Cover art for Billy Porter’s Edelweiss
When Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner &
Pose star Billy Porter released his take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, “Edelweiss,” he shared in the social media post:
The Edelweiss flower exists in the most hostile of environments.
It blooms in the cold and snow and reminds us that
we can and must flourish in the darkest of times.
While the song is usually relegated to the second stringers of
The Sound of Music behind to the title song, “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” has emerged over the years as a truly thoughtful and sober observance of coming challenges.
Billy chose to release the track as the lead single from his 2017 album,
, after the 2016 presidential election has just occurred – and he was concerned. Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers
As we now know, he was correct in his concerns even as the Trump administration was just beginning it’s assault on LGBTQ rights and the nation.
Ty Herndon (promo photo)
In this edition of Pride Songs, I cover the oh-so-hunky country singer Ty Herndon, and his single “That Kind Of Night.”
Released on his album
this marked his first album release since coming out as a gay man in 2014. House on Fire, Continue reading “Pride Music: Ty Herndon ‘That Kind Of Night’”
Aiden James (screen capture)
For today’s Pride Music selection, I’m reaching back to 2018 and this gorgeous music video from Aiden James for his single, “
Colorblind.” Continue reading “Pride Music: Aiden James ‘Colorblind’”
Matt Zarley (photo: John Ganun)
Billboard recording artist and Broadway veteran Matt Zarley has received critical acclaim as an out LGBTQ artist for years. This Pride Month I’m pausing to take a listen to his award-winning, show-stopping single, “Change Begins With Me.”
Continue reading “Pride Music: Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Matt Zarley ‘Change Begins With Me’”
Pride Month includes all of our diverse communities, so I love sharing Tom Goss’s super-fun music video extolling his outright admiration for “
Bears.” Continue reading “Pride Music: Tom Goss ‘Bears’”
In August 2017, out musician Wrabel released his
powerful music video for “The Village” as a sign of solidarity with the transgender community in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s ‘out of nowhere’ decision to ban trans military service members. Continue reading “Pride Music: Wrabel ‘The Village’”
Out recording artist Lotus Sky
Show Your Colors,” a powerful Pride anthem by out recording artist Lotus Sky that celebrates uniqueness in the rainbow of creation, was one of my favorite musical discoveries of Pride 2021. Continue reading “Pride Music: Lotus Sky ‘Show Your Colors’”
Blow Out My Candle” is a triumphant return to form for Betty Who. The track is a catchy ode to perseverance, with a chorus that activates the dance floor: “You can blow out my candle, but you you’ll never put out my fire.” Continue reading “Pride Music: Betty Who ‘Blow Out My Candle’”
L-R Romona Agruma and Rebel Wilson (via Instagram)
Some news items I think are worth your time:
: It looks like Rebel Wilson’s coming out was “forced” by a Sydney newspaper that told her they planned on outing her. She jumped before they did. The Advocate Continue reading “Newspaper Told Rebel Wilson They Planned On Outing Her + More News”
It’s safe to say that no Pride Music playlist would be complete without the disco-tastic cover of “Go West.” Pet Shop Boys Continue reading “Pride Music: Pet Shop Boys ‘Go West’”