Late in 2017 I started writing songs for my next album, a set of songs inspired by women in US history. The current state of our country caused me to look into past US history, partly as an escape from the present, partly to find some inspiring women in our past. I found a lot of them! Some of them are famous, like Helen Keller and Amelia Earhart, and some are lesser known but equally inspiring, like Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Lucy Goldthorpe.
People started hearing about my history project and sent me more suggestions. There’s no way I can write songs about all of the fascinating women (and men) who have been suggested, but researching them and seeing who sparks my creative fire has been a blast. Here’s the list so far.
As of February 2019 I'm still fairly early in the recording process. Meanwhile my friend Nancy Terzian has created the wonderful cover above using images and items to symbolize most of the women. So some progress is being made!
Here are all of the women who inspired the songs on 13 Women--I'll add more links and info about each woman later on:
I realize it's fairly presumptuous to muse and write about the thoughts of these women. Here are my thoughts on that.
Live: Two Songs from 13 Women
Me singing Just Give Me Everything with Renee Hayes and Tom Manche. Renee co-wrote another song on this project inspired by Edmonia Lewis, A Wave That Rocks Me.
I played a couple of the songs from Thirteen Women at a show in Nashville last summer: Spell was inspired by Sarah Wildes, who lived in the seventeenth century. Read about her here. Below that is a duo version of Just Give Me Everything.