Some of my favorite ladies who were able to transcend the lines and dots on the page
and make meaningful music. I hope to one day do the same…

Easy ‘nough fu’ folks to hollah,
  Lookin’ at de lines an’ dots,
When dey ain’t no one kin sence it,
  An’ de chune comes in, in spots;
But fu’ real malojous music,
  Dat jes’ strikes yo’ hea’t and clings,
Jes’ you stan’ an’ listen wif me
  When Malindy sings.

excerpt from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “When Malindy Sings”