Of Music and Maya Angelou

There is a poem by Dr. Maya Angelou called Phenomenal Woman. It is one of my all-time favorites and something that I try (with varying degrees of success) to adopt as a personal anthem. I love it’s message of confidence and self-acceptance and rarely miss an opportunity to share it with all the phenomenal women I know. Since today would have been Maya Angelou’s 87th birthday, I decided it would be a good time to share this video of Phenomenal Woman as sung by the phenomenal Ruthie Foster.



But then I discovered a new album of music inspired by Dr. Angelou’s poetry. In fact, each song was created from recordings of Dr. Angelou’s poetry readings re-mixed and set to music. The album is called Caged Bird Songs and you can find out more about it here. The songs range in style but the one that really struck me was this one, inspired by the poem, Still I Rise. Needless to say, I snatched it up on iTunes and instantly added it to my favorite playlist. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Happy birthday Maya Angelou and thank you for continuing to encourage and inspire us with your work.

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