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Women in Music

Women in Music Anne Murray Recently, while doing some research I was reminded that the history of ranking and rating recording artists really does give women the short shrift. My next post will be on May 6, it's the third anniversary of writing my blog and a bit too close to Mother's Day for this topic. So I'm getting ahead of that to celebrate Women (and many of them mothers) in music.  A  clue on Jeopardy also piqued my interest to dedicate a post. It was from April 7, 2021, "Last name of Fanny, seen here, (picture shown) some of her compositions were originally published under her brother Felix's name" and a contestant got it right, I however had no answer. I will get to that a bit later. I have pointed to this issue before, in several of my posts I discuss the lists of the greatest of this or that and in one post I was pointing out the systematic low ratio of airplay given to female Country singers. Last year women had 23% of the #1 songs, this is the high

Born on the Bayou

Born on the Bayou Just like the food, Cajun and Creole music has its own flavour. From the south part of Louisiana (in major cities such as Lafayette and Lake Charles) just west of New Orleans, music from the Bayou extends down to the coast and into Texas. Historically, both the Cajun and Creole people are descendants of the Acadians, who were primarily from what is now the Maritime Region of Canada. They were mainly from Nova Scotia but also from Canada's only French-speaking province of Quebec. It's a long story that I'm not very qualified to tell but Colonial French-speaking people were effectively expelled from their homeland and eventually settled in Louisiana starting in the mid-1700s. The music of the region reflects some of their French Canadian Catholic backgrounds, and like many migrants, they took the easiest instruments to carry when they relocated, in this 'case' it was one of their favourites, the fiddle. Added to the fiddle after the migration was the