So I had lots of great ideas for this week’s Friday Jam Session theme. I listened to a lot of different music, and seeing as I just started this bit last week, the possibilities are endless. But ultimately my ears were driven by one thing: Miranda Lambert FINALLY put out a video for her “Mama’s Broken Heart” single. Long story short….I LOVE this song. Maybe a little too much.
I know that my iTunes is probably extremely weighted in male vocalists but I will be the first to admit when I am really impressed by a fellow female. I think when it comes down to it, we tend to hold female artists up to more scrutiny. Unlike with men, it not just about talents and attractiveness (let’s be honest here.) We also throw up behavior, personal relationships and lives, style decisions and success up on the canvas to be judged. We expect them to be able to compete alongside the boys but keep a certain image and meet certain expectations at the same time.
So, before I get everyone thinking that I’m becoming some sort of outspoken feminist, (trust me, I’m not,) here is this week’s Friday Jam Session, empowered by beautiful, strong voices, sassy personalities and women I think we can respect for owning their talent.
ALSO…today just happens to be International Women’s Day! A coincidence? Maybe, if I believed in those.
Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
Not much left to say here, other than although the video wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, it definitely cracks me up.
All This and Heaven Too by Florence + the Machine
Everything about Florence Welch is original. Now I wouldn’t call myself a loyal fan of her and her band, but her voice is amazing and she most certainly rocks her own style, which I both respect. This one is my favorite of hers and a little bit more on the tame side. I also really like “Shake it Out,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Heavy in Your Arms.”
Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
After dancing to this song during our state routine on high school dance team my junior year, it will always have a spot on my “Oldies Faves” playlist. No, Janis probably isn’t a great role model, but she’s classic and you know you want to sing along.
Brick by Boring Brick by Paramore
Ironically my love for Paramore can be credited to a guy. I knew of them before, but it was my friend Kevin, his slight obsession and his coveted “chick mix” that got me hooked. Like Florence, lead singer Haley Williams is another red-head with a big personality, which of course only makes me like her more. This is my all-time favorite.
American Beautiful by The Henningsens
So I’m cheating a little on this last one. The Henningsen’s are a father-son-daughter-family act (which I love,) lead by Clara, whom I’m pretty sure is the type of girl who could be an instant best friend. This is their debut video, which I have been anxiously waiting for alongside Miranda’s, and can’t get out of my head. Check out their other stuff online, I’m excited to see where they go.