I listen to a wide variety of music, but my favorite band has always been the Indigo Girls. I’ve actually been listening to them on my iPod all week long, and reminiscing about many great memories of their concerts. They are one of the only bands that I think sounds as good (if not better) live.
How can I sum up why they are so good? Three reasons – well-crafted harmonies, lyrics like poetry, and passionate guitar playing. If you’ve never heard them, it’s time to start.
To help you out, I’ve selected a playlist with 10 of my all-time favorite songs by the Inidgo Girls (a.k.a. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers). There are many more I could add, but I think this gives you a good sampling. In the age of iTunes, it’s easy to mix and match!
Below I’ve listed the names of the songs, along with the albums they originally appeared on. But as an added treat, I’d suggest checking out their amazing double-disc live album 1200 Curfews. At least half of these songs can be found on that album as well.
Rock & Roll Heaven’s Gate from Despite Our Differences – One of the great things about the Girls is they have some great friends who stop by for guest performances. This one is a rockin’ anthem featuring Pink.
Blood and Fire from Indigo Girls – You can tell this song was written by Amy, because it’s gut-wrenching and loud. This song is appropriate for belting in the car when you’ve had a lousy day and want to wallow in it.
Galileo from Rites of Passage – When you go to one of their concerts there are a couple songs that will get everyone on their feet to sing along. This is one of them – just a lot of fun.
Second Time Around from Poseidon and the Bitter Bug – One of life’s best experiences is sitting in a small bar listening to someone sing with a lot of soul while playing acoustic guitar. I feel that vibe most strongly listening to this quiet but deliberate song.
Get Out the Map from Shaming of the Sun – Road tripping is always best when kicked off with a good song. This is it.
Fugitive from Swamp Ophelia – When I sing along to this song, it makes me feel like I want to cry, but I always seem to just barely hold it together. Full of passion.
Chickenman from Rites of Passage – I admit this one is kind of bizarre, but it has a soft spot in my heart. Amy wrote it after having a particularly vivid dream. Listen to the lyrics and try to picture it.
Strange Fire from Strange Fire – This is one of their oldest songs, and will forever be one of the best. It speaks poetically of the intolerance from some so-called people of faith. I highly recommend listening to the live version of this!
World Falls from Nomads Indians Saints – The Girls have a lot of passion for certain issues, especially the rights of Native Americans and the preservation of our environment. This song is their tribute to our green planet.
Closer to Fine from Indigo Girls – No concert would be complete without this, their most famous song, which was written by Emily. It’s like the anthem of the struggling college student.
So there you go! Now it’s time for you to go listen and enjoy. Report back and tell me what you think. And for those already die-hard fans out there, tell me which of your favorites I missed!