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Melissa Etheridge With a Fan on How Her Music Transcends Politics
Melissa Etheridge in the On Point Studio (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Melissa Etheridge in the On Point Studio (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

During our interview with singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, one fan — Daniel in Massachusetts — called in to thank Melissa for her music:

Daniel: I’m probably not your typical fan. I’ve been in the military probably over twenty years, and I justed wanted to say thank you. Because no matter where┬áI go I take you with me. So Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Middle East, Kuwait, Korea, you name it, you’re there with me helping me reconnect with home, even though I’m away from family and friends. Like I said, I just wanted to thank you for that and the stories that you provide for me.

Tom asked if the differences in circumstances between Daniel and Melissa, possibly including sexual orientation, put any distance between the two of them. He said no:

Daniel: I mean, even if you have different political views, sexual orientation, her stories touch you deep inside[…] I don’t think any of that stuff really matters when it comes down to the root story and meaning of her music. Like I said, I take her everywhere.

Melissa was touched:

Melissa: That means so much to me. Because it was the thought twenty years ago that if I came out[…] I would lose Daniel, that Daniel wouldn’t want to listen to my music, and that’s not true. And I have always believed in human nature. I’ve always believed that human emotion is universal. That the stories might be different, it might be a man or a woman, whatever the situation might be. Yet that universal internal feeling of longing, or of happiness, sadness, dreams, whatever it is, I love that. And Daniel, you are exactly one of my favorite places to reach. And it means so much to me, and thank you so much, and I don’t know how to thank you, but that just means so much to me, Daniel.

It ended on an awesome note:

Daniel: Thank you, keep rocking.

Melissa: Right on, that’s my plan!

You can listen to Daniel’s call and Melissa’s response here:

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