Maybe not raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but here are a few of my favorite things!
These Are A Few Of My Favorite
Like most Jewish, Homosexual,
Scorpios, I can be very picky and bitchy but when I love something, look out.
If I love it, I want everyone to
love it, have it or be in awe of it. So on this page you'll find some of my favorite things and if you know
what's good for you, they'll become your favorite things too...immediately!
My Favorite Manicurist/Jazz
Vocalist/Friend/Fabulous Product Creator!
NAIL AREA: DEBORAH
COSMOPROF has chosen Deborah Lippmann, the American nail polish guru, to be the
Visionary Woman of the Nail sector. Deborah was following her dream of becoming a professional jazz singer and along the way
she discovered another complementary profession. In her downtime, she is the most sought after manicurist for all fashion
and music events, photo shoots, runway shows and celebrity personal appearances. What began as a way to support her singing
talents, has lead to a dual career. Deborah has released two successful albums (Vinyl and Nightingale) and recently performed
a sold out show at the renowned jazz venue Feinsteins at the Regency Hotel in New York City. Fashion designers request Deborah
to be part of their beauty glam squads for their seasonal runway collections and advertising campaigns. She creates innovative
nail looks for Yves St. Laurent, Balenciaga, Rodarte and Zac Posen to name a few. She is world renowned as she is part of
prestigious beauty teams for covers of W, Vanity Fair, Allure, Bazaar, Elle and international covers of Vogue. The Deborah
Lippmann Collection recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a wildly successful new nail color, Happy Birthday. All
of the amazing nail and foot care products are named after her favorite songs tying in her love of music. She has collaborated
with the biggest names in music and entertainment – Mariah Carey on Satin Doll, Sarah Jessica Parker on Sarah Smile,
Kelly Ripa on Whatever Lola Wants, Renee Zellweger for Just Walk Away Renee, Cher for Believe and Purple Rain with Zac Posen.
It’s this daily connection to the world of entertainment that continually inspires Deborah to create the most innovative
and trend setting nail products and looks.
Don't you just love fashion shots where the men
are mostly naked and as in the photo above of Tyler McPeak touching a nipple? Now that's real fashion my friends! For more
yummy (and I mean, yummy hope you're home alone when looking at these pages because it's bound to create some excitement in
your inseam) click the pic above!
My Favorite First Couple
My Favorite Artist
Tim from MikWright sent me this site, a personal friend of his, Scott Ward artist extraordinaire! And through extraordinary
generosity, Scott has allowed me to use his art on my site!
Visit the site, look at the cool art and for God's sake, buy something!
Click The Art Above To Be Transported To Scott's Site
A Few Of My Favorite Musical
Artists And Their Exclusive Some Like It Scott Interviews!
Okay, so Jeremy
Schonfeld isn't gay, but he's as Broadway as they come (which
has to make him a little gay, right?)
The newest album, 37 Notebooks is amazing but so is the story of the
man behind the music. Read the Some Like It Scott interview with the man, the myth, the unshaven below...
The Some Like It Scott Interview…
So you're a little bit Broadway, you're a little bit Rock 'N Roll, what is the similarity
in writing music for theatre and music for the radio (or the Ipod) in this day and age? And what is the difference?
For me there really isn't that much difference. A good story is a good story. I suppose the idea
of songs that are self-contained stories with beginning/middle/end as opposed to songs that serve a specific purpose in telling
a much broader story in a musical need to be attacked differently. But, for me, the idea is to write great songs that work
in the show and also taken out of context work individually.
The song, "My My" on your new album is a great example of something that sounds as though it came
from Act One of some musical but has enough of a driving beat to sound like a song for one of the American Idols. Is there
a different head space when you're creating a song for a musical and one for say a more commercial venue or artist?
It's all about the specific story really. Being true to the character, whether that character
is you personally or a specifically drawn character for a show. Not unlike an actor, it's my job as a writer to own the
people I am writing for.The more specific I can be, the better.
What made you want to write your own music? What inspires you?
Gosh, I've been writing all my life. Mom says I starting noodling on the piano as soon as we got it (I
was 4 or 5). I am inspired to write for many reasons. Sometimes there is a therapeutic element, other times it's the challenge
of conquering a specific story or style, sometimes it's just business- which brings its own set of
challenges (how can you make something seem heartfelt when it's really just a paycheck?). In general though, I don't
necessarily wait for inspiration to magically hit me before I sit and create.
What do you want listeners to get from your music?
