Patty Griffin, Melissa Etheridge, & the Meaning of Music
Sometimes, it may be difficult to explain to others the role that music plays in our lives. Music can uplift, and it can help one through loss, pain, and heartache. As we learned from Dobie Gray in the song “Drift Away,” when one feels blue, the rock and roll guitar may come through to soothe you.
Below, in Melissa Etheridge’s introduction to Patty Griffin, Etheridge gives a great description about the value of music as she briefly talks about her battle with cancer. Melissa Etheridge explains music better in this short introduction to Griffin’s “It Don’t Come Easy” from Impossible Dream (2004) than you will find in volumes of music books.
Etheridge reminds us how music can fill one and take one through a tough time in life. And then we get the outstanding Patty Griffin song, with lyrics that could describe the comfort one may find in music.
You’re out there walking down a highway,
And all of the signs got blown away;
Sometimes you wonder if you’re walking in the wrong direction;
But if you break down,
I’ll drive out and find you;
If you forget my love,
I’ll try to remind you,
And stay by you when it don’t come easy.
If music has ever uplifted or comforted you, then this 2005 performance from Lifetime’s “Women Rock” Breast Cancer Awareness Concert will touch you.
Another version of this post appears on Chimesfreedom. For an nice cover of the song, check out this version of “It Don’t Come Easy” by singer Jessica Rae, who was a “Rising Star” on the PBS show Legends & Lyrics.
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