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Care Bears on Fire rock the Smart Girl's party on this episode.
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Amy: Welcome. Thank you for joining us. Are you ready to rock and roll? Hello I’m Amy Pollard, as always our show celebrates extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves. Welcome to another episode of Smart Girls at the Party. With me today, musicians, song writers, taste makers, cat sitters, cookie bakers. I have Care Bears On Fire, Lulu, Sophie and Izzie, hello. Girls: Hi! Amy: Thank you for being here. Girls: Yeah, thanks so much. Amy: So, you’re a rock band. Girls: Yes we are. Amy: And you make rock music. Izzie: We’ve been a band for… Sophie: Couple of years. Amy: Couple of years, and then with the addition of Lulu, this trio is a new but seasoned trio. Girls: Yes. Izzie: Precisely. Amy: Now, I have a trio here today with me as well, an old musician’s trio, with me is producer Meredith Walker. Meredith: Cut to me. Amy: And our musical director Amy Miles. How did you get started playing music? Lulu: Well, I’ve been kinda playing a lot of different instruments ever since I was really young, and I started with piano and then I just went through until I found bass, and I’m just growing up listening to music, playing music, so… Sophie: Same with me, I started with piano, and my mom used to be in a band, and she played guitar herself, I play guitar in the end. Izzie: And my parents would always have a lot of music around the house. Amy: What kind of stuff was being played? Sophie: Up to one, and the Beatles. Izzie: Okay, my mom loves the Ramones, so it’s Julana Ramones, and Hinny Semone, I love Hinny Semone. Amy: What makes a good song writer? What’s the difference between just performing songs and writing them? Sophie: Well, collaboration, we do a lot of collaborations, so it’s really important to able to like, you know, make your points and not feel scared to say what you think. Izzie: And so, I think, what makes it a good song, and a good song writer is being able to take like experiences from what happens in your life, like say you get like pushrd into a locker something, and being able to turn that into a really good song. One, two, one, two, three, four… [Band performing “Everybody Else”] Amy: What do you say to people who are just starting to learn how to play? Girls that want it, start playing instruments, what kind of advice would you give them? Sophie: Even if it doesn’t go right in the beginning, just like, keep trying and don’t like, be all like, oh wait it doesn’t work out so it, it will never work out. Lulu: Especially if you’re girls. Izzie: Exactly. Like a lot of people are gonna tell you like, oh what you can't do it coz you're a girl, I’ve had tons of people tell me I can't drum or why are you drumming, or why did you cut your hair short. Girls don’t do that, and so she can't listen to them, and you have to move for it. Amy: Why do girls sometimes doubt themselves? Why do they sometimes give up? Izzie: In the media, like, they’re tons, they focus so much like on the guys playing music and stuff, and media is always telling girls, oh, you should be cute… Lulu: Be a model. Izzie: Be a model. Sophie: The girls can be the background dancers. Izzie: Get all skinny. Girls can be background dancers. They can wear, do they suppose to wear the bikini, like we don’t wanna wear bikinis. Lulu: No, gonna pass on that one. Sophie and Izzie: Yeah. Amy: No bikinis for these ladies. Izzie: No, we’re gonna go out there and rock. Amy: I can't tell you how many times I’ve been told, get in a bikini. And I will not. [Band performing “Jack Brown”] Meredith: I've always heard people talked about something called the bridge. Do you have to include that in every song? Lulu: It’s like a breakdown a bridge. Izzie: It’s like the solo or a chain… Amy: So when someone says take it to the bridge, it means go to that part of the song. Girls: Yeah. Amy: Not literally… Izzie: Cross the bridge. Amy: Cross the bridge. Izzie: Well, it could mean that. Amy: So, rock and roll music played by girls, what? What are boys your age, are they intimidated by you? Sophie: I don’t, I think it depends. Lulu: I think that most guys don’t really care, they’re like, oh it’s cool. Izzie: I think some of the guys are kind of jealous, coz they think, guys are totally the only people who can rock. Amy: How do you maintain a rock and roll lifestyle and create and write music, and still be in school? How do you balance all those things? Girls: It’s hard. Sophie: Yah, I don’t know, I mean someone will get it all done. Lulu: I know. Izzie: And sometimes really like you spend a lot of cramming like, often you’ll have a show on the same day, like you have a French final and you’re cramming you have a French final, but you’re like oh goodness, you figure what you're gonna wear and… Amy: So you find a way to balance, you’re multi-taskers. Izzie: We’re extreme multi-taskers. Now Sophie, guitar’s your love? Sophie: Yes, guitar is my love. Amy: Tell me why you love playing it. Sophie: Good question, I think because I really like playing chords. And I also really like playing lead a lot and you can like do both on your guitar, which is pretty cool. Amy: So you’re a bass player, in this band. What do you love about it? Lulu: I like how it’s not guitar, and it’s not drums, it’s kind of in between, coz you’re keeping the rhythm and melody and everything at the same time. You really need to like know how to like use two different hands at the same time, coz guitar is kinda… Sophie: Yes, your hand does the same thing. Amy: Izzie, tell me about the drums. Izzie: I absolutely adore playing the drums, like with the drums you can really just, like let loose and go crazy, and that’s something that’s really fun, and appealing about the drums, and I love the sound of the drums. Female: My friend had one. Ladies: Barbie dream house, yes. Female2: They have, like this elevator with like, which I could pull the cord, and it would go up and down and then up and down. Girl: I try to convince my parents to paint our house pink for like a week. Lady1: I got kinda wish I have to get that now. Lady2: I miss that. Lady1: I know me too. Girl2: Hey mommy, wanna play Barbies? Male: All original shows, all on HD, from ONnetworks.com