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  1. Cynthia Lawrence says:

    Music, by women, about women, and for women, is what we call “Women’s Music”. In the early 1980s I founded and directed a choir in San Diego, expressly to give voice to women’s music. I saw this, and see this as a social change activity. The excitement generated by singing and performing this very special music can only be likened to the music of the civil rights movement, in that it encouraged action – for us to speak out and to learn to expect what we should always have been experiencing all along: the right to be safe, in our homes as well as on the streets, the right to make choices about reproductive issues, the right to quality and self-enhancing education, the rights to professional advancement, the right to organize and unionize and realize our potential, the right to live without beatings and rape, and on and on…
    The chorus raised consciousness with every song we sang: songs that informed us of our herstory, like “One Fine Day”, by Kay Weaver, “Expedition Song”, by Ann Reed – written to encourage the first women who climbed Mt. Everest, “The Great Peace March” and “Foolish Notion”, by Holly Near – about peace, or asking, “…why do we kill people who are killing people, to show that killing people is wrong. Such a foolish notion…”. Libby Roderick, in Anchorage Alaska wrote, “How Could Anyone” (“ever tell you, you were anything less than beautiful, how could anyone ever tell you you were less than whole”…) Fred Small, although clearly not a woman, wrote, “Everything Possible”. A song that tells us we can be anything we want to be, gay or non-gay…etc.
    I left The San Diego Women’s Chorus about ten years ago, but they still sing, although they are not as feminist oriented as I would like. There is a small group of women who sing with me twice a month, just to keep on singing – loud and proud.

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