I want them to relate to my music on their terms. my hope is that if something I write touches you, it has little to do with
my personal reasons for writing that particular song in the first place. If you feel it for your reasons, I touched something
universal. That's pretty magical.
to your music, you're definitely a storyteller. How much of your story is in the music you write?
like DRIFT are very personal to me. 37 NOTEBOOKS is a mix. Obviously, songs like "Greta" aren't so much about
me, but "My My" mentioned above, is based on me. The girl I refer to in the tune was more of a fantasy, but the
self-deprecation? All me.
So your song,
"Rock and Roll Fag" while some may feel the word "fag" is a derogatory term, the song itself seems to
be much more wistful and almost honor the glamour rock of the 1970's. Is this a personal story? And just to be sure, you
are talking about David Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust and not Ziggy Marley, right?
Yeah, definitely Stardust not Marley! I wrote that song for a show where the character was an aging club kid
who let his dream of becoming a glam-rock superstar fade away. I altered a few things when I decided to tackle this one on
the album, but I really wanted to capture the character. He refers to himself as a 'rock and roll fag', so I am being
true to the character. It's definitely not meant to be derogatory in any way.
If you could choose an artist from any genre or time to sing your music, who would it be and why?
Other than myself?! Hmmm...Jeff Buckley and Janis Joplin could've done some nice stuff with my
tunes. Both shared a raw, emotional passion and intensity for the music that, while different for each, was special and exciting.
Ella Fitzgerald was incredible as well. Nowadays, I'd like to get to Allison Krauss, Audra, KD Lang. Got a tune for Whitney
in there somewhere, and Paul Rogers from Bad Company.
In looking at your website, www.jeremyschonfeld.com I thought it was so cool that you actually sell sheet
music to your music. I remember as a kid going into sheet music stores and now they seem to be all but gone. Is it that the
world of music has moved onto PDF files on the Internet? Do you play by ear or did you study and what was the first sheet
music you bought?
Yeah, the sheet music thing is key. I actually have the
entire 37 NOTEBOOKS songbook being written as we speak. I am more of an ear guy actually. I mean, I went to school etc., and
I can read - mostly chord charts - but I always had a stronger ear than site reading ability. First sheet music? Beatles,
You work with
young performers like at the upcoming Atlanta Broadway Boot Camp, what do you think is the most important thing new performers
should consider when choosing material or that all important audition song?
of the character you are portraying. Can you own this song? Rather hear a less-than-perfect singer own the tune than a great,singer
with no passion, bore me with a bunch of big notes.
Do the "37
Notebooks" exist and if so, what would surprise us most to find inside them?
question. Yes, they do exist (although the exact number is made up). Surprises? Lots of scrabble scores and a really bad comedy
routine! What was I thinking?
I am writing this to you and I hope that you will read it so you'll
know. My heart beats like a hammer and I stutter and I stammer…(you ladies get the idea, right?) But the truth is that
you indeed made me love you.
grown up listening to the Andrews Sisters and watching Fred and Ginger movies when all my contemporaries were listening to
The Police and watching Star Wars, to say I was excited about finding out about you is nothing less than the world's largest
understatement. Thank you for taking some time to answer my questions and enlighten all the Some Like It Scott readers on
the phenomenon that is The Puppini Sisters.
How exactly did a girl from
Italy and two English girls get together to form the Puppini Sisters?
Marcella: We all went to the same music college in London, albeit at different times.I graduated in 2003, just as Stephanie was starting, and Kate and I were in the same Jazz choir. When I left College
I really missed singing in harmony, so I rang Kate and asked her if she fancied getting together to do some singing. She suggested
Steph as the third member because of her red hair (and soprano-singing abilities, of course!), and soon we were getting together
at mine in front of huge bowls of pasta going through the whole Andrews Sisters repertoire. It wasn’t long before we
decided that we were going to be huge, put together a backing band with some fellow music college students and started getting
gigs all around London. Our favorite haunts were the gay clubs (especially alternative cabaret heaven Duckie, the Saturday
night legend of South London), and they LOVED us!!!!
What first attracted each of you to the sound of American swing music?
Marcella: I grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, and we all studied Jazz at Music
College. We all had a passion for the early days of swing, and the idea of dressing up in 1930’s/1940’s garb was
just too irresistible…
If the saying is true, "everything
old is new again" do you hope that by bringing this style of music to the world now you can bring awareness of an era
of music today's youth seems oblivious to or is it just about "swinging solid" as the "cats" used
be honest, when we started we were just thinking about having fun and doing something that nobody else was doing (certainly
in the UK). However, it’s been brilliant to see how many teenagers have responded to our music – to their parents
utter surprise! Bringing swing to the youth wasn’t something we set out to do, but it seems to have happened of its
own accord, which is great. And it’s not just the music that they’ve embraced: it’s the whole lifestyle.
