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Mood Indigo

The Indigo Girls talk orchestras, politics, and each other.

MUSIC TALKS

Evan Carter

It’s easy to take the Indigo Girls for granted. For three decades now, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have quietly but reliably been turning out top-notch albums every few years. Duos often have a harder time staying together—or at least staying together happily—than larger bands that have a distinct front-person. Having interviewed Art Garfunkel, John Oates, and Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), I can tell you firsthand that each of these artists has had to make sacrifices—to “take one for the team”, as it were—in order to keep that team going. That has never seemed to be the case with Saliers and Ray. Any disputes have been minor, each of them has indulged in side or solo projects when they’ve felt the need, and their music sounds as fresh and timely now as it did in the late ’80s. Don’t believe me? Pick up their most recent studio album, the criminally underrated One Lost Day, from 2015.

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As we greet a new season we also embrace new possibilities of expression. I was thrilled to welcome to our cover the beautiful Nafessa Williams, star of the CW show Black Lightning. 2018 is the year of the black superhero, and Williams is a breakout star, playing TV’s first black lesbian superhero. Season 1 was an overnight success, premiering as the network’s #1 new series. That’s great news for anyone who ever wondered if their authentic self would find representation and acceptance in the mainstream. We also take an in-depth look at the November midterm elections and the potential “Rainbow Wave” of out LGBT candidates. More diverse women than ever before are entering the political field hoping to enact necessary change, and that’s something worth celebrating. Enjoy our story on the Indigo Girls, who are trying something new musically, and meet other women from coast to coast who are pursuing their selfhood in the most delightful and inspiring ways. Hats off to Esther Newton and Casey Legler whose lifelong journeys made me proud to call this community my home.