On Monday night I hosted the first ever live episode of my long running MikeyPod podcast. I had great line up of guest, each of whom performed brilliantly. The podcast of the event will go up in the feed on July 4th, but in the meantime I wanted to share this story I shared at the show. I’m pretty proud of this piece and it’s perfect for Pride.
In the summer of 1980 my mom sent my sister and me to California to spend some time with our cousins John and Beth. It was a great trip for a few reasons, included, but not limited to seeing my first pair of onscreen boobies via a misguided trip to see the movie Airplane! In stark contrast to my complete non-reaction to this sighting of a pair of naked, jiggling breasts was my complete mega-reaction to my cousin Beth’s record collection. I mean, I feel pretty confident that queerness is nature and not nurture, but….if it were nurtured, my queerness was pretty deftly shepherded by Donna Summer’s concept double album “Once Upon a Time.” I hadn’t really been introduced to disco yet, but those funky bass lines, lush strings and double handclaps resonated deeply in my soul and awakened something… fabulous.
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