Monthly Archives: January 2011
Check out the latest new music from some of your favorite artists! I know I am waaay to excited for Wanda. Talk about a legend!
- Jan 15 Nashville, TN @ the Ryman Auditorium
- Jan 18 Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
- Jan 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Hall Of Music
- Jan 23 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
- Jan 24 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
- Feb 22 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
- Feb 23 Boston, MA @ Royale
- Feb 24 New York, New York @ The Bowery Ballroom
- Feb 25 Washington DC @ 9.30 Club
- Feb 26 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler
- May 1 Indio, CA @ The Stagecoach Festival
This isn’t about what you think it is…
Ok, it is, but not exactly. I am sure you are aware of the grossly sexed-up instrument ads that feature buxom bikini blonds selling you the latest guitar, amp, or pedal FX. Like this ad for example. ‘Cause you know, nothing says this thing is awesome than double DDs in your face. Much like car ads with waify models spread upon them, or beer ads that proclaim you will get laid by this hot babe if you down this particular ale, advertising relies heavily on sexualized and objectified (heterosexual) feminine bodies to persuade you to buy their product. See Gender Ads for a complete work on the subject.
However, this post isn’t exactly about that. It’s about breasts, yes, but about those players who actually have them and play the instrument, not merely are advertising tools.
Anyways, so what do I mean? Well, as a guitar player, who is quite endowed on the top half, just simply playing your guitar can be uncomfortable and require some adjustments. Unless you can literally play your guitar so low that it hits your knees, you probably need to wear your guitar somewhere around your hips to waist. If you have double DDs for example, the guitar strap either has to squeeze right in between your breasts, or over one of them, causing a bit of a squish, if you will. Your breasts then are either extremely obvious with the guitar strap nestled in between them as you play, or, your breast hurts because it is being suffocated as you belt out how much you love rock and roll. It’s tough being a girl, and all we wanna do is have fun. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that.)
Ok, you say. So, why don’t you just play sitting down then? Great question! Similar problem. Consider acoustic guitars for example. You know the classic dreadnought shape, and most are quite sizable. They usually have to be to get rich tone. Sit down with one as a large-breasted woman, and again, adjustments are needed. You can either hold the guitar in front of you, covering your top, but yet again, squishing as you lean over to play, or as I have done before, try to fandangle one breast to sit in the curve of the guitar and the other behind it. Ok, it’s not the most rockstar pose. Frankly it’s weird, annoying, and again, makes playing your instrument while having to worry about how you appear painfully obvious.
It’s bad enough that women as performers have to be constantly aware of their appearance, both sexually and physically, without then having to worry if they can play their instrument without more googley-eyed stares. Looks come before talent in much of our culture, and female artists have to balance between their own personal desires when it comes to their appearance, and what everyone else expects of them to look like. Add on to that, playing your instrument in a somewhat comfortable manner.
We got the beat!
Tom Tom Magazine – A Magazine about Female Drummers Issue 5 is out! Winter 2011 features: Kim Thompson, Yoshimi, Sara Lund, Gaggle, 8Bitch, Allessia Mattalia, Andrea Alvarez and tons more. This LA issue will have two release parties in the city of angels, plus one in the big apple. Here are the facebook event links:
Please see their website for event specifics and subscription/merchandise info.