My New Hermione: Miranda Lambert

By Lauren Miller

Hermione at her most badass.

Ever since the beginning, Hermione Granger has been praised as being the first female character who showed girls that it is ok to
be the hero of the story, to be smart, to stick up for yourself and to not take a back seat to the boys. Now that the series is over who will us girls look to for inspiration? I think I may have found our answer in music.

You may know her as an outlaw of country music. Or you may know her as Blake Shelton’s “honey bee.” Or you may have no idea who she is. Her name is Miranda Lambert and she is my heroine… she’s my new Hermione. Bet she’s never gotten that comparison before.

Miranda first came to the scene with a little ditty about young love, called “Me and Charlie,” and from then I’ve been hooked. She may be blonde, she may wear pretty dresses and she may even play a pink guitar, but that doesn’t mean you should mistake her for every other female pop-tart artist out there. Sure, Taylor Swift has a gift for writing knock out songs, Carrie Underwood has a killer voice, and Shania Twain has that relatability and humility thing on her side. But Miranda, she has something none of them has: attitude. I’m not talking about that thirty-year-old, know it all, snotty girl kind of attitude. I’m talking about a “I know who I am and don’t mess with me” kind of attitude.

A favorite song of mine is the single off her 2009 album Revolution called “Only Prettier.” The video is set up as a 1950’s period piece in which Miranda and her gang of less-than-popular girlfriends (fellow country music artists) attend a party and are placed up against another group of girls in the age-old competition of “who’s prettier.” In the song, Miranda
is basically saying that she’s just like the popular group, but way more awesome. As someone who doesn’t always fit in with the “in crowd” this is definitely my version of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” song.

On her website  there is a quote that perfectly embodies Miranda’s song style:

“I mean every word I say in every lyric of every song on this record, and every record I’ve ever done. I would never take back one word or lyric or point I’ve ever made, because it’s part of who I am. If you’re into honesty, I have the records for you.”

The really cool thing about Miranda is that she serves as a musical role model for any young woman looking to get into music. She writes, sings, and performs all her own music. She plays her own guitar on stage. And more importantly she writes and performs the kind of music she likes, not the kind of music people want to see her perform. This shows girls that they too can do their own thing when writing music. No matter what genre someone is looking to get into, Miranda’s attitude towards music is one that would be valuable to learn about and utilize in one’s own music. Even for someone who isn’t interested in music, Miranda’s attitude is certainly a good one to try to employ in everyday life as well.

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    • Roger,I am very interested in your work I thought the seminar was wonderful I was unable to re listen to all of it but what I have heard I really liked.. I am the mother of two adopted children and have had a journey in this area.I am also a teacher of The Alexander Technique The Alexander Technique is a system of mind and body re education . I use this with my children and myself . It helps with finding a place of mindfulness as it gives the tool to stop in the moment and quiet the system before choosing how to respond to our children. It also has great properties to help children with their balance when they are learning writing reading running playing as it brings us back to our inate balance and co ordination.Alexander also believed the Industrial Revolution was the downfall of our development as individuals and as you , does not believe in labels.I have a question about how that all plays out in the world as yesterday my 15 year old son could not use the bathrooms at the beach , needed to use the bathroom and I had to leave my friend with the other two 13 year olds my daughter and her friend till I could find somewhere for him to go . I found a health club and had to say my son has special needs and can not use the public bathroom then she let me in with him.He is wonderful and is functioning well but I have lots of questions. I will not be able to be free during the panel today.I would like to be in touch and talk about how I might help both my children more and tell how I have .I like Bryan Post’s work very much and would like to link up with him as I feel my work fits well with his as it really helps people to stop and do something different . His philosophy of different is very true and helpful.I liked all the speakers I heard . All differing aspects of helping ourselves and our children.I have been using lots of different methods of help and I believe that we can add in the things that help and you provided a lot of new opportunities.I would like to talk further about moving forward for more help for my kids and the work as well as how my journey might help others.So I will not try to be there for the panel today most likely but would like to be in touch with you and your wife, with the attorney at the least. How is it best to do this?Thanks Alice Olsherthanks

    • Burcu says:

      Roger,I am very interested in your work I tohguht the seminar was wonderful I was unable to re listen to all of it but what I have heard I really liked.. I am the mother of two adopted children and have had a journey in this area.I am also a teacher of The Alexander Technique The Alexander Technique is a system of mind and body re education . I use this with my children and myself . It helps with finding a place of mindfulness as it gives the tool to stop in the moment and quiet the system before choosing how to respond to our children. It also has great properties to help children with their balance when they are learning writing reading running playing as it brings us back to our inate balance and co ordination.Alexander also believed the Industrial Revolution was the downfall of our development as individuals and as you , does not believe in labels.I have a question about how that all plays out in the world as yesterday my 15 year old son could not use the bathrooms at the beach , needed to use the bathroom and I had to leave my friend with the other two 13 year olds my daughter and her friend till I could find somewhere for him to go . I found a health club and had to say my son has special needs and can not use the public bathroom then she let me in with him.He is wonderful and is functioning well but I have lots of questions. I will not be able to be free during the panel today.I would like to be in touch and talk about how I might help both my children more and tell how I have .I like Bryan Post’s work very much and would like to link up with him as I feel my work fits well with his as it really helps people to stop and do something different . His philosophy of different is very true and helpful.I liked all the speakers I heard . All differing aspects of helping ourselves and our children.I have been using lots of different methods of help and I believe that we can add in the things that help and you provided a lot of new opportunities.I would like to talk further about moving forward for more help for my kids and the work as well as how my journey might help others.So I will not try to be there for the panel today most likely but would like to be in touch with you and your wife, with the attorney at the least. How is it best to do this?Thanks Alice Olsherthanks


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