If you find you are in need of inspiration, then do yourselves a favor and listen to Nedra Johnson singing the song “Amazon” in its entirety. Amazon, written by Maxine Feldman many years ago, is as close to a women’s anthem as we have, as women. It is performed every year on Wednesday, opening night, at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival on Night Stage. Nedra is performing on opening night this year and I am hoping that means she will be the one to sing Amazon. Nedra performs Amazon distinctively; the ending of the song is all her own.
You can listen to Nedra’s “Nedra” and “Testify” CD’s in their entirety if you go here. If you’re new to her music, I’d suggest “So Good So Far,” “The World Could Stop Turning,” “Jesus is a Lesbian,” on “Nedra” and “Hail Mary,” on “Testify,” an amazing song that I have sometimes listened to over and over for hours at a time. It’s a song about Michigan, about women, about our people. Sniff. But her CD’s are amazing from beginning to end.
And Nedra has won the OUT Music Awards this year, as well!!
I blogged about what Nedra’s music means to me a while ago. I am indebted to her for hours and hours and days of inspiration, encouragement, and comfort. She’s an amazing artist.