Showing posts from July, 2009

Jim and "Jim" On Both Coasts!

Today was a very cool day. We made the papers on both coasts.

The DC papers made the first announcement of Jim Brochu's Zero Hour at Theatre J, August 26. And the San Francisco Sentinel came out with the first announcement of Jim Schalchlin's "...And I Played John Lennon's Piano."

Yes, you read it right. Jim Schalchlin. Seán Martinfield, who wrote the blurb has always been a really big supporter of our work, so I know it was just a little typo, but I think it's kind of adorable.

The graphic for the concert is below the article, so readers will figure it out.

The main thing is that I want to help raise money for New Conservatory. It's a very tough time out there for theatres, and Ed Decker has always brought interesting and current gay-themed dramas and musicals. Right now, they have a chance to meet some matching grants, so every dollar donated gets multiplied.

Anyway, here is what's on the page today.

MONDAY- AUGUST 17th, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Jim Schalchlin’s“And…

Spiritus Christi Church Supports YGS.

Once again this year, the Spiritus Christi Church in Rochester NY, has made a significant donation to Youth Guardian Services, the online peer support group for LGBT youth. It's part of their tithing program. We especially thank church member, Bud Minard, an old friend, for encouraging the church to include YGS.

As many of you know, I have been both a board member of YGS for many years now. I have supported them because they were founded by, and are still run by, youth. We adults are merely there to make sure YGS meets all its legal obligations. But the teen membership does all the work.

Thank you, Spiritus Christi, Bud Minard, and YGS for all your great work.

Download the Sheet Music for "Rescue".

For those of you who wish to sing the song "Rescue" about rescue dogs, Google Docs has now made that possible.


Andrew Sullivan Asks A Question of Obama.

How many gay people have you personally fired this past month for the sole crime of their sexual orientation?

Don't Ask, Don't Tell continues to terrorize our soldiers, and makes our country less safe. From Wikipedia:

In the fiscal years since the policy was first introduced (1993), the military has discharged over 13,000 troops from the military under DADT.[17][18] Statistics on the number of persons discharged per year:YearCoast GuardMarinesNavyArmyAir ForceTotal19940362581361876171995156926918423577219961260315199284870199710784131973091,007199814773453124151,163199912973142713521,0462000191043585731771,2312001*—————1,2732002*—————9062003*—————787200415591773259266820051675177386887422006*—————612Total1136552,6262,5832,13911,694*Breakdown of discharges by service branch not available1994–2003, 2006 from Servicemembers Legal Defense Network - Annual Gay Discharges Under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, Don't Harass"2004–2005 from - Mil…

Fantastic Night of Big Voice.

I have pictures around here somewhere. But this past Saturday's jam-packed performance of Big Voice was one of the most fun times I've ever had on a stage. The little black box theatre is great for our voices -- and both Jim and I were never so relaxed on stage.

And afterwards, Piper Laurie came up to me and said, eyes gleaming, "You've never looked so sexy on stage before!"

Me? Sexy?

I guess all these morning lifting my weights to bring my blood sugar down is starting pay off!

Big Voice tonight!

Tonight is Big Voice in North Hollywood. You should come just to see if we can remember our lines!

Piano Cat's Big Night as Orchestral Soloist.

Someone took the notes played by the famous "Nora the Piano Cat" from the viral youtube video and then wrote a moody orchestration around it, and performed it, with orchestra, live with video. It's not just a genius idea (so 21st century!), but you get to watch kitty rub his face on the keys while listening to music.

"Somebody's Friend" from The Last Session.

A song about how well-meaning friends can seem worse than any disease you may be suffering. From The Last Session.

Young Deer Bathing Kitty.

Yes. Yes. I'm a total sucker for animal cuteness. Watch how much the kitty loves this.

40 Years Ago Today.


Open Mic Tonight.

I'm looking forward, as always, to the open mic tonight. What song should I sing?

Also, Saturday night is "Big Voice" here in Los Angeles. One night only. Are you coming? Have you made your reservation? Remember, only 40 seats available.

Sue Bloch on Sotomayor and the Supreme Court.

My friend, Sue Bloch, who teaches law at Georgetown University appeared on Charlie Rose discussing the Supreme Court and Sonia Sotomayor. The point she and the other guest makes is that no one can divorce their life experiences from their opinions, not even white men. And to assume that the law is like a math formula, as many of the Senators were implying, is simply divorced from reality.

"Rescue" Live at Kulak's Woodshed

This is the new song I've been telling you about. It's called, for now, "Rescue."

(NEW: Download the sheet music!)

It's dedicated to The Pepper Foundation, which is run by my friend and fellow songwriter, Julie Chadwick. What I like about this song, apart from the song itself, I mean, is that it was a group project. Val, Avril, Bo and I were given a room and a piano.