Young people are fed up with today’s trash culture, and they see old fashioned values such as politeness and success
through hard work as being quite radical and innovative. Andthey love the Agony Aunt, Cooking advice and
Make up tips sections on our website and MySpace page.
Your musical influences
are undeniable with all the vintage swing pieces and contemporary songs in your repertoire but who chooses the songs, in essence
what does it take to become a Puppini Sisters song?
each choose a song to arrange, based on what we think is going to work best on stage. The first ever cover we did was Kate
Bush’s Wuthering Heights, which we first performed at Duckie (the gay alternative cabaret night we mentioned earlier).
The reason we did that song was so we could get the gig, and when we arranged it we thought of the audience we were going
to perform it for. As a result, it’s a highly camp cover – quite like all of our covers, really!
The videos are all adorable and listening to the music on my Ipod
is great. Which do you ladies prefer? Being in the recording studio, making videos or performing live?
Definitely performing live. It’s exciting,
fun, and can even be moving (when we get a standing ovation, or when the crowd sing along or do the dance moves with us).
Being in the studio is a very creative and stimulating process too, but it doesn’t give us the same heady feeling as
being on stage.
What do audiences get in your live show
that they can't get from the recordings and videos?
Our on stage banter is quite famous now, and on stage we also play instruments (accordion, violin,
melodica and toy piano) and dance. Our stage show is full of energy and fun.
Marcella, you studied fashion design. So the real question is do you style yourself and the group or do you work
with a stylist?
started out with a stylist, but now we do it all ourselves. And my fashion world contacts, such as Vivienne Westwood, have
helped a lot too.
Being part of the downloading generation
I tried to get The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo but neither Amazon.com or Itunes carry it in the states, how can we Yanks get this album?
You can either wait
until February, when it gets released in the States, or if you just have to have it now you can order it from Amazon.co.uk.We also have a Christmas single (our own wild swing version of Jingle Bells, plus a dark interpretation of Silent night
based on the story of the little match seller), which will be out in the States this year.
According to a review I read, your second album (The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo) features more original material than
your first album (Betcha Bottom Dollar), is this what we can expect from The Puppini Sisters, more originals and less classics?
Yes, our intention is to write more and more of our own material. That said, we will never
stop doing timeless classics and camp covers of pop songs. It’s too much fun.
You've created a sensation in Europe and you've had a successful tour of the US, what's next?
A movie perhaps? (Tim Burton, if you’re reading
this we’re all yours!)
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Know
that there are many of us here in the States that adore you and can't get our fill of the phenomenon that is The Puppini
Well, Perez Hilton may have been the first one to bring BEARFORCE1 to prominence but the Bears were
delightful enough to give me this exclusive interview (okay, via email but still) during their first US tour. They’re
adorable and you can almost hear their accent as you read. Enjoy!
Thanks so much for taking the time out to answer
some questions via email. You are truly the bears with the most buzz these days from gay websites to clubs (congrats on the
record deal) so I appreciate you taking the time to teach us more about you. You’re all adorable and the video is more
than fun. As you’re new to us gays, forgive me for asking some fundamental questions but we’re all dying to know,
how did you meet? We stumbled upon each other doing some linedancing ;-). No, Peter and Ian already knew each other.
Same for Rob and Yuri. Together with Roeland Fernhout, a famous Dutch actor we have the great idea to start a Bearband! It
was a logical step for all of us. We were bored to death of skinny young girl and boy bands. It was divine intervention above
Your bios (while almost adorable as your coordinating polo shirts in your publicity photos) don’t
really give us any insight as to how you each started in the music biz (of course other than Rob’s great-grandmother
being an opera singer) How did you each start singing? We all sing and compose for
a lot of years already! Exactly, it all started at our birth J
Ian and Peter were in another band before.
Who came up with the name BEARFORCE1?
Well, we came up together after a really crazy night! But it was BEARFORCE1 from the start. May the BEARFORCE be with you!
Who are your biggest musical influences? We have a lot! But especially
we are very fond of the eighties!
Okay, your video that is burning up YouTube starts
out with some movement reminiscent of Village People’s YMCA, moves to a little macarenaesque movement and eventually
gets to the crotch grab and shirt removal. Who does your choreography? We work together
with Nathalie from House of Orange. She is doing a great job helping us with fine tuning our choreography. We are currently
working on the choreography of our Christmas single.
