Last month’s theme title, ‘Knock Offs’, was all about covers of songs that were better or just as good as the originals. The subjects of this month’s ‘Pretty in Pink’ Spotify Playlist are all female musicians who made their mark in music history. In case you don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I couldn’t think of a better time to recognize a very small number of these talented women.
I started creating my playlist by trying to add the first women that came to my mind while trying to span music genres and different music eras. Before I knew it I had over double the number of songs I usually include added to the playlist. So I looked to see if there was a way to easily cut the list down. I noticed that I had a bunch of ladies that were an integral part of the Motown music scene. So I decided to remove them and dedicate a future playlist specifically to that talented group of women. And just to clarify, this is not necessarily who I would pick if I were compiling my top #20 of all time. These are just the first names that came to mind.
There were two women in particular that I knew I had to include, not only because they are women, but also because they fought their own battle with breast cancer. Both Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge have been vocal about their battle with breast cancer to hopefully help other women in similar situations. I encourage you to take time to read their stories not just if you are a woman, but also if there are any women you care for in your life.
My choice from this month’s playlist is another teenage favorite. I’m sure there weren’t many teenage boys who didn’t have a thing for the talented sisters, Anne and Nancy Wilson, that were the face of the band Heart. I was no exception. I had a case that held close to one hundred 8-track tapes which was full mostly due to my extensive use of music clubs like Columbia House. There weren’t many bands that had more than one of those slots, but three of them were occupied by Heart’s ‘Dreamboat Annie’, ‘Little Queen’ and ‘Dog and Butterfly’. The song on this playlist, ‘Crazy On You’, was released on their debut album for what was to become a Rock and Roll hall of fame career. And it was one of the reasons I became an avid Heart fan.
At the time of writing this article I had a little over 30 artists on my ‘Pretty in Pink’ Spotify Playlist. I didn’t have the “heart” (pun intended) to cut it down any further. I’d love to hear your favorite female artist that I didn’t include this month. And not to lose sight of this month’s most important topic, if cancer was or is impacting your life, I hope that your story becomes one of hope for others. Check back next month when my November theme is ‘Gone To Soon’.