My song today as promised is a Bob Dylan song, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright:
Today we examine the female side of the music equation. The bar was set by a songwriter’s production, chart songs and hits, album sales, and also the scope of their influence on their audience. Lyrics were examined to see how much they moved the emotional needle, and ensure it was indeed poetry being written.
When I started thinking about great female songwriters, I didn’t Google a list of names from who-knows-where, I used my own two ears.
Of concerts, 45 records and albums from my past, my list was similar to several that I peeked at online.
I immediately whittled down the list and dropped Mariah Carey first. If only dogs can hear your super-sonic notes, you are in trouble.
Dogs don’t get a vote.
I thought long and hard about dropping the next name, Alanis Morrisette, because she DID move a generation with her awesome lyrics and haunting melodies, but she lacked the longevity of the careers of the remaining WOMEN on the list.
When I saw Taylor Swift’s name, I will be honest with you.
I have NEVER listened to ONE SONG of hers.
My perception was that she was a no-talent, one-trick pony, making a great living off of teenage angst and bubble-gum flavored toothpaste. I thought she was a media creation and never considered her a serious artist.
So I took a two-hour break from the last sentence to this one so that I could get stoned and give Ms. Swift’s music serious consideration.
The strain is Shango Flower Amnesia Haze.
Although the AMF OG Strain has the coolest name, come to find out, it has far too many seeds. I guess I have been spoiled with the high grade sinsemilla I have enjoyed and after several hand-cleaned bowls, you still get a seed husk smell so I won’t be getting any more of it.
Back to Taylor Swift. After a powerful bowl, I pulled up 12 of her songs at random and listened to each one of them.
I just don’t care for her music.
If I were a twelve-to-fifteen year-old girl, I would probably be going crazy over Taylor Swift, but I am not, even though I dress like one on occasion.
She has a very average voice (see Barbra Streisand), she’s decent-looking, but I just don’t see she is given much opportunity to show herself as she really thinks and is. However, when I was surfing through YouTube pulling up songs, I noticed she had different letters where they show the number of views. There were a few views with “k” which signifies thousands, then there several in the upper hundreds of millions “M,” and then there are many with billions of views “B”.
All of a sudden, Taylor Swift looked a little bit better.
A WOMAN among women.
I’m sure it is a big concern to her that I have stereotyped her music.