I’ve been asking around w/ professional women musicians to join my disco band for over a year. 9 out of 10 of these women didn’t even reply to the emails. Here’s the reason:

This is a true story, by the way, that I’ve been asking around w/ professional women musicians to join my disco band for over a year. 9 out of 10 of these women didn’t even reply to the emails.

I used the exact same approach as I did when asking professional musicians –both men and women– to be involved in a different project, for which I got over 30 yeses, almost all men. I even had to host auditions to narrow it down. And by the way, by all measures, the disco project has far more chance of financial and popular success, and is just plain more fun than the other one was. Even the demos I sent in the introductory/ invitation email sounded better.

But women can’t even be bothered to reply to the emails. And guess what? I don’t even really blame any woman who doesn’t. Because I totally, completely understand where she is coming from.  Let me explain: Continue reading

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In praise of email

At the end of January, I installed a disco ball in my living room. Classy, I know! It was intended for my 33rd b-day disco party at the end of last month… but I knew the minute it was hooked up, it wasn’t coming down any time soon. Since then, Friday nights have become disco nights at my house. I can’t remember what Fridays were like before! I totally look forward to it.

Is there any moment of your week that you get particularly jazzed about? If you reply to let me know, I’ll compile a list and make one of my nifty comics about it! (You know I make comics, right?)

Yesterday, on a whim I wrote an email to the creator of one of my favourite disco songs, “Cathedrals” – an artist named D.C. LaRue.

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