Was it intentional to mix great dance tunes to create
the ultimate “mega-gay-medley” for your first (dare I say it) outing? All these
songs are great and our personal favourites. We really wanted to make a BEARFORCE1 medley of it. Never thought about that
it had to be the ‘Ultimate mega-gay-medley.’ Club BEARFORCE1 is open for everyone…man, female, young, old…hairy
What can we expect to hear from you next? More club
hits or is there a breathy ballad in you to make the world swoon? Well, you can
expect our furry Christmas single soon! Currently we are in the studio to record it and we are going to shoot our video for
it next week. Bears in the snow! Hopefully you will all like it.
What was the one thing
you absolutely HAD to do while in the USA? Did you do it? Meet Annie Lennox. And yes we did J
And we really have to meet Perez Hilton. We have to do that next time we are in his neighbourhood and we will be soon! Perez
Rob, you’re the only one in the group (currently) who has hair on his head. Any pressure from
the guys to shave it? Not yet J
We are all just who we are and we like it!
Your site says you’re looking for a “spare
bear”? I can only imagine the submissions you got. What was the craziest submission? And when will you announce your
5th bear? Yes, we were looking for a spare bear but we already found one! His name is Eddi and he is from
Italy. He was also with us in the United States. We’ve had a lot of e-mails and phone calls from people who wanted to
be part of BEARFORCE1, but it was very soon clear that Eddi was going to be the one!
to see and hear more from these guys. To read and see more of BEARFORCE1 check out their website (click on the picture above
or go to) http://www.bearforce1.nl
A Few Of My Favorite Books
As the character
Gloria Upson says upon hearing Mame has written a book in the movie Mame, "Patrick, why didn't you tell me your
aunt was literate?"
Here's some of what I've read and am reading...because
though some may not believe it, I am literate!
Click on any of the book covers
below to purchase them!
Anything by David Sedaris
Love all the David Sedaris books and hope someday to be
the Jewish David Sedaris!!
I Could Have Sung All Night by Marni Nixon
This amazing book is by one
of Hollywood's best not kept secrets. Marni Nixon supplied the "on screen" voice for many stars in movie musicals.
The short list include her singing for Natalie Wood as "Maria" in West Side Story, Audrey Hepburn as "Eliza
Doolittle" in My Fair Lady and Deborah Kerr as "Anna" in The King And I.
Harry Potter Series
Okay, so it's
true, I've read all of the Harry Potter books and can't wait for the final installment.
It's a little
sad that a friend of mine's daughter got me started on these books and now she's in college in New York and doesn't
even care about talking about them anymore. Ah well, Harry Potter is not wasted on the youth when it comes to me!
maybe not Dickens but I do love the dickens out of the MikWright kids - this book is a laugh a page and the perfect gift for
real girls and for gays that try to sound like a black woman with their gay friends. Two snaps up!
Love Tab Hunter?
This is a must read as the Hollywood hunk tells all about his life and loves while keeping
some of his private life private and still giving us enough juice to keep us reading.
Okay, I have to admit, this is not my latest obsession as I have been obsessed
with this movie since I saw it in the theater last year. But now it has finally come to cable and although I own it on DVD,
I find myself watching it every time it comes on. (Thank God, there's finally something better than Notting Hill on cable,
For those who don't know, this film is a documentary about kids in the New York public school
system who take ballroom dance classes. These are not the 300 pound little rich girls in pink tutus, I used to teach at dance
studios, these are kids who would have had no opportunity to take a dance class due to financial means or maybe even knowing
it existed. Thank God for this program and the dedicated teachers who not only teach their regular classes but bring dance,
culture, poise, posture and self-esteem to these kids through the power of dance. I defy anyone to watch this and not end
up fighting to keep the performing arts in every school curriculum. (A Don't Get Me Started blog for another day!)
This movie not only makes you want to dance but it makes you feel really happy. Yes, there are days (okay, every day since
first seeing this movie) when I want to chuck it all and go teach dance again. When you see the faces on these kids and
how much more they get from this experience than just some dance steps, you can't help but be moved.
you're flicking through channels, stop and watch this or get it on your Tivo or buy the DVD. I can promise you that you
will get so much more out of this movie than most of the other movies playing continuously on cable just like all that these
kids get from these wonderful teachers and the experience.
Now go out there and learn something about yourself...there
are still a lot of things out there to inspire you and give you hope!
one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies...Auntie Mame!
In this scene, the stock market has crashed
and so Mame persuades her friend, Vera (an actress) to give her a part in one of her shows so that she can make the money
she needs to get her nephew Patrick back from his trustee, who has sent him away to boarding school claiming Mame is a bad
influence on him.
Love this movie, love everyone in it and you should too!!
Click on the movie poster
to see the clip!
