Sep 072013
 

 

images-8It’s a sign of the times, in my opinion, that Melissa Etheridge can be on the Pacific National Exhibition’s list of performers, along with straight performers.  Melissa is no stranger to Canada, and she performed in August 2013 at the PNE in beautiful Vancouver.

Here’s something to chuckle about.  Melissa at the PNE was on the same bill as the punk band “Sublime.”  Both artists had been advised that their performances should reflect the family-values of the audience, i.e. no lewd moves, no swearing, etc.  Well, Sublime used the F-word and got heat from it the next day.  The papers suggested that they should have followed Melissa’s family-values performance. Can you imagine, Melissa being credited with family-values!  Of course, she has them, all lesbians have family values (honesty, tolerance, love, respect, kindness, happiness, etc), but for a lesbian to be publicly credited with them is a nice change. Normally, the right- wingers state that gays/lesbians are destroying family values! Her own six-year-old twins are getting ready to start Grade 1, and her older kids, 14 and 16, go back to high school in a few weeks.

Melissa sang songs from her latest CD, “4th Street Feeling,” in which she made a lyrical reference to an eight-track tape in her Chevrolet. While the younger members of the audience may have never seen an eight-track player, Melissa has the benefit of being 52 years of age, an age when people were excited by the player and its music.

I’ve been lucky to attend a number of Melissa’s concerts in Canada and I can tell you, this woman gives you everything!  Her husky voice, talks to the audience and wonderful guitar playing, is a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Melissa grew up in Kansas and loved rock n’ roll, but she also listened to soul music, particularly Chaka Khan, Al Green and Tina Turner.  She has been out as a lesbian for over twenty years and is the mother of four children. Her own six-year-old twins are getting ready to start Grade 1, and her older kids, 14 and 16, go back to high school in a few weeks

 

It’s a sign of the times, in my opinion, that Melissa Etheridge can be on the Pacific National Exhibition’s list of performers along with straight performers.  Melissa is no stranger to Canada, and she performed in August 2013 at the PNE in beautiful Vancouver.

Melissa sang songs from her latest CD, “4th Street Feeling,” in which she made a lyrical reference to an eight-track tape in her Chevrolet. While the younger members of the audience may have never seen an eight-track player, Melissa has the benefit of being 52 years of age, an age when people were excited by the player and its music. Most lesbians delighted in the title of her 1993 album, “Yes I Am!”

I’ve been lucky to attend a number of Melissa’s concerts in Canada and I can tell you, this woman gives you everything!  Her husky voice, talks to the audience and wonderful guitar playing, is a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Melissa grew up in Kansas and loved rock n’ roll, but she also listened to soul music, particularly Chaka Khan, Al Green and Tina Turner.  She has been out as a lesbian for over twenty years and is the mother of four children.  Most lesbians delighted in the title of her 1993 album, “Yes I Am!”

WEDDING BELLS FOR MELISSA AND LINDA?

Tweeted by Melissa Etheridge 6/26/13: “I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem.”

Melissa Etheridge 6/26/13:  tweeted.  “I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem.”

Congratulations and best wishes to Melissa and Linda!!! :guitar: :party: :claphappy: ::dancingpup:: :cheering:

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Melissa with her new love, Linda.

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