Female Focus (playlist)

So often I find myself writing about men. The majority of the posts on this site highlight male-only bands. In fact, when was the last time I reviewed an album by a female artist? When have I showcased a woman-led track as the Song of the Day?

(Hint: never.)

Even as I’m writing this, I have Jimmy Eat World playing in the background.

I don’t have anything wrong with female musicians. I’ve been known to jam out to Carly Rae Jepsen and Lorde on long car rides. I’ve spun my Taylor Swift Folklore vinyl so many times, I’m worried it’ll start losing quality. Heck, I’ve even wanted to emulate either Natasha Bedingfield, Stevie Nicks, or Lily Allen at some point throughout my life.

So why haven’t I written about them on this blog?

I think it’s easy to look at the alternative music scene and only see men. Women are very rarely given exposure. Go ahead, try to think of a band with at least one non-male member. Okay, there’s Paramore. And… hmm.

Truth is, there are tons of women out there fronting bands, or playing bass, or providing beats. And there are even more women running the show themselves as solo artists.

I think one of the reasons for this lack of attention is that we often reduce female artists to only being pop stars. Not that there’s anything wrong with pop music (how many times can I profess my love for Carly Rae Jepsen in one post?), but we’re missing out on a ton of super cool rocker chicks and indie singer/songwriters and everything in between.

Our ‘Female Focus’ playlist does exactly what it claims. We’re honing in on some of our favorite show-stopping women– past and present.

Consider this post and playlist my vow to start covering more women and to stop only focusing on the men. I think it’s about time these leading ladies got more exposure, even if it’s just from my own insignificant words.

I’m always on the lookout for more women in music. Lemme know in the comments who your faves are and you just might see them featured on the site in the near future.

Featured image courtesy of Raph_PH via Wikimedia.

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