in 1994, b.d. wong, who had appeared in a benefit production of elegies for angels, punks and raging queens in los angeles, called to ask if janet hood and i would like to write a christmas song for him to record for a c.d. to benefit broadway cares/equity fights aids … b.d. had appeared in the original production of la cage aux folles with my friend bob brubach, who died in 1987 on christmas day … though bob was not a drag queen, he had a great appreciation for their talents and so this was written for him … happy holidays!
i’ll be spending the month in los angeles directing pageant … because it’s a low-budget production, i’ll be staying with different friends, something i did a lot of in my very itinerant life in the 70’s … then at the end of that decade i met and moved in with bruce and have been shockingly “settled” since … this was written in the early 80’s
i’ve been able to support myself without temping for several years (knock wood) … but i was a really famous word processor in big law firms for many years … while i was grateful for the income and flexibility, there are few feelings as deadly as reporting to an office when it’s the last place you want to be … so for labor day and bruce, who has a good job but still doesn’t always feel like going there, here’s a poem for september