"Melissa Etheridge, the whole big dream and me" by Nancy Ford _OutSmart_, July 15-August14, 1994 vol. 1, issue 6 reprinted without permission But, on this searing Saturday afternoon in July, another utterance, one of a similar "fondest-dream" calibre was now awaiting me, pulsating musically on my hold button in an even, throbbing rhythm. ME: Hello. Nancy Ford, please. That's 12 string-riding, stereotype-and-closet door-shattering, Grammy-winning, Letterman-charming, fantasy-fulfilling 90s rock queen Melissa Etheridge. Somebody bring me some water. NF: How the heck are ya? ME: I'm exhausted. NF: I bet you are. Welcome to Houston. Weren't you just in San Antonio last night? ME: The night before. I'm not exhausted from playing, I'm exhausted from watching Martina play. Picture it. Melissa Etheridge, bouncing around a Houston hotel suite, remote control in one hand, telephone in the other, watching her friend and fellow celesbian Martina Navratilova fight the final battle of Wimbledon. I'll bet she's barefoot, sitting cross-legged on the bed. Good God. I'm torn. I remind myself of the importance of responsible-journalism. I want to ask her stimulating, relevant questions. I want to hash politics and philosophy. I strain to think what questions every heartsick lesbian with a CD player in Houston might ask if she, instead of I, was the fortunate one to be sharing optic-fiber with Melissa. I want to ask what she's wearing. Refocus. NF: You were what - 12, 13 - when the Eagles were first hit? Did you listen to them? ME: Absolutely. I was a big fan. Especially their "Greatest Hits" album. I knew every song on that album. Somehow that comes as no surprise. It's not hard to envision a pre-pubescent Melissette prophetically singing about "seven women on her mind" into a hairbrush. NF: When you were a kid singing along in your bedroom, did you ever have any idea that you day you'd be opening for them? ME: Absolutely! It was part of the whole big dream. So far "the whole big dream" has intertwined the two quite successfully. Etheridge met Don Henley while she was recording "Brave and Crazy", where Henley was recording "End of the Innocence". ME fanatics should add that album to their collection - she sang impromptu back-up on his popular 1989 recording. Five years later she would play her part in a historic musical event that, swore those who know such things, would never occur: the reunion of the most incompatible of 70s bandmates, aptly titled "The Eagles' Hell Freezes Over Tour". With this coup Etheridge has added one more notch to her "Yes I Can" belt of impossible goals: successfully invading and conquering the no-woman's land of rock-and-roll; having been named best female rock and roll artist when Grammy no longer even recognizes such a species exists. And don't forget, she accomplished all this without compromising her sexuality.

1. When was Melissa first signed to Island Records? Signature

2. What was it like for Melissa growing up and as a musician? Melissa's past

3. When did Melissa come out to the public as gay and lesbian? Melissa's Out

Does she have a partner?

4. How many pets do Melissa and Julie have?

5. How does Melissa write her songs?

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Welcome!

My name is Susan Paduano and this is my home page for Melissa Etheridge.

You are visitor number:

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is a great musician who emerged to popularity in the 90's. She is one of the best to be on the music scene in a long time. Check out my Melissa Frequently Asked Questions list at Melissa's FAQ. Melissa's FAQ

Other note worthy musicians are: Friendly Fire, Jean Navarr and Bruce Wacker.

Thanks for stopping by!


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1. When was Melissa first signed to Island Records?

Signature

2. What was it like for Melissa growing up and as a musician?

3. When did Melissa come out to the public as gay and lesbian?

Does she have a partner?

4. How many pets do Melissa and Julie have?

5. How does Melissa write her songs?

Page for Melissa Etheridge


Welcome!

My name is Susan Paduano and this is my home page for Melissa Etheridge.

You are visitor number:

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is a great musician who emerged to popularity in the 90's. She is one of the best to be on the music scene in a long time. Check out my Melissa Frequently Asked Questions list at Melissa's FAQ. Melissa's FAQ

Other note worthy musicians are: Friendly Fire, Jean Navarr and Bruce Wacker.

Thanks for stopping by!


Back to Monmouth Internet User Web
User Name / Town, New Jersey / spaduano@shell.monmouth.com
Last modified: 10 05 HH:MM EST 1995

1. When was Melissa first signed to Island Records?

Signature

2. What was it like for Melissa growing up and as a musician?

3. When did Melissa come out to the public as gay and lesbian Melissa's Out

Does she have a partner?

4. How many pets do Melissa and Julie have?

5. How does Melissa write her songs?