Today is the birthday of the wonderful Emmylou Harris, whose ethereal voice has brought me joy for many years.
I had the pleasure of watching her in concert two years ago, and I was impressed by her talent with both vocals and guitar, and her onstage work ethic--she sang well and long, and treated us to one of the finest concerts we'd ever seen. One of my favorite songs is Emmy's version of Nanci Griffith's "Gulf Coast Highway," which Emmy originally sang with Willie Nelson, but it can be viewed here in a performance with Dave Mathews:
The thing about Emmylou's voice is that it captures something about the mystery and sadness of the human experience, and yet it offers continual hope with its lonely, beautiful, hill-girl sound.
And who can resist those beautiful lyrics: "When she dies, she says she'll catch some blackbird's wing, and she will fly away to heaven, come some sweet blue bonnet spring."
She enhances everything she sings, and her voice is one of the true representative voices of our time.
Happy Birthday, Emmylou!
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