banjolele and i got ourselves honorably mentioned in a songwriting contest! The contest, sponsored by WomenArts, called for music that could be sung on Support Women Artists Now Day. My song was inspired by the famous Emma Lazarus quote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free,” which has been resonating with me so much in our post-election world.
This isn’t my usual songwriting style, but recent events inspired a folksy, guthrie-esque protest song. I am tired of the inequity our society is so invested in maintaining, disgusted by the erasure of women of color, trans women and queer/gender nonconforming individuals from our history books, and horrified by the constant push to litigate what - and where- our bodies should be. simultaneously, the sensitivity and strength of women constantly inspire me, and i hoped to express my gratitude through this song.
shoutout to my dear friend Sarah Layton, for bringing this contest to my attention, and to my boo boo @laurenestasio for filming! (read more here: womenarts.org) (listen here! youtu.be/5_PBChZJCdw)