Squirrel Food for the Powerful Soul – Part 1 of 5

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The list of the 25 Feminist Anthems are not ranked in the article on billboard.com  by Allison Stubblebine.   I am presenting the list as Allison dropped them into the article.  The first segment is a direct quote from Allison Stubblebine’s article.   I will  quote the article description of the video, personally comment on the video,  provide a copy of the video for you to enjoy, provide the lyrics for the song, and finally I will provide herstory on the artist or group.

For me these are 25 women standing shoulder to shoulder challenging his story to make it our story.   No one is better than the other.  We are all different and we are all one.  When we stand together we are at greatest power. These women across time and tide are launching bright fireworks of defiance and love to illuminate the darkness of ignorance and oppression. 

Remember, when you look across at a female coworker you are her sister.  Sisters raise one another up.  Sisters are wise.  I go to mine for advice and warm kindness on rough day.  We as wise women stand together.  Women are stronger together.  We as wise women listen and rebuke aggressors and opposition together.  We as wise women acknowledge one another.  Be the love you want to receive in the world.  Be powerful.  Choose words powerfully.   Choose your actions powerfully.  Choose your deeds with honor and love…. as our daughters (and sons) are learning how to Love Powerfully at our hemlines.

Much of the information will be compiled from other sources.  All sources which are quoted have links to their point of origin.  All authors, bloggers, images and intellectual property is retained by the originators of said properties.  Thank You.

 

 

“”Bad Girls” – M.I.A.

M.I.A.‘s hypnotic slogan, “Live fast, die young/ Bad girls do it well,” came as a form of support for the Women To Drive movement in Saudi Arabia. Until just recently in Sept. of 2017, women were forbidden to drive motorized vehicles. “Bad Girls” and its car stunt-filled visuals predate the law change by five years. ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

“Bad Girls” song and video is a power ride of attitude and style.  M.I.A. was terrified due to all of the amazing and daring car stunts.  I could not tell that she was upended in the least by her daring stunts by M.I.A.   What a powerful woman.  Props to this rap Goddess who has a spicy silken nuanced voice.

I could not tell that  she was scared, as was stated by Kevin Apaza.   The video was an over the top mistress work ode to M.I.A.’s Lyrics, well played.  This video and the lyrics are all about power, Power, FEMALE POWER.  An excellent selection for the 25 Feminist Anthems, Allison.

 

 

Bad Girls

M.I.A.

 

Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the radio
Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang
Suki Zuki
I’m coming in the Cherokee
Gasoline
There’s steam on the window screen
Take it, take it
World’s bouncing like a trampoline
When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you trembling
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio
Yeah back it, back it
Yeah pull up to the bumper game
Yeah with a signal
Cover me, cause I’m changing lanes
Had a handle on it
My life, I broke it
When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you saying it
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio
Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang
Songwriters: Floyd Hills / Mathangi Arulpragasam / Marcella Aracia
Bad Girls lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Roba Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc, Imagem Music Inc

 

M.I.A.

M.I.A.
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MIA in 2016
Born Mathangi Arulpragasam
18 July 1975 (age 42)
HounslowLondon, United Kingdom
Occupation
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • activist
  • record producer
Home town MitchamLondonEngland
Children Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman
Parent(s) Arul Pragasam
Kala Arulpragasam
Relatives Kali Arulpragasam(sister)
Sugu Arulpragasam (brother)
Website www.miauk.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drum machine
  • percussion
Years active 2000–present
Labels
Associated acts

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin.[1] “M.I.A.” is a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternativedanceelectronichip hop and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles “Sunshowers” and “Galang“, charting in Canada and the UK and reaching number 11 on the BillboardHot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.

She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and her second album Kala in 2007, both to wide critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album’s first single “Boyz” reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first Top 10 charting single. The single “Paper Planes” peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. “Paper Planes” was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it is ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings‘ second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.’s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short “Born Free“. This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the Top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The single “XXXO” reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T.. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013, followed by AIM in 2016.

