lifeblood: listlogs: 2009-003


date:    mon, 19 jan 2009 10:22:41 +1100
from:    sherlyn koo <>
subject: austin american-statesman amy interview

hey folks,

here's an amy interview from the austin american-statesman.  you can read
it online at


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amy ray goes solo for stubb's show
indigo girl talks about rock, activism and barack obama.

by brian t. atkinson
special to the american-statesman
sunday, january 18, 2009

amy ray long ago erased any divide between art and activism. in her third
solo album, "didn't it feel kinder" " an eclectic cocktail of gnashing
electric guitars and airy melodies " the indigo girl unites her passions
more urgently than ever. she's scheduled to support the collection tuesday
night at stubb's.

"this is a rock tour," the openly gay singer says. "there's one song that's
on the (upcoming) indigo girls record that we might try to learn, but we
focus on my three solo albums."

american-statesman: 'who sold the gun' addresses the virginia tech
shootings. as a songwriter, how important is it to be topical?

amy ray: i don't think it's a responsibility. i think that you should do
your art, and it just needs to speak to your own truth. it may come out as
activism, or it may come out as a love song. people find different ways to

especially when it involves morally opposing viewpoints, like in 'slc

i started thinking about (salt lake city) and how to break down barriers
and have more understanding between people. to really break down barriers,
you have to have a certain amount of respect for a person's point of view,
even if it feels hateful. you have to try to understand why they feel that
way before you can really talk. i used the mormons as the example. every
religion has a good aspect and an ethical higher ground.

apply that sentiment to barack obama selecting pastor rick warren, a strong
gay marriage opponent, for his inaugural invocation.

i think barack's reaching for a way to bridge gaps and cross the barrier
between people. i'm not sure why he made that decision, but i believe that
rick warren could end up a better person because of it. he could broaden
his horizon and change the message to his followers. that would be an
amazing thing. hopefully, barack is thinking in those terms, beyond
political gain. this is just the beginning, and i don't want to start out
by being so critical. but if he keeps making decisions like that, i'd start
to wonder.

in the aftermath of (california's) proposition 8, how far away is legalized
same-sex marriage?

i think we're pretty far (laughs). i hate to say it, but it's true. i mean,
i think barack's administration will really help change the vibe of the
country as far as acceptance and tolerance. but i think that even people
who are progressive can't quite wrap their minds around what they consider
to be this institution.

do you agree with those who say partner benefits is a more immediate

i totally agree. we need ways for people to access that. it's important to
work on that state by state from a local perspective. financially, people
that don't have access to health insurance resources really need partner
(health care) benefits and hospital visitation rights.

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