Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rocking Women and Causes

 
 
 
I decided I am not waiting till the last kid leaves home to get a life. I am working on my "empty nest to do list." This week, my computer had been really busy downloading songs for my personal playlist. What inspired me to get started is the tag above. I saw it in Terry Ann's  tag journal and I just can't pass it up. Terry Ann is so awesome! I asked for it and she made me one with my name on it.
 
Looking at the songs I have downloaded previously for my playlist,  I can say that my  taste in music is very eclectic.  My taste encompasses every musical genre and subgenre except for the modern day hip hop and rap. The only rap musician I like is Blondie. Her 80's song, Rapture was the first and last rap song I ever liked. The only hip hop artist I listened to lately is Gnarls Barkley. I like playing "Crazy" and singing along with it in my car. Maybe I am showing my age here but I do not "get" a lot of new hip hop and rap songs. 
 
The tag reminded me of my love for female rock stars. Some might think that female rock and roll musicians are all from the 80's. Nope, women had been at it as early as the 20's. Though the 80's saw a proliferation of female performers who rocked because they were signed by mainstream labels, variations of rock had been sung in the 20's to the 70's by numerous talented women.
 
Not surprisingly, most of the music I have downloaded this week were sung/played by female singers/musicians. I have Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Etta James, Sister  Rosetta Tharpe, Billy Holiday, CWLU Band, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin,Tina Turner, Debbie Harry, Heart, Lita Ford, Cindy Lauper, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Tracy Chapman, PJ Harvey, Erykah Badu, Vanessa May, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco. The common denominator for all these women is that they were rock stars. They rocked and rolled like nobody's business. Feel free to suggest anybody who I may overlook. 
 
Sure, there is a room for a few male musicians like Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Fats Domino, Kurt Cobain, and Bruce Springsteen but I am very partial to women who have versatile voices. I like them even better when they can belt out a meaningful song. There is nothing more contradictory yet exhilarating than a sad or bittersweet song being sung in an upbeat manner.
 
Aside from music, I have other preoccupations lately. I've been working with a nonprofit organization as a Project Manager. Our most recent project was putting together a grant proposal for an afterschool program in an at risk area in our city. Great place, great people, and noble dreams. I am proud to be affiliated with rebels with a cause. Right now, I am working on developing the curriculum for the Personal Development and Parenting classes for the afterschool program. Lots of writing and research but it will be all worth it when I finally see the end product.
 
Another preoccupation is a plan to start a part time business with my neighbor. She is a lovely lady from Paraguay who is a dreamer like myself. She owns a private school in San Juan Bautista where the students do not have to pay for tuition. As you can see, we're both bleeding hearts so we get along well. We're going to do something that I can't  disclose just yet. It's not illegal, just that our business plan needs to be worked and reworked before full disclosure. In layman's term, we're still in the talking and dreaming stage. 
 
If I disappear from blogsphere for a while, do not send the Marines to rescue me. I will be fine, just busy earning brownie points for my economic as well as my karmic existence.  

9 comments:

jibaro6543 said...

I so wish you the BEST OF EVERYTHING with your projects, dreams and plans...I look forward to hearing more about it when you share.....DREAM BIG....you never know what will happen!
take care
-Ellie
p.s. DO NOT disappear for long...it gets lonely in J-land!!!

my78novata said...

ah do stop by with a few posts no how your new life is ogng. ye sgetting on with the empty nest is a new thing. I mean for real its  differnet getting prepeared. Yes my music drives everyone nuts I go from country to rock to rap to classical and all. Well I think you will do great at what ever you do

springangel235 said...

Hoping your empty nest list is completed...I agree with you...what great ideas...hope you have a great week...enjoy that music.  TerryAnn does wonderful work...hugs,
Joyce

tschamberland said...

Direction, focus, determination all wrapped up with a kick-ass soundtrack!  You rock, Dee!

Tammy
http://lifeliveitormissout.blogspot.com

mikev009 said...

Good for you.  Always healthy to take care of yourself and music is always a great place to start.  ~ Mike

princesssaurora said...

Wow, haven't you been busy!!  Great for you!!!!  Enjoy this time in your life... your turn to shine!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

tkelliher617 said...

Well good for you!  That is great you are getting things ready for you free time to come.  And starting the business is great.  I agree with you there are plenty of great women rockers out there, you had a lot of my favorites on your list.  Rock on girl! Just love that tag.
Hugs,
Tabatha

tpiez4me said...

I'm with ya there....I enjoy a vast array of tunes myself and often quiz Tom "name that band/artist/song".  I love that tag!  The after school programs sound great....lots of need in those areas indeed!

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