Here’s something interesting from a cultural and musical vantage that I found when Jackie from Lindsey Tree Music posted in the Bass Blogs group on FB. Its a trailer for The Girls In The Band, a documentary with and about women from the jazz/bebop scene who were excellent musicians, but because of the influence of patriarchy, were marginalized and not given the credit they were due as amazing players – something that has repeated since in other styles of music, as well as areas outside of music. Some of the women were also black, so they had a double-whammy to deal with as this predates the civil rights movement in America.
Wifey showed me this video last night, and I wanted to share it. This is a 10-minute clip from the upcoming She Rocks Documentary. Here’s some info about the film:
She Rocks is a feature length documentary that showcases high caliber female guitar players both past and present and explores the gender disparity that still exists in the world of professional guitarists.
There’s only one bassist represented on the video – Nik West, who I’ve been dimly aware of but only saw more of last night. She’s an impressive funk bassist and ex-drummer, so rhythm is in her blood. But that’s not why I wanted to post it. Its more because of how the women in the video speak about practice and dedication to craft, and about heart and expression. I think that a lot of beginners might be able to take inspiration from what they say – and it was refreshing to me to hear about other people who have to practice a riff or exercise 9,000 times to get it right – even if they’re guitarists and not bassists. 😉