I have long loved Malvina Reynolds and her amazing music. On my walk this morning I saw this beautiful little flower pushing through the concrete and was reminded again of Malvina’s song — “god bless the grass.” Unfortunately, there is not a recording of this song by Malvina on iTunes (although some songs of hers are there). But Sara Thomsen, and also Pete Seeger, both have beautiful recordings of the song. I had not listened to the words in quite a while, so it was especially meaningful to realize the connection that Malvina drew between the grass growing through cement, and
that fights toward the sun;
the lies roll over it, and think that it is done.
It moves through the ground, and reaches for the air
And after a while, it’s growing everywhere.”
I wish Sara Thomsen had a YouTube Video of “god bless the grass,” but she does have a wonderful YouTube collection of other songs, and this one in particular will be one of my all-time favorites! A Woman’s Place … you will not regret taking a few minutes to view this!
Living in Oakland California means a host of “happenings” that easily lead to a whirlwind of activity, but one of the most important thing going on here for Karen
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and me is the endless opportunity to see and hear women musicians performing live! Women still have a tough challenge in the world of music, and access to their music, particularly women who are not making it on the top charts, is very difficult. For years, Ladyslipper Music has provided an important resource for those of us who want the music, and has been even more important for the women who perform.
What we experience here in the Bay Area is far from the “Michigan” experience (the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival), but as far as the music is concerned, we have the rare opportunity to indulge in the music 12 months of the year! I am a fan of all of them … but here are the groups that we are following most closely these days: Continue reading
Last night – what an amazing concert! Almost like being at Michigan! Barbara Higbie, Linda Tillery, Jane Siberry, Nina Gerber! They were clearly having fun together, and sang a few of each Barbara’s, Jane’s and Linda’s best-loved songs. Barbara played piano, fiddle and sang; Linda on drums and vocals, Jane on guitar and vocals, and Nina with amazing bass guitar on everything. You can click on the images here to go to their web sites. Check out their webs, their music — watch for appearances near you! I did not realize that the great song “Calling all Angels,” that I love on one of k.d. Lang’s albums (duet with k.d. and Jane) is one of Jane’s; also the ‘Love is Everthing” that was featured on “the L Word” a few years back.