Gay Song One – quelle tragédie
Note: for this series of postings, the term 'Gay Song' refers to music written to/for/by or about Gay men or women. A second category also deals with music identified as Gay because it speaks to the heart of the Gay Experience.
So to make this easier, I will call them Gay in the 1st Degree (to/for/by/about), or Gay in the 2nd Degree (like Judy Garland singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow).
My first selection is definitely Gay in the 1st Degree! We tend to think that LGBT issues were so taboo, regarded as so 'dark' and 'sinister' by straight-dominated society, that even the mere mention of 'it' would send people running for shelter and the soothing grip of their stolen motel-edition bible.
Not true! The proof…? A little 1948 gem of a novelty song known as Queer Things, by Ruth Wallis. Please listen, and the conclusion is still the best advice today
So, what do you think?