A Real Lady Shouts

Oh My God!

Another woman who isn’t afraid to shot! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m collecting-the-amazons: I’m creating a cultural catalog of amazing female artists who we can all learn from. And who did I meet last night? None other than Ida Maria!

YouTube, my into-the-wee-hours-of-the-night best friend, introduced me to Ida Maria at approximately 2:30 a.m. I was watching Florence + the Machine’s Rabbit Heart video when YouTube prompted me: underneath “Suggestions,” in the right-hand column of my screen, there appeared a series of small colorful boxes to chose from. From inside one, a blunt-banged brunette hovered over a microphone, looking out at the camera as if she was calling its bluff. I clicked the box, and Ida Maria’s  “Oh My God” video soon took over my computer screen. She was loud, she was out of control, and she was badass: Perfect amazon material.

Growing up, Ida Maria must have watched a lot of music videos herself, mostly ones featuring Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane—the two are almost identical. Who else could have taught Maria to rock out a microphone like that?

Recently, I’ve been coming across a lot of female vocalists who aren’t afraid to shout: Regina Spektor, Marina and the Diamonds, and, of course, Lady Gaga, to name a few. These women make me happy; they scrunch their faces when they sing, more concerned with making the right sound than with appearing aesthetically pleasing for the viewer. You’ll never see Lady Gaga compromise her artistic vision for her looks in a music video or live performance. Ida Maria—like Gaga—is unafraid of looking and sounding monstrous.

These women are also unafraid of singing off key. Regina Spektor and Florence + the Machine throw their voices, reaching new intensive heights and expressing the dissonant nuances of female emotion. They orate the sound within—the imperfect pitch of experience. By shouting, these women challenge docile images of femininity and open a sound space where women can sing their stories—however off-beat they may be.

By the power vested in me, I hereby declare Ida Maria the second official member of Lady Medusa’s amazons. (Premier member TBA)

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