Arulpragasam’s early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music. Lyrically incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references that have defied existing pop music conventions, Arulpragasam was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the internet. She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace.

In 2001, she received an “Alternative” Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB and Arulpragasam is named as one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its “Best of the Decade” list in December 2009. Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire magazine ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.”  Wikipedia

 

 

 

“Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) – Mona Haydar

“​Mona Haydar started her music career strong with this debut track. Hailing from Flint, MI, Haydar points out that it isn’t her responsibility as a Muslim to educate the ignorant on her beliefs, “Not your exotic vacation/ I’m bored with your fascination/ I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal/ If you want education.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

I have known of the amazing being Mona Haydar from when she first appeared on Facebook some years back.  She came up with the most simple solution to one of the most profoundly difficult social situations in this day and age in America.  The issue is social ignorance.   Social ignorance can easily churn into fear and then bubble up into hate.  Once hate takes hold of a human heart, then  the road to recovery will seem difficult.  Mona is joining us together in creating social Love as a moral imperative to dismiss ignorance and forestall the perpetuation of fear.

Mona Haydar Gods bless her soul in her sacred effort for raising the vibration of the planet and hearts to a symphonic choir of passionate Love  for her fellow human.  All praises to Allah, Danu, Bridgit, God, Cerrenunos, Deva, Ishtar, Brahma, Rama, Krishna, Ganesh, Grandmother Sky, Wakan Tanka, Hera, and all the other names of the faces of the divine to who hear my petition to guide and protect Mona as she lifts us all to the light of Love through her supreme Love.

I had no idea she could sing.   Mona has  wonderous skills with a turn of phrase which.  She wraps her words up nicely into her singing career.  When I saw Hijabi some months ago I showed everyone I knew.  I thought this was the coolest most powerful song I had heard in quiet sometime.  I am excited to continue to follow her work beyond her ask a Muslim stands.  I would like to attend lectures given by her.  I do hope she tours.

The video is perfection, from the women gathered at the bottom of a staircase, around   Mona,  symbolizing the ever ascending lives we lead.   To the women in the dark in all manner and style of hijab and head scarves. for me the darkness symbolizes ignorance about the hijab and Islam.  I love that the women in the video are in all manner of dress and modest clothing from Burqua, to Jibāb, to Abaya, and to Headscarf.  All of the women in this video are amazing.  Thank you for empowering us as sisterhood Mona.  This is my most favored video of the collection of 25 Feminist Anthems.  I heartily agree with Allison’s selection of Hijabi!

 

 

Lyrics for Hijabi (Wrap my Hijab)

 by Mona Haydar

What that hair look like
Bet that hair look nice
Don’t that make you sweat?
Don’t that feel too tight?
Yo what yo hair look like
Bet yo hair look nice
How long your hair is

You need to get yo life
You only see Oriental
You steady working that dental
You poppin’ off at the lip
And run ya mouth like a treadmill

Not your exotic vacation
I’m bored with your fascination
I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal
If you want education

All around the world
Love women every shading

Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading

Power run deep
So even if you hate it
I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

Me and my hijabi ladies
We was born in the eighties
So pretty like the Euphrates
And party like some Kuwaitis
Deeper than some diplomas
Current like some hot yoga
Takin’ back the misnomers and
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
I been stackin’ my karma
Nefertiti, no drama
Make a feminist planet
Women haters get banished
Covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted

All around the world
Love women every shading
Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading
Power run deep
So even if you hate it
I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab

Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

You’re just jealous of my sisters
These Mipsters, these hippies
These prissies, these Sufis
These dreddies, these Sunnis
These Shii’s, Yemenis
Somalis, Libnanis, Pakistanis
These Soories, Sudanis
Iraqis, Punjabies
Afghanis, Yazeedis
Khaleejis, Indonesians
Egyptians, Canadians
Algerians, Nigerians
Americans, Libyans
Tunisians, Palestinians
Hidden beyond the Mekong in Laos
Senegalese, and Burkina Faso

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

 

Mona+Haydar

Mona Haydar

“BIO

Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover and a tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes, gives lectures, leads retreats and workshops, does readings and performs her work. She grew up in Flint, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan and has since lived in Damascus where she studied Arabic and Islamic spirituality then went on to live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at Lama Foundation and then in the Redwood forest of Northern California.

