women’s rock retreat: what a weekend!

August 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm | Posted in rock-n-roll | Leave a comment

As mentioned previously, I attended the Women’s Rock Retreat to benefit Girls Rock NC.

I’ve been back for a bit now. Putting all the thoughts in my head into words that convey all the emotion and exhiliration I feel has been difficult.

The weekend climaxed with a concert at The Cave in Chapel Hill. My band, Rhythm Sects, performed two songs: “Self Defense” and “Life’s Race.”

Performing was amazing. I can’t put into words the feeling. When I walked off the “stage” (anyone who’s been to The Cave understands my use of quotes), I felt dizzy and like I was going to pass out. But in a good way…

So, how did I get there?

My husband found an article about Girls Rock NC several months ago in the Triangle Business Journal. I contacted them immediately to ask about volunteering. I played roadie at one of the girls’ shows – selling t-shirts and other merch. It was fantastic. The women who run GRNC are amazingly talented and energetic and Later I found out they were doing this Women’s Rock Weekend as a fundraiser for the organization. Totally signed up.

I don’t really play an instrument. I played cello and clarinet years ago. But haven’t really played anything since leaving high school. A bass guitar has been sitting around for a few months that I’ve been dying to play. One of the girls takes electric guitar lessons, my husband plays drums, so I wanted to take on an instrument that would allow us all to jam in the garage.

I was worried that I would be behind, not knowing how to play my instrument. But that wasn’t the case at all. There were women who had never picked up any musical instrument at all to women who played for fun to women who played professionally. And the best thing was that all of these women were tremendous, amazing, fantastic, inspiring.

Even as a grown woman, this experience gave me the feeling of empowerment and self-confidence. Imagine how a 12-year-old girl feels when she stands on a stage and has hundreds of people cheering for her? The same way: empowered, self-confident, amazing. And what a great way for a young girl to feel about herself.


volunteerism and rocking the weekend

August 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Posted in family, kids, rock-n-roll | Leave a comment
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Over the years, I’ve tried to instill some sense of volunteerism and community service in the kids.

We’ve volunteered at the shelter – washing and walking puppies and dogs, socializing kitties. We’ve baked cookies and brownies for fundraising bake sales. We’ve stood outside a certain national retailer and panhandled for donations.

When choosing organizations to work with, I always try to find something the kids will be interested in. So I was totally excited when I found the local organization highlighted below:

Girls Rock NC is a nonprofit organization that runs programs that encourage girls to be confident, creative members of their communities. Girls make bands, have workshops in teamwork, body confidence, zine-making, DIY clothing, recording, Tech Talk, songwriting and more, and are supported as they speak up and share their experiences as girls. We’re part of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance, helping each other stay true to our mission–empowering girls! Close to 1,500 girls around the globe will have the rock camp experience this coming summer– this is a true feminist movement that you can be a part of!

At a concert on July 19, we watched these girls rock out on stage while we sold t-shirts and bumper stickers to their screaming fans. What a rush! As the mother of three girls, I want my girls to have the confidence to express themselves whether it be through music, art, written or spoken word. And that’s what these girls are learning… to be themselves, to respect themselves. The whole experience moved me.

So, when I found out they were having a grown up version – Women’s Rock Retreat – I had to sign up! In just a few hours I’m heading out to meet the other campers, and I’m stoked!

A big thanks to my wonderful hubby who staying home the kids and mutts all weekend allowing me to do this. I love you.

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