It started with a spat. My husband and I were listening to music while cleaning the house together when I noticed that all of the songs coming from his iPhone were sung by men. I made a snarky comment about how the father of two daughters has an obligation to expand his playlist. He snarked right back that he’d be happy to play all the female artists I could provide him.
Raised eyebrows on both sides.
Later that night, he posted a request on Facebook for suggestions of “solid female music” and struck a chord. He got 95 responses, most with multiple suggestions: Aretha Franklin, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell. Some people even posted several times throughout the day as they remembered more: Liz Phair, Neko Case, Aimee Mann. People shared the post with their friends and the list grew. Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams, Etta James, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Pat Benatar, Marianne Faithful. A friend who works at a radio station WBKM was inspired to do a ‘Ladies’ Night’ on his show.
We read the lists together, amazed, talking through our favorites.
And started — enthusiastically — with Kim Deal.