Vp Issue 7: "The Little Folk Singer that Could (and Did): Ani DiFranco"

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Vp Issue 7: "The Little Folk Singer that Could (and Did): Ani DiFranco"

unforgettable adventure, I was privileged to perform for her incredibly supportive audiences. Ani has remained an artist who not only changes lives with her empowering point of view but who also grants lesser-known musicians exposure through her work. Those are all qualities that have influenced my desire to expand MPress Records and support music that we believe in passionately. Singer/Songwriter/Record Exec www.rachaelsage.com


Pamela Means: I’ve just clambered off-stage, high from the phenomenal buzz of the artist-audience connection that happens when it’s really good, when it’s better than sex: You sound just like Ani. In those moments, I’ve accepted the compliment in the manner I hope it was intended. After all, it’s flattering and humbling to be situated in Ms. DiFranco’s company. In a broader sense, successive generations of every genre seem to compare their newborns to the established. How many women with an acoustic guitar and a satchel of songs were compared to Joni Mitchell or Rickie Lee Jones in the 1970s, Suzanne Vega or Tracy Chapman in the ‘80s, Shawn Colvin in the ‘90s, or today, Ani DiFranco. Of course, there is but one Ani D. Inimitable genius. She has inspired many women to pick up an ‘axe’ and speak their truth(Drunk. As she, indeed, was inspired by the women before her. The entire collaborative feminist movement has challenged and empowered all of us to use our voices and our instruments for positive change in the world. Music creates a mood. And if you allow yourself to sit in mine for awhile, it will take you somewhere only my road-worn guitar in a spectrum of tunings, and my voice in a myriad colors, can. As a listener, Ani’s music takes me somewhere. Her blunt lyrics catch me off guard one moment, leave me vulnerable, spinning toward dreamsof the day, while crying over past heartbreak another, and raging to smash the status quo the next. Good art does that. It transports you. It can change your life. Especially when it’s honest. The music of Ani DiFranco has this power. How fortunate we are to witness this phenomenon. Singer/Songwriter/Conscientious Objector www.pamelameans.com

Catie Curtis To witness Ani DiFranco doing her thing is to be inspired by her. There’s no other good choice of words. Spawning a nation of what one could crudely and rudely call “econo-Anis” – young women who