I just got back from seeing Suzanne Vega in concert a couple hours ago. The show was fantastic -- a nice mix of the old and songs from her new album, Beauty and Crime.
I've always thought of Ms. Vega as being waif-like -- at least that's the image I had of her based on her early stuff (the amazing "Luka" and "Tom's Diner", for instance).
Anyway, she came on stage dressed in black...a black half slip, a black jacket and black pants. On her head, she wore a gray man's hat. Her speaking voice was deeper and more confident than her singing voice, and she carried herself in a somewhat masculine fashion.
As the show went on, she charmed us all with song-after-song and pithy explanations of their genesis. Near the end, it got me thinking. Is creativity masculine? I'm a big fan of women in music...my all-time favorite singer being Ani DiFranco. Anyway, it hit me --many of these women, the most creative of the lot, have a slightly masculine persona. In fact, when it comes to music, all of the women I enjoy have a somewhat masculine persona, from Tracy Chapman to Annie Lennox to Ani DiFranco.
Don't throw anything at me -- I'm not trying to be sexist or provocative here, it's seriously something that just hit me and got me thinking. Because (and this may be sexist), overall, men seem to be more creative, in a quantitative if not qualitative sense. I understand all the possible reasons for this, really, I do. But they're "possible" reasons, so the issue may be worthy of discussion.
So, is it possible that when a woman picks up a guitar or a paintbrush or a pen, she's leaning more on her masculine side?
P.S. By the way, if you haven't heard Suzanne Vega's latest CD, Beauty and Crime, do yourself a favor and pick it up. All you're buddies will punch your shoulder and compliment your skillz in choosing music!