Poetry and Music: Mona started writing her poetry as soon as she was old enough to write. One of her first poems in a kindergarten journal went: “I am mood. I am dude. I am Mona.” Mona transitioned from writing and performing her poetry to rap in 2015.

Her single “Hijabi” was a ground breaking debut with millions of views which featured Mona, 8 months pregnant with her second son, surrounded by an intersectional group of dynamic women as Mona sang “all around the world love women every shading” calling out racism and colorism. Mona’s second single, Dog takes on violence against women with lyrics which call out men in positions of religious authority who use their power to prey on young (and old) people.

Ask A Muslim: Mona and her husband, Sebastian set up a stand in Cambridge, Massachusetts with signs that read ‘Talk to a Muslim’ ‘free coffee and donuts’ ‘free conversation’ and ‘Ask a Muslim’ encouraging open and loving dialogue which garnered the attention of NPR, People Magazine, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe among other media outlets.

In 2016 Mona was featured in a campaign by Microsoft called #SpreadHarmony which featured people working towards a more beautiful world.

Currently Mona is working towards her Masters in Theology. She lives in New York City with her husband, Sebastian and their two sons, Safi and Rumi.”

For more information on Mona Haydar 

 

Mona is the mother of Hope for “women round the world of every shading.  For me she is the closest being to Allah’s Hafaza for Love, though humans never become angels in the Islam.   I can only hope there is a Hafaza for Love in Islam.

I highly recommend the article on Verve about Mona that is magnificent and insightful.

 

 

 

“Thunder Thighs” – Miss Eaves

“Off the 2017 album Feminasty, “Thunder Thighs” was easily the body-posi banger of the summer. It’s impossible not to feel great when Miss Eaves declares chub as beautiful, as she raps, “Chub Rub/ The day is just heating up…/ So what?/ These boy shorts are inching up/ Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Goodness this video makes me grin ear to ear to ear.  Yes, that was one too many ears.  It is just that when I begin to relax my grin something else in the video goes and instills another grin on the way back down.  I LOVE this Video.  Miss Eaves is woman of wonder.  I adore her for including all ages in her video.  Thank you Miss Eaves for creating one of the true mistress works of our age.  Brilliant!   I wish I knew you personally.  You seem like an awesome Goddess.  Definitively qualifies for Allison’s 25 Feminist Anthems with an Ooooh wee !

 

 

 

Lyrics for “Thunder Thighs”

 by Miss Eaves

Chub Rub
The day is just heating up…
So what?
These boy shorts are inching up

Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good
Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good

Big Butt
These pants are tight enough
High cut
Want em to cover my gut

Mom jeans all day why you mad tho?
Mom jeans all day why you mad?

Thigh highs
Rollin on a downslide
Cause my
Thighs are thick and wide

Thick thighs they defy these tights man
Thick thighs they defy these tights

[Hook]
Thunder Thighs Thunder Thunder Thighs
Thunder Thighs Thunder Thunder Thighs
Oh my
Got them thunder thighs
Boom clack
They smack when I stride
Chub Rub
It’s hot thighs gonna touch
Chub rub
It’s hot but I’m not bothered

Thick thighs, sundress I’m looking good
Thick thighs sundress I’m looking good

Big Butt
These pants are tight enough
I’m stuck
They only go halfway up

Mom jeans all day why you mad tho?
Mom jeans all day why you mad?

[Hook]

Thighs thick
Thighs juicy…
Don’t be jealy
When my thighs shake. Ooooh wee !

Thighs thick, thunder thunder thighs thick

Thighs thick
Thighs juicy…
Don’t be jealy
When my thighs shake. Ooooh wee !

