Yes. Jukebox Heroines is officially closed as a blog.
I have taken some time off from it, and realized that I enjoy and perhaps am better at other avenues which promote the respect, equality, and exposure of female musicians. I will keep it up as a reference and archive for readers, but I do not plan on posting in the future. It’s a sad day, for I find I was quite witty and “on” with my posts and analysis, and I did have a lot of fun. I also made a lot of great contacts and had the chance to listen to a lot of awesome music. But like so many things in my life, it is time to move on and focus on other things.
So, Sisters, keep doing it for yourselves! Don’t stop the rock, and continue to create, challenge, and make music revolution!
Dear Jukebox Heroines readers,
Can I Take A Rockbatical?
This is the question I have been asking myself lately. And well, heck I gotta do it. Starting today, May 1, 2011, Jukebox Heroines will be on a temporary hiatus. This is not due to a lack of love that I have for all things women in music. In fact, it’s because I love it so much that I need to take a break. I have started (well ok, started at beginning of April) an internship with a local record label, and between that, working full time, and trying to build my own music career, I’m heading for a burnout. In addition to that, I have very little energy, and have developed really bad eating habits (cupcakes do not a breakfast and lunch make.) Plus, volunteering and general life-doing things like laundry (wow, laundry is sooo not rockstar,) ugh, needless to say I lack enough hours in the day. Something’s gotta give.
Simply put, I feel if I don’t reorganize, re-energize, and recoup, I’ll end up hating this blog. This blog is supposed to be fun, exciting, and awesome, and in the past few months, it hasn’t felt that way. I don’t like that. Granted, compared to those other things that I do with my “free” time (heh, free is a four letter word you know) the blog isn’t as time consuming. But it’s something that is always on my mind, on my to-do list, taunting me because I am not keeping up with it in the ways I feel I should, or in the ways that are needed to maintain it’s relevance.
So, I gotta prioritize. In hopes of learning the ins and outs of the music biz, I took on this internship, and hopefully, that paired with my new album will kick my musical ambitions into gear. But in doing so, some things need to be put on the rock and roll back burner. Hence, the blog will be on a rockbatical. Hiatus. Seeing other “people.” I gotta focus and see what’s working and what’s not. I don’t like it, but I am only human. I may post from time to time, but it’s not going to be a high priority.
If anyone would like to volunteer to write and maintain the blog for the next few months, by all means let me know! If this break goes on too long, don’t worry, I will let you know. If I decide to end the blog, I will also let you know. I just want you all to know that I have tremendously appreciated your submissions, kind words, and support of women in music. I have learned so much, heard so much, and gained so much from the amazing talent that has passed through this blog! Please continue to support women in music, as I will in many and varied ways.
Until then, hold that lighter high, and rock on,
We lost another amazing female musician this week. Phoebe Snow, folk guitarist, vocalist, and prolific composer, died on 04/26/11 from complications stemming from a brain hemorrhage. With smooth, mellow hits, her greatest exposure came from her song “Poetry Man” in 1975.
Strum on Sister!
Photo via alexs4r.
Punk legend, riot grrrl original, and icon for rebel women everywhere, Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) died of cancer this Monday 04/25/11. She was the front-woman for the British punk rock band X-Ray Spex.
“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, But I think — Oh bondage, up yours!”
Stickin’ it to the power, standing up for girls, FOREVER.
Photo via bjacques.