A couple weeks ago--thanks to truly amazing friends and my quick typing fingers--I was the first to respond to an email saying there was an extra ticket to see Ani play at Ex'pression College in Emeryville. It was a pretty sweet setup. They get these great artists to come in and perform to give students the opportunity to film a live show. So my friend Ellen and I got to stand ten feet away from Ani as she belted out some new stuff.
Here's the link to the show. (The stream still isn't showing the entire show which is very annoying, but it's a good taste.)
The really interesting thing about Ani is how raw she is and always has been, about her politics and her relationships. And it seems like now--she's with the man of her life and has a 3-year-old baby--her gritty relationship song days are over, but her political songs are back with the same poetry and intensity that sometimes gives me goosebumps.
I have to admit that being in a less angst-filled relationship has resulted in me listening to her less. But hearing her now was like seeing an old friend who has gotten her life together in a really positive way.
Oh, Ani DiFranco, how you've carried me through many rough patches. Thanks for helping me never feel ashamed calling myself a feminist.