Just thinking about music, and performers, and what I like and what I hear and what I appreciate, here this early a.m. while surfing the you tubes and connecting with the spectacular archives of music and performances that are available.
Of course I have over the months and years established a core genre or two of my 'go to' favorite pieces. I don't know about you, but I've grown up in the US since 1948. My musical exposure began with hearing my Mother and her sisters sing harmonies to old favorites while they did the dishes, or worked in the kitchen. A song called "Side by Side" rang out joyously on many an occasion.
I probably made an easy connection to music and happiness along that time. As I grew older and more and more music found its way to my EAR from various and sundry sources, I loved it all without realizing just how much. I assimilated and absorbed the melodies, the harmonies, the lyrics some too, the rhythms, the beat, the mood, the emotion.
I think that artists are conduits for communication of cosmic consciousness. I think that along with your participation their work facilitates that very miracle. We then all share the gift that is communication.
I actually started to write about how few women in music get to be held in high esteem as men. That holds true for not only the field of music but in practically every other field of human endeavor. Why is that? Why? Here's one reason. We consider women to be weak.
I suppose that physically there isn't much of an argument there. Over the course of human history, men have been the physically dominant gender when strength is evaluated within the parameter of violent action. So, I think that the human population generally yields to the male gender by subconsciously stigmatizing female as weak. Even women in general, think less of themselves due to this perception, thus reinforcing the illusion of superiority that we hold for men.
I would argue that dominance does not comport superiority. The loud notes make their impression but it's the song that is the soul of the composition.
Let's try a little exercise. Name the first three people you think of when you think of music. Politics. Sports. Medicine. Science. Law. Activism. Pick a topic, field or specialty and name the first three people you think of. What is the ratio then of men to women in your list?
I suppose I could go on and on......
I'll just add this. Women, hold your heads up. Speak your minds. Believe in yourselves. We need your intelligence and your creative contributions.