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Elephant in the Room: Emily’s Voice

27 Apr

The due known as the Indigo Girls are my besties. i mean they don’t know it–but they’ve been there for a lot of moments in my life. Nomads, Indians, and Saints at my first job. Become you when I was a lonely only child in a rural town slowly figuring out that I didn’t really connect with anyone. Come On Now Social when I was dipping a toe into politics. Shaming of the Sun my first year of college, alone in the dorm. Despite Our Differences when my mate and I went to Zoo-Tunes in Seattle. They (via their music) have been my support system for 2 decades. Many people, especially lesbians have much the same experience.

Which is why I feel very defensive for Emily’s voice. Criticism is creeping in. I would have said something in the Reddit group if I had seen the post before it was archived. People were saying:
Emily’s voice i,s worse/bad. They say it cracks, and that she can no longer hit/sustain notes.

I noticed something off some of the times (not all), but thought it was lack of breathe control from obesity, honestly. Emily had gotten very heavy there for awhile, and I just figured her overall fitness was impacting her singing–nothing irreversible.

BUT those people said they noticed it on a couple recent albums and at a concert, and would not be buying IG concert tickets.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Valid reasons not to buy concert tickets:

The artist is chronically late to concerts.

The artist always cancels shows.

The artist is so fucked up they only sing 2 songs.

The artist pukes on stage.

The artist molests you.

The artist falls to the ground on stage.

But seriously, fans of the Indigo Girls are not going to attend concerts because of a intermittent voice issue?!  Jesus, have some empathy and BE A FAN.

A voice can be iffy for any number of reasons ranging from the mundane to emergent (this list is not exhaustive):
-dairy
-alcohol
-weed
-tired/fatigue (both body & voice)
-cold/flu/Covid
-smoking
-screaming too much
-aging
-(early) Parkinson’s Disease
-many syndromes cause it
-stroke

Have a little empathy and loyalty! Emily (both IG) have been with us through thick and thin for over 35 years!
When your spouse burns dinner-you divorce them?
When your child gets in trouble at school-you put them up for adoption?

And the Indigo Girls PUT ON A SHOW! It’s not just the singing. It’s the commraderie, the activism, the community visibility. Anyone who has belted out Closer to Fine with everyone at a show knows the communal pride and excitement I’m talking about! Emily’s writing talent and musical ability is amazing–and that has not changed. There’s a lot more to a band than just hitting and sustaining notes.

Also, men seem to get away with aging voices, ruined voices and still sell albums and concert tickets. The Rolling Stones are OLD. And honestly, their voices suck at this point. But you don’t hear about that–they’re legends! Dave Matthews often has problems, and his voice has degraded, but he still sells out 3 shows at The Gorge. Every year. I could probably name 100 men with iffy in the first place voices to major shimmer and jitter and degradation. Don’t hold women to different standards.

I wish Emily well with whatever is going on ❤

And fellow “fans” get it together! Show some loyalty for a band that has been there for you for ages >:-/

IG Catalogue Ranking-post its (same order, different formatting)

26 Apr

I did this project while working.  As such, I just ranked the songs on that post-it app on my desktop.  So if this is easier for you to read than the bottom to top list of songs–here ya go!

IG Awesomes
1= elite awesome
1a top ever songs
1b = exactly elite
1c = better than your avg awesome
2= solid awesome
2a = top of list
2b = bottom of list
3 = better than good
3a = top of list
3b = bottom of list

IG AWESOME-ELITE 1
1A top of the top (final)
Closer to Fine (1200): C, L, N, S(!), U (pennywhistle?) = 1a (b/c you can hear how important/popular this song is w/the crowd = pure joy & a lesbian initiation)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (SDtBD): C, L, N (harmonies), S, U (Brandi!) = 1a (this song makes me super-enthuastic!)
Watershed (NIS): C, L, N, S(!) = 1a
Go (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 1A (Amy belts it out!)
The Rise of the Black Messiah (OLD): C, I, L, N, P, U (strong & haunting) =1a
Galileo (RoP): C, L, P, S = 1a (same with this old friend-felt guilt out-ranking it)
Fill It Up Again (AtWLI); C, L, N, S = 1a
Kid Fears (ST): C, L, N, S, U (feat Michael Stipe) =1a
Closer to Fine (ST); C, L, N, S = 1a (I felt like I was somehow betraying these staple-favorites ranking any song higher)
Pushing the Needle Too Far (NIS): C, L, P, S = 1a
Prince of Darkness (ST): C, L, N, P, S =1a
Second Time Around (SDtBD): C, I, L, P, S, U (live = more emotional) 1A
Become You (BY): C, I, L, P, S = 1a
Compromise (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1a

AWESOME-ELITE
1B (exactly elite)
top exactly elite = i (final)
Galileo (1200): C, L, P, S = 1bi
Kid Fears (SDtBD): C, L, S, U (feat Shreena Mead sounds good) = 1bi
Moment of Forgiveness (SDtBD): C, L, N, S = 1bi
Yield (BY): C, I, L, N, S = 1bi
Hammer and a Nail (NIS): C, L, N, P, S! = 1bi
Chickenman (1200): C, I, L, N, P, U (harmonica= 1bi (best version?
Become You (SDtBD); C, L, P, S, U (accordian?) = 1bi
Yoke (BQS): C, I, L, P, S = 1bi
Moment of Forgiveness (BY): C, L, N, S =1bi
World Falls (1200-live): C, L, N, S = 1bi
Happy in the Sorrow Key (OLD): C, I, L, N = 2Bii (ENDING!)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah (HHD): C, I (BASS!), L, P, U (mandolin?) = 1Bi
Devotion (SDtBD): C, L, N = 1bi
I Feel the Christmas Spirit (HHD): C, I, L, N, U (blue grass) = 1bii

AWESOME-ELITE
1B (exactly elite)
bottom exactly elite = ii (final)
Tangled Up In Blue (1200); C, I, L, N, P = 1bii (Emily sings her ASS off!)
Pushing the Needle Too Far (1200): C, L, P, S = 1bii
Second Time Around (PatBB): C, I, L, P, S, U (harmonica?) = 1Bii
Go (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P, U (talking about activism in background, chanting) = 1Bii
World Falls (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N!, P = 1bii (sounds just different enough; the singing!)
Land of Cannan (ST): C, I, L, S = 1bii
Least Complicated (1200): C, L, N, P, S = 1bii
Deconstruction (BY): C, L!, N, S! = 1bii
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200-live @ atwood): C, L, N, P, U (feat artists, drumming) = 1bii
Money Made You Mean (DOD-live): C, I (banjo-wow!), L, P = 1bii (don’t like plosives)
Cold Beer & Remote Control (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1
Love of Our Lives (PatBB): C, L, N, S = 1bii
Joking (1200): C, I, (bass @ end) L, N, P, S, U (false ending) = 1bii
Fugitive (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1bii

AWESOME-ELITE
1C (better than your avg awesome) (final)
Hope Alone (BY): C, L, N, S =1c
Last Tears (DOD: C, L, N, S = 1c
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): C, I, L, P, S = 1c
Heartache for Everyone (AtWLI): C, I, L, S = 1c
Shame On You (SotS): C, L, N, P, S, U (road block trippin’ break-down) = 1c1
Scooter Boys (SotS): C, I (jengling) L, P, U (wail) = 1c
Shit Kickin (LL): C, I, L, P, U (choral backing) = 1c
Go (SDtBD): C, I, L, N, P = 1C
Howl at the Moon (LL): C, I, L, N, U (tribal) = 1c
Get Out the Map (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1c
Salty South (SDoBD): C, I, S = 1c
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (SDtBD): C, L, N, P =1C
Land of Cannan (SF): C, L, N, S, U (harmonica) = 1c
Make It Easier (SF): C, I, L, N, P = 1c
The Wonder Song (HHD): C, L, N, U (country) = 1C
Second Time Around (PatBB-acoustic): C, L, P 1C
Shame On You (SDtBD): C, I, P, U (cajin instrument) =1c2 (different tempo from orig bothers me)
Money Made You Mean (DOD): C, I, L, P = 1c

see other post it for lower awesome groups

between awesome and good
final
1,2,3 (NIS): C, N, S = 2a
Blood & Fire (ST): C, L, N, P, S = a1i
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200): C, I, L, P = 2a (a cause near to my heart)
Chickenman (LwUoCSO): C, I!, L, N!, P = 2a
Tether (SDtBD): C, I, L, P = a1i (Amy belts. it. out!)
Sugar Tongue (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, P = a1i
Yoke (LwtUoCSO); C, I, L, N, P = a1i (wow-low register!)

