Here in Chicago, it’s difficult to miss the sharp uptick in the number of motorists laying on the horn; at times, it feels like being in New York City. For a genuine metropolis, Chicago has a remarkably relaxed populace and the lack of car horn deluge is one of those extra special perks. But times are changing and that benefit may be the latest destined for the memory scrapheap.
In a similar vein, there’s no shortage of increasing anxiety inside the field.
Case in point, a recent article by Rebecca Lentjes at thelogjournal.com. It’s a deep dive into dark territory…living women composers and misogyny.
Lentjes unloads 1300+ words squarely focused on dismantling the patriarchy (her phrase). I found myself agreeing with pretty much all her positions but I still walked away from the post feeling dejected.
Fortunately, I pulled up the Women Composer Database Project (WCDP) articles (inspired by composer Rob Deemer’s work) and those helped restore a positive balance between outrage and optimism.
I swung by the database to see that it’s over 2,500 entries; which is more than I recall from my last visit.
If you feel like bringing some happiness into your life, drop by the original WCDP post and share it with your friends and colleagues. It would be great to hear from Deemer with news of another spike in database contributions.