Friday, April 2, 2010

Emmylou Harris - "She Sure Do Dilute the Ugly Around Here"

Born April 2, 1947, Emmylou Harris turns a beautiful 63 years old today.

Ahhhhhh, the original Grievous Angel herself. I tell ya boys, if they all held up like this after 60 years, they'd be worth the trouble. A gorgeous woman with an angelic voice and sensibilities about music that will make a grown man cry.

The quote in the title of this post "She sure do dilute the ugly up here, don't she." is lifted from the "Together at the Bluebird Cafe" album, when Townes van Zant, Guy Clark and Steve Earle were playing together and Emmylou joined them onstage to provide some harmonies, it's how Earle introduced her. Even on the audio we all nodded and agreed.

But, it's that voice that really sends vibrations down your spine and the way she uses that voice.

It's like a sign from God or the Flying Spaghetti Monster or whomever resides up above, letting us know they love us. It's as good as it's gonna get down here folks.

This post isn't going to give you a lot of insight into the life and career of Emmylou. I'm in a bit of a scramble here today as my external hard drive seems to be calling in a sick day. 500 gigabytes of my stuff (music, pictures, comics, oldtime radio) all has taken a leave of absence.

If ever there was a need for this fantastic woman's voice to soothe my jangled nerves, it's today.

Thank goodness for's some Emmylou:

Thanks Emmylou, for always salving our souls and making the whole world look and sound a little better every day! Happy birthday!


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Jeff...I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Jeff Overturf said...

Thanks Ivan :). Lilting sounds of an angel can bring together even ex-patrioted Americans and Vichy Fraench...I think even Major Strsser would have changed his ways under her spell.

If people can't become friends when this woman sings, I worry for us all.

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