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Hand Me My Quill.

A couple of weeks ago, Father Jeff Hamblin announced to Christ Church of Bay Ridge, that I have been appointed "Composer in Residence." A friend of mine said he pictured me in a monk's robe, walking the campus, scroll and quill in hand, gazing off into the distance. (It's an honorary position that means I write songs and we sing them, but I love the title. It'll look great in my next Playbill bio.)

Knowing all this, some of my Baptist friends have asked me if I've turned Episcopal. My secular friends asked me if I'm turning into Pat Robertson. IOW, have suddenly got religion? Am I a pious monk wondering the campus? Or am I the same lovable heretic I've always been?

Given how strongly I rebelled against my Baptist upbringing -- sorry mom and dad -- I was actually stunned when, just after writing the songs that became The Last Session, I was invited to sing in a church, after 25 years of staying as far away from them as I physically could.

All I could d…

A Benefit for Animals May 7

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II will be singing "Rescue" in this benefit concert on May 7 here in New York at Birdland. Hayley Mills and Lee Roy Reams will co-host Love Makes the World Go 'Round, a benefit concert to be held on Saturday, May 7 at 4:30pm at Birdland. JoAnn Yeoman will direct the performance, which will raise funds for Zani's Furry Friends, an animal rescue organization. Among the artists scheduled to appear are Elena Bennett, Carole Demas, Natalie Douglas, Rich Flanders, Janice Hall, Jon & Lynn, Sue Matsuki, Tanya Moberly, Sarah Rice, Steve Ross, Steve Schalchlin, Richard Skipper, Julie Wilson, and David Vernon. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Zani's Furry Friends saves animals from euthanasia in the city's shelters, gives them medical care, and finds adoptive owners for them. For further information and tickets, click here.

Meeting Canadian Steve!

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It was when he said he loved Creedence that I knew Michael Rawley was going to be just FINE playing piano and acting in the role of Steve in this summer's Canadian production of The Big Voice: God or Merman?, said role based on the true life adventures of your favorite pioneering AIDS blogger.

We didn't have a keyboard available, so we sat in this conference room along with director, Sarah Quick, going through the score.

I was trying to more or less describe each one. (The opening number "Why" is based on the bass line from "Can't Hurry Love" by the Supremes, "I Want to Make Music," is a straight ahead ballad, etc.)

It was about four songs in that Credence came up. Maybe it was when I said he could play "James Robertson" as if it were "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" That led to a long discussion about our love of All Things Fogerty and swamp music.

Then he made me go back and look over every song, asking me to connect them t…

New World Waking this Sunday in Miami!

INSIGNIA, the select group of singers from the Miami Gay Men's Chorus will be performing New World Waking this Sunday, April 10th, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. See the story in Steve Rothhaus' column in the Miami Herald. Go get tickets now!

Photos: Jim in Toronto.

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I'm in Toronto for a few days.

Visiting Jim doing Zero Hour here, and also meeting with the "Canadian Steve" from the upcoming summer cast of The Big Voice. Pics to follow soon! I learned yesterday that the cast consists of two guys who are also partners in life. How cool is that?

New Blood Tests Today and Toronto News.

I'll be heading out into the cold and rain this morning to get new blood tests, with the results coming in next week. The immediate goal has been to get my A1C (base glucose) down in the normal ranger. It had creeped up over 9 during the past year, which is why they sent me to the endocrinologist, who put me on the night time dose of insulin.

I did overhear my two doctors discussing the situation, though:



At least, that's what it sounded like to me.

Also, I'm headed to Toronto, unexpectedly. I'll be writing about this more when I get there, but a theater, the Globus Theater Company in Bobcaygeon, Canada is going to be producing THE BIG VOICE: GOD OR MERMAN? using actors from Canada. They're a couple of hours outside of Toronto.

In fact, Jim and I were trying to see if we could get up there to perform it ourselves, but the scheduling wasn't really possible now that Jim, especially, has started to come into such demand, both as Zero and in other roles.

Tomorrow, …