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Ember, she/her/hers, white, queer, cis, giant nerd. Current fandoms apparently include PJO, RWBY, the MCU, the Dragon Age franchise, and, well, a lot of other stuff. Fandoms that appear here whenever they show up on my dash include Discworld, the Queen's Thief books, Tamora Pierce, and Shakespeare. Icon by Viria.

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  • Me: *playing Tomb Raider*
  • Grandmother who is visiting for the weekend: Mind if I sit with you?
  • Me: *squirming slightly because there is gore and swearing in this game and my grandmother is a sweet old lady: Um, if you want to.
  • Grandmother: *sits* Thank you, dear.
  • Me: *continuing to play for about five minutes*
  • Grandmother:
  • Grandmother:
  • Grandmother: KILL THEM KILL THEM ALL
  • Grandmother: OKAY NOW KILL THEM ALL
  • Me: *slowly turns to look at her* Grandma
  • Grandmother: *sweet smile* Hmm?
  • Me: Grandma oh my god
  • Grandmother: *more smiling* Well, hurry up and kill everyone else, I want to see you save this Sam person.
  • Me:
  • Me:
  • Grandmother: Kill them.




Tumblr, you’re gonna enjoy this. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra ( Puerto Rican heritaged, Bronx raised, New Orleans educated) is not only a magnificent musician but more importantly a class human. 'The Body Electric' is her answer to classic murder ballads like Johnny Cash’s Delia’s Gone.

"I just thought maybe it was time a woman sings a song about murder ballads since it’s so often women that are killed in murder ballads." (x)

"This one goes out to all the ladies out there who are tired of feeling afraid." (x)

“I also feel like, first and foremost, I have this feminist lense that I see the world in. And I feel like folk music is so great because it’s a conversation throughout the generations. So I thought it was fairly important for someone like myself to add my voice into these old songs. And also just give these characters a voice, give Delia a voice. And just give these women characters their humanity back." (x)

(Hurray for the Riff Raff also self-identify as a queer band if you need any more encouragement to get on itunes already and support them).

This sounds awesome, but I would also like to present a a couple of ladies who sang ‘these old songs’ but aren’t known for it like Johnny Cash is:

Anne Briggs - left home as a teenager in the 1950s to tour the folk clubs of Britain (allegedly cycled from Nottingham to Edinburgh). Often sang without accompaniment, can be credited with bringing the bouzouki to British and Irish folk music. See Polly Vaughan, where a guy out hunting accidentally kills his sweetheart because he thinks she was a swan (just go with it, ok) but her ghost turns up at his trial to save him from death - or just go for Sovay, in which a woman dresses as a highwayman to test her lover’s truthfulness.

Frankie Armstrong - way powerful singing voice, you can hear her anger on behalf of the women she sings about in every note. See The Old Man from Over the Sea, who our protagonist does not want to marry, understandably enough. Also The Maid on the Shore (you might know Stan Rogers’ version), in which a crew of leery sailors try to have off with a woman they see on the shore, only for her to sing them to sleep and steal all their stuff.

Eliza Carthy - you need to see this woman dance around the stage in her fabulous corset whilst killing it on the fiddle - and her mother Norma Waterson, and Norma’s late sister Lal. Eliza does a cracking song called Blow the Winds in which a shepherd hoping to have his way with a girl he sees out bathing gets duped by her, and Eliza and Norma recorded an album together called Gift which is glorious.

And then you’ve got Peggy SeegerSandy Denny, Linda Thompson, Shirley Collins, June Tabor and Jacqui McShee, amongst others, but I am well aware this is a very white list right here, I just wanted to let people know about these ladies who kept old songs alive during the twentieth century who really don’t get the appreciation they deserve. This is without even getting on to people like Anais Mitchell and Bella Hardy who are also keeping this stuff alive right now.

Folk music can be some powerful shit and I am all for hearing ladies reclaim the gross rapey murderous content of some of these songs.

Folk and bluegrass are covered up in awesome ladies who are trying to reclaim murder ballads (the two genres are entwined so I’m going to refer to them together). Historically as well as in present day. It’s also important to note that these musicians rarely change pronouns, and only if it makes an important change to the story. 

It’s also important to notice that by in large, the majority of traditional murder ballads written the last 50 years tend to place the women in the role of murderer. There are a lot of problems with this on it’s won, but I’ve seen so many things lately about how all murder ballads are violence towards women and that’s an…extremely superficial assessment by people who don’t seem to have done much investigation beyond the lists you can find on wikipedia.

Murder ballads play a rather significant role in the fight for civil rights, from race to class to sexuality in more recent years. Let’s talk about Strange Fruit and the incredible impact it had. Let’s talk about Hazel Dickens and her endless pro-union fight for the Appalachian miners. And probably the song that is most relevant to this is Yablonski Murder, about a contemporary murder written in a way to stir support for the mining union. I’ve seen a lot of pushback lately against murder ballads (all legitimate, I’m not trying to excuse anything), but I feel like it’s often not presenting the whole story. These stories are based on real events that happened, a dramatization of things that happened to actual people, and they were a way to keep their story alive. When sung by women, which was and is SO COMMON within folk culture, they take on an air of remembrance, the idea that women are remembering past wrongs and not letting our stories drift into obscurity.

#music #fascinating shit #cw: murder #cw: rape #jason grace #reyna avila ramirez arellano #cheeseburgers with ares and other adventures #annabeth chase #piper mclean #cheeseburgers with ares and other adventures


things I didn’t think I’d spend hours doing: this

things i spent hours doing anyway for no reason because i didnt even “finish” it: this

(not sure if its been done before buuuut) This is based off of this post, requested by @wardingwatson 

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