Friday, August 2, 2013
Strangers in the Night
I grew up with Big Band music from my parents. I've always had a love of music, particularly the piano and I took lessons when I was younger and sang in the choir in high school. I developed a love of classical music early on through a series of tapes called Hooked on Classics, where they took the classical pieces from great composers and added a beat to them, somewhat modernizing them. From my Italian heritage, I have also liked foreign music, especially Italian and French. Some of Marlene Dietrich's or Edith Piaf's songs take me back to my trip to Paris, leisurely walking about Montmartre, browsing the many artists painting on their easels with pastry in-hand. Lounge music from the late 50's and early 60's has always been a favorite of mine as well, with it's bongos and odd instruments, you almost want to light a cigarette and sip a martini. And I wouldn't be gay if I didn't love a show tune or 300, and the passion behind opera is amazing in that you don't have to understand a word of it to be able to feel the angst. Even some of the country classics take me back to a time when I used to go to gay two-stepping where I met a lot of my really good friends.