final
You and Me of the 10,000 Wars (NIS): C, L, P, S = a1i
Hand Me Downs (NIS): C, I, L, S = 2b
Driver Education (PatBB): C, L, S = 2a
Cold Beer & Remote Control (CoNS): C, L, P, S! = 2a
Joking (RoP): C, L, P, S, U (false ending) = 2a
Collecting You (BY): C, L, N, S! = a1i
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): C, L, P, S = a1
Fugative (SDtBD): C, L, N, Pa= 1i

final
Heartache for Everyone (SDtBD): C, L = 2b
It’s Alright (SotS): C, L, P, S = 2b
Get Out the Map (SotS): C, L, N, P, U (banjo?) = 2b
Kid Fears (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = a1i (crowd singing)
Midnight Train to Georgia (1200): C, L, N, P = a1i (Emily really sings!)
Sugar Tongue (SDtBD); C, N = 2a
O Holy Night (HHD): C, I, N, S = a1i (high difficulty notes)
Our Deliverance (BY); C, L, N, P, S = a1i
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (DOD): C, L, N, P = a1i
Fill It Up Again (SDtBD); C, L, S = 2a ( a bit different from my fave version, audience sings)
Faye Tucker (CoNS): C, L, N, P, U (laugh, chanting) = 2b
Center Stage (ST): I, L, N, P = a1i (ending)

final
All the Way(DOD): C, L, S! = 2a (strong vocab, meaningful to me)
I’ll Change (PatBB): C, L, S = 2b
Believe in Love (SDtBD): C, I, L, N = a1i
Burn All the Letters (SotS): C, I, L, N, P, U (powwow chant) = a1i
Land of Cannan-radio single (ST): C, I, L, N, P, S = a1i
Love’s Recovery (ST): C, L, N, S = (don’t like Emily’s deep singing) = 3

final
Dairy Queen (AtWLI): C, I, S! = 2b
Olympia Inn (OLD): C, P = 2B
Learned It On Me (OLD): C, L, N (harmonies) = 2b (yes! a burn-song)
Favorite Flavor (LL): C, L = 3
Little Perennials (DOD): C, L = 1C
Love of Our Lives (LwtUoCSO): C, I!, L, N = a1i
This Train Revised (1200-live): C, I, N = 2b

final
Touch Me Fall (SO): I (really rocks at end) = 2b
I Don’t Wanna Know (1200); C, I, L, N = a1i (more lively version, “I don’t care either!”)
I Believe in Love (DOD): C, L!, S = 2b
I Don’t Wanna Know (SF): C, I, N, U (harmonica?) = 2b
Run (DOD): C = 2b

final
Chickenman (RoP): C, L, P, U (harmonica?) = 2b
Last Tears-acoustic (DOD): C, L, N, S = a1i
Least Complicated (SO): C, L, N, P, S = 2a
Beauty Queen Sister (BQS): C, I, L, P = a1i

ig good
a= almost awesome
b= exactly good
c= almost OK
1 = top of catagory
2 = bottom of catagory
i = top of almost awesome
ii = bottom of almost awesome

a= almost awesome
1 = top of catagory
see different post it for higher goods group

a= almost awesome
1 = top of catagory
ii = bottom of almost awesome (final)
Closer to Fine (SDtBD): C, I, L, N, P, S = a1ii
World Falls (NIS): C, L, N, P, S = a1ii
Secure Yourself (ST): C, L, N, P, S = a1ii
Faye Tucker (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P = a1ii
Fugative (SO) = C, L, N, P = a1ii
Tried to be True (ST); C, L, S = a1ii
Happy in the Sorrow Key (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = A1ii
Cut it OUt (SotS): C, I, L, P = a1ii
You’ve Got to Show (BY): C, L, S = a1ii
Three County Highway-live (DOD): C, L, N, P = a1ii
Damo (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = a1ii
Lay My Head Down (DOD); C, L, N, P = a1ii
Airplane (RoP): C, L, N = a1ii
Little Perennials-live (DOD): C, I, N = a1ii
Angels We Have Heard On High (HHD): C, N, S = a1ii

a= almost awesome
2 = bottom of catagory
i = top of almost awesome (final)
Welcome Me (NIS): C, I, L, P, S = a2i
Galileo (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = AIi (good, but I like original better)
Tether (AtWLI): C, I, L, N, P = a2i
Able to Sing (LwtUoCSO): C, I!, L, N = a2i
Sugar Tongue (PatBB): C, L, P, S = a2i
Shed Your Skin (SofS): I, L, N, P, U (native american backing) = a2i
Starkville (BY); C, I, L, S = a2i
Southland in the Springtime (NIS): C, L, S = a2i
Pendulum Swinger (DOD): C, L, N, P = a2i
Gone Again (CoNS): C, I, L, P = a2i
Strange Fire (SF): C, I, L, N = a2i
Three County Highway (SDtBD): C, L, N = a2i
Love of Our Lives-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, N = a2ii (stronger singing)
Making Promises (BQS); C, L = a2i
Watershed (SDtBD): = C, I, L, N, S = a2i (5d, live singing = less)
Damo (BQS): C, I, L, N = a2i

a= almost awesome
2 = bottom of catagory
ii = bottom of almost awesome (final)

They Won’t Have Me (DOD): C, I, L, P = a2ii
Trouble (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P = a2ii
This Train Revised (SO); C, I, L, N, P = a2i
Free in You (AtWLI): C, N = A2i
Leeds (SotS): C, L, P, U (Indian chanting) = a2ii
Let it be Me (RoP): C, N, P = a2ii
Three Hits (RoP): C, I, N, P = A2ii
Romeo and Juliet (RoP); C, L, N, P = a2ii
What Are You Like (PatBB): C = A2ii
Crazy Game (SF): N = a2ii (great harmonies, bluesy)

b= exactly good
1 = top of catagory (final)
Keeper of My Heart (NIS): C, L, P, S = b1
Woodsong (LwtUoCSO): C, I, N = b1
Down by the River (1200): C, I, N = b1
True Romantic (PatBB): C, L, N = b1
Love of Our Lives (SDtBD): C, L, N = b1
Ozilline (SDtBD): I, L, N = b1
Reunion (SO): C, I, L, N = b1
Ozilline (CoNS): C, I, L, U (old lady talking) = b1
Jonas and Ezekiel (RoP): C, I, L, P = b1
Jonas and Ezekiel (1200): C, L, N, P = b1
The Girl w/the Weight of the World in Her Hands (NIS); L, P, S = B1
Run (DOD): C, N = b1
K.C. Girl (LL): C, L, = b1

b= exactly good
2 = middle of catagory (final)
Fleet of Hope-acoustic (PatBB); C, L = b1
What Are You Like-acoustic (PatBB): C = B1
The Wood Song (SDtBD): C, N = b1
Your Holiday Song (HHD); C, I, L, N = b1
Muster (LL): L, P = b1
Elizabeth (OLD): L, N = B1 (DETAILED STORY)
Change My Heart (LL); I, N, P = b1 (kinda weird lyrics)
Mariner Moonlighting (BQS): L = b1

b= exactly good
3 = bottom of catagory (final)
Fly Away (SDtBD): C, L, N = b2
Come a Long Way (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = b2 (Uneven singing; ending!)
I’ll Change-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, S = b2
True Romantic-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, N = b2 (the yearning!)
War Rugs (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = b2
Perfect World (AtWLI): C, L, P = b2
Digging for Your Dream (PatBB) = C, L, P = b2
Nashville (RoP): C, L, P = b2
The Wood Song (SO): C, L, N = b2
Ghost of the Gang-acoustic (PatBB): L, P = b2 (substancial story)
Peace Tonight (CoNS): C, L = b2
We are Together (CoNS): C, N = b2
Wild Horses (SDtBD); C, N = b2
Sorrow and Joy (LL); N, P = b2 (WTF is this song about? I like the sentiment of the chorus)
Southern California is Your Girlffriend (OLD): C, L = b2
Dead Man’s Hill (SO): C, L, P = B2
Get Together (SF) = C, L, P = b2 (NICE HARMONY)

c= almost OK
1 = top of catagory (FINAL)
Digging for Your Dream (SDtBD): C, L, P = C1
Salty South-acoustic (PatBB): C, I, L, P = c1
Dirt and Dead Ends (DOD): L, P = C1 (BLEAK)
Spread the Pain Around (OLD): C, I, L = c (CAJUN SOUNDS)
Feel this WAy Again (LL): C, L = c1
Something Real (AtWLI): C, L, N = c1
It Really is (A Wonderful Life) (HHD): C, N = c1
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD): I, N = c1
Come a Long Way (OLD): L = c1
Love Will Come to You (RoP): C, L, N = c1
Walk Away (SF): C, I, N = c1

c= almost OK
2 = bottom of catagory (FINAL)
Love’s Recovery (1200): C, L = c2 (too much brass)
Thin Line (1200): c2
Ghost (RoP); C, I, L, N, P = c2
Country RAdio (LL): L, N, P = c2
Gone (BQS): C, N = c2
Back Together Again (1200): C = c2
Everybody’s Waiting for Someone to Come Home (SF): C, N = c2
Alberta (OLD): C, L = c2

IG OK (A[1,2], B, C)

IG OK
OA
1 (final)
Prince of Darkness (SDtBD): C, N, P, S = OA1
Compromise (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P = OA1
Three Hits-live (RoP): C, I, L, P = OA1
War Rugs (BQS): C, I, L, P = OA1 (instruments!)
What are You Like (SDtBD); C, I, L = OA1 (end!)
Pendulum Swinger-live (DOD): C, L, P = OA1
Virginia Woolf (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = OA1 (some of the singing a bit iffy, instruments good!)
Rise Up (AtWLI): C = OA1
Bitterroot (BY): C =OA1
Three County Highway (DOD): L, S = OA1
Ghost of the Gang (PatBB); C, L, P = OA1
We Get to Feel it All (BQS); C, I, L, N = OA1

