WRITTEN BY RAE FEHRING
When I was in grad school, someone told me that the best paper is a finished paper. So freaking true. Regardless of the verity of that statement, it did nothing for getting my damn fingers to just.type.the.first.word. Nevertheless, I learned the lesson. So each week–for the most part, because I am also known for soapboxing, tangents, politicizing music, and general feminist rabblerousing–I will introduce you to a woman in music you should know but probably don’t. And to make it easier on me, I’ll just start with a name.
So this week, I’ve been really wanting to go off about cultural appropriation, misogyny, rape culture in music, and “artists” (imagine me doing the annoying air quote thing with my fingers…because I use that term VERY loosely) like Iggy Azalea who engage in all of those things not to mention also basically repeating shit that was done in like 2001—I mean, saying you’re inspired by Gwen Stefani (and she should add Eve…I mean, am I the only one who’s heard Iggy’s voice before?) and then basically copying the collabo that launched her as a powerhouse solo artist is a bit more than inspiration, Iggy sweetheart.
As much as I would love to give you at least 500 words on all o’ that mess right there, it just didn’t feel right this week (See what I did there? Instead of 500 words, I gave you 106.). I promise to someday soon unleash a feminist rant for the ages…but for now, I want to spread the love. Perhaps I was inspired by the start of the new season of The Voice (say what you will about televised singing contests—I’d probably agree with you—they always have some pretty phenomenal vocalists on that show), but I just felt compelled to finally talk about a woman who, in my opinion, is one of the top 10 (perhaps even top 5) singers of all time.
I first heard her voice in 1998 on a free CD I got whilst attending my first (and only) Lilith Fair.
Which, is a whole OTHER story I’d love to share sometime. Let me just say that the fact that my then-husband knew the best birthday present he could give me was a one way ticket to Lilith Fair should have been SOME indication of my future. But I digress… Read More