“My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark,
I do not feel the romance, I do not catch the spark,
(By grace my sight grows stronger, grows stronger)
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark,
I do not feel the romance, and I will not be a pawn
for the prince of darkness any longer.”

Joy and I had the chance to see an Indigo Girls concert a few nights ago. We had front row tickets, which was pretty cool. I subscribe to the “click refresh like a madman as soon as tickets go on sale” strategy for concert tickets, and once in a while it really pays off with unbelievably good seats. Even though both of us (and pretty much everyone else we know) listened to the Indigo Girls in high school and college, neither of us had ever seen them in concert before. They played a nice mix of older material along with quite a few songs from their latest album. Older classics included “Closer to Fine”, “Prince of Darkness”, “Three Hits”, “Galileo”, “Least Complicated”, and “Power of Two”. What struck me, besides how talented they were and how effortless they made everything seem, was how much they seemed to enjoy performing and how sincere they seemed in thanking the audience for their appreciation (and, to be sure, the sold out crowd was very appreciative and enthusiastic). Most of the time an artist saying “thank you” seems kind of like an obligatory line that you are supposed to say, but it didn’t come across that way from the Amy and Emily, so much so that it really stood out to me.

As a side note, I don’t agree with the Indigo Girls on everything they stand for politically and I wasn’t quite sure what one of their concerts would be like in that respect, but they kept commentary to a bare minimum. The only statements they made were pro YMCA (!?), anti death penalty, in support of breast cancer research, and in support of Amnesty International, and I’m not going to argue with any of that.

So overall, it was fun to have great seats for some great music that really brought back memories of our high school and college years. If a concert makes me nostalgic for those days “way back when”, does that mean I’m getting old? :-)

Indigo Girls