IG OK
OA
2 (final)

Fleet of Hope (PatBB): C, L = OA2 (harmonies even stronger than usual)
Driver Education-acoustic (PatBB); C, L, P = OB1
Ghost (LwtUoCSO): I, L, N = OA1
In the Bleak Midwinter (HHD): I, N = OA1 (original; harmonies!)
Don’t Give that Girl a Gun (SotS): C, L, N, P = OA2
Caramia (SotS): C, I, L, N = OA2
She’s Saving Me (BY); L, N, S = OA2
Come On Home (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = OA2
Share the Moon (BQS): C, I, L = OA2 (pretty strings)

IG OK
OB
1 (final)
Sugar Tongue-acoustic (PatBB): C, L = OB1
Crazy Game (SF): C, N = oa2 (kinda bluesy & has flute?)
Sister (CoNS): L = (too quiet) = OB1
Dirt and Dead Ends (PatBB): L, N, P =ob1
Fly Away-acoustic (DOD): L, N =OB1
Virginia Woolf (1200); C, L, N = OB1
Digging for Your Dream-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, P = OB1

IG OK (final)
OB
2
Center Stage-live (ST): C, L, P = OB2 (little off-key)
Come On Home (SDtBD): C, L = ob2
Everything in it’s Own Time (SotS): C, I, L, P = OB2
Ghost-live (1200): L, N = OB2
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD); N, S = OB1
Cordova (SDtBD): C, L = OB2
Fishtails (OLD): L, N, P = OB2
Soon be to Nothing (CoNS); C, L =ob2
Virginia Woolf (RoP): C, L = OB2

IG OK (final)
OC
1
Fly Away (DOD): C, L, N, P = OC1
Power of Two (SO); L = OC1
All That We Let In (AtWLI): C, L = OC1
If I Don’t Leave Here Now (OLD): N = OC1 (more in depth)
Hey Kind Friend (SotS): I, L = OC2
Look Long (LL): C, L, N, P = OB2
Language or the Kiss (1200): L, N = OC1

IG OK (final)
OC
2
Language or the Kiss (SO); L, U (bike bell) = OC2
Love Will Come to You-live (RoP): L = OC2
Mystery (SO): L, N = OC2
Closer to Fine (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, P = OC2 (Emily sounds out of breath; slow)
Texas was Clean (OLD): L = oc2
Findly, Ohio 1968 (OLD); L, P = OC2 (slow & depressisng)

Entire Indigo Girls Album Catalogue Ranked

25 Apr

I actually started this catalogue-ranking prior to my Taylor Swift ranking. It just took much longer, because the Indigo Girls have an enormous body of work! I started around December off and on, then January-March, all of first quarter. Then, formatted the list for almost a whole month. So I’ll link the methodology I used for Taylor Swift (and every ranking project) here:

As for the categories, enjoy them if that’s your thing, ignore them if it’s not. The list is from my least favorite song to my very favorite song. Oh, and I included most of the legit albums, including lives and repeated songs, except a very redundant live (Retrospective) and a short EP (I think, those are the ones I skipped, I’m too lazy after all this work to Google).

Here’s what the letters stand for:

(C)ATCHY
(I)NSTRUMENTALS-extra
(L)YRICS
(N)OTES-super high or low or complex
(P)OLITICAL MESSAGE
(S)ENTIMENTAL
(U)NIQUE

Without further adieu: Here is the catalogue of my long-term favorite music group–The Indigo Girls!

Skips:

Skip-dislike; skip-boring

Skip:  Last place song:

-Fare Thee Well (SO):

Skip-dislike

-History of Us (ST):  L, N

-Left Me a Fool (SF):  L

Skip

-Sister (CoNS):  C, L

Skip-Boring

-Birthday (BQS):  N

Best skip:

-Feed & Water the Horses (BQS):

Meh:

Last meh:  -Mystery (1200):  L, N

-When We Were Writers (LL):  N

-Andy (CoNS):  L, N

-Power of Two (1200):  L, N

-Power of Two (LwtUoCSO):  I, L, N

-Cedar Tree (RoP):  I, N, U (bag pipe sounding)

-There’s Still My Joy (HHD):  L, N

-Peace Child (HHD):  C, L, N

-John (BQS):  L, N, P

-Mistletoe (HHD):  C, L

-Cordova (AtWLI):  C, L, N, P

-Neuvose Senorita (BY):  L, P

-Mystery (LwtUoCSO): I, N

-Able to Sing (BQS):  C, N

-Dead Man’s Hill (1200):  N, P

-Come On Home (AtWLI):  C, L

Best meh:  -Strange Fire (1200):  C, I, L, P

IG OK = neutral songs

A = top of OK [1 =higher part of OK-A; 2 = lower part of OK-A]

B = exactly OK

C = lower OK [1 = higher part of OK-C; 2 = lower part of OK-C]

IG OK:

OC-3rd rank of the OK group

2-bottom of the OK-C group

Worst OK2:  –Findly, Ohio 1968 (OLD);  L, P = OC2 (slow & depressisng)

-Texas was Clean (OLD):  L = oc2 

-Closer to Fine (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, P  = OC2 (Emily sounds out of breath; slow)

-Mystery (SO):  L, N = OC2

-Love Will Come to You-live (RoP):  L = OC2

Best OK2:  -Language or the Kiss (SO);  L, U (bike bell) = OC2

IG OK:

OC-3rd ranked of OK group

1-top of OC group

Worst OK-C-1:  -Language or the Kiss (1200):  L, N = OC1

-Look Long (LL):  C, L, N, P = OB2

-Hey Kind Friend (SotS):  I, L = OC2

-If I Don’t Leave Here Now (OLD):  N = OC1 (more in depth)

-All That We Let In (AtWLI):  C, L = OC1

-Power of Two (SO);  L = OC1

Best OK-C-1:  -Fly Away (DOD):  C, L, N, P = OC1

IG OK 

OB-2nd ranked of OK group

2-bottom of OB group

Last OK-B-2:  -Virginia Woolf (RoP):  C, L = OB2

-Soon be to Nothing (CoNS);  C, L =ob2

-Fishtails (OLD):  L, N, P = OB2

-Cordova (SDtBD):  C, L = OB2

-I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD);  N, S = OB1

-Ghost-live (1200):  L, N = OB2

-Everything in it’s Own Time (SotS):  C, I, L, P = OB2

-Come On Home (SDtBD):  C, L = ob2

Best OK-B-2:  -Center Stage-live (ST):  C, L, P = OB2 (little off-key)

IG OK

OB-2nd ranked in OK group

1-top of OK-B group

Last OK-B-1:  -Digging for Your Dream-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L, P = OB1

-Virginia Woolf (1200);  C, L, N = OB1

-Fly Away-acoustic (DOD):  L, N =OB1

-Dirt and Dead Ends (PatBB):  L, N, P =ob1

-Sister (CoNS):  L = (too quiet) = OB1

-Crazy Game (SF):  C, N = oa2 (kinda bluesy & has flute?)

Best OK-B-1:  -Sugar Tongue-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L = OB1

IG OK

OA-top of OK group

2-bottom of OK-A group

Last OK-A-2:  -Share the Moon (BQS):  C, I, L = OA2 (pretty strings)

-Come On Home (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = OA2

-She’s Saving Me (BY);  L, N, S = OA2

-Caramia (SotS):  C, I, L, N = OA2

-Don’t Give that Girl a Gun (SotS):  C, L, N, P = OA2

-In the Bleak Midwinter (HHD):  I, N = OA1 (original; harmonies!)

-Ghost  (LwtUoCSO): I, L, N = OA1

-Driver Education-acoustic (PatBB);  C, L, P = OB1

Best of OK-A-2:  -Fleet of Hope (PatBB):  C, L = OA2 (harmonies even stronger than usual)

IG OK

OA-best of the OK group

1-top of the OK-A group

Last OK-A-1:  -We Get to Feel it All (BQS);  C, I, L, N = OA1

-Ghost of the Gang (PatBB);  C, L, P = OA1

-Three County Highway (DOD):  L, S = OA1

-Bitterroot (BY): C =OA1

-Rise Up (AtWLI):  C = OA1

-Virginia Woolf (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = OA1 (some of the singing a bit iffy, instruments good!)

-Pendulum Swinger-live (DOD):  C, L, P = OA1

-What are You Like (SDtBD);  C, I, L = OA1 (end!)

-War Rugs (BQS):  C, I, L, P = OA1 (instruments!)

