Weeknotes 110 - Participation in social conventions
- I’m currently reading Tegan and Sara’s memoir, High School, and so far I’m surprised by just how candid it is about the experience of having been an LGBTQ teen. Relatable, but not always in a good way. I recently finished Jacob Tobia’s memoir Sissy which specifically focussed on growing up gender non-conforming. Parts of it were difficult to read because they reminded me how easily other people can hurt you deeply by simply being outspoken about your participation in the existing social conventions.
- I’ve been trying to discover guitar music I can get inspired by, made by people who are currently alive. So I’ve been listening to Hayley Williams’s and Dua Lipa’s Tiny Desk concerts, Jay Som’s Anak Ko album, some Cherry Glazzer discovered through a tutorial for one of their songs, a couple of songs by Ludic and Hard Times by Paramore. Any other recommendations welcome. I don’t even know what genres any of these are.
- I’m mostly discovering new stuff through She Shreds, a magazine featuring women guitarists and bassists. She Shreds won my heart with this sick burn: “In 2018, the new owner of Rolling Stone’s parent company announced that their goal for the publication was to be relevant to millennial consumers—a hell of an endeavor for a magazine that has been recycling Bob Dylan and The Beatles since its inaugural issue.” She Shreds was founded to be an alternative to stuff like this.
- Fender’s own research from 2018 discovered that not only women play guitar, but make up 50% of all beginners. Imagine everyone’s surprise!
- Today is the last day of my holiday. I’m going to miss drinking coffee in bed until noon.