Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl (2000)
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Songstress #6: Emmylou Harris
This was supposed to be a review of Emmylou’s Pieces of the Sky.
Unfortunately, things unraveled quickly; due to my non-existent repair skills, I am now left with pieces of the 8-track.
My ($1 purchase price) loss is still too fresh, I don’t want to talk about it!
So instead, a review of Emmylou’s Red Dirt Girl.
The 8-track debacle may have been a blessing in disguise as Red Dirt Girl feels like the right record at the right time for me.
Last week I mentioned Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was an equally good fit at 9 a.m. & 9 p.m.
Red Dirt Girl gets the job done nicely at 10 & 10; it’s been boosting my productivity during my prep period & it’s been soothing at home just before bed.
I hesitate to begin sentences with, “I don’t mean to sound sexist…”
But that being said…
Now I don’t mean to sound sexist but I’ve learned a bit about myself in the September Songstress Spotlight: when the songstresses sing, I listen.
Lyrics often blend into the overall atmosphere for me but I’ve been much more aware of them this month.
Emmylou had some beauties here too, including my two favourites:
“Time is a brutal but a careless thief, Who takes our lot but leaves behind the grief” (The Pearl)
“But one thing they don’t tell you about the blues, When you got em, You keep on falling cause there ain’t no bottom” (Red Dirt Girl)
Listening primarily on my digital iPod, this may have lacked the analog charm of the 8-track but was considerably more portable (and less unravel-y).
It also made for a symbolic transition from Pieces of the Sky to Red Dirt Girl: the technology keeps moving but the songwriting sensibilities remain intact.
And on any listening medium, that sounds good to me.