Okay, once again my gay membership card is in danger of being revoked. A recent write in
from a new pal of the Some Like It Scott site chastised me for not having the above film on My Favorite Things page (click
on the picture above to be transported to the official site of the movie).
The movie came out in 2000 and that
will tell you something about how incredibly behind I am with all things gay (or is that I have an incredible behind? I choose
that one!). At any rate, I went and bought the damn thing and watched it howling (for the most part).
crazy southern characters dealing with a recent tragedy that brings out the worst and even worse in friends and relatives
in the small town it's fun to watch.
Watch it for the fun of seeing Olivia Newton John "acting"
or the four women who almost steal the movie, Beth Grant, Bonnie Bedelia, Delta Burke, and Ann Walker. But the real deal
is Leslie Jordan (notably known for his Emmy winning portrayal of Beverley Leslie on Will and Grace) who as "Brother
Boy" steals the movie, wig in hand! (I saw his one man show in LA and it was really wonderful - almost exciting was the
audience that night that included everyone from Ron Jeremy to Leeza Gibbons)
Unfortunately, the film gets
bogged down with the storyline of the sensitive gay young son coming to terms with himself in Hollywood at his twenty-ninth
therapist, deciding whether or not to go back to Texas for his grandmother's funeral. This typical storyline that
is too often seen in the gay movie genre holds the movie back from being a total fun romp. (For second time viewing,
take my advice and just FF through those scenes.)
My new pal Barbara (who wrote in told me about the movie) upon
hearing I had seen it wrote the following...
Now the "cult" thing to do is
give a Sordid Lives party. I did and we had a ball.Everyone must come dressed as white
trash. Serve fried chicken, tuna casserole and Cheeze Whiz. Do paper plates, plastic cups and plastic untensils.I
cheated and served some good wine (what kind of wine goes with Cheeze Whiz and Kentucky Fried chicken?) in
crystal wine glasses.Sit down, watch the movie and have fun.Very little clean up later.
My Favorite Favorite
When I began the site in
2006, I had an idea for this "Favorite Things" page and the first thing I wanted to put on was MikWright. (As I've
always loved their cards and gifty items.)
Being a nice Jewish
boy, I wrote and asked them if I could include them on my site. I was more than amazed when both Phyllis "Wright"-Herman and
Tim "Mikkelsen" (the creative and warped minds that are MikWright) contacted me with a resounding
"yes" to being my first ever "favorite thing" and an open invite to cocktails whenever they're here
or I'm there. This was the start of a beautiful friendship.
As if the friendship wasn't enough (and let's face it, the prizes...they've MikWrighted
me up but good), they've immortalized my mother and me on cards (see below) and buy a lot.
There are many imitators out there but if you want the real funny and to
support two fabulous kids, you'll boycott the rest and buy the best, MikWright!
on their logo to go to their site)
Click Below To Purchase!
inside: so i pee a little when i get excited. give a kid
a break, santa!
inside: let's just start with her "do"
and then we'll work on her "dont's."
inside: morty, it's time to have a word
with your son...again.
My Favorite Charity Gift
My nieces are wonderful girls who have been blessed with parents who
work hard and give them just about all the advantages that life has to offer. So when it came to the holidays this past year
I was a bit stumped. I wondered if there was a way to give a gift that they in turn could give to someone else so that they
would learn how good it feels to give as well as receive. I was fortunate to come upon this site and I was delighted that
both girls were thrilled with their gift cards and the fact that they could read about the different charities and decide
who they wanted to give their money to or what causes they wanted to help. It's a great way to give and I suggest it for
anyone on your list who has enough of everything in their life. You can even go "green" by sending the gift online
so that no paper or plastic has to be printed. Can you tell I love this site? Click on the logo to be transported there now.
My Favorite Quotes
And the Favorite Sung Musical
Theater quote goes to...
three faces that could cause ya to have temporary nausea"
Mrs. Brice from Funny Girl
the Favorite Quote By A Grandmother goes to...
"You're going out looking like that? That shirt is so wrinkled it looks like you pulled
it out of a chicken's ass!"
And the Favorite Movie Quote
(this week, anyway) goes to...
goody, we're going to talk about me, are we?"
Katherine Hepburn from The Philadelphia Story
My Best Quote That Ever Just Came Out Of My Mouth Without Thinking...
"Oh God, look at that, it's so ugly it's ugly squared!"
My Favorite Mints
Although anyone who reads or visits
my site knows that the last thing I am is subtle, thanks to these mints there's help even for me. Because now without
having to have a potty mouth myself, I can tell someone off and freshen their breath all without saying a word!
