List of Female Musicians

I posted this the other day and you all came through. You gave me tons of great suggestions of female musicians and/or bands with strong female voices. My Dad even texted me some! (Although I don’t know why that surprises me. When we were little he would put on Melissa Ethridge albums and make my sisters and me say, “Scream at me, Melissa!”) 

I thought I should return your generosity and compile a list of all the bands you sent me and post it, so I did - see below. I love the variety, I love the unpretentiousness, I love that you just tell me who you like to listen to. I’m working my way through the list one by one. So far - the Carla Bruni Pandora station feels like going on a trip to Paris, and Mirah is super cool. 

  • Carla Bruni
  • Mirah
  • Grimes
  • Duffy
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Tove Lo
  • Etta Jones
  • Cat Power
  • Beyonce
  • Marina & The Diamonds
  • Alicia Keys
  • Tegan & Sara
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Lorde
  • Taylor Swift (start w Red or Speak Now and listen to everything, not just the singles)
  • Sara Bareilles
  • Haim
  • Charli XCX
  • The Naked and Famous
  • Paper planes
  • Heartless Bastards
  • Alice Bowman
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • First Aid Kit
  • The Oh Hellos
  • Dessa
  • Cold Specks
  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Mapei
  • Valerie June
  • Thao
  • Sarah Jaffe
  • JayMay
  • tUnE-yArDs
  • Madi Diaz
  • Best Coast
  • Mavis Staples
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Kate Nash
  • A Fine Frenzy
  • Shakira
  • Wild Belle
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Alice Russell
  • Banks
  • Heartless Bastards
  • Neko case
  • Nina Simone
  • Bjork
  • The Bird and The Bee
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Laura Marling
  • Joni Mitchell
  • meklit hadero
  • madeleine peyroux
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Regina Spektor
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Birdy
  • Martha Wainwright
  • St. Vincent (especially Strange Mercy)
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Mr. Little Jeans
  • Liz Phair 
  • Carole King 
  • Heart
  • Mazza Star
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Lisa Loeb
  • Melissa Ethridge
Three Things

1) Our internet’s been spotty recently and Molly’s been driving me a little bit crazy when I work from home, so I spent the morning at Intelligentsia. I was lackadaisical at first - DID NOT feel like getting anything done, but procrastination really isn’t an option these days. I was rewarded when I got down to business, though, because as soon as I started working, I found a key article that goes over exactly what research I need to be familiar with before I apply for these two grants I’m working on (grants that would get me a cool post-doc and keep me in Chicago for two more years). But like any really important article, it was dense. Lots of ideas to work through, lots of sources to look up and record so I remember to read them later. A couple of hours in I was only about halfway done and thought about heading home, but then a voice in my head said…

Finish it.

(Isn’t that a line from a creepy movie or something? Finish it.)

So I dug in, and I did. 

A successful professor once told me to inject urgency into non-urgent tasks as often as possible. Tell yourself you can’t go to that yoga class unless you write a certain number of words, or that you’re going to put the pedal to the metal and get as much coding done as you can in 60 minutes. This has been enormously helpful advice for me. I can get into too comfortable of a pace working in the tomato system and focus only on how many hours I’ve spent, not how much I’ve accomplished in those hours. Today was a day when I successfully injected urgency into my work, and it felt great to polish off a task in its entirety rather than leave it for tomorrow.

2) I’ve recently become passionate about this shirt from Forever 21. I wore it out today and feel more put together than I have in weeks. It’s Brady-proof, which means I haven’t been able to scrounge it up by washing it wrong, spilling stuff on it, stretching it, etc., and that’s saying something. It always looks professional, it always hangs right. It’s worked on both my normal and big-bellied body. Highly recommend. Here it is in action.


Sorry for the poorly executed selfie and thank you bimsk for the skinny jeans and also for the advice to shop at Forever 21. 

3) We sold Molly’s crate last night and bought her a dog bed and moved her into our room. I loved it. It went pretty well, except for when she decided that 3 a.m. was the perfect time to get up and play with her frisbee. Other than that, she stayed on it most of the night and only hopped up into our bed for morning snuggles. 

Isn’t this picture of her the best? I’ve caught her lounging on the dog bed several times already today, and it makes me happy. I like making her happy.


It’s beginning to look a lot like the third trimester.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the third trimester.

And now for your viewing pleasure…
Me, in fifth grade. 
Oh my.

And now for your viewing pleasure…

Me, in fifth grade. 

Oh my.

My family. Surrounding the two people who started it all 60 years ago.

My family. Surrounding the two people who started it all 60 years ago.