Soul De femme is a collection of songs I have written about and for women inspired by socially conscious Soul music of the 60's and 70's.
When I was playing in my band in Los Angeles during the early 90's, it was often said by music promoters not to have more than one female act on a bill because the show would not sell. We were responded to by radio often telling us they had their "quota" of female artists already.
Along comes Lilith Fair and outsells ALL of the other festivals and it's all female fronted musical acts! It upset a lot of people. It was dubbed in the press "Dyke Fest", "Lesbian Fest". Rolling Stone magazine used "estrogen-fest" and "femanizis" to describe the crowd! (Plenty of men were going too) This is not about me being personally insulted but is about a mentality that still persists today that perpetuates an idea that it is ok to think of others as somehow less than and therefore fair game to insult and exclude, deny equalities, or worst, toward such individuals, is acceptable. It is not.
It was a defining moment for me. It was one of many things that gave me the inspiration to write these songs. If you head over to the EP link, you will be able to read full backstories on each song.
In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg- “I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”
Behind the song:
"Don't Give Up" is the first song I recorded with my first band when I first moved to Austin. The band was Mary Harsh on Bass, Russ Scanlon on Guitar and Johnny Radelat on Drums. We recorded it at Parrot Tracks Studio in Buda, TX.
We multi-tracked the song meaning we were all in the same room being recorded all at once. We had not been playing together very long but possessed real soulful chemistry as a group. We did not use a click track (a meter that clicks and is played through headphones usually worn by the drummer). I'm not a fan of click tracks. I like a song to naturally push and pull, like breathing. You can hear a great example of this on 'Lady Marmalade' the original recording by LABELLE. I love that song!!
We watched each other for dynamics and builds. It was such a magical experience!
I recorded the lead vocals after we got the band recorded. You can't really use vocals when you're the guitar player too. You can hear the guitar strings being played.
Later the Chardonnays came in and did their delicious harmonies ;)
I mixed it on Garageband and you're hearing the result.
I hope you will enjoy the download. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family or even strangers who might need to hear it!
I appreciate you being here! and as always welcome your feedback, comments, and questions!