-Three Hits-live (RoP):  C, I, L, P = OA1

-Compromise (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = OA1

Best of OK-A-1:  -Prince of Darkness (SDtBD):  C, N, P, S = OA1

IG Goods:

A = almost awesome, top of good

[1 = higher part of Good-A; 

i = top half Good-A-1; ii = bottom half Good-A-1

2 = lower part of Good-A]

B = exactly Good 

[1 = higher part of Good-B; 2 = middle of Good-B; 3 = lowest part of Good-B]

C = almost OK, lowest good list 

[1 = higher part of Good-C; 2 = lower part of Good-C]

Good- C= almost OK

2 = bottom of category

Last Good-C-2: -Alberta (OLD):  C, L = c2

-Everybody’s Waiting for Someone to Come Home (SF):  C, N = c2

-Back Together Again (1200):  C = c2

-Gone (BQS):  C, N = c2

-Country RAdio (LL): L, N, P = c2

-Ghost (RoP);  C, I, L, N, P = c2

-Thin Line (1200):  c2

Best Good-C-2:  –Love’s Recovery (1200):  C, L = c2 (too much brass)

Good

c= almost OK

1 = top of category 

Good-C-1 bottom song:  -Walk Away (SF):  C, I, N = c1

-Love Will Come to You (RoP):  C, L, N = c1

-Come a Long Way (OLD):  L = c1

-I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD):  I, N = c1

-It Really is (A Wonderful Life) (HHD):  C, N = c1

-Something Real (AtWLI):  C, L, N = c1

-Feel this WAy Again (LL):  C, L = c1

-Spread the Pain Around (OLD):  C, I, L = c (CAJUN SOUNDS)

-Dirt and Dead Ends (DOD):  L, P = C1 (BLEAK)

-Salty South-acoustic (PatBB):  C, I, L, P = c1

Best Good-C-1:  -Digging for Your Dream (SDtBD):  C, L, P = C1

Good

b= exactly good

3 = bottom of category 

Last Good-B-3:  -Get Together (SF) = C, L, P = b2 (NICE HARMONY)

-Dead Man’s Hill (SO):  C, L, P = B2

-Southern California is Your Girlfriend (OLD):  C, L = b2

-Sorrow and Joy (LL);  N, P = b2 (WTF is this song about? I like the sentiment of the chorus)

-Wild Horses (SDtBD);  C, N = b2

-We are Together (CoNS):  C, N = b2

-Peace Tonight (CoNS):  C, L = b2

-Ghost of the Gang-acoustic (PatBB):  L, P = b2 (substancial story)

-The Wood Song (SO):  C, L, N = b2

-Nashville (RoP):  C, L, P = b2

-Digging for Your Dream (PatBB) = C, L, P = b2

-Perfect World (AtWLI):  C, L, P = b2

-War Rugs (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = b2

-True Romantic-acoustic (PatBB):  C, L, N = b2 (the yearning!)

-I’ll Change-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, S =  b2

-Come a Long Way (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N = b2 (Uneven singing; ending!)

Best Good-b-3:  -Fly Away (SDtBD):  C, L, N = b2

Good

b= exactly good

2 = middle of category

Last Good-b-2:  -Mariner Moonlighting (BQS):  L = b1

-Change My Heart (LL);  I, N, P = b1 (kinda weird lyrics)

-Elizabeth (OLD):  L, N = B1 (DETAILED STORY)

-Muster (LL):  L, P = b1

-Your Holiday Song (HHD);  C, I, L, N = b1

-The Wood Song (SDtBD):  C, N = b1

-What Are You Like-acoustic (PatBB):  C = B1

Best Good-b-2:  -Fleet of Hope-acoustic (PatBB);  C, L = b1

Good

b= exactly good

1 = top of category 

Bottom Good-b-1: -K.C. Girl (LL):  C, L, = b1

-Run (DOD):  C, N = b1

-The Girl w/the Weight of the World in Her Hands (NIS);  L, P, S = B1

-Jonas and Ezekiel (1200): C, L, N, P = b1

-Jonas and Ezekiel (RoP):  C, I, L, P = b1

-Ozilline (CoNS):  C, I, L, U (old lady talking) = b1

-Reunion (SO):  C, I, L, N = b1

-Ozilline (SDtBD):  I, L, N = b1

-Love of Our Lives (SDtBD):  C, L, N = b1

-True Romantic (PatBB):  C, L, N = b1

-Down by the River (1200):  C, I, N = b1

-Woodsong (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, N = b1

Best Good-b-1:  -Keeper of My Heart (NIS):  C, L, P, S = b1

Good

a= almost awesome

Last Good-almost awesome:  -Crazy Game (SF):  N = a2ii (great harmonies, bluesy)

-What Are You Like (PatBB):  C = A2ii

-Romeo and Juliet (RoP);  C, L, N, P = a2ii

-Three Hits (RoP):  C, I, N, P = A2ii

-Let it be Me (RoP): C, N, P = a2ii

-Leeds (SotS):  C, L, P, U (Indian chanting) = a2ii

-Free in You (AtWLI):  C, N = A2i

-This Train Revised (SO);  C, I, L, N, P = a2i

-Trouble (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = a2ii

Best Good-Almost Awesome:  -They Won’t Have Me (DOD):  C, I, L, P = a2ii

 Awesome 

A = Elite Awesomes

B = Average-Awesomes

Platinum [1 = top of platinum; 2 = bottom of platinum]

Gold

Silver [1 = top of silver; 2 = bottom of silver]

Bronze

C = Just Awesome [1 = higher part of Just Awesome; C-2 = lower part of Just Awesome]

Awesome-C-2 

Last A-C-2:  -Damo (BQS):  C, I, L, N = a2i

-Watershed (SDtBD):  = C, I, L, N, S = a2i (5d, live singing = less)

-Making Promises (BQS);  C, L = a2i

-Love of Our Lives-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, N = a2ii (stronger singing)

-Three County Highway (SDtBD):  C, L, N = a2i

-Strange Fire (SF):  C, I, L, N = a2i

-Gone Again (CoNS):  C, I, L, P = a2i

-Pendulum Swinger (DOD):  C, L, N, P = a2i

-Southland in the Springtime (NIS):  C, L, S = a2i

-Starkville (BY);  C, I, L, S = a2i

-Shed Your Skin (SofS):  I, L, N, P, U (native american backing) = a2i

-Sugar Tongue (PatBB):  C, L, P, S = a2i

-Able to Sing (LwtUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N = a2i

-Tether (AtWLI):  C, I, L, N, P = a2i

-Galileo (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = AIi (good, but I like original better)

First A-C-2:  -Welcome Me (NIS):  C, I, L, P, S = a2i

Awesome-C-1

Last A-C-1:  -Angels We Have Heard On High (HHD):  C, N, S = a1ii

-Little Perennials-live (DOD):  C, I, N = a1ii

-Airplane (RoP):  C, L, N = a1ii

-Lay My Head Down (DOD);  C, L, N, P = a1ii

-Damo (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = a1ii

-Three County Highway-live (DOD): C, L, N, P =  a1ii

-You’ve Got to Show (BY):  C, L, S = a1ii

-Cut it OUt (SotS):  C, I, L, P = a1ii

-Happy in the Sorrow Key (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = A1ii

-Tried to be True (ST);  C, L, S = a1ii

-Fugitive (SO) = C, L, N, P = a1ii

-Faye Tucker (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P = a1ii

-Secure Yourself (ST): C, L, N, P, S = a1ii

-World Falls (NIS):  C, L, N, P, S = a1ii

First A-C-1:  -Closer to Fine (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N, P, S = a1ii

Average-Awesomes:

Platinum [1 = top of platinum; 2 = bottom of platinum]

Gold

Silver [1 = top of silver; 2 = bottom of silver]

Bronze

Last Avg-Awesome-Bronze:  -Beauty Queen Sister (BQS):  C, I, L, P = a1i

-Least Complicated (SO):  C, L, N, P, S = 2a

-Last Tears-acoustic (DOD): C, L, N, S = a1i

-Chickenman (RoP):  C, L, P, U (harmonica?) = 2b

-Run (DOD):  C = 2b

-I Don’t Wanna Know (SF):  C, I, N, U (harmonica?) = 2b

-I Believe in Love (DOD):  C, L!, S = 2b

-I Don’t Wanna Know (1200);  C, I, L, N = a1i (more lively version, “I don’t care either!”)

First Avg-Awesome-Bronze:  –Touch Me Fall (SO):  I (really rocks at end) = 2b

Last Silver Avg-Awesome-2:  –This Train Revised (1200-live):  C, I, N = 2b

-Love of Our Lives (LwtUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N = a1i

-Little Perennials (DOD):  C, L = 1C

-Favorite Flavor (LL):  C, L = 3  

-Learned It On Me (OLD):  C, L, N (harmonies) = 2b (yes!  a burn-song)

-Olympia Inn (OLD):  C, P = 2B

Top Silver Avg-Awesome-2:  –Dairy Queen (AtWLI):  C, I, S! = 2b

Last Silver Avg-Awesome-1:  –Love’s Recovery (ST):  C, L, N, S = (don’t like Emily’s deep singing) = 3

-Land of Cannan-radio single (ST):  C, I, L, N, P, S = a1i

-Burn All the Letters (SotS):  C, I, L, N, P, U (powwow chant) = a1i

-Believe in Love (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N = a1i

-I’ll Change (PatBB):  C, L, S = 2b

Top Silver Avg-Awesome-1:  -All the Way(DOD):  C, L, S! = 2a (strong vocab, meaningful to me)

Last Gold Avg-Awesome:  –Center Stage (ST):  I, L, N, P = a1i (ending)

-Faye Tucker (CoNS):  C, L, N, P, U (laugh, chanting) = 2b

-Fill It Up Again (SDtBD);  C, L, S = 2a ( a bit different from my fave version, audience sings)

-Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (DOD):  C, L, N, P = a1i

-Our Deliverance (BY);  C, L, N, P, S = a1i

-O Holy Night (HHD):  C, I, N, S = a1i (high difficulty notes)

-Sugar Tongue (SDtBD); C, N = 2a

-Midnight Train to Georgia (1200):  C, L, N, P = a1i (Emily really sings!)

