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Back-up Singer Blues? May 15, 2007

Posted by rachaelg in Destiny's Child, Dixie Chix, Dreamgirls, En Vogue, female relationships, Girl Power, Pussycat Dolls, Shut up and Sing, Spice Girls, the Supremes.
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Though it’s peripheral to the main plot, one comment struck me while I was watching Shut Up and Sing.  They’re all in the recording studio and Martie brings up the common phenomenon of a band-mate’s envy of the lead singer.  She talks about how bandmembers will feel unappreciated and angry, but how the lead singer can threaten to go solo.  After a while, Natalie (the Dixie Chicks’ lead singer) jumps in (more…)

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7 babies, 13 grammys May 12, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in Dixie Chix, motherhood, opting out.
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One of my favorite themes of the Dixie Chick’s Shut up and Sing was how naturally the singers took to handling motherhood and their careers. Although it was obviously not as easy at it appeared on film, I think that it is important to note that the women did think of motherhood as just as fulfilling, if not more, than their careers as country singers. We saw their pregnancies, their husbands, their practicing with babies in hand…and I know that this post sounds very lovey-dovey, but I just really think it is amazing that these women are showing that you can have it all…that you may work yourself to the ground or need a substantial amount of help to have it all, but that in the end, it is possible. Here’s the link an ABC article about the Dixie Chicks and motherhood.

Bush or Backlash? May 9, 2007

Posted by lindamc in 911, Bill Clinton, class, controversy, Dixie Chix, Female Power, feminism, G W. Bush, Girl Power, nationalism, politics, Power, relationships with men, sexual power, sexuality, Shut up and Sing.
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I can’t remember who made the comment about the post 911 reversion into a sort of white-boy southern American pride on Sunday’s class, but watching Shut up and Sing really got me thinking about Bush’s influence on aspects of our popular culture (more…)