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Wed, May. 9th, 2007, 03:38 pm
emcgough: Happy Birthday!

Hey Krystal,
 
I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I just bought a left-handed acoustic folk guitar. The back is cherry wood. The front is cedar. The neck is mahogany. The fret board is rosewood, and the bridge is ebony. I’m learning to play “Blood and Fire” like you taught me on my right-handed guitar. I wonder where your guitar is. I hope it’s well worn, well used, and actively engaged in making music.
 
You should know, as I’m sure you do, that the Indigo Girls released a new album in September. I just bought it in April, and I’m rationing how many times per week I listen to it so I can fall in love with it slowly and let each song seep into my soul and become a part of me.
 
My first favorite song on the album was “Little Perennials”. I love the Oh-wee-oh-oh yodely part. Then, I decided my favorite song was “Last Tears, which is all about having the courage to let go of someone for your own good and heal. This song gave me strength when I really needed it. Now, my favorite song is “I Believe In Love”. I think you’d like it. Here are the lyrics:
 
"I Believe In Love"

When we tried to rework all of this
Each to her rendition
Painted ourselves in a corner
Lost for ideas blindly fishing
For a compliment or kindness
Just to bring us into view
But you could not interpret me and I could not interpret you

I remember that cold morning when the trees were black with birds
I tried to make out some connection
We were at a loss for words
After all that we've been through
I could not see giving up
Despite the picture of our coffee growing colder in the cups

I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
And the way that I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
And I believe in you and I believe in love

So we went rolling on down through the years
Taking time off we could steal
Until the thief of things unreconciled
Stuck it's stick into the wheel
Now we're tumbling in a freefall
No one's gonna go unscathed
But it's not because you held back and its not how I behaved

I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
And the way that I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
I believe in you and I believe in love

There are avenues and supplements and books stacked on the shelf
Labyrinths of recovery in search of our best self
But most of what will happen now is way out of our hands
So just let it go and see where it lands


See?! I told you. I think you’d also like “Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate”, which is sung by Amy with Pink as a guest singer.
 
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and let you know that I was thinking of you on your birthday. 

Love,
Elizabeth

And a big "HEY!" to all the friends out there who are remembering Krystal today.

Thu, May. 10th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
imperfectly

she would love the new album.

i have her guitar... the newer one.
i believe her sisters have the other one with the mother of pearl inlay.

Fri, May. 11th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
emcgough

I thought you had it. That's great. I just had an urge to bust out all of her Indigo Girls posters and put them up in my apartment. She'd prefer them to out and up instead of them in a box. They've been taped and tacked before. I have been entrusted with the sacred Indigo Girls memorabilia, and I want to keep in nice. Maybe I'll put them on the ceiling so no one will brush against them or sneeze on them.

So, how've you been? I thought of you the other day when a friend of mine was talking about how the recent hockey strike lasted the whole season. That must have sucked for you. I remember you calling when I was at Krystal's, and I could hear you yelling about the hockey game we were watching on TV...good times. : )