By Rebecca Barnes
This year, I spoke about “Influential Women” in time for the opening of nominations for Prince William Living’s Influential Women Award. I thought I would share with you some of the influential women in my life. Meet Ann Rabson. Ann was sassy and smart, talented and wise and always knew how to create a buzz. A self-taught musician, Ann could sing, play the guitar and the piano.
Here are just a few highlights of her life:
- She caught the blues bug at four years old from Big Bill Broonzy
- She co-founded the popular blues group Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women and recorded several albums
- She performed solo and recorded three albums
- She was passionate about other blues performers and the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.
What I learned from Ann:
- Whatever you do, do it with everything you’ve got
- Music lets you tell a story – tell it
- Don’t take any crap from anybody (you have a middle finger for a reason)
- Live life to the fullest.
Click here to see my grandfather’s 90th birthday party, at which Ann entertained the family on my piano. Cut to minute 1:48 to see her performance.
She brought her mother Alice Rabson – who I wrote about previously: princewilliamliving.com/2017/12/meet-influential-woman-alice-rabson-1920-2012/
Who are the influential women in your life?