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I Love Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli is a survivor. I’m sure she would roll her eyes just reading that clichĂ© of a line. Okay, I’ll start again. She is one of the few artists on the planet to have won an Oscar, four Tonys, an Emmy Legend Award, and two Golden Globes. Yes. Every gay man of a certain […]

Surf’s Up ( Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Beach Boys Cover ) 02.06.11

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson  and Van Dyke Parks. I wasn’t planning to do another Beach Boys cover so quickly after interpreting the Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jacobson chestnut, Forever, but I got into a wonderful online chat with another uber-fan about the music of Brian Wilson recently, specifically Wilson’s work […]

95 Lotus Blossoms For Billy Strayhorn

Everyone has heard the name Duke Ellington, even those uninitiated to the world of jazz. Far fewer are familiar with the name Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s right-hand man and collaborator for almost three decades. There are those who would argue that Strayhorn’s compositions and arrangements for the Duke Ellington Orchestra are every bit as important […]

Underground ( Tom Waits Cover ) 10.03.10

Purchase Tom Waits music on iTunes. I didn’t have access to Tom Waits music when I was a child, or a teenager, or a young adult. Tracks from Frank’s Wild Years would sometimes play late at night on Toronto’s CFNY or CBC Radio‘s Brave New Waves, but other than random instances, I just didn’t have […]

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