On May 25th of 2020, the murder of George Floyd Jr. was the match that ignited the flame that would become the latest incarnation of the Black Lives Matter movement. During this time, I did my best to support my friends and others by lending my voice and my patronage where I could. I like to think I helped make some sort of difference, but at the same time I realized I seemed to always take my privilege for granted.
I remember hearing the song “Paper Planes” for the first time while I was watching Slumdog Millionaire and I really liked how it sounded. I don’t particularly think I was aware of the meaning of the lyrics at the time, as I was only sixteen and didn’t really know what went on in other parts of the world yet.
I don’t know if it was her voice, her eccentricity, or her hair; but I was in L-O-V-E. My playlist was filled with Amy Winehouse, Florence + The Machine, Adele, Oh Land, Imogen Heap, Ellie Goulding, The Dresden Dolls, and Anggun, all of whom she fit in with quite nicely.
I will forever remember that scene because of the song playing in the background, which caught my attention and began a thus far lifelong adoration, love, and respect for a particular artist, whose music would help me create my identity. The song was ‘No Man’s Woman’ by none other than the talented Sinéad O’Connor.
I decided that this month I would dedicate my Femme Pick to Mr. David Beaverson, the man who taught me how to play the flute, loved jazz, made us watch The Grapes of Wrath at least ten times a year, and who loved Joni Mitchell. I hope you can see this, Beav, because this one’s for you.
This month’s Femme Pick is the certified gold fourth studio album, Blood by the Metalcore band, In This Moment.
This month’s Femme Pick is the original soundtrack to the film, What Keeps You Alive composed by Brittany Allen.
This month’s Femme Picks are the album, Changing Winds by Maddy Prior and the original motion picture score of Emma. written and composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
Please enjoy our full archives of the album showcase series, Vinyl Femmes and RPMs, by Erin O’Dell.