Try singing along to this? You can’t, no lyrics, so it’s not a singalong exactly but she’s a composer and we all need a soundtrack for the movie of our lives and I think I choose her to compose mine.
Zoë Keating is a Canadian avant celloist – she uses a laptop and her cello to create one-woman symphonies of “subterranean and rustic soundscapes” – and she launched herself on the Internet, an avenue more women musicians are resorting to because of the sexism of the music industry. Keating now sells enough to be the breadwinner for her little family, which includes a husband and a toddler. Oh, I do love a working mama success story.
When I first started out doing this and I approached record labels and managers and agents they all said, ‘Well, what you do is interesting, but what’s the story? We can’t figure it out. It’s complicated. And it seems kind of niche, and it doesn’t really seem like it would go anywhere’.
I do think it’s kind of harder for women to be noticed if they’re not young and sexy and hot. And I don’t think I’m young and sexy and hot.
Hah! Not sexy and hot?
Image: Keating in a promotional image with her cello in a forest. Keating is a thin, white woman with great hair. She has bright red hair cut short around the sides and dreads piled on top. She’s also rather gorgeous.