Posts Tagged 'ani difranco'

International Women’s Day 2009

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, be they political, economic or social. It’s also a good opportunity to remind people of the continued struggle for equal rights and an end to discrimination and violence. I thought I might take the opportunity to mention a few atheist women who nourish my creativity and thoughts.

Ani DiFranco – Fantastic singer-songwriter and activist. Her music is highly accomplished and her lyrics are heartfelt and intelligent.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir – I love her music and her voice. I also love her bold creativity.

Natalie Angier – Prize-winning science journalist and feminist. Her book ‘Woman. An Intimate Geography’ is fascinating and enlightening.

Erika Moen – Her autobiographical comics have spunk, honesty and humour.

So which atheist women would you like to celebrate today?

The Wall

On Wednesday, I went to a concert of the atheist and ever inspiring Ani Difranco, singer songwriter, activist, feminist icon, poet and founder of her own record label, Righteous Babe. However, I found myself completely blown away by the last song performed by one of her supporting artists, Anaïs Mitchell. The song was The Wall from the folk opera Hadestown based on the Orpheus legend and written by Mitchell with composer Michael Chorney. The song normally occurs as a musical number with several singers, a chorus and orchestral backing, but last night’s rendition consisted solely of Anaïs Mitchell and her guitar to stunning effect. The melody and lyrics are simple and straightforward but they provide a profound social commentary and lyrical refrains which return to haunt you long after the song is complete. The lyrics and the structure of the song differ quite a bit between the musical and the solo version so there are links for both below, but my preference is for the solo arrangement.

A video of Anaïs Mitchell performing The Wall in Paris on October 26th can be found here. The introduction to The Wall starts at 3:00 minutes if you want to skip the first song.

A performance from the musical with full cast and orchestra can be found here.