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GUITAR UKULELE DUET” - a beautiful pair of sisters sitting on their front steps playing a Guitar and Ukulele duet. I love their nautical school girl outfits and rolled down black silk stockings. Older sister has her hair fashionably bobbed and finger waved, younger sister with her hair softly fluffed, white bloomers under her skirt. Sultry and sweet, I would love to sit at their feet and listen to them strumming and singing their old time songs.

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time to dance // panic! at the disco

I added to someone else’s post a while ago about music I like with women and girls singing and/or on instruments, but I found more, so here’s an updated list:

Bands with girls on instruments/back-up vocals:

The White Stripes

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jeff Williams and Casey Lee Williams (technically they’re the theme music for the series RWBY, not a band, but it’s good music, so I’m including it anyway)

Skillet

Sick Puppies

Amaranthe

Ensiferum

Female-Fronted Bands:

The Agonist (and with their new singer)

Arch Enemy (with their previous singer)

Flyleaf

Halestorm

Tonight Alive

Paramore

Valora

Evanescence

Nightwish

PVRIS

The Distillers

Fit For Rivals

Butcher Babies

Xandria

Eluveitie

Delain

The Birthday Massacre

Katra

Diva Destruction

Exsecratus

Epica

Sirenia

Within Temptation

All-Girl Bands:

Stereopony

BABYMETAL

Astarte

The Applicators

Care Bears on Fire

Fabulous Disaster

Girl in a Coma

Kittie

L7

LiveOnRelease

Lunachicks

I’M SO PASSIONATE ABOUT WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?? LIKE
I TAUGHT JASMINE HOW TO PLAY GUITAR CAUSE I THOUGHT SHE’D LIKE IT AND NOW SHE HAS HER OWN ELECTRIC
A GIRL WHO STARTED TALKING TO ME CAUSE I WORE AN MCR SHIRT WAS LIKE “I WISH I COULD PLAY BASS BUT I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER LEARN” AND I WAS LIKE “I WILL TEACH YOU, NO CHARGE” AND ENDED UP LENDING HER MY BASS FOR A COUPLE MONTHS SO SHE COULD PRACTICE UNTIL SHE BOUGHT HER OWN
I’VE HELPED BEGINNER SINGERS FIGURE OUT HARMONIES WHEN THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD ONLY SING MELODY
LIKE
I JUST WANT WOMEN WHO LOVE MUSIC TO PURSUE IT AND DO IT INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING “I WISH I COULD” AND DOING NOTHING
I WILL TEACH ANY INSTRUMENT I CAN SO WOMEN CAN EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH MUSIC

A Lady Playing the Tanpura

India (Rajasthan, Kishangarh), Mughal, c. 1750

Ink, opaque and transparent watercolors, and gold on paper

The Kishangarh atelier is renowned for its paintings and for highly finished, large-scale, tinted drawings such as this one. Images of a woman drinking wine, holding flowers, or playing an instrument became popular in Rajasthani painting during the first half of the eighteenth century, evolving in part from imperial Mughal precedents. Here, an entertainer appears to have transformed into a nayika, an idealized Indian heroine and personification of female beauty. She is adorned in courtly costume and jewels and plucks the string of her tanpura (a drone instrument of the lute family, frequently played by women) with henna-dyed fingertips.

Dude it’s wild how many girls will come out to talk about how they’ve felt snubbed by punk/never felt like they had the opportunity to learn to play music.
I’m all about supporting women learning to play an instrument at whatever age, and people starting bands with newbies (I’m one too!!)
Honestly bee inspired me so much cause at 25(? I think?) she had never really played guitar until like a week before our first band practice and like 7-8 months later shes a totally competent punk guitar player who can play fast and write cool songs.
Start girl bands, start co-ed bands, start bands with people of whatever gender, just don’t make ‘em all boy bands!!!

Gouache painting on paper from an album of eighty-two paintings of Hindu deities. Rati kneels, aiming an arrow on the back of a horse formed of five women. She holds the ikshukodanda (sugarcane bow) and five arrows in her hands, and from her left shoulder hangs a quiver. Of the five women constituting her horse, three carry musical instruments: cymbals, vina and mridanga (barrel shaped drum). The fourth, with a yak-tail chauri, forms the rump, hind leg and tail of the horse. The fifth constitutes the horse’s fourth leg. An expanse of brown colour at the bottom of the page indicates the ground.
Date1850 (circa)
Painted in: Tamil Nadu

The British Museum

The Trio–Fantasie (1886).Herbert Denman (American, 1855-1903). Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum.

Denman’s work, which is somewhat decorative in character, was described by contemporaries as marked by good qualities of color and drawing. The Trio was considered to be one of the best of his works, and was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1886. It represented three young women with musical instruments. The light puts the back woman and the face of the middle woman in shadow while highlighting the face of the woman with the harp.

THE SUN’S SON IS A DICK

THE WORLD USED TO BE COMPLETELY RULED BY WOMEN. THE TUPI SUN GOD GOT FED UP WITH THIS SHIT AND DEMANDED SOME FUCKING EQUALITY. 

TO FIX THINGS HE GETS A GIRL CALLED CEUCY PREGNANT THROUGH SOME DIVINE VIRGIN PREGNANCY BULLSHIT INVOLVING TREE SAP. SOUNDS REALLY FUCKING STICKY. SHE HAS A SON, JURUPARI, WHO GROWS UP TO BE AN UTTER LITTLE SHIT. 

HE ESTABLISHES MALE DOMINANCE ACROSS THE WORLD, CAUSES ANY WOMEN WHO LOOK AT HIM TO DROP DEAD, AND ENDS UP KILLING HIS OWN MOTHER. HE ALSO MAKES A BIG DEAL ABOUT BANNING WOMEN FROM MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND RELIGIOUS RITES AND IS GENERALLY A DICK. 

JURUPARI THEN GOES ON A BIG QUEST TO FIND THE IDEAL WIFE FOR HIS DAD THE SUN, BUT GIVES UP AND DECIDES NO WOMAN IS GOOD ENOUGH. IN SOME VERSIONS, HE THEN BECOMES THE STRAIGHT-UP SPIRIT OF FEDORA WEARING EVIL.