It’s Thursday. So, this post is obligated to have very little to do with literature. Because that is the rule that I created when I first started blogging here. So, in honor of the concert that I’m attending tonight, I am going to share some Ani DiFranco with you. If you haven’t heard anything by her yet, I suggest that you head over to YouTube, do a search for her, and take your pick. Any video that you choose to listen to will give you a good introduction to what she’s all about. What I love most about her is that she’s always 100% herself and there is no one quite like her.
I began listening to her in high school and discovered her thanks to internet. I was scoping out a lot of feminist message boards and chat rooms (remember those?) in search of music and literature created by strong, intriguing women. As a result of these searches, I discovered PJ Harvey, Bjork, Tori Amos, and Ani DiFranco. I could say a lot of good things about the other three women that I just mentioned, but today is all about Ani (and, yeah, I did that thing that women do when talking about other women, no matter if we haven’t met… first name basis).
The first CD that I picked up was Not a Pretty Girl because when I saw that there was a CD by that title, I just had to have it. My mind was blown – whoa, I’m not a pretty girl either. I listened to and loved that CD so hard that it became unplayable after a while. And that was all it took — that one CD. I was hooked. Over the years, I’ve acquired a fair number of her releases, but I still don’t think that I’m even close to possessing the entire library of her work. She’s prolific. Creative. Unique. And powerful. And tonight I am fortunate enough to experience one of her concerts.
Ten years later and I will finally get the full experience.
For now, please enjoy one of her songs from Not a Pretty Girl.