-Kid Fears (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = a1i (crowd singing)

-Get Out the Map (SotS):  C, L, N, P, U (banjo?) = 2b

-It’s Alright (SotS):  C, L, P, S = 2b

Top Gold Avg-Awesome:  -Heartache for Everyone (SDtBD):  C, L = 2b

Last Platinum Avg-awesome-2:  –Fugitive (SDtBD):  C, L, N, Pa= 1i

-Philosophy of Loss (CoNS):  C, L, P, S = a1

-Collecting You (BY):  C, L, N, S! = a1i

-Joking (RoP):  C, L, P, S, U (false ending) = 2a

-Cold Beer & Remote Control (CoNS):  C, L, P, S! = 2a

-Driver Education (PatBB): C, L, S = 2a

-Hand Me Downs (NIS):  C, I, L, S = 2b

Top Platinum Avg-awesome-2:  –You and Me of the 10,000 Wars (NIS):  C, L, P, S = a1i

Last Platinum Avg-awesome-1:  –Yoke (LwtUoCSO);  C, I, L, N, P = a1i (wow-low register!)

-Sugar Tongue (LwtUoCSO):  C, I, L, P = a1i

-Tether (SDtBD): C, I, L, P = a1i (Amy belts. it. out!)

-Chickenman (LwUoCSO):  C, I!, L, N!, P = 2a

-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200):  C, I, L, P = 2a (a cause near to my heart)

-Blood & Fire (ST):  C, L, N, P, S = a1i

Top Platinum Avg-awesome-1:  -1,2,3 (NIS):  C, N, S = 2a

Awesome Elites:

A = Top-Elites

B = Exactly Awesome-Elite

1 = higher part of Awesome B; 2 = lower part of Awesome B

C = Better than your Average Awesome

AWESOME-ELITE

1C (better than your avg awesome) 

Last awesome-1C:  -Money Made You Mean (DOD):  C, I, L, P = 1c

-Shame On You (SDtBD):  C, I, P, U (cajun instrument) =1c2 (different tempo from orig bothers me)

-Second Time Around (PatBB-acoustic):  C, L, P 1C

-The Wonder Song (HHD):  C, L, N, U (country) = 1C

-Make It Easier (SF):  C, I, L, N, P = 1c

-Land of Cannan (SF): C, L, N, S, U (harmonica) = 1c

-Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P =1C

-Salty South (SDoBD):  C, I, S = 1c

-Get Out the Map (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P = 1c

-Howl at the Moon (LL):  C, I, L, N, U (tribal) = 1c

-Go (SDtBD):  C, I, L, N, P = 1C

-Shit Kickin (LL):  C, I, L, P, U (choral backing) = 1c

-Scooter Boys (SotS):  C, I (jengling) L, P, U (wail) = 1c

-Shame On You (SotS):  C, L, N, P, S, U (road block trippin’ break-down) = 1c1

-Heartache for Everyone (AtWLI):  C, I, L, S = 1c

-Philosophy of Loss (CoNS):  C, I, L, P, S = 1c

-Last Tears (DOD:  C, L, N, S = 1c

Top awesome 1C:  -Hope Alone (BY):  C, L, N, S =1c

AWESOME-ELITE 

1B (exactly elite)

bottom exactly elite = ii 

Last Awesome-elite-1Bii:  -Fugitive  (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1bii

-Joking (1200):  C, I, (bass @ end) L, N, P, S, U (false ending) = 1bii

-Love of Our Lives (PatBB):  C, L, N, S = 1bii

-Cold Beer & Remote Control (SDtBD):  C, L, N, P = 1

-Money Made You Mean (DOD-live):  C, I (banjo-wow!), L, P = 1bii (don’t like plosives)

-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200-live @ atwood):  C, L, N, P, U (feat artists, drumming) = 1bii

-Deconstruction (BY):  C, L!, N, S! = 1bii

-Least Complicated (1200):  C, L, N, P, S = 1bii

-Land of Cannan (ST):  C, I, L, S = 1bii

-World Falls (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N!, P = 1bii (sounds just different enough; the singing!)

-Go (CoNS):  C, I, L, N, P, U (talking about activism in background, chanting) = 1Bii

-Second Time Around (PatBB):  C, I, L, P, S, U (harmonica?) = 1Bii

-Pushing the Needle Too Far (1200):  C, L, P, S = 1bii

First awesome-elite-1Bii:  -Tangled Up In Blue (1200);  C, I, L, N, P = 1bii (Emily sings her ASS off!)

AWESOME-ELITE 

1B (exactly elite)

top exactly elite = i 

Last awesome-elite-1B-i:  -I Feel the Christmas Spirit (HHD):  C, I, L, N, U (blue grass) = 1bii

-Devotion (SDtBD):  C, L, N = 1bi

-Happy Joyous Hanukkah (HHD):  C, I (BASS!), L, P, U (mandolin?) = 1Bi

-Happy in the Sorrow Key (OLD):  C, I, L, N = 2Bii (ENDING!)

-World Falls (1200-live):  C, L, N, S = 1bi

-Moment of Forgiveness (BY):  C, L, N, S =1bi

-Yoke (BQS):  C, I, L, P, S = 1bi

-Become You (SDtBD);  C, L, P, S, U (accordian?) = 1bi

-Chickenman (1200):  C, I, L, N, P, U (harmonica= 1bi (best version?

-Hammer and a Nail (NIS):  C, L, N, P, S! = 1bi

-Yield (BY):  C, I, L, N, S = 1bi

-Moment of Forgiveness (SDtBD):  C, L, N, S = 1bi

-Kid Fears (SDtBD):  C, L, S, U (feat Shreena Mead sounds good) = 1bi

Top Awesome-Elite-1-B-i:  -Galileo (1200):  C, L, P, S = 1bi

IG AWESOME-ELITE 1

 1A top of the top 

Last awesome-elite-1A:  -Compromise (LwUoCSO):  C, I, N = 1a

-Become You (BY):  C, I, L, P, S = 1a

-Second Time Around (SDtBD):  C, I, L, P, S, U (live = more emotional) 1A

-Prince of Darkness (ST):  C, L, N, P, S =1a

-Pushing the Needle Too Far (NIS):  C, L, P, S = 1a

-Closer to Fine (ST);  C, L, N, S = 1a (I felt like I was somehow betraying these staple-favorites ranking any song higher)

-Kid Fears (ST):  C, L, N, S, U (feat Michael Stipe) =1a

-Fill It Up Again (AtWLI);  C, L, N, S = 1a

-Galileo (RoP):  C, L, P, S = 1a (same with this old friend-felt guilt out-ranking it)

-The Rise of the Black Messiah (OLD):  C, I, L, N, P, U (strong & haunting) =1a

-Go (LwUoCSO):  C, I, L, N, P = 1A (Amy belts it out!)

-Watershed (NIS):  C, L, N, S(!) = 1a

-Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (SDtBD): C, L, N (harmonies), S, U (Brandi!) = 1a (this song makes me super-enthusiastic!)

***Very top of all IG songs:  -Closer to Fine (1200):  C, L, N, S(!), U (pennywhistle?) = 1a (b/c you can hear how important/popular this song is w/the crowd = pure joy & a lesbian initiation)

Indigo Girls: AWESOMEs (not final)

6 Mar

1= elite awesome
1a top ever songs
1b = exactly elite
1c = better than your avg awesome
2= solid awesome
2a = top of list
2b = bottom of list
3 = better than good
3a = top of list
3b = bottom of list

IG AWESOME-ELITE 1
1A top of the top

Become You (BY): C, I, L, P, S = 1a
Closer to Fine (ST); C, L, N, S = 1a
Closer to Fine (1200): C, L, N, S, U (pennywhistle?) = 1a
Compromise (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1a
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (SDtBD): C, L, N (harmonies), S, U (Brandi!) = 1a
Fill It Up Again (AtWLI); C, L, N, S = 1a
Galileo (RoP): C, L, P, S = 1a
Go (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 1A
Kid Fears (ST): C, L, N, S, U (feat Michael Stipe) =1a
Prince of Darkness (ST): C, L, N, P, S =1a
Pushing the Needle Too Far (NIS): C, L, P, S = 1a
The Rise of the Black Messiah (OLD): C, I, L, N, P, U (haunting) =1a
Second Time Around (SDtBD): C, I, L, P, S, U (live = more emotional) 1A
Watershed (NIS): C, L, N, S = 1a

