emerging musicians

stargeant  asked:

For DWC - "First Dance", author's choice of ship if you want! :)

Thank you for prompting me :D This is the first one I’ve managed to finish for @dadrunkwriting!

Gonna do this for… Alistair x Rora Surana – 656 words

Despite its remoteness, the inn the party stopped at that night proved a surprisingly lively place. The companions were in the midst of dinner when musicians emerged as if from nowhere and began to play a lively jig. Patrons clapped their hands in time to the music, and others got up to dance. Zevran was enthralled.

“Some entertainment at last!” he said. “I thought you Fereldans did not know the meaning of the word. We should join in. Rora, if I may?”

Rora, still in the process of drinking her soup, looked up in surprise at Zevran’s offered hand. She shook her head.

“No, thank you,” she said. “I can’t dance.”

“Anyone can dance,” said Zevran. Rora shrugged apologetically. “Really? No? Alistair, then!” He turned to the tall man, who was seated next to Rora. “Dance with me, my good man.”

Alistair, who had been chewing a bite of bread, swallowed so hard Rora feared he would choke. He, too, shook his head.

“No, no, absolutely not,” he said. “I am not dancing, much less with you.”

Zevran clicked his tongue, and turned to the others, “Anyone else? No?” He sighed when he was met with rejections all around. “Ah, you wound me. But, no matter. I’m sure someone will wish to dance with one as handsome as I.”

With that, he swept off to look for a partner elsewhere in the inn. The others went back to their food and conversations, but Rora caught Alistair’s eye.

“You really don’t want to dance?” she said. “With anyone?”

Alistair reddened. He put his bread down before meeting her eyes again.

“I’ve never done it before,” he said sheepishly. “No dancing in the Grey Wardens, much less in Templar training. If I tried I’d embarrass myself.”

Instead of answering, Rora let her eyes wander to the dancers. Couples were spinning, whirling and stepping across the floor in time to the music. Zevran, too, danced with a partner—a dark eyed human man who’d been sitting in a corner by himself. Zevran dramatically spun and then dipped his taller partner as the music picked up, and he and the man laughed.

Rora turned back to Alistair.

“Looks fun,” she said.


The song came to an end. They watched as Zevran bowed to his partner, then walked over to a human woman, bowing to her as well and offering his hand. She giggled and took it. The band began to play again, a slower, quieter song. A steady drum beat.

Making a decision, Rora pushed back her chair and stood up. She held out her hand to Alistair.

“Come on,” she said. “I can’t dance either, so you don’t need to be embarrassed.”

Alistair stared at her hand, blinked. Then, he grinned. He stood up and took her small hand in his.

“Fine,” he said. He moved closer, close enough that his body pressed against hers. His voice was a rumble just above her head. “Just don’t get mad if I step on your toes.”

She giggled, pressing her face into his chest. Then, she stepped back and they walked hand in hand onto the inn floor.

It wasn’t much of a dance. As much more skilled couples wove and spun around them, she and Alistair simply swayed in place, his hand on the small of her back. She didn’t care, though. All she was aware of was the warmth of his body against hers and the gentle way he held her. Looking up into his eyes, the music, the other couples, faded away. All that remained was the two of them.

When the song ended—it took them a moment to realize it had—they came apart, sheepish and shy once more.

“That was nice,” Alistair said, rubbing his head.

“Yes,” said Rora. She looked up and smiled. “I think we need more practice, though.”

Alistair reached for her hand again, drawing her closer, and she giggled as his lips brushed the top of her head.

“Good idea.”


In an industry predominately governed by men, the rise of female bands is breathing new life into an otherwise testosterone filled trade. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a huge, ever expanding list of all male bands that ooze talent and promise and are brilliant musicians. However, during a time when, unfortunately, sexism is still very much present (all you have to do is scroll down the Youtube comments in a feminist video to find the sad, misogynistic and most definitely single people) it’s refreshing to see women taking control of the stage. In fact, just as I looked at my CD collection I noticed that I own no albums from an all girl band. Even worse, the only female I could pick out from the collection was Anna Prior, the brilliant drummer from Metronomy. Although this can be partially blamed on me for not buying every album of every band that I listen to, it’s definitely an indicator to a severe lack of girl bands.

Thankfully, female musicians are emerging from all over the world and integrating themselves amongst the men, proving that they are equally capable and talented. You don’t have to search very hard to hear the husky vocals and aggressive style of the LA, leather wearing, “Bad.Ass” duo Deap Vally singing about their rock n roll lifestyle, divulging lines like “If our mothers only knew, the trouble that we get into.” Or Glasgow duo Honeyblood – don’t let Stina’s seemingly innocent, soft voice trick you as she shouts “scumbag, sleaze, slimeball, grease, you really do disgust me” in “Super Rat”, before ending with a gentle reminder that “I will hate you forever”. It is, in my opinion, a joy to listen to lyrics which make you want to join a feminist rally, rather than those which provoke heartfelt memories of an ex.

Recently at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a tribute to world renowned rock legend Kurt Cobain, who was not only front man of Nirvana but also an activist for gay rights, women’s rights and racial equality, four of the music industry’s most talented women were invited to perform four of Nirvana’s songs. These women were: Lorde, Annie Clark from St Vincent, Joan Jett and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. All you have to do is watch their performances to understand why they were chosen; their individual styles brought back Nirvana’s songs with such power that even those most opposed against the idea were left reeling. Joan Jett’s rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is enough to convince all the musical misogynists that women can rock just as hard as men. Meanwhile, Lorde became the first women to win the VMA Award for Best Rock Video; she won whilst being in a category entirely of nominated men. Similarly, all ranked in NME’s list of 100 most influential artists were St Vincent (92), Grimes (72) and Hole (Courtney Love) (21).

The influence that an all girl band, or even female members of a band, can have on female listeners is incredible. Take Emily from Superfood or Ellie from Wolf Alice, who show that girls can play bass or front a band and still be feminine and not have to conceal themselves behind their male band mates. It can be an inspiration to girls to pick up an instrument and form their very own band without fear of being mocked or judged.

So next time someone says that “girls can’t play music as well as guys”: sit them down, shut them up, turn up Deap Vally or Deers and watch them squirm as they are suppressed by the realisation of their ignorance and misogynistic views.

Some Female bands:

Deap Vally:  Lindsay and Julie of Deap Vally grace every stage with a fiercesome presence which leaves everybody they encounter in awe of their bold and fiery music and lyrics which don’t rely on the mention of boyfriends. They demonstrate that two women with drums and a guitar can make as much noise as any four piece band.

Honeyblood: Glasgow duo who hide darker, scathing lyrics behind an innocent image. “Super Rat” advised for after a break up.

Haim: Californian sister three piece have taken the world by storm, having played at Glastonbury and are fast becoming ambassadors for female musicians.

Deers: Spanish four piece are making their way into UK’s music radar and aren’t we glad!

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