An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 2, Section 1: “But I’m still Gay.”

Part two of the Interview opens with Harold’s discussing his relationship to his peers, many of whom achieved fame and a place in literary history.

Norse describes them as outcasts and I reply that they are hardly outcasts now.

Norse feels like an outcast and I hearken back to Auden’s comment by suggesting that perhaps a saint is an outcast who survives as an outcast.

Survival in this context is surviving as an artist.

Norse says he wrote because, “I wanted to write about my deepest feelings about being Gay.”

He goes on to tell a story about conversation he had with James Baldwin who was new to fame  and Norse said, “Jimmy, you’ve got nothing to worry about, you’ve got it made.”

“Jimmy turned and said, ‘Whattaya mean I got it made! I’m still Black!'”

The cover of Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room 1956, by James Baldwin

Norse goes on to say that no matter what he does, he’s still gay, he’s
still marginalized.

Norse describes how he met with Baldwin again, after Baldwin was wealthy.

Baldwin looks in a mirror and says, “After all, I’m still James Baldwin.”

Norse stopped himself from saying, “And who is James Baldwin.”

Norse describes it as a ‘Zen’ moment when he realized that we are what we’re conscious of being.

Interview with Harold Norse Section 2, part 1.

Please note:

When I turned the tape over I unknowingly enabled a ridiculous option
that stops the machine when it senses silence. The result is a little choppy.
I did my best to smooth it out.

To hear the beginning go to An interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 1

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Song A Day Challenge, Day 5: The Good Gay Stuff

Thanks to Danica from Living the Beautiful Life for nominating
me for the Five-Day Music challenge.

The Rules are:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
Post the name of the song and video
Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

I close the 5 Day Song A Day Challenge with a short  compendium
of music performed by openly gay performers.

Prior to the release of ‘Caravan Tonight‘ on Mercury Records in 1974
popular music assumed everyone was straight.

Steven Grossman’s decision to come ‘out’ when he recorded ‘Caravan Tonight’  was one of millions of decisions made by everyday people who decided to celebrate their lives instead of living in shame.

Revolutions are fought and won by everyday people who choose to stand up for themselves and push back.

Succeeding generations of everyday people sustain these revolutions when
they use their newly won freedoms to push back and free others.

Enjoy!

Steve Grossman – Can’t Papa Blues, 1974

 

Steve Grossman – Circle Nine Times 1974

Tom Robinson – Glad To Be Gay, 1978

Sylvester – You Make Me Feel, 1978

 

 

Patrick Cowley – Menergy, 1981

 

The Tom Robinson Band: Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, 1992

 

K.D. Lang – Constant Craving, 1992

 

Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One, 1993

 

Lost The Love – Joan Armatrading, 1995

 


Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Leviticus: Faggot, 1996

 

Me’Shell Ndegéocello: Who Is He And What Is He to You, 1996

 

George Michael – Flawless, 2004

 


Rayvon Owen – Can’t Fight It, 2016

 

 

Tom Goss – Son of a Preacher Man. 2016

I nominate:

 

 

 

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