AWESOME-ELITE
1B (exactly elite)

Become You (SDtBD); C, L, P, S, U (accordian?) = 1b
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200-live @ atwood): C, L, N, P, U (feat artists, drumming) = 1b
Chickenman (1200): C, I, L, N, P, U (harmonica?) = 1b
Cold Beer & Remote Control (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1b
Deconstruction (BY): C, L, N, S = 1b
Devotion (SDtBD): C, L, N = 1b
Fugitive (LwUoCSO): C, I, N = 1b
Galileo (1200): C, L, P, S = 1b
Go (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P, U (talking about activism in background, chanting) = 1B
Hammer and a Nail (NIS): C, L, N, P, S = 1b
Happy in the Sorrow Key (OLD): C, I, L, N = 2B (ENDING!)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah (HHD): C, I (BASS!), L, P, U (mandolin?) = 1B
I Feel the Christmas Spirit (HHD): C, I, L, N, U (blue grass) = 1b
Joking (1200): C, I, (bass @ end) L, N, P, S, U (false ending) = 1b
Kid Fears (SDtBD): C, L, S, U (feat Shreena Mead sounds good) = 1b
Land of Cannan (ST): C, I, L, S = 1b
Least Complicated (1200): C, L, N, P, S = 1b
Love of Our Lives (PatBB): C, L, N, S = 1b
Moment of Forgiveness (BY): C, L, N, S =1b
Moment of Forgiveness (SDtBD): C, L, N, S = 1b
Money Made You Mean (DOD-live): C, I (banjo-wow!), L, P = 1b (don’t like plosives)
Pushing the Needle Too Far (1200): C, L, P, S = 1b
Second Time Around (PatBB): C, I, L, P, S, U (harmonica?) = 1B
Tangled Up In Blue (1200); C, I, L, N, P = 1b
World Falls (1200-live): C, L, N, S = 1b
World Falls (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 1b
Yield (BY): C, I, L, N, S = 1b
Yoke (BQS): C, I, L, P, S = 1b

AWESOME-ELITE
1C (better than your avg awesome)

Get Out the Map (SDtBD): C, L, N, P = 1c
Go (SDtBD): C, I, L, N, P = 1C
Heartache for Everyone (AtWLI): C, I, L, S = 1c
Hope Alone (BY): C, L, N, S =1c
Howl at the Moon (LL): C, I, L, N, U (tribal) = 1c
Land of Cannan (SF): C, L, N, S, U (harmonica) = 1c
Last Tears (DOD: C, L, N, S = 1c
Little Perennials (DOD): C, L = 1C
Make It Easier (SF): C, I, L, N, P = 1c
Money Made You Mean (DOD): C, I, L, P = 1c
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): C, I, L, P, S = 1c
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (SDtBD): C, L, N, P =1C
Salty South (SDoBD): C, I, S = 1c
Scooter Boys (SotS): C, L, P, U (wail) = 1c
Second Time Around (PatBB-acoustic): C, L, P 1C
Shame On You (SotS): C, L, N, P, S, U (road block trippin’ break-down) = 1c1
Shame On You (SDtBD): C, I, P, U (cajin instrument) =1c2
Shit Kickin (LL): C, I, L, P, U (choral backing) = 1c
The Wonder Song (HHD): C, L, N, U (country) = 1C

AWESOME-SOLID
2A

1,2,3 (NIS): C, N, S = 2a
All the Way(DOD): C, L, S = 2a
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1200): C, I, L, P = 2a
Chickenman (LwUoCSO): C, I, L, N, P = 2a
Cold Beer & Remote Control (CoNS): C, L, P, S = 2a
Driver Education (PatBB): C, L, S = 2a
Fill It Up Again (SDtBD); C, L, S = 2a
Joking (RoP): C, L, P, S, U (false ending) = 2a
Least Complicated (SO): C, L, N, P, S = 2a
Sugar Tongue (SDtBD); C, N = 2a

AWESOME-SOLID
2B

Chickenman (RoP): C, L, P, U (harmonica?) = 2b
Dairy Queen (AtWLI): C, I, S = 2b
Faye Tucker (CoNS): C, L, N, P, U (laugh, chanting) = 2b
Get Out the Map (SotS): C, L, N, P, U (banjo?) = 2b
Hand Me Downs (NIS): C, I, L, S = 2b
Heartache for Everyone (SDtBD): C, L = 2b
I Believe in Love (DOD): C, L, S = 2b
I Don’t Wanna Know (SF): C, I, N, U (harmonica?) = 2b
I’ll Change (PatBB): C, L, S = 2b
It’s Alright (SotS): C, L, P, S = 2b
Learned It On Me (OLD): C, L, N (harmonies) = 2b
Olympia Inn (OLD): C, P = 2B
Run (DOD): C = 2b
This Train Revised (1200-live): C, I, N = 2b
Touch Me Fall (SO): I (really rocks at end) = 2b

AWESOME-BETTER THAN GOOD
3

Favorite Flavor (LL): C, L = 3
Love’s Recovery (ST): C, L, N, S = (don’t like Emily’s deep singing) = 3

Indigo Girls: GOODs (not final)

4 Mar

ig good
a= almost awesome
b= exactly good
c= almost OK
1 = top of category
2 = bottom of category
i = top of almost awesome
ii = bottom of almost awesome

The groups were too big so I had to narrow them down to a, b, and c almost awesome, exactly good, and almost OK respectively.  Than those groups were too big so I did 1 as top of their category and 2 as the lower part.  And still, some of those groups were too large so I split those into top and bottom (i and ii). 

 

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
Philosophy of Loss (CoNS): a1 ugh–this song.  It’s a secret song only.  And the song it’s attached to is on a different ranking list, so it’s always harder to rank…  I did it after I published this post.

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
i = top of almost awesome
Beauty Queen Sister (BQS): a1i
Believe in Love (SDtBD): a1i
Blood & Fire (ST): a1i
Burn All the Letters (SotS): a1i
Center Stage (ST): a1i (ending)
Collecting You (BY): a1i
Fugative (SDtBD): a1i
I Don’t Wanna Know (1200); a1i
Kid Fears (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Land of Cannan-radio single (ST): a1i
Last Tears-acoustic (DOD): a1i
Love of Our Lives (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Midnight Train to Georgia (1200): a1i
O Holy Night (HHD): a1i (high difficulty notes)
Our Deliverance (BY); a1i
Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate (DOD): a1i
Sugar Tongue (LwtUoCSO): a1i
Tether (SDtBD): a1i
You and Me of the 10,000 Wars (NIS): a1i
Yoke (LwtUoCSO); a1i

a= almost awesome
1 = top of category
ii = bottom of almost awesome
Airplane (RoP): a1ii
Angels We Have Heard On High (HHD): a1ii
Closer to Fine (SDtBD): a1ii
Cut it OUt (SotS): a1ii
Damo (LwtUoCSO): a1ii
Faye Tucker (CoNS): a1ii
Fugative (SO) = a1ii
Happy in the Sorrow Key (LwtUoCSO): a1ii
Lay My Head Down (DOD); a1ii
Little Perennials-live (DOD): a1ii
Secure Yourself (ST): a1ii
Three County Highway-live (DOD): a1ii
Tried to be True (ST); a1ii
World Falls (NIS): a1ii
You’ve Got to Show (BY): a1ii

a= almost awesome
2 = bottom of category
Able to Sing (LwtUoCSO): a2
Crazy Game (SF): a2
Free in You (AtWLI): A2
Damo (BQS): a2
Galileo (LwtUoCSO): a2 (good, but I like original better)
Gone Again (CoNS): a2
Leeds (SotS): a2
Let it be Me (RoP): a2
Love of Our Lives-acoustic (PatBB): a2 (stronger singing)
Making Promises (BQS); a2
Pendulum Swinger (DOD): a2
Romeo and Juliet (RoP); a2
Shed Your Skin (SofS): a2
Southland in the Springtime (NIS): a2
Starkville (BY); a2
Strange Fire (SF): a2
Sugar Tongue (PatBB): a2
Tether (AtWLI): a2
They Won’t Have Me (DOD): a2
This Train Revised (SO); a2
Three County Highway (SDtBD): a2
Three Hits (RoP): A2
Trouble (CoNS): a2
Watershed (SDtBD):a2 (5d, live singing = less)
Welcome Me (NIS): a2
What Are You Like (PatBB): A2

A lot of the songs in this section remind me of Seattle ZooTunes.  Whatever year I went it seemed like they played most of these.

