Think: Would a gay men's chorus ever be allowed to sing in a Republican inaugural?
Reading this bit made me dig out my copy of a 1991 San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus CD album called How Fair This Place and savor it again.
“The singing began in November 1978,” said the liner notes, “when a small band of men gathered in an impromptu moment on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall and sang beautifully to ease the shock, grief and pain felt by the city--especially the Gay and Lesbian community--at the senseless assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. [Digression: You have to watch the Sean Penn film.] Not long after, a formal concert was presented; thus was born the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.”
Now they're in Washington, claiming their own legitimate place at the banquet table in this special, epochal moment for America--and perhaps the world. Thrilling.
Here--selections from their CD: Ennio Morricone's sublime On Earth As It Is in Heaven from The Mission soundtrack, plus medleys of songs from Miss Saigon, Chess and Jekyll & Hyde. Enjoy--and if you're a brothah/sistah, take pride.