I have been tagged by The Sunshine Artist, for the Fun Friday Flashback.
Thanks Jenna for the tag. I hope you enjoy this post.
I am not tagging anyone. But please if you would like to share about a strong, adorable and quirky woman from the past, do participate.
Today’s travel through time will take you back to capture women who are strong, yet adorably quirky using the above quote as inspiration. You can focus on just one woman or multiple women of your choice. They can be book characters, movie characters, tv characters, authors, scientists, fictional or realistic, the choice is yours. The goal is to share how these strong female characters have owned their uniqueness and inspired you.
Well, I had thought of writing a poem about all the women whose writings I so enjoy on WordPress and get away with it. But I realised I had to go back in time!
So dear friends, I present Grace Slick, lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, a woman of soaring vocals, known as an absolute powerhouse but perhaps known more for her addictions.
Grace Slick (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in the psychedelic music scene in the mid-1960s. Her music career spanned four decades. She performed with The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. She also had a sporadic solo career. Slick provided vocals on a number of iconic songs, including “Somebody to Love”, “White Rabbit”, “We Built This City”, and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”.
(So pretty, isn’t she!)
In a male-dominated environment, Grace stood out. She was the poster girl for the Woodstock era but never saw herself as an icon. “Women have always been singers. Female Supreme Court judges, that’s impressive. I just thought I was a singer – not Bach or Mozart or Handel. ‘Course, if we were all singers we’d be in terrible shape.”
On the road to sobriety, Slick decided to quit the stage. “I don’t like seeing people my age leaping around, singing about their feelings when they were 23,” she says. “If you’re comfortable with it, go ahead. I’m easily embarrassed for people. ‘Oh my God, honey, get off the stage. Become a producer or something.’”
(So graceful at 78)
These days, Grace rises at 4am every day and starts painting. She paints what she knows: white rabbits, portraits of dead rock stars, wine labels, marijuana plants, ice-cream- guzzling kids as metaphors for the obesity epidemic.
In an interview she said, “I don’t live off my art though. If I did, I’d be starving. Royalty cheques are great. I always knew once the Airplane became famous that it would be around until I drop dead.
Anyway, I deserve it. I wrote a few good songs. And I’ve never bounced a cheque in my life.”
Just read the cool quotes from her memoirs which really make her cool and quirky.