b= exactly good
1 = top of category
Change My Heart (LL); b1
Down by the River (1200): b1
Elizabeth (OLD): B1 (DETAILED STORY)
Fleet of Hope-acoustic (PatBB); b1
The Girl w/the Weight of the World in Her Hands (NIS); B1
Jonas and Ezekiel (1200): b1
Jonas and Ezekiel (RoP): b1
K.C. Girl (LL): b1
Keeper of My Heart (NIS): b1
Love of Our Lives (SDtBD): b1
Mariner Moonlighting (BQS): b1
Muster (LL): b1
Ozilline (CoNS): b1
Ozilline (SDtBD): b1
Reunion (SO): b1
Run (DOD): b1
True Romantic (PatBB): b1
What Are You Like-acoustic (PatBB): B1
The Wood Song (SDtBD): b1
Woodsong (LwtUoCSO): b1
Your Holiday Song (HHD); b1

b= exactly good
2 = bottom of category
Come a Long Way (LwtUoCSO): b2 (ending!)
Dead Man’s Hill (SO): B2
Digging for Your Dream (PatBB) = b2
Fly Away (SDtBD): b2
Get Together (SF) = b2
Ghost of the Gang-acoustic (PatBB): b2
I’ll Change-acoustic (PatBB): b2
Nashville (RoP): b2
Peace Tonight (CoNS): b2
Perfect World (AtWLI): b2
Sorrow and Joy (LL); b2 (WTF is this song about?)
Southern California is Your Girlffriend (OLD): b2
True Romantic-acoustic (PatBB): b2
War Rugs (LwtUoCSO): b2
We are Together (CoNS): b2
Wild Horses (SDtBD); b2
The Wood Song (SO): b2

c= almost OK
1 = top of category
Come a Long Way (OLD): c1
Digging for Your Dream (SDtBD): C1
Dirt and Dead Ends (DOD): C1 (BLEAK)
Feel this WAy Again (LL): c1
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (HHD): c1
It Really is (A Wonderful Life) (HHD): c1
Love Will Come to You (RoP); c1
Salty South-acoustic (PatBB): c1
Something Real (AtWLI): c1
Spread the Pain Around (OLD): c1
Walk Away (SF): c1

I suspect these songs are ranked relatively low bc they’re a bummer.  They all have serious, heavy (very important) topics, but the bleakness just gets to me.  In all this ranking, I learned I prefer upbeat and fast songs.

c= almost OK
2 = bottom of category
Alberta (OLD): c2
Back Together Again (1200): c2
Country RAdio (LL): c2
Everybody’s Waiting for Someone to Come Home (SF): c2
Ghost (RoP); c2
Gone (BQS): c2
Love’s Recovery (1200): c2 (too much brass)
Thin Line (1200): c2

Ironically, Spotify and Lastfm will probably say I listened to this section most.  But only bc I’d either tune out, or it wasn’t clear where they should be ranked on the list…

Indigo Girls: Neutral/OK Songs (not final)

2 Mar

These are the songs that aren’t meh or skip, but also aren’t great enough to make the goods. They’re A-OK. I split it into 3 parts: OA which are nearly good, OB = exactly neutral, and OC which are just above a meh. Then, I split the 3 groups into top of that list (1) and bottom of that list (2)–just to make it a bit more manageable. The songs within each group aren’t in order quite yet.

IG OK
OA
1

Bitterroot (BY): C =OA1
Compromise (CoNS): C, I, L, N, P = OA1
Ghost (LwtUoCSO): I, L, N = OA1
Ghost of the Gang (PatBB); C, L, P = OA1
In the Bleak Midwinter (HHD): I, N = OA1
Pendulum Swinger-live (DOD): C, L, P = OA1
Prince of Darkness (SDtBD): C, N, P, S = OA1
Rise Up (AtWLI): C = OA1
Three County Highway (DOD): L, S = OA1
Three Hits-live (RoP): C, I, L, P = OA1
Virginia Woolf (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = OA1
War Rugs (BQS): C, I, L, P = OA1 (instruments!)
We Get to Feel it All (BQS); C, I, L, N = OA1
What are You Like (SDtBD); C, I, L = OA1

It was tough narrowing down each group, and it took many, many listens to get the Awesomes, goods, neutrals, mehs, and actually the skips were easy bc you know what you don’t like. And these just weren’t as good as the good-list. But it’s VERY close!

IG OK
OA
2

Caramia (SotS): C, I, L, N = OA2
Come On Home (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, N = OA2
Crazy Game (SF): C, N = oa2
Don’t Give that Girl a Gun (SotS): C, L, N, P = OA2
Fleet of Hope (PatBB): C, L = OA2
Share the Moon (BQS): C, I, L = OA2
She’s Saving Me (BY); L, N, S = OA2

IG OK
OB
1

Digging for Your Dream-acoustic (PatBB): C, L, P = OB1
Dirt and Dead Ends (PatBB): L, N, P =ob1
Driver Education-acoustic (PatBB); C, L, P = OB1
Fly Away-acoustic (DOD): L, N =OB1

I pretty much like all these songs a lot, but picked better versions of each to rank higher.


I’ll Be Home for Christmass (HHD); N, S = OB1
Sister (CoNS): L = (too quiet) = OB1
Sugar Tongue-acoustic (PatBB): C, L = OB1
Virginia Woolf (1200); C, L, N = OB1

IG OK
OB
2

Center Stage-live (ST): C, L, P = OB2 (little off-key)
Come On Home (SDtBD): C, L = ob2
Cordova (SDtBD): C, L = OB2
Everything in it’s Own Time (SotS): C, I, L, P = OB2

These are good songs, and in any other catalogue would be ranked that way. But relative to the other good songs, they just don’t hold up as well.


Fishtails (OLD): L, N, P = OB2
Ghost-live (1200): L, N = OB2
Look Long (LL): C, L, N, P = OB2
Soon be to Nothing (CoNS); C, L =ob2
Virginia Woolf (RoP): C, L = OB2

IG OK
OC
1

All That We Let In (AtWLI): C, L = OC1
Fly Away (DOD): C, L, N, P = OC1
If I Don’t Leave Here Now (OLD): N = OC1


Language or the Kiss (1200): L, N = OC1
Power of Two (SO); L = OC1

The fans love these 2, but I find them overrated. I just find them OK, no matter how many times I listen.

IG OK
OC
2

Findly, Ohio 1968 (OLD); L, P = OC2
Language or the Kiss (SO); L = OC2
Closer to Fine (LwtUoCSO): C, I, L, P = OC2 (Emily sounds out of breath; slow)
Hey Kind Friend (SotS): I, L = OC2
Love Will Come to You-live (RoP): L = OC2
Mystery (SO): L, N = OC2
Texas was Clean (OLD): L = oc2

Taylor Swift MEHs (early draft)

1 Mar

This list is not final, and it’s not really in order either.  I made it after the 3rd listen of each song, so there’s been a lot of jostling since then.  But it’s a snapshot in time for the songs that weren’t quite a skip, but were below neutral/OK.

I think I published the skips list without indicating the key:

(numbers) are the album/era

(C)atchy, (D)etailed story, (G)aylor references, (I)nstrumentals, (L)yrical complexity, very high/low (N)otes, (P)roduction stands out in a good way, (S)entimental

Dancing w/Our Hands Tied (6): C, G, L, N, P (Ambiguity bothers me)

Maybe it’s not quite a meh after all, but I am mad at this song.  I want this song to directly say who the subject is, and what is happening.  I find it unfulfilling when the interpretations can be 180 degrees apart.

Tis the Damn Season (9): C, D, G
King of My Heart (6): C, G, N, P
The Outside (1): I, N (weak)

I’m ranking both Taylor Swift’s catalogue and the Indigo Girls simultaneously. And after so many listens to both I noticed something about a few of Taylor Swift’s songs (b/c she wrote them second). I have this theory that young Taylor listened to the Indigo Girls at some point, and a few of their themes might have inspired her:

Fugitive: Song by Indigo Girls (Amy Elizabeth Ray, specifically)

I’m harboring a fugitive, a defector of a kind / And she lives in my soul and drinks of my wine / And I’d give my last breath to keep us alive / Are they coming for us with cameras or guns? / We don’t know which but we gotta run / And you say, “This is not what I bargained for” So hide yourself / For me / All for me / We swore to ourselves we’d go to the end of the world / But I got caught up in the whirl and the twirl of it all / A day in the sun dancing alone / Baby, I’m so sorry / Now it’s coming to you the lessons I’ve learned / Won’t do you any good you’ve got to get burned / Well the curse and the blessing they’re one in the same / Baby, it’s all such a treacherous gain / Hide yourself from me / I said hide yourself from me / All for meOoh! / Ooh! I stood without clothes danced in the sand / I was aching with freedom kissing the damned / I said remember this as how it should be / Oh baby, I said it’s all in our hands / Got to learn to respect what we don’t understand / We are fortunate ones, fortunate ones, I swear / Hide yourself for me / I will hide myself for you / All for you / All for you / I will myself for you / All for you / I stood without clothes I danced in the sand / I was aching with freedom kissing the damned / I said remember this as how it should be

This song brings to mind pretty much Taylor’s whole M.O. of writing about secret love and love that society won’t like. Specific songs I thought of are Out of the Woods, I Know Places and the next meh song on my list:

Treacherous (4): G, L

I like the anxiety and definite closeted vibes going on in the song.  I like the hints that something LGBT is happening here.  But I wish there was more of a hook or something so latch on to.  This one is usually over before I know it.


Right Where You Left Me (9): C, G, L, N (repetitive)
State of Grace (5): C, G, N (weak)
Call It What You Want (6): C, G, L, P (Ambiguity bothers me)
A Place in This World (1): I, N


The Other Side of the Door (2): I, L, N

I think this song has potential.  And I’d love to hear an updated twist on it, or see a newer song that evolves from this, but is better.


