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.
Or more specifically, the Des Moines music scene. I had someone send me a Facebook message recently—a young woman who wants to attempt a life as a regularly gigging musician—and she wanted to know if I had any advice for women who “want to get their voice out there.” Now this was interesting on a couple of levels. First, in recent weeks, I’ve discovered that I am a person to whom people come for advice. That’s an interesting thing to learn about oneself. Like, I’m just out here flailing around like the next Tina, Dina, and Harriet…why the hell does anyone think I know anything about anything? I mean, sure, I like to perpetrate like I’m a pretty put together know-it-all, but the fact of the matter is, NO ONE (including yours truly) knows what the bloody hell she or he is doing 100% of the time. So, just be advised that when you think you need to seek advice from some perceived sage, you likely already know what is best for you…listen to your inner voice. …I digress.Read More