Dean and I went with friends to the Seattle Men's Chorus concert, "Our Mighty Men" last night. The first half was an homage/parody of the whole folk rock movement from the 60's. Some great songs here: "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They are A-Changin'," "Turn, Turn, Turn." And some real lightweight stuff, too ("Puff the Magic Dragon").
The second half was more thoughtful and inspired, more political. A series of three songs from "Brokeback Mountain," including "He Was Friend of Mine" that were incredibly moving. A well-known protest song from a story in Billings Montana, "Not in Our Town," got a standing ovation. And a Harriet Tubbman song about the secret railway got us all clapping.
SMC are taking a version of the show on the road to the "Red States" of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana over the next two weeks. The title of this show is "This Land is Our Land" and seeks to help promote gay rights and equality. You go guys! Sing it out loud and proud.
The second of two pride parade/marches is today. And it is supposed to be sunny and hot out.