It’s Nice to Have a Friend (7); D, G, L (Ambiguity bothers me; weird production)

What. the. fuck is going on in the production of this song?  It’s Englishy, it’s like hunting brass, it is weird.  Just like this friendship-love going on and then there is hand holding.  Which I find non-platonic, but it’s pretty subtle so it just makes the song weird instead of gay…

–Personally Dislike:
Coney Island (9): G, L, N (terrible feat!)
End Game (6): C, G, L, P (terrible feat!)

God dammit!  Why does Taylor always work with these men who bring their own style rather than blending with hers?  It totally ruins songs!  It sounds baaad, and odd within even a very diverse catalogue such as Taylor’s.  Actually, there’s one exception–I do really like the “Lover” remix, but that douche is (internally?) homophobic, so I will not give that streaming clicks to support him in any way.

The Lakes (8): G, L, N, P

This song is pretentious with the analog distortion and it sounds old and kinda British in a ‘high school forcing you to slog through Chaucer’ kind of way.  It evokes poetry analysis nightmares, and I don’t like the forced association to Oat Milk.

–Boring:
The Archer (7): G, L
A Perfectly Good Heart (1): I, N

These aren’t quite skips, but I don’t really like them all that much.  Archer would be better if something more was going on.  Don’t kill the vibe, but do make it punchier.  It’s just zzzzzzzz.

Indigo Girls: The MEHs

27 Feb

You know when you’re listening to your playlist and you just kinda tune out?  And like 10 min later you’re like, what songs just played, I don’t even know.  The funny thing is that it’s not an anomaly (usually, unless you had to focus hard on work, or actually got distracted doing something) these songs are just meh.  Even in trying to re-listen several times to rank these, my mind would wander.  I listened to this set the very most bc of tuning out.  You know what you don’t like pretty readily, you know what you love, and even the songs that aren’t quite love, but really good.  But the neutral to meh are the most difficult to decipher.  So here are the below neutral/OK and above skip songs:

Meh (in order)

-Strange Fire (1200):  C, I, L, P

-Come On Home (AtWLI):  C, L

It’s a nice little song, and fits perfectly with the vibe of the All That We Let In album.  But as a stand alone song–It’s just meh.

-Dead Man’s Hill (1200):  N, P

-Able to Sing (BQS):  C, N

-Mystery (LwtUoCSO): I, N

-Neuvose Senorita (BY):  L, P

-Cordova (AtWLI):  C, L, N, P

I like the Latin-X (is this the proper term now?) flair in these two, but I guess I’d like a little more going on.  Maybe live, or with the orchestra or something would be better.

-Mistletoe (HHD):  C, L

-John (BQS):  L, N, P

I like the sentiment, and it tells a detailed story, but *yawn*

-Peace Child (HHD):  C, L, N

-There’s Still My Joy (HHD):  L, N

-Cedar Tree (RoP):  I, N, U (bag pipe sounding)

-Power of Two (LwtUoCSO):  I, L, N

-Power of Two (1200):  L, N

I know, this is a travesty–this is a fan-favorite.  But yup, I think it’s over-rated.  I just can’t get into it.

-Andy (CoNS):  L, N

-When We Were Writers (LL):  N

P.S. Spotify ranked this my very top listened to song in 2020.  Which is…  I just tuned out EVERY damn time I tried to rank it.  This song is pretty much the ultimate definition of meh.

-Mystery (1200):  L, N

Indigo Girls: SKIPS

25 Feb

I’m ranking the entire catalogue, which is a big project.  But I thought I would start releasing the rankings in pieces.  Here are the few songs from the Indigo Girls I don’t care for.

Skip

-Sister (CoNS):  C, L

This version is after the Faye Tucker track as a short interlude before the secret song, Philosophy of Loss.  I usually like the song, but this one is too short and too quiet.  Note–don’t have secret songs anymore.  And now that there’s streaming, release the secret songs as their own track.  It’s been hell trying to rank Philosophy… when it’s tied to another song.  I think it’s the only track in their entire catalog that was never re-released on another album, put on a live album, or it’s own song.  This needs to change.

Skip-Boring

-Feed & Water the Horses (BQS):

-Birthday (BQS):  N

Emily was too happy and content when she was writing for Beauty Queen Sister, and as a result her songs are bland vanilla.

Skip-dislike

-Left Me a Fool (SF):  L

-History of Us (ST):  L, N

-Fare Thee Well (SO):

There are very few IG songs I genuinely dislike (pretty much these 3) and it’s mostly bc of the singing style. It may be the proper way to sing, but it isn’t my thing.

I Ranked All 19 Albums in the Indigo Girls’ Catalogue

4 Feb

And I’m shocked how the list came out!

The Logistics: How I compiled the list

I listened to each album, ranking the songs. Then I listened to something entirely different to cleanse the palate, so to speak. Then I listened to the album a second time to see if the rankings were the same as the first listen (because mood and energy can impact your feeling about music). If the tracks were ranked the same, that’s where they stayed. If there were discrepancies between the first and the second listen, I listened a third time to rank them.

Finally, I counted the number of songs in each ranking category, and made a percentage over the entire album. Highest awesome percent was ranked highest, and lowest awesome percent was last. If there was an equal percent of awesome, I went to the good percent. In one case both awesome and good were tied, so I went to OK to tie break.

I decided to include every new song as 1 album.  Any Acoustic will be considered its own album.  Live tracks and acoustics that don’t make up an entire album might be listed in the ranking, but do not count towards the percentages.

Fanning Out:

Wow! What a catalogue. 19 albums in a 33 year (mainstream) career?! I often wish Indigo Girls were given more mainstream opportunities. But I’m certain that’s not what they want, as they are decidedly anti-establishment. They want fairness and equality, and cow-towing to the big-boys for centered-fame is NOT that. And lack of mainstream accolades does not mean lack of respect. Amy and Emily were instrumental in Lilith Fair–anyone who was there will tell you about the comradery the two fostered. They tour all over the country (I’m not sure about the world) and can command any audience, being the engaging professionals they are–believe me, I was at Seattle Zoo-Tunes, I know. Aside, from being musically talented and inspiring, they work for charity and hustle for many political causes. They are amazing people, not just talented artists (they’re that too, obviously). As you can tell by this ranking, and the last paragraph, I am proud to call myself a lifelong fan of the Indigo Girls, and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future!

19.

Beauty Queen Sister (2011)

(7.7% awesome, 38.5% good, 23.1% OK, 15.4% meh, 15.4% skip out of 13)

18.

poisidan and the bitter bug bonus Acoustic (2009)

(9.1% awesome, 63.6% good, 27.3% OK, meh, skip out of 11)

17.

Swamp Ophelia (1994)

(18.2% awesome, 45.5% good, 27.3% OK, meh, 9.1% skip out of 11)

16.

Live w/U of CO Orchestra (2018)

22.7% Awesome; 50% Good; 18.2% OK; 9.1% Meh; Skip out of 22

15.

Holly Happy Days (2010)

23.1% awesome; 38.5% good; 15.4% 23.1% OK; meh; skip out of 13

14.

All that We Let In (2004)

(27.3% awesome, 36.4% good, 18.2% OK, 18.2% meh, skip out of 11)

13.

Look Long (2020)

(27.3% awesome, 54.5% good, 9.1% OK, 9.1 % meh, skip out of 11)

12.

Come On Now Social

(28.6% awesome, 50% good, 21.4% OK, 7.1% meh, 7.1% skip out of 12 and 14 w/hidden tracks that count)

11.

One Lost DAy (2015)

(30.8% awesome, 38.5% good, 30.8% OK, meh, skip out of 13)

10.

Rites of Passage (1992)

(30.8% awesome, 53.8% good, 15.4% OK, 7.7% meh, skip out of 13 and 15 counting bonus tracks)

9.

Shaming of the Sun (1997)

(33% awesome, 33% good, 33% OK, meh, skip out of 12)

8.

Strange Fire (1987)

(40% awesome, 40% good, 10% OK, meh, 10% skip out of 10 w/1 bonus tracks)

7.

poisidan and the bitter bug [1st disc] (2009)

(40% awesome, 40% good, 20% OK, meh, skip out of 10)

6.

Become You (2002)

(41.7% awesome, 33.4% good, 16.7% OK, 8.3% meh, skip out of 12)

5.

Nomads Indians and Saints (1990)

(45.5% awesome, 54.5% good, OK, meh, skip out of 11 

and an interview and 2 live bonus tracks)

4.

Despite Our Differences (2006)

(46.2% awesome, 46.2% good, 23.1% OK, meh, skip out of 13 and 19 counting deluxe)

3.

1200 Curfews

48.1% Awesome; 25.9% Good; 11.1% OK; 14.8% Meh; Skip out of 27

2.

Staring Down the Brillant Dream (2010)

48.4% awesome; 38.7% good; 12.9% ok; meh; skip out of 31

1.

Self-Titled (2989) 

(50% awesome, 40% good, OK, meh, 10% skip out of 10 and 12 counting deluxe)