Saturday, March 29, 2008

Girls who play Guitar

I was watching a program the other night about Les Paul and the electric guitar. All sorts of famous guitarists were interviewed - they were all men. And it reminded me that although I have taught all of my girls to play guitar, they will always have a harder time being recognized for what they do well. They are extraordinary women, extraordinary human beings. All of them are committed to changing the world for the better. They care, and they are kind. But being kind these days isn't cool. Instead, we are all encouraged to be like the bad boys, play a mean guitar, play rough sports, win at all costs.

So here's to all the girls who play guitar, who play lacrosse with the boys and who swim like fiends. May they rejoice in the way they play. May girls and boys alike be stars for being kind, listening and wanting to change the world for the better. Here's to all the millions of people who change the world by loving justice and not by winning wars. And here's to those who would cheer on the gentle, strong, less recognized but completely awesome guitar players (or whatever expressive art they gently offer to the world)!

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