By Heather O.
Yesterday’s Washington Post’s Style section had this great article about rockin’ mommas. Yes, ladies, it’s Mamapalooza! In summary of the article (for those of you who are like me and don’t want to follow the link, or don’t have time to read the whole article) dozens of mothers nationwide are creating a new genre of music: mom rock. For the past three years, mothers have gotten together for a musical festival around the country that stars local mom musicians and artists, performing music that deals exclusively with mommy issues.
Check out these band names:
Housewives on Prozac
Moms on the Edge
Titles of their songs include:
Soccer Mom Stomp
Take Out the Trash
Eat your Damn Spaghetti
It’s a great article about these mothers who are artists and moms, and how they are trying to show that these two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And some of their songs lyrics are hysterical. As the Post put it, they could have been penned by a “cranky Mr. Rogers”. My favorite is “Pee Alone”, by Housewives on Prozac:
My needs are simply simple
I just wanna read the paper
I just wanna talk on the phone
I just wanna take a shower
And I only want to pee alone
Some also have their kids onstage with them. The Post had a great picture of a mom rockin’ out with her toddler daughter hanging on to her leg. The mother had a doll stuck in her sexy boot. Most performers can’t make the entire country tour of the festival because, hey, they’re moms–whose going to watch their kids?
I’m not exactly a rock musician, but I loved reading about these mommies doing what they love to do while their kids zoom in and out of their practice sessions and concerts. These women have incorporated their children into their self-expression, and they are all having a great time. Everybody wins.
Ok, so anybody up for a song writing night? Let’s see–how ’bout we start with the song “Momma don’t allow no fire startin’ round here”, or “Dishwasher blues.” Pick up your guitars, your drums, your oatmeal boxes full of beans, and let’s rock!
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