Posts Tagged ‘female musicians’

I don’t really follow Taylor Swift’s music, but just by chance, I’ve ended up hearing two of her hits. The old hit being “Love Story” and the new hit being “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Talk about two completely different songs. 

“Love Story” is the typical country pop that I identified with Taylor Swift. The song kind of turned me off to listening to the rest of her music.

With lyrics like:

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you please don’t go

I’ll be waiting all there’s left to do is run

You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story baby just say yes

Wondering if you were ever coming around

Romeo save me I’ve been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don’t know what to think

Which then leads to him asking her to marry him.

I identified her as being music for teeny boppers who were still caught up in that romanticized fantasy world of prince and princess. But let’s face it, the real story of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. So, I kind of ignored Taylor Swift…actually shunning her music or if I had a friend who liked her, I’d just mimic the lyrics of “Love Song” in an annoying voice.

Now, it seems there is a new Taylor Swift with her newest hit “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” There’s nothing like a bad breakup to inspire better music! I feel this song still hits a younger crowd (like totally), but it reminds me more of the days when I was a teenager and was listening to Avril Lavigne. It’s punky, it’s poppy, it’s a little angry but in the most jovial sense. It’s definitely more empowering for females than “Love Story”, which is probably a step in the right direction for her presence in the music world. Okay. I admit. It’s choppy, rhythmic vocals and guitar are pretty catchy, as is the girly chorus. The light-heartedness of poking fun at how girls say “Like ever” and “I’m like, I’m just, I mean this is exhausting you know” makes the song relatable to more than just females who find Taylor’s message empowering. The overall tone of the song widens that audience, too. 

I’m really gonna miss you picking fights
And me, falling for it screaming that I’m right
And you, will hide away and find your piece of mind with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine

Oooh you called me up again tonight
But Oooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you
We are never ever ever getting back together

 

Props to Taylor Swift. Didn’t think that would ever be coming out of my fingers.

 

 

 


If you want to see a beautiful female bass player “google image” Esperanza Spalding. If you want to hear a really great contemporary jazz bass player listen to Esperanza Spalding.

Last night, at the Village Vanguard, I saw the first truly inspiring famous bass player. I’ve heard many of the greats, but being that the bass is a male-dominated instrument, it was so refreshing to see and hear Esperanza Spalding, a female, play bass. Although, I play classical, it did not detract from seeing another female bassist who not only knew her way around the bass but looked so hip and cool doing it. Everyone stops me on the street with my bass and questions why such a “small girl” would pick such a “big instrument.” Hearing that over and over again gave me some sort of complex. Do people think I’m manly since I play this instrument? But Esperanza looked so feminine and beautiful playing her bass at the Vanguard last night, that I realized females playing the bass can be pretty cool and empowering.

My friend, who was squished in next to me in the crowded venue, can vouch for the fact that I excitedly said more than once “She makes me want to play bass right now.” [Side note: I named my bass Esperanza before I even knew about Esperanza Spalding!]

In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist. She has four solo albums out, but tours quite a bit. I highly recommend seeing her in person, as her stage presence is gushing with emotion and vivacity that can only be captured live.

I try to write about musicians who aren’t so mainstream, but this post covers those that I’m sure you’ve heard.

I’ve noticed that the past few years have been a favorable time for female musicians in popular culture. Being one, I say “more power to them.” Their underlying themes are very similar but universal–usually about love. This isn’t surprising. Love or the loss of love have been felt by everyone. Songs about love can become popular because the listener identifies with these words of a person they’ve never met. ‘Hey, I’ve felt like that before.’ ‘I’ve been in that situation before.’ The listener then wants to learn the lyrics and sing-along because, secretly, they’re expressing it to someone. A connection like that is pretty powerful.

that's permanent marker on my hand. thank god because that treble clef is backwards and really a cursive 'S'. Unfortunately, if you google musical heart tattoo a lot of people have this backwards treble clef engrained into their skin. FOREVER.


Here are a few songs by female artists singing about love (some of which I’ve had sing-alongs). I’ve included some lyrics for each song which you will find run the love gamut.

Adele “Someone Like You”
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

Sara Bareilles “Gonna Get Over You”
Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me
Keep me when I’m hurting and make me,
Hang from your hands

Regina Spektor “Rejazz”
Thought I’d see your face in my mind for all time
But I don’t even remember what your ears looked like

Beyonce “Countdown”
Oh, killing softly and I’m still falling
Still the one I need, I will always be with you

Florence + The Machine “Cosmic Love”
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blind

Ingrid Michaelson “Die Alone”
I’m just a stranger, even to myself.
A re-arranger of the proverbial bookshelf.
Don’t be a fool girl, tell him you love him.

Jazmine Sullivan “Bust Your Windows”
I bust the windows out your car
And no, it didn’t mend my broken heart
I’ll probably always have these ugly scars
But right now, I don’t care about that part

La Roux “In For the Kill”
Let’s go to war
To make peace
Let’s be cold
To create heat
I hope in darkness
We can see
And you’re not blinded by the light from me

Lauryn Hill “I Used to Love Him”
I chose the road of passion and pain
Sacrificed too much and waited in vain
Gave up my power, ceased being queen
Addicted to love like the drug of,drug of a fiend

Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers”
Be the ocean where I unravel
Be my only, be the water where I’m wading
You’re my river running high, run deep run wild

Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
I drove for miles
Just to find
You and find myself
All these screams
All these voices
In my head
You gave me strength
Gave me hope
For a lifetime
I never was satisfied