I think the most interesting reading we had this week was “Look Right Through Me,” retelling the infamous story of Mia Zapata and her influence on music. This woman was a pioneer and was definitely a revolutionary in the Punk and Hard Rock genre in Seattle. The really sad thing about this is that it took until today to actually read her story and who she was. This made me think of the gender differences, and how if this were about a man, it surely would’ve been more publicized and popular among the people of Seattle. The other shocking addition to this is that not only was she a pioneer in this genre, but she was also murdered in cold blood. That itself should brought more attention, not to mention that the killer wasn’t convicted until long after her death. These sort of stories always make me question what it would be like if she had instead been a man and how the legacy would differ from a man’s standpoint.
Another thing that this article showed me was how unique and strong this woman was. Her individualism is definitely not the sort of lifestyle I live but the fact that she lived the way she did without anyone’s opinions getting in the way really showed her character and how honest she was with herself. Her attitude and new style of music did not necessarily get as popular as other genres, but the way she went about her music career by encompassing it around her identity rather than other way around showed that she was a musician that did not want to fit in with the rest. She wanted to perform what she related to and sing about what she wanted to sing and to me that is very powerful. It reminded me of Jimi Hendrix in a way. Since we talked about him on Monday I thought the two were very similar in many ways. Both I think shared the same love for music. They did not try to mold their appearance or motives to how many artists do in the music industry. Instead, they performed what they were passionate about without caring about their image. That quality to me, is what makes an artist, an artist.