy, its lyrics strike a positive note: "dust
in our eyes our own boots kicked up/ heartsick we nursed along the
way we picked up/ you may not see it when it's sticking to your skin/
but we're better off for all that we let in."

the indigo girls' signature sound  message-heavy power folk 
remains the same after 20 years. yet all that we let in, their 11th
release on epic, also marks somewhat of a departure for the duo: a
little less folk-rock, a bit more electric and multi-layered. the new
album's distinct pop-rock vibe even includes echoes of ska and

their songs have always been marked by a fiercely intelligent
lyricism and pretty melodies that snake under the skin in the best
possible way. saliers is the first to admit, however, that the duo is
not without its detractors.

"to be honest, we hope to do what we do in a beautiful way, but we
have a lot of critics who can't stand the earnestness of our
message," she reveals. "i think some people are afraid of sincerity."

for those who aren't, consider the raw poetry of these lines, from
"watershed" (nomads indians saints, 1990): "twisted guardrails on the
highway/ broken glass on the cement/ a ghost of someone's tragedy/
how recklessly my time has been spent/ they say that it's never too
late/ but you don't, you don't get any younger/ well i better learn
how to starve the emptiness/ and feed the hunger."

"good music," ventures saliers, "makes you feel more than the lyrics
are expressing; i want our music itself to be the vehicle for the
content. the music that moves me the most takes me places i've never
been before."

one such destination for indigo girls listeners is the political
battlefield. ray and saliers are well known for their uncompromising
stance on the environment, women's and native american issues, and
gay/lesbian rights.

"there's a constant struggle to maintain human dignity," saliers
notes, when talk turns to this country's current gay-marriage
brouhaha. "there are strong, powerful forces at work, and that's why
community activism is so important. we have to realize we can affect

"i'll be reading a paper in san francisco and see that president bush
wants to mess with the constitution, and i'll be crying in my coffee
at first," she continues. "but then i'll just stop and call amy and
say, 'what can we do? how can we help?'"

it's difficult to marry political activism with music  one or the
other usually suffers. sure, a tune like country joe mcdonald's "the
'fish' cheer/i-feel-like-i'm-fixin'-to-die rag" cryptically drives
home the horrors of the vietnam war ("well, there ain't no time to
wonder why/ whoopee! we're all gonna die"), but where's the
hauntingly lovely melody of, say, "cordova," a ray-penned paean to
activism in the native american community?

saliers admits that it's challenging to write strong, articulate
political songs without compromising craft  yet that struggle is
necessary. "we cannot separate our politics from our art," she
emphasizes. "we've been activists for a long time.

"but for as many songs as have political content, there are personal
ones, straight-up love songs," she adds. "or songs that are just
thinking about the journey  this journey we're all on."

then there are the songs about the end of the journey  the songs
about home. a sense of place pervades all the girls' music, in the
rich cadences of the melodies, in the verdant poetry of the lyrics.

"north georgia has a soft, quiet beauty," saliers says. "it's not
majestic like the rockies. it's hard to articulate that kind of
beauty, but it absolutely affects the way you write  not only the
content, but the sensibility.

"amy lives out in the woods, and many of her songs are written about
her neighbors, or the lay of the land. 'all that we let in' is
centered around my neighborhood: i live near a park and near a
cemetery. there's that juxtaposition of life and death  the
physicality of both  and the beauty of both places."

[freelance writer marsha barber is a regular contributor to xpress.]

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