Of all the modern day folk artists, I don't think there is one nearly as prolific nor as insightful as the outspoken Ani Difranco. Not only is she one of the world's most prolific songwriters, she writes the stuff that most of us haven't the guts to spew on a mere piece of paper. Not only can DiFranco write, she is also no slouch on the guitar & the woman has a voice that's pleasing to the ears. Ani is living proof that you can be tough & get your point across to your audience without having to scream in their ears.
Having released over 20 albums in her solo career & owning her own record label called Righteous Babe records should be inspirational to us all yet the woman continues to amaze us with each new endeavor. Although DiFranco will never sign a label with anyone with any major record company, she has done remarkably well on her own & has even been touted as a Grammy award winner although I personally feel Ani has more talent in one thumb than the majority of the pre-packaged artists we see each year. In addition to winning the prestigious Grammy, DiFranco also received the "Woman of Courage Award" at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit in Albany, New York. DiFranco is one of the first musicians to receive the award, given each year to a woman who has set herself apart by her contributions to the feminist movement.
Perhaps I'm just getting older or just realize more & more each day how valuable life is. Life would mean nothing to me if I didn't have choices & options. For granted, there is truly no happiness to be found in being a corporate slave nor any true joy in repetition. Thankfully, we all have important decisions to make regarding how we choose to live our lives & what we hope to accomplish in our time. There is always the option to sit it out & do absolutely nothing at all or we can take action. It's not always what we do that makes us who we are however. It's sometimes what we believe & how we influence others around us. You can make a difference in someones life just by merely setting a great example.
After turning 35, I realize that life is all about some choices that we come face to face with. There is no book with specific instructions on how to overcome certain situations nor a complete set of guidelines on how one should live their lives. Sometimes we simply learn from doing & have to chalk up a few losses as lessons learned. But, it's still important that we do act upon those things that need to be remedied in our lives irregardless of our fears. It's better to lose than to never try at all. Remember that even a bird's wings are so strong that they can glide over vast oceans & soar effortlessly in search of their needs. We, too, have strengths that enable us to do great things.
Here is a link if you should decide to check out the live version of her song.
The windows of my soul Are made of one way glass Don't bother looking into my eyes If there's something you want to know, Just ask I got a dead bolt stroll Where I'm going is clear I won't wait for you to wonder I'll just tell you why I'm here
'Cause I know the biggest crime Is just to throw up your hands Say This has nothing to do with me I just want to live as comfortably as I can You got to look outside your eyes You got to think outside your brain You got to walk outside your life To where the neighborhood changes
Tell me who is your boogieman That's who I will be You don't have to like me for who I am But we'll see what you're made of By what you make of me I think that it's absurd That you think I am the derelict daughter I fight fire with words Words are hotter than flames Words are wetter than water
I got friends all over this country I got friends in other countries too I got friends I haven't met yet I got friends I never knew I got lovers whose eyes I've only seen at a glance I got strangers for great grandchildren I got strangers for ancestors
I was a long time coming I'll be a long time gone You've got your whole life to do something And that's not very long So why don't you give me a call When you're willing to fight For what you think is real For what you think is right
A long-time fan of the music of Ani Difranco, I bought Render: Spanning Time with Ani Difranco (2002) with the sole intention of extending my aural obsession with her into a filmic fetish. Much to my surprise, it was not only a staccato documentary of live performances, but also a glimpse into the life of traveling artists and commentary on capital punishment, urban renewal, and sexual politics. It is a movie for rabid Difranco fans, and also a legitimate nonfiction film. Yet classifying this … more
Ani DiFranco (born Angela Maria DiFranco on September 23, 1970) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter. She is a prolific artist, having released over twenty albums, and is widely celebrated as a feminist icon.