I’ve been listening nearly nonstop to Emmylou Harris’s 2ooo album Red Dirt Girl. The music shines and shimmers, the lyrics flex and warp, and Harris offers up a twelve-part vision of how we learn to live and love, imperfectly, in an imperfect world.
Here’s Harris performing “My Baby Needs a Shepherd”:
My favorite song from the album is “My Antonia,” a duet with Dave Matthews. I had finished reading the Willa Cather version of My Antonia immediately before hearing this song, and I was touched not only by the tribute to the book but also by how the song is not afraid to extend and alter the story. Click here to watch this song on YouTube.