I love music. Who doesn't? It can make you smile. It can make you cry. It can make you think. It bookmarks your life and the people who pass through it. I know whenever I hear "Brass Monkey" it takes me right back to high school, playing euchre in the back of a school bus on the way to track meets. That damn Milli Vanilli song reminds of the time I got way too drunk with my first boyfriend, and swore I would never do that again if that damn song would just stop playing. Anything by AC/DC reminds me of my friends Karen and Tony, and all the crazy things we did. "Take A Chance On Me" (the Erasure remake) makes me think of the moment I knew that Betty Please liked me too (you can't see it, but it made me smile to write that). John Prine reminds me of my dad...I could go on and on, but I'm sure you too could fill in a lifetime of moments marked by song.
Seems funny that for as much as I love music, I go for long periods of time without new music. I tend to find my new music in spurts. I'm not sure why that it is. I guess when I find artists I like, I play the heck out of them. They may stay in rotation for years, decades even. I could go a year without buying something new (well maybe not a whole year), and then in one month I might buy 5 or 6 CD's. And yes, I still buy CD's. I'm not ready to give them up just yet. I mean, I can't imagine not having my autographed copy of "Exile In Guyville", and the story of meeting Liz Phair that goes with it. Or my autographed copy of Melissa Ferrick's "Skinnier, Faster, Live at the B.P.C", that now lives in tiny little pieces in a ziplock bag because my neurotic little white dog chewed it up when I left it sitting on the coffee table with a stack of CD's that were waiting to be added to my iTunes. [Smacks forehead with palm of hand] Doh! What was I thinking?
Anyway. I recently had a spurt. Thanks to the lesbian cruise we went on, I was introduced to a bunch of new female artists. Well, new to me. And some of them weren't even there to perform, they were just there to cruise and we had the luck of getting to know them. So, I thought I should share my finds. Some have worked their way into my current rotation, sharing ear space with the likes of Uh Huh Her, The Organ, Mr Airplane Man, Tegan and Sara, The Moaners and Liz Phair (she hasn't left the rotation in 15 years), to name a few. Yes, I do listen to music that isn't by female artists, but female artists are the focus of this post.
Now, I'm not a professional music reviewer by any stretch of the imagination. So if I group someone in the wrong genre, sorry, that's just how I hear it. For ease of trying to make this flow, I'm just going to list artists with a brief description.
- Adrianne is a singer, songwriter, guitarist. I'd best classify her music as Indie rock. She is a great storyteller. I liked her from go, and the more I listen to her CD's the more I like her. I particularly love her song 'Storm'.
- Corday, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist who is just pure energy. She looks and sound the part of a rocker. She has kind of a Sheryl Crowish sound, with an L Word theme song feel. I don't know what it is exactly, but she has several songs that remind of The L Word theme song by Betty.
- Jen Foster is a singer, songwriter, guitarist who rocks the accoustic guitar. She has a Melissa Etheridge-Sheryl Crow sound. You may know her song, 'I Didn't Just Kiss Her'. But she has a lot of other great songs too.
- Kristie Stremel is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and a cool rocker chick. Soundwise, she is Melissa Etheridge meets Joan Jett.
- Jill King is a singer, songwriter, guitarist. Her music is I guess what you would call Americana rock. It's like alternative country. Country isn't really my favorite genre of music, but she has some songs that I really like; Beautiful World for one.
- Edie Carey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, folk rocker with great storytelling lyrics. There is something in her voice that reminds of Sarah McLachlan. Oh, and she's probably one of the nicest people I've ever met.
- Natalia Zukerman is a singer, songwriter, guitarist. Her music is what I would call blues-folk. She sounds like a cross between Ani DiFranco and Melissa Ferrick, so you know that girl can play a mean guitar.
- That's What She Said is comedy song duo made of Amy Turner and Kathryn Lounsbery. They have no set style of music, they draw from all genres. Their lyrics poke fun at quirky lesbian stereotypes, and they are hilarious. Perhaps you've heard the U-Haul song.
Wow, that was a long list. I think there's a little something for everyone in that list. Hopefully there's a little something there for you to start of the New Year, with some new music.
So, who are the female musicaians who you love and think everyone else should too?
If you'd like to find more new music more quickly, you might want to check out these bloggers who write about female and queer artists:
Zoe is a BlogHer Contributing Editor (life-GLBT). She is resolving to get back to blogging about her life most ordinary, at Gaymo. But the new year isn't here just yet.
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