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Melissa Etheridge - A Woman Who Rocks

When I was living in Houston, Texas I was invited to a Melissa Etheridge concert.  I really didn't want to go.  The show was on a Monday night and I had to get up early for work the next morning.  After a lot of arm twisting I agreed to go to the show, but only if we could leave early.

The venue was not sold out and the crowd seemed pretty mellow.  I thought I might fall asleep within the first 20 minutes.

Then the show started.

Etheridge came out on the stage and her first words were, "I know it's a Monday, but thanks for coming out.  I'll make you feel like it's a Friday night."

And then she put on one of the best concerts I had ever seen.  This was in the mid to late 90's.  I don't think I've seen a better concert since.

Obviously, I stayed throught the two encore finale.

I don't know about you, but when I go to a concert  I enjoy hearing songs I know as opposed to new songs.  Several years ago I saw James Taylor in Chicago and he barely did any of his songs.  He was covering some unfamiliar material and I hated the show.  James Taylor is my favorite artist and I hated the show.  Here was Etheridge doing a whole night of songs I didn't know and I loved it.   I haven't seen a lot of artists who've been able to pull that off. 

I know there's so much more to Melissa Etheridge including her battle with breast cancer and her choosing of David Crosby as sperm donor for her then-partner Julie Cypher.  This salute to Etheridge is simply about her music and how she helped a tired young man rock on a Monday night so many years ago.

Here's a clip of one of her concerts from Koln, Germany in 1993.



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