What’s on your iPod?

September 29, 2007 by Sarah  

Every morning after depositing my son onto the school bus, I go for a nice, long power walk. To help me out, I bring along my iPod, loaded with great tunes. While I admit there are lots of guy rockers and bands loaded in, nothing gets my heart pumping more than hearing some great ladies belt out tunes while get my morning exercise on. Here are the women and tunes helping me to stay healthy:

  • Patsy Cline “Walking After Midnight”
  • Joan Osborne “Right Hand Man”
  • Bonnie Raitt “Something to Talk About”, “Runaway”, “Thing Called Love”
  • Melissa Etheredge: “Bring Me Some Water” and “Chrome Plated Heart”
  • Jefferson Airplane “Someone to Love”
  • Amy Winehouse “Rehab”
  • Ike & Tina Turner “Proud Mary”
  • Toni Childs “Walk Away”

So tell me….What’s on your iPod?

Sara Evans is granted a divorce

September 28, 2007 by Sarah  

After a year of drama, Sara Evans was granted her divorce. In addition to reaching a custody agreement, Sara has agreed to pay her husband at least $500,000 in alimony over the next ten years.

“Both parties are fully committed to raising their children in a cooperative and positive way. Both parties are loving and caring parents,” said a brief statement filed with the court by the lawyers for both sides. “They request that everyone respect the family’s privacy.

Deborah Harry Feels Television Talent Shows Are a Joke

September 28, 2007 by Sarah  


Deborah Harry isn’t into American Idol or other reality television charity shows.  She feels they don’t encourage creativity and leads to false hopes as judges and producers such as Simon Cowell promise untalented contestants they too can be stars.

 ”It’s not unique in any way. It’s grinding out more stuff, it’s not encouraging people to come on and play their own music. It’s just karaoke. And that to me is nothing. I can go down to any bar in the East Village practically any night of the week and see some asshole standing up there singing Stairway To Heaven.”

Rock on, Deb.


Madonna, Donna Summer Nominated for Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

September 28, 2007 by Sarah  

I never really considered Madonna or Donna Summer rockers, but I don’t think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is strictly about Rock & Roll anyway.

Congratulations are in order anyway, as both Madonna and Donna Summers were nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Both are influential singer/songwriters and both deserve the nods. In the case of Donna Summer, I wonder what took them so long? She was one of disco’s pioneers, selling millions of albums and inspiring many other women to sing. Madonna, as highest earning female singer ever, was a given.


Bonnie Raitt’s Blender Blues: It doesn’t get any better than this

September 22, 2007 by Sarah  

My love affair with blues and the legendary Bonnie Raitt began in 1977 when I was 13 years old. I was in my bedroom listening to a local top 40’s station when the tuner on my antiquated clock radio became stuck between channels. In tuning it I landed WMMR in Philadelphia and heard the most amazing thing. Bonnie Raitt’s “Blender Blues” was playing. It was a live recording from Philly’s Sigma Sound Studions from, I believe, 1972 or so.

Bonnie Raitt became my hero and I listened to the radio often to hear that song especially. It was a rare treat, perhaps I heard it three or four times again and that was it. A few months ago I mentioned to a few friends how 30 years later it was still one of the most amazing songs I ever heard. Bonnie received a lot of flack for that song, it was quite risque for that time and she vowed never to play it again. Indeed, she never played it any of the times I had the pleasure of seeing her perform. One of my friends sent me an mp3 version of the song he found online. I’m honored to be able to share a link to it with you today.

Friends, I give Bonnie Raitt singing the song that started it all for me, The Blender Blues.

Aretha Franklin and Joss Stone at the Dream Concert

September 20, 2007 by Sarah  

Aretha Franklin made a big, yet soulful impression and Joss Stone belted the blues at the Dream Concert held at Radio City Music Hall. The concert was to benefit the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC. Also on the bill were Ludicris, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Talib Kwali.

Rock on, ladies.


New Releases from Your Favorite Female Songstresses, Divas, Rappers and Rockers

September 18, 2007 by Sarah  

Autumn is looking to be really exciting, music wise -especially if you’re a fan of female singers and musicians. Check out some of these promising new releases:

The Donnas - Bitchin’ (Purple Feathers), release date September 18, 2007

Emmylou Harris -Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems (Rhino) release date September 18, 2007

Diana Krall - Very Best of Diana Krall (Verve Records) release date September 18, 2007

Reba McEntire - Reba Duets (MCA Nashville) release date September 18, 2007

Melissa Etheridge -The Awakening (Island) release date September 25, 2007

Chaka Khan - Funk This  (SMG) release date September 25, 2007

Joni Mitchell - Shine (Hear Music) release date September 25, 2007

Queen Latifah - Trav’lin Light  (Verve) release date Sepetember 25, 2007 (Island) release date October 2, 2007

PJ Harvey - White Chalk - Island release date October 2, 2007

Stay tuned to She Plays Music for more fall releases.

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