Melissa Etheridge-Yes I Am 20th anniversary

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“I got a $1000 car and headed west”, says Melissa Etheridge, revealing her first step like a real-life Dorothy leaving Leavenworth Kansas and landing in Oz, which in Melissa’s case was the top of the charts twenty years ago wit her fourth album, 1993′s Yes I Am . “Wow”, I’m thinking as she told the story, “she even talks in verse. ‘Thousand Dollar Car’, there’s a song title right there.” After the release of her impressive May 1988 debut (now also marking a twenty-fifth anniversary), I interviewed Melissa three times, and she even performed live In the Studio, but this would be the last time we could discuss solely her music, including the Top Ten hit “I’m the Only One” and Grammy Award winner “Come to My Window”, as well as “All American Girl” and two dramatically powerful personal songs,“Silent Legacy” and “Talking to My Angel“. Soon Melissa Etheridge would become a lightning rod for gay rights issues including same-sex marriage; a celebrity, which she discusses at length here; and a breast cancer survivor. – Redbeard

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