When I arrived at the Oriental Theater Saturday afternoon, I was put to work stapling together the zines the girls made throughout the week. I then went to work at the door handing out programs to parents of the budding rock stars as well as people in the community who just came to support the organization and the creative expression of these musical young ladies. I'd given up my Saturday of freedom to volunteer at the Girls Rock Denver Camper Showcase, and it was inspiring -- inspiring to watch this group of young girls, many of whom had never picked up an instrument a week ago, as they performed onstage in front of a crowd of adoring fans.
The campers of Girls Rock Denver spent the last week learning instruments, forming bands and then playing their original songs at the showcase. I was totally amazed by all of the performances -- at one point in the show, Angie "Death Eater" Orford, the vocalist of Dangerous Dreamers, dropped to her knees to scream out the last few words of their song "Rainbow of Death." Not only did the campers write fun, awesome rock songs all in one week, but they also got totally into their performances.
During Purple Lipstick's epic rocker "Cross out the Boys," a woman standing next to me laughingly commented that the girls were "so bitter for so young." But one of the things I really love about Girls Rock is that it encourages expression of emotions like rage and fear that aren't often encouraged in girls. While as adults, we'd probably like to think that young girls don't feel anger or bitterness, they do. Girls Rock Denver offers an empowering way for them to express themselves through music in front of a captive audience that's cheering them on. The audience went wild for it.
Since I was handing out programs, I had a lot of time to look through the girls' awesome lyrics, killer band names, and rock star stage personas. Here's the full program of lyrics to peruse (next page). They're all gold, and include gems like "The only way to stop this terrible rainbow is with an incantation, one good one bad" from "Rainbow of Death" by the Dangerous Dreamers, and "We ain't no wilting flowers / We ain't no Michael Jackson" from "We're Gonna Be" by The Dysfunctional Angels.
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