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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ani DeFranco Anyone?

Well the other day I noticed that Lyndsy at Yellow Brick Blog updated her song of the week with Wishing and Hoping, off of the soundtrack for My Best Friend's Wedding. This song is by Ani DeFranco, a little known female musician that I absolutely love. But the song on the soundtrack really isn't a good idea of the type of music she plays...

For those who don't know her, I suggest to take a listen to some of her songs.

A little bit of info on Ani - she came into the scene in the early 90's, she founded her own record label, and she is a true feminist. Initially she came out as a bi-sexual so some of her songs are directed to women and some to men. I love her music. I love her lyrics.

Her songs got me through some really tough breakups and relationships, as well as, being anthems for me and my girlfriends on our road trips.

Gravel has my MOST favorite lyric in the world, especially when getting over a guy (or girl in some cases)....
"You may keep me from ever be happy but you're not gonna stop me from having FUN!"

I have gotten to see her concert several times, and each time its totally awesome. When she plays full out with her full band, its amazing. But be warned, me and my friends are usually one of only a few "non-lesbians" there. It isn't weird at all, unless you aren't expecting it.

FYI - Needless to say, she is very liberal and some of her songs promote her beliefs. I hope that even if you don't agree with her politics you can still appreciate a lot of her messages, because they speak to me in a way that no other female artist does.

Lyrics from Dilate:

so i'll walk the plank and i'll jump with a smile
if i'm gonna go down
i'm gonna do it with style
and you won't see me surrender
you won't hear me confess
'cuz you've left me with nothing
but i've worked with less

you are a china shop
and i am a bull
you are really good food
and i am full
i guess everything is timing
i guess everything's been said
so i am coming home with an empty head

people talk
about my image
like i come in two dimensions
like lipstick is a sign of my declining mind
like what i happen to be wearing the day
that someone takes a picture
is my new statement for all of womankind
So I hope I've opened you up to a great female artist. If you already know and love her... then right on....


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