Margie Adam, singer/songwriter/pi-
anrst, has once again shown her talented diversity with her latest album, We
Shall Go Forth. We Shall Go Forth was
recorded live at three concerts on April
30 and May 1 and 2, and was released
She was in Houston to perform a
fundraiser on July 17 for the Texas
Women's Political Caucus Convention.
During the intermission of her performance, she received an official proclamation from the mayor's office, proclaiming July 17 Margie Adam Concert Day.
According to Adam, the specific intent for releasing the album on July 1
was, "We knew the June 30 deadline for
the ratification of the Equal Rights
Amendment would be used as a moratorium on the women's movement. We
wanted to make a clear statement that
we were going right on with our effort
When asked about the purpose for
recording the album live instead of in
a controlled environment, she replied
that it was to show what happens when
women work together and when a woman sings music which tells the truth and
comes from love.
Originally, Adam intended to write
and compose songs for others to sing,
but was influenced to perform her own
"I come from the audience. It wasn't
my idea to perform, and since it wasn't,
I made the assumption that as long as
I didn't identify myself as a performer,
I could be myself."
Adam continued, "As it turned out,
that is what my audience always wanted. It's a great gift we give each other.
"My audience gives me permission
to be myself, and I can then risk communicating with them on a level which
allows them to be vulnerable in unusual
She attributes a portion of her "electricity" present at her concerts to the
level of vulnerability present and to her
willingness to be open and admit she
is a woman in process. "I'm not an act.
I'm not done. I'm in the middle and expect to be there for the duration."
Rather than working within the current recording industry, Adam helped to
form Pleiades Records. The major benefit of companies such as Pleiades is
that they allow women to participate \n
all levels of the recording industry.
After three successful, diverse albums, each with its own distinct individual purpose, what does Margie foresee as .her next challenge-risk? The
answer is simple—a fourth album entitled Here's a Lovesong. An album of
"unmitigated mush" by her own description.
Although challenges and risks are
frightening and uncertain, Margie Adam
believes in them as continually encouraging her audiences through exemplary
behavior and verbaltude to GET INVOLVED.
"I feel what women are about is risking. It's nc. by accident that we are out
on the edge aiong the whole continuum
of the social change movement.
"I see women taking risks all along
that progressive line, and I don't know
how to encourage my audience to go
forward unless I demonstrate my own
Her commitment is undeniable. While
in the midst of a national tour, she
recorded We Shall Go Forth. Usually
her tours last six months out of the
year. This year, she has been on the
road nine months. A well-deserved vacation is planned for August with touring to begin again in November or December. She plans to spend her free
time relaxing and tending her garden.
Margie Adam's stunning yet simple
lyrics provide entry points for people to
reflect and compare what she is sing-
. ing/saying to their own personal lives.
In a world where grownups
Want to make the doughnuts
It's not easy to keep the child
within us whole
But, it Is possible!
A Texas Celebration in Honor of an Old Friend
Gloria Steinem feels that Houston is
indeed a feminist capital, and that is
why she made Houston one of her three
stops on her national tour to celebrate
the 10th anniversary of Ms. Magazine.
She is currently an editor and writer for
Ms., which she helped to found in 1972.
On June 28, 1982, Matrix Magazine
and the Women's Lobby Alliance sponsored A Texas Celebration in Honor of
an Old Friend saluting the anniversary.
The celebration consisted of a bar-be-
cue dinner, a celebrity roast of Steinem
and the keynote speech made by
Participants in the roast included
Tom Bass, Trudy Berger, Molly Ivins,
Frances "Sissy" Farenthold, Ann
Richards and Dr. Nikki Van Hightower.
The welcoming speech was given by
Eleanor Tinsley with the entertainment
provided by Lyra—Kat Gra^m and Linda Rhyne. Mayor Kathy Wh.cmire made
a brief appearance. Councilmember
Dan Gorczynski was also in attendance.
Most of the people present were concerned with the future of feminism, and
probably the most often asked question
was, "Where do we go from here?". Although the Equal Rights Amendment
was not successfully ratified by the required number of states, it will be reintroduced the latter part of July and the
whole process undertaken once more.
Feminists acknowledge the fact that
currently there are not enough votes to
get it out of Congress and before the
State Legislators. However, the strategy
is to get a floor vote on it before the
November elections. The purpose behind this is to key in on those who will
support equality for all and those who
prefer to deny basic, essential human
rights. Then those representatives will
be targeted for either reelection or
JULY 23- 29. 1982
by Bonnie Dombroski
I feel that one of the strongest factors of the current women's movement
is the fact that the people involved have
been forced rather painfully to learn the
political process, and they plan to use
that knowledge to their benefit.
Getting involved in one's local and
state politics was the biggest message
given. With the advent of President
Reagan's new federalism which increases state power and diminishes
federal government involvement, it is
crucially important for voters to know
who their state and local representatives are and their positions on critical
issues such as gay, equal and civil
Steinem feels that if the equality
forces had been able to raise the kind
of money they currently are raising 10
years ago, then it would have been
possible to have had the Equal Rights
Amendment successfully ratified. Currently, the National Organization for'
Women is raising more money per
month than the Democratic Party. Al-
ready this year, the ERA campaign has-
raised more money than the Right Wing
Political Action Committee did last
According to Steinem, "I think first
of all we should not let the country or
the press blame the victim. It may be
hard for women to fight that because
we are so used to culturally saying, It's
my fault.' But it isn't! We aren't saying
we didn't make tactical errors. We did,
and we are learning from them. But the
major point is over 60% of Americans
support the Equal Rights Amendment.
It is not the fault of the pro-equality men
and women. It is the fault of the state
legislators. Unless we get that lesson
across, we just won't benefit from this.
Could it be ratified again by the Texas
legislature? Only you can answer that
question. I can't. If not, there's something wrong with the Texas legislature
that needs to be corrected."