I've mentioned in the past how my sister Heather played a rather large roll in my musical influences relative to much of the alternative branded music that I listen to today. It seems that alternative music as a genre really began to get a foot hold in the early 1980s. So what is alternative music? I think there are probably several different definitions out there, the thing that always comes to mind first when I think of alternative music though, are bands that produce music off an independent label. Now there are some bands today that might be described as alternative who are signed to major music production labels. So I think the idea of alternative being defined by production off an independent label has changed and evolved a bit over the years and to fit the definition sometimes alternative music might be described as a "sound" or "vibe" which is outside the mainstream popular music.
So one of the first alternative music bands that I listened to growing up, was the Indigo Girls. Of course, my exposure to their music came largely through my sister's love of the band. I decided to go retro this Entertainment Monday and share some of the songs from the Indigo Girls that made me fall in love with their music.
Virginia Woolf by the Indigo Girls
Closer To Fine - Which was one of the Indigo Girls biggest hits
Romeo and Juliet - A Cover of the original song by the Dire Straights
I've mentioned this song before and I love both the original version and the Indigo Girls Cover. The emotion of the song and lyrics are simple awesome.
The Indigo Girls are such and organic band, and while I do love a lot of electronically produced music, I still think it's incredible when a band can just break out the guitars and jam. Lyrically they are a great band too. I could have posted entire albums of there's here and there are not too many bands I would say that about. There are stories with depth to them, not just a catchy tune. Forever they will be one of my all time favorite bands and I am so grateful for my sister's influence when it comes to a lot of the music I listened to growing up and the music I now love today.