SA Collins

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QUEER MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS

Musical Artists that have inspired …

Musical Allies - Straight Artists that embraced their queer fans …

My very first musical inspiration … where I knew it was something that I liked. This was waaaaaay before MTV or any of the music videos. I can’t say that my gay gene was in full swing at the tender age of five, but I do know I drove my Tia crazy by playing the 45 of this song over and over and over and over and over and over and over … (you get the picture). I’m just a queer boy lookin’ for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T



Next up … Diana Ross’ Do You Know Where You’re Going To? (The Theme from Mahogany). Jesus, did I have a real ear worm with this one. I can still recall humming it (because I didn’t know all the words at the time, I just loved the melody) all the way home from school. I can remember walking along the berm of a sidewalk, or rather a berm that should’ve been next to a sidewalk but the sidewalk was missing - there was just dirt - and I would balance with my arms out as I walked, one foot in front of the other, and hummed this melody.



But it was this little ditty that started it all for me and my young burgeoning queer boy life. Thelma Houston’s Don’t Leave Me This Way. I loved this song so much that it was the first album I received at the age of 11. I would later on become a huge vinyl collector - even DJing during the 80s and 90s - but it was this song that truly started it all. With the organ beginning along with that angelic string arrangement? It was my gay boy entrance to the church of queerdom.



But NO ONE made a bigger impact on me artistically than than LADY T - Teena Marie. Behind the Groove broke it all down for me. The infectious latin flavored bass line and the smooth backing vocals (all performed by Marie herself on the original recording - all of the songs on her albums were original material written by her) along with her incredibly powerful voice just bowled me over like no one else. That she was inspired by the likes of Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni didn’t hurt either. No other artist affected me and infected me more. I am proudly a devotee of all things Lady T. Known by most people for her mid-80s hit Lovergirl, this was where it all started for me - 1979. This is a rehearsal video of the tour she did just before her untimely death the day after Christmas in 2010.

She WILL grace this curation section more than any other.