In the wake of the recent sham of the latest supreme court justice, combined with stories from the #MeToo movement, Elizabeth A. Baker's powerful Ain't I a Woman Too article, Castle of our Skins' recent projects Black Kaleidoscope: a Femme Journey of Becoming and Ain't I a Woman, the attrocity of having a misogynist as the president of the (questionably) United States of America, and the centenary of Women's Suffrage in 2020 (yes, just 100 years), I have been thinking about women and wanted to celbrate their contributions, patience, and acceptance of their thankless roles in life. Firstly, THANK YOU (on behalf of all men, even the misogynists). Secondly, did you know there is a podcast that interviews incredible composers who happen to be beautiful, accomplished women? This podcast is aptly called Listening to Ladies.
Some of the composers featured on Listening to Ladies include Elizabeth A. Baker, Dolores White, and Pamela Z., all of whom discuss how race has also colored their professional practice. I was particularly drawn to Pamela Z.’s discussion of how reviewers describe her music with such vernacular as combining street smarts with soulful singing. These types of descriptors are not used for Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk, for example. This anecdote reminds me of a reviewer who compared a piece of mine to a jazz composer, even though the connection is non-existent.
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