Each mint is beautifully engraved(tone on tone)with phrases such as, "You Suck", "Buzz Off" or my personal
favorite, "Bite Me"!
These fabulous mints were sent to me and it was love at first sight/taste. (How
many things can you say that about, huh?)
So click the tin above and order some right away so you can start offending
and freshening those around you!
A Few Of My Favorite
Evening With My Guy, My Parents and Liza With A “Z”
When it came in my email that I could get four free
tickets to Liza Minnelli I couldn’t log on fast enough. I don’t care what people say about us gays and our female
icons, for weeks my mother had been hounding me about getting tickets to Ms. Minnelli’s concert and I just let it pass
as it was an hour outside of Vegas where she would be playing and I didn’t know the auditorium, etc. But when fate presented
tickets (and free no less) what kind of gay man or Jewish mother’s son would I be not to take the tickets? You see,
there’s a site for us Vegas locals called, “House Seats” where they supposedly give the best seats in the
house (normally saved for press or VIPs) once the box office releases them (usually the day of the show when they know that
no celebrity wants to use the tickets). It was really the first time I had used the site for an event that was to have reserved
seats so I was excited to think I’d be close enough to see whether or not Liza would be donning her “Sally Bowles”
from Cabaret’s beauty mark or not (but more on that later).
My parents picked us up at around 6pm to begin our
double date. Though the show didn’t begin until 8pm, there was the hour drive and I needed to pick up the tickets from
the box office by 7pm. So we arrived only to find that the line to pick up your tickets at the box office was almost out the
door. As I traversed the line to make sure that this was indeed the line to just pick up tickets, I couldn’t help but
notice the diverse crowd in line. Most had an oversized postcard (probably from the casino’s player’s club) to
pick up their tickets but the “house seats” crowd found one another soon enough. I, of course wasn’t surprised
by the forty to fifty-something gays with their mothers in line but what I was surprised to see was a younger crowd in this
same line. Did they know who they were going to see? When I finally got the tickets I was delighted to see that we were in
row “H” (I quickly counted on my fingers to get to the fact that we would be in the eighth row) immediately I
thought that I probably wouldn’t have to ever give my mother another gift as long as I lived, the eighth row at Liza
Minnelli? I was in, big time!
We entered the venue where the concert was to take place and immediately my heart went into my throat. It was an
arena. A huge arena that was barely full but still had a lot of people in it. In my heart (that was still in my throat) I
knew what was coming. The usher showed us to the upper most section of the arena. Sure the seats were dead center to the stage
but they were so far away that we all knew immediately that unless there were large screens (which were not in evidence anywhere)
that this was a job for binoculars and none of us had them.
The orchestra came out and played some familiar song associated with Liza
Minnelli and I had to wonder if the small child (couldn’t have been more than eight) seated in front of me knew or cared
who was about to enter the stage. To tell the truth I thought the same thing of the others around us too. Oh, not the man
who had to be in his mid-fifties who was wearing red jeans and a sleeveless top that had a floral pattern encrusted with rhinestones
and sequins. His hands were covered in silver rings on almost every finger and only his sandals seemed to be out of place
as he clutched the hand of what most likely was his partner for years. The partner was dressed in jeans and a faded shirt
and although they looked as though they were going to two different events you could feel their excitement.
was no mistaking the iconic sequined pantsuit that walked on the stage complete with long scarf hanging down the back as she
made her entrance but honestly, it could have been anyone in that pantsuit and we would never have known the difference. You
see, from as far back as we were sitting it just looked like a sixty year old pair of eye lashes attached to a Liza wig. I
was suddenly reminded of a time when I had another brush with Cabaret greatness that turned into a less than great experience.
Joel Grey was starring in a tour of Cabaret in the 90’s and my mother had gotten us tickets to see him in Philadelphia.
I was beside myself to think that I would see my idol, Joel Grey in the role that made him famous. (Never mind that years
previously my father had filled a prescription for him and had begged for an audience with him for his son who was an aspiring
actor. Mr. Grey did not respond and I never met him. I should also say at this point that my father has hated Joel Grey ever
since.) As the lights began to go down the announcer made the usual announcements but then he said something I couldn’t
quite believe, “As you may have read, Mr. Grey has been very ill however he did not want to disappoint you so Mr. Grey
will be performing in this evening’s performance however his role will be sung by his understudy.” What?!? Are
you kidding me? The “Emcee” is a role that is completely sung, has no lines whatsoever. We sat there stunned,
as Mr. Grey lip synced his way through two hours of Cabaret and his understudy trying to sound his Joel Grey best singing
on a mic in the wings.