Remembering that Animal Night at Kulak's was three days away, we decided to write a song to be played that night. Since The Pepper Foundation is a rescue group, we decided on the theme of "rescue." I think what we ended up with is very tender and real.

This performance below is actually my third time to sing it for an audience. It was my first time to sing it by heart -- and my first time to play it without any mistakes on the piano.

And here's to doggies everywhere.

Hemo2Homo review: BRUNO


HOMO: I know why you wanted to see this. Big homosexual terrorizes the public at large! It's because you thought it was a horror film -- "Saw" for straight men.

HEMO: Actually I thought Bruno was the a wrestling biopic for Bruno Sammartino. When I found out it wasn't, I decided not to go.

HOMO: You flaked on me again?

HEMO: I was totally busy this past weekend, playing an HIV benefit with my synthpop trio. MAC artists were there, and they totally made me up in guyliner, check it out.

HOMO: Mmmmm, hmmmm... say, what band did you meet through the Make-A-Wish Foundation back in 1990? Was that Guns N' Roses? Motley Crue? Bananarama?

HEMO: No, Depeche Mode. What are you getting at?

HOMO: Well, I don't want to say you look a little gay or anything, but not even Bruno wore that much eyeliner... When I first heard that there would be this insane movie about a totally exaggerated, offensive gay stereotype running around scaring straight people, I was…


Last week, at the open mic, I got very tired about halfway through, and finally had to go in the back and lie down. It took me a couple of days to recover. Sometimes I drive my body too hard, and have to remember that no matter how "normal" I might feel from day to day, I'm not at full health and never will be unless someone finally finds a cure for this virus.

I don't play it out in real time here in the blog because it's difficult to determine, on a daily basis, what's actually going on. Happily, this was just a matter of taking on too much, and pushing myself too hard, both in my exercise routines and in writing.

I think a little credit has to go to Facebook, too, as I'm spending a great deal of time there, and sometimes I post a lot of things there, forgetting that I could also be posting stuff here. But there, it's mostly political items of interest, whereas I try to keep the blog to more personal things. Politics interests me, but in the long run,…

13,000 Soldiers Dismissed from Service for...

...for nothing more than being gay. And the charge to end this abomination is being led by a conservative Democratic congressman and Iraqi war veteran.

Listen to his entire interview. Listen to his words.

What I can't figure out is who's against him. When he talks to other congresspersons, the only people objecting are the ones who are afraid that they'll be punished at the voting booth. All I can say is if this man from Pennsylvania has the courage to face his conservative constituency and tell them that this is a matter of national security, then the other members of congress should show a little backbone, too.

It's maddening how this policy has ruined both our ability to fight war and the individual lives of the men and women who serve.

Jake Interviewed.

My friend, Jake Wesley Stewart, is interviewed by Stage Scene LA.

Jake sang with me at Kulak's several times, and he and I have been working on songs together. He's a wonderful singer and great talent.

North Carolina native Jake Wesley Stewart has been on quite a roll since appearing in the Ovation Award-winning City Kid The Musical less than two years ago. He followed the hip-hopping musical with some Irish jigging to “wake the dead” in Open Fist’s production of James Joyce’s The Dead, then a summer of Shakespeare—followed by a featured role in Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. More recently, Jake appeared multiple roles in Big The Musical, understudying and going on in the lead role of Adult Josh, and is poised to dazzle and captivate audiences once again in the L.A. Intimate Theater premiere of the hit off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz. Somehow, Jake found time in his hectic performance/rehearsal schedule to sit down and talk with us about his life as an up-and-coming musical…

Singing "Rescue" tonight.

Tonight at the open mic, I'm singing the new song we wrote a couple of weeks ago, in the workshop, for Animal Night. It's a song called "Rescue." It will be broadcast live from Kulak's Woodshed, and yes, you can get it on your computer.

The song, "Rescue," is about doggies.

A 4th of July Message from the USO.

A few days from now, Fourth of July celebrations will be held in small towns and big cities all across America. Bunting will be everywhere. Parades will feature bands, antique cars, kids on bikes, and veterans of many conflicts… all marching proudly to show their patriotism and love of country.

At the same time, halfway around the world, 170,000 brave young men and women will demonstrate their patriotism in another way: by putting their lives at risk to defend everything America stands for.

As we gather in our backyards for cookouts and picnics, our troops overseas will grab an MRE and head out to patrol crowded streets and back alleys where insurgents continue to lurk.

As we play softball or watch a parade, they'll spend their afternoons in harm's way: a "place" where rounding any corner can mean a deadly ambush… where stopping any car or passerby can trigger an explosion and sudden death.

As we "ooh" and "aah" at fireworks displays, they'll duck…