 

Miss Eaves

“Miss Eaves is the feminist sound storm of Brooklyn based multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her fierce femcee electro-pop-rap-dance-explosions were born as a phoenix arisen from the hot fire of both a band and romantic break-up, and she has since spread her wings and played music around the world. Miss Eaves’ brazen, patriarchy push-back, it’s my body, take-no-shit lyrics are rabid animals of honesty. “Hand down my pants I flick the bean. My boo ghost but I don’t need him. Five digits gonna make me squirm and scream. This is all on me.” She says in “Hump Day,” which was was featured on GlamourHuffington Post and Refinery 29. Her 0 fucks attitude landed her an invitation for a European tour with collaborator and friend, Surfing Leons (Belgium) as well as a tour with Wheatus and MC Frontalot. She has also killed the stage at Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Dour and Les Rockomotive.

Not only a beat slayer, Miss Eaves is a paper mache addict and a bad-ass with a glue gun. A true multi-media junkie, she directs and art directs all her videos plus designs her own merchandise. Drawing inspiration from Frida Khalo, Michel Gondry, MIA, Santigold and Sia she is determined to show the world she is about that DIY life. MC Frontalot once told her: “You aren’t crafty…this is too well-made to be just crafty. You are a fabricator.” And trust, she will take you on a rollercoaster through her imagination.

Miss Eaves’ latest, Feminastyout on August 4, 2017, was a year-long labor of love produced by longtime collaborator KEISHH and recorded during a winter in Montreal, Canada, which is nasty cold. Feminasty plays on term Femi-Nazi and Janet Jackson’s line, “Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.” It’s funny-as-fuck cutting commentary will melt your brain into a nasty pile of feminism. “All these little fuck boys All these little fuck boys. Dudes on my clit yeah, I’ve had enough boys.” This is how Miss Eaves rolls.”   Bio

 

“Amigas Cheetahs” – The Cheetah Girls

“Disney Channel was quite ahead of itself when it aired the girl-power-packed film The Cheetah Girls. The finale to the film’s sequel, The Cheetah Girls 2, upped the ante when the band enlisted the woman who was pitted against them for the entire movie to join them onstage to sing — in both English and Spanish — about sticking up for one another.”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Amigas Cheetas is a very happy bouncy song, as is to be expected from The House of The Mouse.  I am thrilled that Disney has created a genuine female empowerment song.  The Cheetah Girls made a funtastic bilingual tune.  Another enjoyable  and proper selection for the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison.

For me I would have liked to have seen Disney make an effort to keep The Chettah Girls as a touring group, keeping the empowering message alive.

 

 

 

Lyrics for Amigas Cheetahs

No matter where we come from we can be ourselves and still be… one
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
What could be any better than
Knowin’ someone will be there when
You gotta pour your heart out
Tell your secrets to
Someone who lets you be yourself
There when you need help
They’ve got your back win or lose
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Kickin’ it with ’em just for fun
Or when you need the 411
Someone who gives a shout out
When lose your faith
Just when you think nobody can ever understand
They’re right here to
Show you the way
Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh
Ahh, ahh, oooooh
Friends for life
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Ya que estamos juntas
Estamos en un mundo
Donde somos uno por la musica
If we just believe it
You know we can be it
Nothin’ can stand in our way
Stand in our way
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Songwriters: Jamie Houston / Will Robinson
Amigas Cheetahs lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

 

The Cheetah Girls

The Cheetah Girls
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Adrienne BailonSabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams performing during the One World Tourin Jacksonville, Florida in October 2008
Background information
Origin United States
Genres
Years active 2003–2008
Labels
Associated acts 3LW, Raven-Symoné
Website myspace.com/thecheetahgirls
Past members

 

The Cheetah Girls were an American girl group consisting of Adrienne BailonKiely WilliamsSabrina Bryan, and Raven-Symoné. The group was created by Disney, and were made famous by the eponymous Disney Channel original filmand its sequels, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World. The group has released three studio albums, Cheetah-licious ChristmasIn Concert: The Party’s Just Begun Tour, and TCG and several RIAA certified Platinum albums including, The Cheetah GirlsThe Cheetah Girls 2, and The Cheetah Girls: One World. All of their albums and soundtracks have debuted in the Billboard 200. The soundtrack to their first movie sold over 2 million copies.

