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Tunes for a Monday Morning

The Sketch by American photographer Gertrude Käsebier (1852 – 1934)

Today's post goes out to American women, who have had a very rough couple of weeks. I'm with you, sisters, I'm with you; and with the men and nonbinary folk who stand tall beside us. Today and always.

Above: "Resilient" by Rising Appalachia (sister Leah and Chloe Smith), from the American south. The gorgeous song is the title track of their new album, recently released, and the gorgeous video was shot by Alex Allaux.

Below: "Happening Again" by Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, from her third album, Citizen of Glass (2016).

Above: "Soaking in the Bathtub" by The Poozies, an all-women group making music since 1991. The band's current line-up is Mary Macmaster, Eilidh Shaw, Sarah McFadyen, and Tia Files, all from Scotland. The song, written by McFadyen, was released as a single last month.

Below: "Wisely and Slow" by The Staves (sisters Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor), from Watford in Hertfordshire, England. The song is from their first album, Dead & Born & Grown (2012).

Above: "Game to Lose" by the American folk & bluegrass group I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan). The song appears on See You Around (2018), their first album as a trio. The video was shot by Genéa Gaudet.

Below: "Done" by Canadian singer/songwriter Frazey Ford (a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas). The song is from her second solo album, Indian Ocean (2014), but it could have been written for today.

Stay strong. Hang on to your joy.

Photograph by Dorothea Lange

The images above are by Gertrude Käsebier (1852 - 1934) and Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), pioneers of American photography. Follow the links to see more of their work. I also highly recommend Erin May Kelly's fine, fierce poem "Little Girls Don't Stay Little Forever" over on the BBC's The Social site (with a trigger warning for abuse issues). I also recommend Rebecca Traister's timely new book, Good & Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

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