With a level of excitement and trepidation, 12 women come together in January to learn guitar & bass together. This virtual class fostered a sense of belonging and connection the participants had sorely been lacking in their post-pandemic lives.
Our new virtual Lady Rockstars class (called Electric Lady) created a safe space where women can meet weekly to connect, learn & write songs, talk music, and learn the deeper meaning behind lyrics.
Some of these folks had already participated in my live Lady Rockstars classes (created in 2014 after a particularly inspiring week at Girls Rock Charlotte’s first summer camp for girls and gender diverse youth). The Lady Rockstars classes were 4 weeks of band building, connection activities, and song learning; which all culminated in an open mic night that inspired anyone who witnessed it.
When you put a group of women together, you can accomplish ANYTHING. This feeling and sentiment of “catty” behavior among women, simply does not happen in this environment. Women rally to support one another as they all step out of their comfort zones to do something really rad for themselves.
One of my favorite quotes is by none other than the iconic and timeless queer rock god, David Bowie.
“Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don't feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting.”
I knew I was onto something when I set out to create the same warm and supportive community in a virtual way. It felt scary not knowing how I was going to pull this off. You can’t play live music together on Zoom because of the internet lag. Timing is impossible. Yet I had to figure this out. Not having these women in my life in 2020 left a huge hole in my spirit. Honestly, I do these classes for me just as much as them. I am, without fail, continually inspired by their support, thoughtful conversation, and never-ending bravery to do something completely uncomfortable while turning strangers into friends and allies.