In honor of Women’s History Month, the President and First Lady honored great “foremothers” of American music — music legends and contemporary artists whose songs express the struggles and achievements of women.
The program, “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” included performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.
“Tough love and honesty are supposedly kryptonite to most women’s likability, but when I think of the people I like the most, they aren’t the most agreeable. They are honest with me, but not so blunt as to disregard my feelings altogether. They are challenging, but don’t argue for the sake of argument.The emotional labor of cultivating that sort of likability transcends gender.”—Ann Friedman, NY Mag, “How to Be Powerful, Likable, and Female: Learn From Jenna Lyons”
What? @therealmix + @seattlesymphony together on one stage? Performing #babygotback? Yep, I’m going.
Composer Gabriel Prokofiev takes inspiration from the rapper for Sonic Evolution series
In an interview with The Quietus, Prokofiev described the work and the influence he took from the good Sir Mix. “I’m orchestrating two of his most famous hits, and he’s actually going to rap on stage with orchestra. He’s got this rap persona but in reality he’s the softest; he’s only interested in mixing. His most famous hit is ‘Baby Got Back’ which starts, ‘I like Big Butts…’ and so I’m doing a new piece based on the rhythms of his raps.”
“[E]verything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Viktor Frankl (h/t brainpickings)