Whether it’s your six year old who just started the ukulele or your wife who loves to drum, there are lots of great gifts for the musician in your life. (And Mom, if you’re reading this, I don’t want any of these things, unless you can get me a guitar lesson with Bonnie Raitt.)
Does your sister go to all the concerts at the local hipster joint? Is your Mom hard to buy for but loves her classical music station? Has your sweetie mentioned his favorite bands at least twice a day? Well, HINT, get them something a music lover would adore and because I know every damn thing, I’m going to help you out. Continue reading
This week’s post is by guest blogger Bonnie Morris. She’s the author of several books including the groundbreaking Eden Built by Eves, a women’s studies professor at George Washington, and an in-demand speaker at conferences. This is an excerpt from her upcoming book The Disappearing L: erasure of lesbian spaces and culture, due out in 2016 from SUNY Press.
I rushed off, journal in hand, to camp out at my first women’s music festival just after I turned twenty. I’d read about Michigan in the copy of off our backs passed around at my young lesbian support group: since 1976, the rural Wombstock had been hosting thousands of women annually during its August week of concerts on private woodland. Rumor and stereotype abounded: supposedly, one would encounter naked Amazon separatists, political correctness at breakfast, sex in the ferns, holistic mystery food served out of barrels, mandatory recycling workshifts, Perseid meteor showers, voyeuristic raccoons, and meeting a new girlfriend named Lynx or Oak—as well as the best sound stages and production values in Lesbian Nation. I entered this community in its sixth year, August 1981, the last time the festival met on the “old land” near Hesperia. Getting there involved eighteen hours of road trip on a privately chartered Greyhound bus with sixty other defiant lesbian activists. If the journal entry I wrote after my first lesbian concert radiated euphoria, a blearier vibe characterized my writing as I headed to the Midwest that week. Continue reading
Guest blogger Karen E. Reynolds is an award-winning songwriter, longtime radio DJ, and respected music industry consultant. She’s taught songwriting and music business at the University of Tennessee and Kent State.
You’ve written your song. You’ve done a rewrite and have polished it to a luster. Now what do you do? Hit the road, perform it before millions? There’s more to it than that. Is the song pitchable and what does that even mean? Is it right for film? TV? Is it a radio ready anthem and relevant for today’s market? Here’s a list of actions that can help you zero in on the best opportunity for you and your song. Continue reading
Only the last part of that is true – I’ve never owned more than a squirt gun and I hate beer – but you totally bought it, right? Country music fans are supposed to be right wing nut cases yelling “hell yeah” at a Toby Keith concert but some of us are more likely to pump our fists in the air for Kacey Musgraves. Continue reading