I can’t tell you the first or first three songs that Ms. Minnelli sang because frankly she sounded so hoarse
and was clearing her throat so much that all any of us could do was hold our breath and be very frightened for her. I do remember
that in one of the first numbers she went to hold a note out and her voice cracked pretty badly, in a voice that wasn’t
her usual “on” Liza she said, “Dammit” almost seeming as if she didn’t realize she had a mic
on that was catching every word, breath and clearing of the throat along with her singing which was more like warbling I’m
sorry to say. I looked over to my father (who seemed completely bored and was probably thinking about where he parked, how
soon he’d have to get out of there after her last number to get the car to avoid the crowds and whether or not there
would be traffic on our way back to Vegas). My guy was sitting there telling me that we may as well have watched one of her
old specials on television as who could even see her, even with all our squinting and glasses. And then there was my mother,
her cheeks stained with tears as she sat so close to the edge of her seat I thought she’d fall off. She was just so
delighted to be in the same room with Liza.
The whole concert timed at about two hours and during the course of the
two hours, Liza did four or five costume changes and even brought out four singing/dancing boys who helped her recreate the
nightclub act of her godmother, Kay Thompson. What was interesting was that while Liza seemed horribly winded and in vocal
trouble at the start of the show but by the end of the show she actually sounded like Liza and was even able to belt out her
signature New York, New York like the Liza we all know and remember. Which could only make me think that she hadn’t
warmed up before the show and it took the hour and a half for her to get vocally warm, only problem was we were sitting there
watching the whole warm-up/performance and it was downright painful until she got to that last half hour or so.
her rendition of New York, New York I could feel my father next to me watching everyone and the exits all at the same time
to make his getaway. My mother sat there wiping her cheeks from tears as she looked over and said in a whispered tone, “She’ll
do an encore, just wait, I know she’ll do an encore.” And so she did, a couple of them. The last thing she sang
was sans orchestra, just Liza on the stage singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” – it was poignant and sweet
and she sounded pretty good. And as we left the arena (passing all the Vegas gays in their full makeup that had gotten a little
shiny from sweating in the less than well air conditioned arena and perhaps from a little crying) we dished about how Liza
sounded in the beginning of the evening, how she got better, how lousy our seats were and finally my mother vowed to get great
seats the next time Liza played Vegas.
All in all, I’d say it wasn’t the evening that I expected to have (especially the seats we had) but as
Liza sang herself, “What good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play…” It may not have
been a Cabaret, ol’ chum but my mother saw Liza Minnelli and I smiled to myself thinking what a good Jewish gay son
I was, am and will be when I pay for good seats next time!
A truly one-of-a-kind artist (just like the Urban Folk &
Jazz genre of music she created), I was delighted when someone told me about this amazing artist. Once again proving that
out artists are truly amazing in their ability to resonate with gays, straights or anyone who appreciates true artistry. Whether
it's one of her original pieces or a cover like Ticket To Ride, her artistry is best described by the many critics
who have reviewed her work.
personalizes the James Taylor and Joni Mitchell influences in her original songs with funk beats and soulful vocals that sound
both streetwise and sophisticated."
- Acoustic Guitar
instrumentation and impeccable vocal timing keep everything interesting and alluring."
- Performing Songwriter
“That infectious happiness of K.J. Denhert captivated a packed house at The 55 Bar. The crowd
spoke of the ability of Denhert’s unique fusion of jazz and folk to transcend genres and ages… She channels a
myriad of influences, from Joni Mitchell and James Taylor to Carole King and Sergio Mendes, to deliver a surprisingly high-energy
Click her photo above to go to her website or click her to be transported
to her MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/kjdenhert
Workout: Pumping House!
Click on the cover to be transported to the official site!
Workout: Pumping House is the ultimate companion to countless New
Year's resolutions and a motivational tool for listeners to acheive their fitness goals.
The complete package includes a double-disc set featuring 16 heart-pumping tracks, a bonus "interval workout"
inspired 72-minute megamix and a 7 day guest pass* to Bally Total Fitness. The album cover art displays Sidney-based personal
trainer and fitness model Vinny Gough, courtesy of men's underwear and swimwear brand teamm8. (They asked me but you know
how busy I am!)
The compilation includes songs such as
RuPaul's "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" which was used as the theme song for NBC's Biggest Loser and was
a #1 dance download on iTunes; "Everybody Rise Pt. 2" featuring dance legend, Muriel Fowler, which just debuted
at #5 on Billboard's Breakout Dance chart; a cover of the 1989 Billboard chart topping song "Send Me Angel",
skillfully remixed by one of the best DJ's on the scene today, Georgie Porgie; "Mindbuster" featuring the first
lady of house music, Jocelyn Brown and the title track, "Workout", a remake of Frankie Knuckles' dance classic,
which is also sung by RuPaul and features back up vocals from superstar Chris Willis.
