If you missed it, you definitely missed out! “Music and Queer Identity” was one of the best presentations I’ve seen in a long time…
Dr. James Randall came and spoke with us about music through the ages and the queer identities that accompanied them. Dr. Randall is the Assistant Professor of Music History right here at The University of Montana and it was a great pleasure to be witnessing his presentation this evening. He started with music from the late 19th Century, gracing the audience’s ears with some provocative music from men and women alike. We moved through jazz, blues, and lots of other treats, sampling all kinds of comedic and serious songs. One that stuck out to me was “Masculine Women, Feminine Men.”
Our stroll through music and queer identity continued interestingly through Bing Crosby singing as a woman, a couple of record labels that produced music music from the queer community, and an array of singers I hadn’t heard of. One such artist was Maxine Feldman, an openly lesbian performer from the ’60′s and ’70′s. The song that caught my ear with her was “Angry Atthis.” Faaantastic!
He finished “Music and Queer Identity” with The Village People’s “Going West.” Speaking of the movement of the gay community toward San Francisco, the song is inspiring and moving. Perhaps it’s due to my being from the West Coast, but I absolutely love this song. It has definitely entered my list of favorites. Even if you’re not a fan of the west, click the link. The choreography alone is worth your time to watch it! Their hips moved better than mine!
He also left us with a website to check out that I will now direct you to. It’s called Queer Music Heritage, and from the little I’ve seen I love it!