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Friday, March 30, 2007

On the iPod this morning...

Emmylou Harris's version of Joni Mitchell's "The Magdalen Laundries" from the not all that good tribute album (Bjork should be shot for what she did to "The Boho Dance".) The song's inspired by the actual Magdalen Laundries, institutions for so called "fallen women" set up by the Catholic Church in Ireland. It's a brilliant, chilling song. Emmylou Harris is always a delight and of course she's high on our steadily diminishing list of older women we've fancied for more than thirty years (along with Helen Mirren, Sissy Spacek, Lulu and I'd have to think). First time I met her was at the Q Awards about 15 years ago. I was standing behind her at the queue for pudding. She winked at me and took two. God bless you ma'am.