July 20th, 2009


Female Appreciation Month

Another collection of links from around the place:

jumbledwritings posted her list, Thirty People, Thirty Songs she's been compiling for days and created a YouTube channel for the vids, like a videohits show really.

benpayne's musical discoveries Pens and Audrey

catundra has been posting some appreciations in locked posts but left me this clip of Nina Simone, well of her singing in any case.

ms_maas is compiling her own female-focussed Hottest 100 over at Twitter. Tweet her your votes to @Hottest100Women. Of the project, she says:

The way I intend to run the poll, is to ask people to write posts with @Hottest100Women or #Hottest100Women in the post, nominating the songs that get their votes. Then I can collate all the votes (after I get some meaningful number), and find out what the #Hottest100Women songs are, and publish the results through Twitter.

And pharaoh_katt has compiled an easy to find, all in one place, list of Female Appreciation Month here


Female Appreciation Month Day 7

The Political Edition.

Today a couple of female musicians whom I love for their political works.

Ani DiFranco - there's no way I can be an expert on such a prolific artist. I have a couple of her albums which I love and I have seen her perform live. Songs I love include Not a Pretty Girl, Untouchable Face, Shameless and on and on...

But here is my favourite piece of her work that I've spent time quality time with, Self Evident

"A building so tall
that the whole world turned
Just to watch it fall"

I'm not really a big fan of the Dixie Chicks - for no real reason other than I haven't gotten into recent country, rather than that I don't like the genre. But there is no way this song missed me and I do think it is fricking, mighty awesome! I should go get me their album.

Not Ready to Make Nice - video clip which is not embeddable.

I'm not ready to make nice
I'm not ready to back down
I'm still mad as hell
and I don't have time to go round and round and round

Actually, I need myself some more Dixie Chicks.

Pink. Yeah, I kinda ignored her first album as best I could, thinking she was a bit too commercial for me and that her in-your-faceness was about appealling to that nonconformist-wannabee mainstream commercial target. Except, actually I really like her as a person. She's been Down Under a few times now and she really is quite awesome live on the interview circuit. And I'll never forget the day she was scheduled to go on the Sunrise Show and they were pulling the miners finally out of the mine and she had to get postponed and when supposedly they were explaining - "Look these guys have been down there for 10 days (was it?) and it's a big story here in Australia", her reply apparently was - "Are you kidding me? I've been glued to the TV since 6am!"

Anyway, I think her song Dear Mr President is so eloquent as a protest song. I really respected her after this song and have enjoyed her latest album since.

How do you sleep
while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when
a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?


Let me tell you about hard work!
Minimum wage with a baby on the way

I think what I love about these three songs above is that they are so reminiscent of the protest songs of the 70s. I love the use of artform to make political statements and commentary. It's such a peaceful way to voice your opinion and can make for the best, longest lasting, widest appealling songs. I love protest songs.

And ... a couple of days without new discoveries! On the weekend I bought a stack of albums, one of which was Lungs by Florence and the Machine which I have been loving this morning! Dog Days is my absolute favourite which I think Triple J gave some airplay for quite some time which is what prompted me to buy the album. Her voice is so strong and powerful, I just love it. And this song is so catchy. The rest of the album is also a lot of fun, some more serious songs, but all big and loud and great! I also am enjoying Cosmic Love and Kiss with a Fist.

getting my mojo back

I am working from home today. I have to say I am mighty glad I organised this - though it was so that the electrician could come fix my bathroom light, and he did not because he failed to return my message. Still, it was wild and woolly last night. Lots of thunder and lightning and heavy rain and a crazy dog that freaks out!!! There was howling and yowling and crying and pacing and quivering. It was very stressful, at 4am. And then for some reason, yes some might say apple juice, I had itches that would not go away between 4 am and 6am. Eventually I took claryntyne and a hot shower. And yes, yes I will give up the juice now.

And this morning was crazy weather again. We've had crying and yowling and even vomiting from Benji. I particularly enjoy the support he gives, bit of hand licking and moral support sitting next to me whilst I clean it up and the look on his face of "gosh how rude?! Who did that?!" It's been quite distressing to not be able to settle him. I set his bed up next to mine with some blankets and he has settled there, though is now back next to me, for a couple of hours but the weather has also died down in the last few hours.

They say wild weather is on for this arvo and tonight. Greaaaat.

Sabby was a good dog in terms of storms. Maybe he didn't have great hearing cause he'd just curl up next to me or under the bed and snooze through it.

Anyway, best get back to it. Work waits for noone!