I was driving through the Berkshires during the early 1990s when I first heard this song on the radio. It was achingly beautiful and I had no idea who sang it or even what genre it was.
When I heard the song again a few weeks later I finally learned the singer was k.d. lang. I knew next to nothing about her other than some jokes that had been going around and how tired I had become of hearing her name in the news. But at that moment a few of the prejudices I had unthinkingly inherited from older generations dissolved and I suddenly had an opinion about her work for the first time. I liked it and wanted to hear more. And I grew up a little.