OK, it’s just us non-related peeps here? Good. Let’s talk lady tunes.
When my daughter was much, much younger, we were listening to the radio in the car one day when she asked where all the “lady singers” were. In her youth and innocence and feminist shitass raising, she had noticed something that I wasn’t paying much attention to in the car — almost every song we had heard was a male voice. This was during a pre-Beyoncé period, which meant that even pop music, long the domain of female singers, was heavily dominated by men. And rock music — well. We all know how rock music is.
That year, I started this tradition. Every year for Christmas, she gets a mix-cd from Ms. Claus that showcases the wonderful variety of female musicians out there. Some years its just a mix of random songs that appealed or I felt were important for her musical education. Some years the mix has a theme. Last year was “Ms. Claus’s Covers Project,” featuring women covering male musicians. As she’s gotten older, the mixes get more interesting, because I’m able to broaden the scope in tune (get it? IN TUNE) with her age. Because I’m only one person, and if you left it up to me, I’d probably just end up copying the entirety of PJ Havey’s catalog, I reach out to my friends on the Internet for recommendations and suggestions for the playlist.
So this year, I have two challenges for you, if you chose to accept them:
Challenge One: Ms. Claus is interested in putting together a cd of the best female-female duets. Think “The Boy is Mine” or Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand belting out “Get Happy/Happy Days” together. What songs would you put on the mix?
Challenge Two: I’m now going to contradict something I said in the opening paragraphs. The purpose of the project has always been to showcase women’s voices. But ten years into it, I wanted to do something a little challenging. Last year, I built the list around women covering male songs. This year, I’d like to include a cd of men covering traditionally female songs, or songs made famous by women. I’d like sincere covers, please, not jokey ones that play on the idea of a man singing about women’s interests.
All right? Ready? Hit me with your suggestions (baby, one more time).