♪ My gift is my song and this one’s for [raising a Brink's truck of cash to beat Prop 8] ♪

Elton John-2A good move from the Piano Man, as reported by The New York Times:

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — He walked on stage in sunglasses, an earring glittering in one ear. The days of jumping on piano benches were presumably behind him. Still, in 16 songs that lasted more than 90 minutes Wednesday night, Sir Elton John offered a robust private concert to a relatively intimate audience gathered under a tent on an estate in the Hollywood Hills on a cool California evening.

The cause for this fundraiser — extravagant even when measured against Hollywood events — was the legal fight to overturn Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that banned gay marriage. At the end of the night, as the crowd headed to a long line of waiting limousines and shuttle vans, Rob Reiner, the director and a leader of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, announced that the event had raised million.

KEEP READING: Elton John Plays Calif. Benefit to Back Gay Marriage [New York Times]

(H/t: Towle)

It’s of course great that we’re raising these funds. But once again, we can’t help but be astounded by the ever-escalating zeroes that are so indelibly written on marital bias’ price tag. mil here, a couple more million there — it’s craziness! We’re talking about something that should be as free as it is fair!

The mental expenditures, the ancillaries that come with having to protect our families through alternate means, the opportunity cost of putting other things on hold to fight this fight, and of course the literal monetary asking price. That’s a lot of toll for a “culture war” so bereft of purpose.




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Watch: The ‘Hell Yeah I’m Gay’ Rap Song You Won’t Be Able To Forget

"Hell yeah I'm gay / And I don't care what people say / Hell yeah I'm gay / And I will never change my ways." And so begins my new personal anthem! Or rather, it's the (new?) track from … actually, I have no idea. And that's where I need your help! I'm always on the search for pro-gay songs that aren't, well, crappy and cheesy (e.g. Reichen Lehmkuhl's "Up To The Sky"). And with lyrics like, "Society hates me / 'Cause I love the pussy / Church is scared of me / 'Cause to them, they think I'm the devil's parody," well, that's exactly what "I'm Gay" isn't. (And check out the closing shot, with the t-shirt for Mitrice Richardson.) From the opening credits we see the video is a production of DJ and music video proudcer Marcus "CRASH" Miller, but that's as far as the clues lead me. Who are this proud ladies?


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Upcoming Lady Gaga Song Could Be ‘New Gay Anthem’

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At least Elton John thinks so. Her new album, Born This Way, won't be released until next year but being Elton John allows you to listen to a very early preview. According to Entertainment Weekly, John had this to say about the album and it's title track:

“I love her, and I love her ability to write,” he says. “I love the songs she writes.” A collab between the pair—who’ve become bosom buddies since performing together at January’s Grammy Awards—is a good possiblity. “I’d love to in the future,” John says of working with her. “I’d love to do that.” Then he elaborates: “There’s a chance I might do one track with her [for Born This Way], but it’s just, she’s so busy, and I’m so busy, we can never get together!” But, he adds, “I’ve already heard [Gaga's new album], so I think it’s more or less done. [Born This Way is expected to be released early next year.] Her record—it’s f—ing amazing. ‘Born This Way,’ which is the title song, will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem."

If you missed this year's VMAs, Gaga sang a few bars while accepting an award on stage. Listen to the audio snippet, AFTER THE JUMP.


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Bright Eyes – Coyote Song

Stereogum reports: “Coyote Song is the first official track from Sound Strike Songs, a benefit collection supporting legal defense for immigrants caught in Arizona’s immigration laws.”

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Kookaburra Song Loses the Word “Gay”

KOOKABURRA X390 (ISTOCKPHOTO) | ADVOCATE.COMAn Australian primary school has removed the word “gay” from the children’s folk song, “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree,” saying kids might be confused by the word’s double meaning. 
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Gaga Celebrates Prop. 8 Decision With New Song

Wednesday’s Proposition 8 decision inspired pop sensation Lady Gaga to write a new song, the singer reported through Twitter.
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Show vs. Show • 03.26.10

By RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

Dallas doesn’t find itself too often in the middle of a gay live music dilemma. This weekend, two musicians might get to bring their sounds to the masses. That is, if LGBT Dallas heads out to support their own.

Tommy Hernandez was mostly on the local music scene as a solo artist but his latest venture takes him away from pop music into a trancey realm. As one half of Museum Creatures, he and Stephen Holmes go the electronica route.

Museum Creatures is part of the Mercy for Animals Benefit at the Cavern on Lower Greenville. They share a heavy bill with Soft Environmental Collapse, Division of Power and more for the Rockout for Animals show.

Patrick Boothe approaches music with a raw attitude. In his latest release, Jump In, a five song EP, he explores his darker side.

Boothe relocated from Dallas to Austin partly to be near the music industry there. A lonely spell set in and provided inspiration for his newest set of songs. But he’s confident his gay audience will relate.

“I do have a mostly gay audience and they don’t listen to just the poppy music at gay clubs and bars you always hear.”

He’s alt-rock with a piano but more in the vein of Tori Amos. Yet, maybe a bit louder.

“It’s just me and a piano but it’s gonna be loud. I sing pretty loud and I’m not a classically trained pianist so it can get intense at times.”

He’s alt-rock with a piano but more in the vein of Tori Amos. Yet, maybe a bit louder.

“It’s just me and a piano but it’s gonna be loud. I sing pretty loud and I’m not a classically trained pianist so it can get intense at times.


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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 26, 2010.


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LSR Closing Ceremonies- "A Cure"

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS Closing Ceremonies were very moving, from the personal stories from those who have lost loved ones to the presentation of the riderless bike — and especially this beautiful song, written and performed by local singer/songwriter Hilary Roberts.

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