Sunday, January 28, 2007

So You Want to Be a (Grrrl) Rock and Roll Star

So You Want to Be a (Grrrl) Rock and Roll Star By Jac Chebatoris Newsweek Updated: 10:33 a.m. ET Jan 26, 2007 - "But what really put a big smile on the faces in the crowd was not cool merch but an electrifying performance by a duo called Magnolia. Opening for a line-up that included the indie favorite Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Zora Sicher and Hugo Orozco, both 11-years-old girls, worked through their repertoire of self-penned songs, including “What Cha Gonna Do,” with Orozco playing punk power chords over a steady beat laid down by drummer Sicher (they switched instruments midset—very rock and roll)."

This is more significant than it would first appear. Having a camp for girls to learn music, their music, is as important as anything learned in school. We need the four R's; reading, 'righting, 'rithmetic & rock 'n' roll. It's likely you have seen the ads about keeping music programs in the schools. It really is that important.

Back in another life, while living in Germany, I was in a rock band. It was a family band; me, my two brothers and our sister. We played everything from Journey and Pat Benatar to Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. We played local clubs, both US Military and German, a few beer fests, some parties and a special performance for the guys locked up in a place that is not on any map (can you say pershing missiles?). I'm ahead banger from way back.

It is wonderful to see girls being given the gift of music, especially rock 'n' roll.

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