A Look at Roberta Flack’s “First Take”

A Look at Roberta Flack’s “First Take”

Jun 21, 2018

Summer is finally here. It’s been unbearably hot and muggy for days. What everyone needs is a record to chill out with. One that is light and airy. One that blows through your mind like a cool breeze. Women in Rock readers, I offer you First Take by Roberta Cleopatra Flack. Now, I know a lot of you are thinking Roberta Flack equals schmaltz. After all, she is...

A Review of Tracey Thorn’s Record

A Review of Tracey Thorn’s Record

Jun 7, 2018

Sometimes in the life of an audiophile, serendipity slaps you in the face giving you exactly what you want and really need. Such was the case when I first heard Tracey Thorn. Roxie and I were driving in the car and flipping from station to station. The oldies station had played one to many clichés so I switched to FM. This beautiful synth pop song bubbled out...

Blondie’s Parallel Lines

Blondie’s Parallel Lines

May 18, 2018

How we attach ourselves to music is based on how we come across it, and who or where we are when we first hear it. For a long time I didn’t get Blondie. Awhile back I picked up a copy of Parallel Lines. For a few days it was the only record I wanted to hear. It was the right time and the right context. I’d like to take some time to share with Women In Rock...

Simple Machines: The Wheel featuring The Juliana Experience and The Holy Rollers

Simple Machines: The Wheel featuring The Juliana Experience and The Holy Rollers

May 18, 2018

Looking back on my life I feel I was really lucky to be who and where I was in the early nineties. I was in my early twenties and tapped into the D.I.Y. punk scene. I was part of a volunteer run record store called Network in Dayton, Ohio. My life was records, bands and zines. It felt like my friends and I were creating our own culture. It was the time of Riot...

Screaming Females in Ink and Bronze

Screaming Females in Ink and Bronze

May 17, 2018

All At Once is largely about the importance of art; the lyrics evoke color and line and material in a way that had me Googling artists and pondering the risks and rewards of painting and being painted, seeing and being seen.

in/distilling a love of music

in/distilling a love of music

Feb 28, 2018

Words are metaphors: in the one case, my mother fills me, drop by magic drop, with music; in the other, she extracts what I need—which was also what she needed—from music and offers it to me like an essential oil, powerful and sweet. Oil and water: both sacramental, both used in baptism.