This new "must have" is being released by UPhonic Records which was founded in 2001 by seasoned dance
music recording artist, writer and producer Darrell Martin.
at Best Buy, Borders, Virgin, Barnes and Noble, etc.
available for download purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.
*Guest passes not included with digital purchases
The Village People
you’re like me at all, you find yourself watching things on cable that you would never have gone to a theater to see
or gone to a video store to rent and yet when it comes on you can’t help yourself. Like some awful car accident, you
just can’t look away. I remember the first one of these that I had to watch every time it came on. I’m not proud
of it but I have seen the movie Notting Hill more than anyone in the world. If you ask me why I can’t even tell you
really, it’s awful and the acting is awful and yet I watch it whenever it comes on. There, I’ve gotten that off
of my chest and feel a little better.
Well currently on cable they’re playing You Can’t Stop The Music. That awful 80’s
film starring none other than the Village People. If you’ve never seen it, I tell you that when it comes on you must
stop and watch it. It’s the worst movie in the world – not helped by the Village People themselves (who can’t
act) but they get a run for the worst acting award in their co-stars of Valerie Perrine and Bruce Jenner. (Yes, I said it,
Bruce Jenner – wait ‘til you see him in a crop top and shorty shorts!)
The very odd thing
about this movie is that it is amazingly gay for its time. The YMCA number where they show completely naked men in showers
and Valerie Perrine’s naked breasts in the Jacuzzi are enough to make your jaw drop (as mine did). Sure in today’s
movies and television this may seem tame but remember people that at the time you had a President in office who was ignoring
the AIDS crisis, passing it off as the “Gay Cancer” (Which sounds like someone I dated once who had his birthday
in July – but I digress) and gays were not as “out” as they are now.
The other reason
to watch this movie is to help the guys in the movie. As a once “supporting” actor in a horrible movie in the
late eighties, I still get residual checks when it plays on cable. Sure one was for 17 cents after taxes but the last one
was a whopping $67! So support the actors, the days when gays were really gay and I dare you not want to get your groove thing
on while listening to the soundtrack!
I loved her when I saw her in "Wicked" on Broadway
and have loved her in everything else. So of course, she gets featured artist this month - especially with a new album out
that you must buy immediately!! Click on the pic below to visit her website and further below to buy you some Idina.
Hey look, I like to find "budding artists" just like the next gay but on a recent plane ride I rediscovered
an artist on my Ipod that I think gets looked over in this day and age that we should all be listening to on a regular basis.
I don't know that you could really call her a "gay artist" as she wasn't gay (though that brother
of hers always seemed a bit suspect, didn't he?) but she spoke to the angst ridden girl in everyone. We weren't attractive
enough, in love enough and if that wasn't enough to make her a gay icon then the fact that she literally starved herself
to death should appeal to the gay thin crowd. (God love her, so much talent and so much inside that no one was ever able to
help her figure out)
All kidding aside, she was and is one of the greatest artists ever because she has a voice
that you could listen to all day (or for at least a five hour plane ride) and never get tired of her lush full sound.
I loved her back when I wore out the "Singles" album and I love her just as much today (and you should
too). When I listen to The Carpenters it's yesterday once more!
established artists is easy, finding the newcomers is a bit harder but thanks to a pal, I'm really excited to have you
meet Natalie Gelman.
This amazing young artist not only creates fabulous music but she's a humanitarian as
well having recently finished a roller blading tour from Miami to New York for charity.
Visit her website by clicking
the album cover above, listen to her music by clicking below and learn more about her from the links...
Darren Hayes who we all first fell in love with when he entered the scene as a part of Savage Garden
quickly became an amazing solo artist too. We love him because he's talented and we embrace him because he's gay.
Click on his pic above to be transported to his website or on one of the links below to learn all about Darren Hayes!
Click on any of the album covers below to buy Darren Hayes
music through amazon.com!
Who is she? She's a fabulous singer that I had the fortune to meet. Boys, she's
perfect for us, while she's gay thin her voice is as soulful as a large black woman in church. You won't believe this
lush voice can come from such a tiny body (with such great hair, I might add).
This young singer is so swell it
was tough for me to pick only one of her songs so I have the whole album on my Ipod and you should too.
on the album picture to go to her MySpace page or click here to go to her website. Either way, just click somewhere and
buy the album immediately! www.mlisaalonso.com