A Little Music Mix

Loretta Lynn

A few weeks ago I came across Spinner's

10 Anthems for a Feminist Revolution

. It was great, don't get me wrong, but made me think of all the music loved that wasn't on the list.

So...Being the terrible editor I am, I created two lists. The first, music from angsty teen years and a couple from early college. The second, a mix of classics. I wouldn't say that each song is necessarily feminist, per se, but each does have a spark of humanist revolution.

P.S. If you're asking yourself, why the Loretta Lynn photo, give this


from Bitch Magazine a read. And then of course give the mix a little listen!

Feminist Revolution by Leslie Torbett on Grooveshark

Old School Feminist Revolution by Leslie Torbett on Grooveshark

Now for a few interesting tidbits:
In 1960, the birth control pill was introduced in the United States. Revolutionary, yes. Controversial, oh hell yes. Loretta Lynn's, The Pill, tells the story of a woman fed up with pregnancy year after year, and overjoyed at the control she now has over her body. The song was held back three years because of it's controversial nature but eventually released in 1975.
Kitty Wells recorded It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels in 1952 as a response to Hank Thompson's The Wild Side of Life. Her song was initially banned on the NBC radio network and on the Grand Ole Opry.
This Natalie Merchant quote on her inspiration for the song Tell Yourself says it all, "I wrote this song to comfort all the awkward teenage girls I have ever met, will ever meet, and will never meet. The years 13 through 16 were the worst of my life and I wish that there had been someone who was perceptive enough to notice how much misery I was in. I would have had to turn myself inside out to become a pretty, outgoing, and popular girl. No one was there to tell me that it wasn't worth it."

A Little Music Mix

Last Sunday, I took a little road trip to visit my grandmother, Gigi, who lives about two hours away. She was being honored as the oldest living member of her church and was lighting the Advent candle for the season at the United Methodist Church she has attended for decades. Naturally, I wanted to be there to celebrate with her. It was a beautiful service. The choir dedicated a song to her and the preacher said a few words as did my uncle. Although she couldn't express it, I know Gigi was moved by the effort.

Music has always been a huge part of Gigi's life. She was an incredible pianist and often played both the organ and piano at her church. But seeing as I didn't go to church too often, I mostly remember what she played at home, a mix of 1930s and 1940s tunes played by ear and gospel music from her Post-It filled hymnal. I also have some really fuzzy memories of her band practice in the living room when I stayed with her as a young girl.

While she can't remember who I am anymore (just a vague sense of familiarity), she can still sing and recite song lyrics. I'll ask her about a song or start humming something and she'll pick it up. It's truly incredible. The human mind never ceases to amaze me.

Today's music mix is a collection of songs she loved combined with those I used to ask her to play for me. Enjoy!

Any guesses at which song was her number one favorite and which one I asked her to play most often?

First Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church in Marlin, Texas where Gigi has been a member since 1929.