The group has launched a clothing line, several perfume collections, doll lines, room decor, a book series and a video games line. The group has had three nationwide tours, Cheetah-licious Christmas TourThe Party’s Just Begun Tourand One World Tour. The Cheetah Girls grossed over US$43 million from their second tour.[1][2] They have sold over 3.6 million records worldwide with the help of producer Brennan Mills. ”

For more information see Wikipedia

 

Typical Girls” – The Slits

“British rock band The Slits were way too cool when they offered their feminist bangers to the male-dominated punk world. The song narrates ultra-lame things that typical girls are expected to do, before asking, “Who invented the typical girl?/ Who’s bringing out the new improved model?/ And there’s another marketing ploy/ Typical girl gets the typical boy.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

The lyrics are good and do qualify for the 25 Feminist Anthems.  I do appreciate the irony of the lead singer wearing stockings with garters for a video about typical girls.  I do appreciate at the end of the video the women of The Slits slathered  in mud and loinclothe,  then wandering off after getting a full  frontal of their mud caked breasts about mid video, thus making the antithesis of the typical girl.  The male drummer is also seen at the end of the end of the video in a row-boat sans togs.  I feel this was parity for the women getting nude.   I admit that I have a hard time with this song, as it has a hollow sound to the vocals.  I find the vocals, the recording and the edgy guitar notes nerve grating.  I am quiet sure the style of the music lends itself to further accentuating how Th Slits are NOT “typical girls”  My second to least favorite on the list, though entirely  apropos for the for the 25 Feminist Anthems selected by Allison.

 

 

 

Lyrics for Typical Girls

 by The Slits

Don’t create
Don’t rebel
Have intuition
Can’t decide
Typical girls get upset to quickly
Typical girls can’t control themselves
Typical girls are so confusing
Typical girls – you can always tell
Typical girls don’t think too clearly
Typical girls are unpredictable (predictable)
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Typical girls are looking for something
Typical girls fall under spells
Typical girls buy magazines
Typical girls feel like hell
Typical girls worry about spots, fat, and natural smells
Sniky fake smells
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Don’t create
Don’t rebel
Have intuition
Don’t drive well
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Can’t decide what clothes to wear
Typical girls are sensitive
Typical girls are emotional
Typical girls are cruel and bewitching
She’s a femme fatale
Typical girls stand by their man
Typical girls are really swell
Typical girls learn how to act shocked
Typical girls don’t rebel
Who invented the typical girl?
Who’s bringing out the new improved model?
And there’s another marketing ploy
Typical girl gets the typical boy
The typical boy gets the typical girl
The typical girl gets the typical boy
Are emotional
Songwriters: Ariane Forster / Paloma Romero Mc Lardy / Tessa Pollitt / Viviane Katrina Albertine
Typical Girls lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

 

The Slits Over the Years – Personality Shifts

 

The Slits
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A reformed lineup of the Slits perform in November 2006
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Post-punkdubpunk rockexperimental rock
Years active 1976–1982, 2005–2010
Labels IslandYCBSNarnack
Associated acts The Pop GroupDennis BovellNew Age Steppers
Past members Ari Up
Palmolive
Suzy Gutsy
Kate Korus
Tessa Pollitt
Viv Albertine
Budgie
Bruce Smith
Hollie Cook
Michelle Hill
NO
Anna Schulte
Adele Wilson

 

“The Slits were a British rock band formed in London in 1976 by members of the groups The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The group’s early line-up consisted of Ari Up (Ariane Forster) and Palmolive (a.k.a. Paloma Romero, who played briefly with Spizzenergi and later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy.[1] Their 1979 debut album, Cut, has been called one of the defining releases of the post-punk era.[2] ”  

For more from the wiki on The Slits click this link.

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Squirrel Food for the Powerful Soul

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Welcome to my juicy five part series covering the 25 Top Feminist Anthems.  I just read and listened to the article posted yesterday on Billboard.com today 11/09/2017. The piece is by  .  I am breaking the list of 25 down into 5 videos per blog.  I will include comments on the videos.  I will also comment on my opinion of the music.  This should be enjoyable.

Here is the 25 Top Feminist Anthems compiled by 

  1. The Slits – “Typical Girls”
  2. Destiny’s Childe – “Independent Woman”
  3. MILCK – “Quiet”
  4. Play Swedish band – “ Cinderella”
  5. Miss Eaves – “Thunder Thighs”
  6. The Cheetah Girls – “amigas Cheetahs”
  7. Mona Haydar – “Hijabi “(Wrap my Hijab)
  8. MIA – “Bad Girls”
  9. Kesha – “Woman”
  10. Madame Ganhdi – “The Future is Female”
  11. Shea Diamond “ I am Her”
  12. Beyonce – “Flawless”
  13. No Doubt – “Just a Girl”
  14. Eurhythmics and Aretha Franklin – “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves”
  15. Hiyele Kyoko – “Girls Like Girls”
  16. Cyndie Lauper – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
  17. The Regrettes “ A Living Human Girl”
  18. Bleached – “Can You Dea”l
  19. Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
  20. Christina Agulera and Lil Kim -“ C’ant Hold us Down”
  21. First Aid Kit –“ You are the Problem Here”
  22. Lily Allen – “Hard Out Here”
  23. X-Rey Spex – “Oh, Bondage, Up Yours!”
  24. Fifth Harmony – “Bo$$”
  25. Tacocat – “Men Explain Things to Me”

Visioning… The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats

The poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree in image and sound

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

by WB Yeats

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Squirrel with Isle in background, much like Innisfree

 

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Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

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Small Cabin on Innisfree, “of clay and wattles made:  Nine bean -rows will I have…”

 

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:

 

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A depiction, possibly a wood block of an Irish bee hive

Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;

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Bee pollinating Irish Heather

And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

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Slow dropping water over stone

 

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

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Veils of Morning at Innisfree

 

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

 

cricket sings; There midnight’s all a glimmer

 

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and a noon purple glow,

 

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Noon Purple glow, said by Yeats to be the heather reflecting upon the water at noon, from a recording of W.B. Yeats reading his poem.

And the evening full of linnet’s wings.

 

Linnet’s wings

 

 

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always night and day

 

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear the lake water lapping

I hear the lake water lapping with the low sounds by the shore;

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WB Yeats age 23 living in London heard  “One day on the strand I heard a little tinkle of water, so on a shop window a little jet of water balancing a ball on top.  It was an advertisement of cooling drinks. It set me thinking of Slego and lake water. ” The inspiration for  the finest of Irish poems

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

 

All images borrowed from the internet and all videos are linked to YouTube.

 

And finally

a unified copy of…

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

by WB Yeats

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Red Squirrel (Acorn Thrower) in an Irish Glade

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Día de Muertos …

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Information  and images compiled by Acorn Thrower

“What’s …Día de los Muertos…?
Día de los Muertos — also known as “Día de Muertos,” or “Day of the Dead” in English — is a holiday with Mexican origins that is celebrated on November 1 – 2. … Día de los Muertos is a day to celebrate death — or, more specifically, the deceased —… Día de los Muertos has both indigenous origins from the Aztec festival for Mictecacihuatl, The Lady of The Dead, and Catholic origins from the Spanish conquistadors’ All Saints and All Souls Day.

 

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Wait, it’s a two-day Holiday?
Yes, the original Aztec holiday was actually a month long event, but when the Spanish conquistadores arrived and turned Mexico Catholic, the celebration became intertwined with All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). Traditionally, Nov. 1 is when you welcome the souls of children that have passed away, known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). Nov. 2 is when the adult souls arrive.

 

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How do you celebrate the dead?
Those who celebrate Día de los Muertos will usually put up altars honoring those members of the family who have passed away. They decorate the altars with candles, sugar skulls, marigolds, food, beverages and clothes. These offerings, or “ofrendas,” are gifts for the dead and are usually a combination of his or her favorite things. Like the holiday itself, the altar also has mixed imagery of both indigenous and Catholic background. The graves of the deceased are also visited and honored with offerings as well as vigils.

 

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Would you have to go to Mexico to see these celebrations?
No, although Día de los Muertos is a Mexican National Holiday it is actually celebrated in other countries as well such as Guatemala, Brazil and Spain. It is also becoming more and more popular in the U.S. due to the large number of Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans.

 

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…Skulls?
Skulls are everywhere during Día de los Muertos. The origins trace back to the pre-Hispanic era, when they were kept as trophies and used during rituals.

 

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The most recognized skull on Dia de los Muertos is the Calavera Catrina. The image as we know it today originated with José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican Artist who depicted a fancy female skeleton as a dig against the Europhile Mexican elite during the Porfirio Díaz dictatorship. It became an iconic image of the Mexican Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century.

 

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But the actual Catrina is said to have originated thanks to the Aztec tale of Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead.”

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Why is Día de los Muertos celebrated?

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“Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.
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The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.”

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“In many parts of Mexico, participants in Dia de los Muertos festivities wear shells or other noisemakers on their clothing and jewelry. Why?

Answers will vary! Consider the culture of the festival:
•    The dead are a part of the community, but invisible to the living. Shells and noisemakers will wake the dead from their sleep, and keep them close during the festivities.

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•    Many of the dead were musicians or enjoyed music and dancing.
•    Dia de los Muertos is a celebration, and music is an important part of the joyous atmosphere.”

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“A Dia de los Muertos altar for Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, created by Amparo de Jesús Rincón Pérez, of the National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico City, and officials from the Dallas Mexican Consulate, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

It’s not even celebrated in all of Mexico.

Isabel Montemayor, assistant professor and research associate for the Center of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, said it is not as common for places in northern Mexico to celebrate, compared with southern Mexico in states such as Michoacan, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

It’s not a depressing holiday.

Montemayor said it’s a misunderstanding that the tradition is somber because death is involved. It’s quite the opposite, actually.

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“It’s a celebration of life. That’s why you see the bright colors and music. Yes, there’s some solemnity about it, but at the same time it’s a celebration of the individuals who lived,” Montemayor said.

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Ofrend

It’s not a shrine; it’s a very symbolic altar.

Shrines are usually sacred structures for a specific deity. Altars used for Dia de los Muertos are the centerpieces for the holiday.

 

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Rincón said the altars can vary in levels, but they are typically three-tiered to symbolize heaven, purgatory and earth.

 

The bread is round for a reason.

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Pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, may sound off-putting. But it’s a common treat made at panaderias, or Hispanic bakeries, for the holiday. The pastry is round to symbolize the circle of life, Rincón said.

 

What is la ofrenda?

 

You may see prepared meals, cigarettes or even a bottle of tequila on some altars. Those items are a part of la ofrenda, or the offering, which is a gift for the dead. It’s usually items that the deceased enjoyed the most. During the holiday, it’s believed the dead can savor their favorite things again.

The holiday coincides with the end of the agricultural cycle. Indigenous pueblos in Mexico saw it as a time to give thanks for the year’s harvest and honor their ancestors.” dallasnews.com

 

 

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For more on Día de los Muertos celebrations and tradition around the world go to Wikipedia.

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Día de los Muertos a woman dressed as a Caballero

 

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Calavera Catrina on a deck of playing cards.

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Honoring the ancestors

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More stunning calavera face painting

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Let these fellas play us out

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One final ancestor to honor

 

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