On Friday, I launched a fundraising campaign for the month of August with a goal of raising two thousand dollars to go towards the production and promotion of my new album. The challenge I have set forth in this particular campaign is that I will record a dance song and film a low-budget music video in which I will dance.
I'm honestly a bit conflicted about this. If I make my goal, then plans for the album fully take form, but then, this also means that I will have to dance. If I don't make the goal, I'll be happy with whatever amount I do raise and heave a HUGE sigh of relief that I won't have to dance. Woe is me.
In any case, I wanted to share a little more about this album project. The most definite plan I have is to record it all live and do so through an analog process. Basically, I want to do things the way they did it long before protools and modern technology. Hopefully the end result will be vibrant, warm, and very fun.
Here is the youtube video detailing this month's campaign:
This is La Gordita!! I have a quick post today. I am deep in the throes of unpacking since the Asian has moved our entire operation to a fabulous new location. There's a surplus of fairy dust that needs to be sprinkled into the new digs!!
In the meantime, I wanted to a share a funny little video from the folks at MAD TV. There's nothing more American than the sight of a couple of guys sitting around and going crazy watching a football game. Well, they've taken this routine American practice and added an exciting little twist.
Enjoy . . .
Yesterday, I was riding in my car, and for a moment, my radio was tuned to one of the pop stations here in Nashville. (NPR or a mix-tape of sorts is usually on these days) I didn't think anything of it until I heard the sound of a solitary piano playing. Then, a voice started to sing. I swear, I could have been sitting by a lake all alone with no one else around. Whatever I was doing in that moment seemed to fade away as this song unraveled.
I wasn't sure who was singing until the chorus came in, and there was no doubt in my mind that it was Adele. Thankfully, it was her newest single, "Someone Like You". As a pianist and musician, I am absolutely in love with this song. It is incredibly gorgeous. Whoever decided not to add any other instrument to the production was a genius. The piano can be a symphony orchestra all by itself--handling rythmic, harmonic, and melodic responsibilities simultaneously. The intimacy you get with just a voice and a piano is like nothing else. It provides a huge contrast to the over-produced Euro-dance type of styles that have dominated pop music as of late.
As a human being whose made his own disastrous attempts at love, I could related completely to the lyrics. I could be wrong, but I think this will be Adele's biggest hit ever.
Here is a live performance of this heart-breaking work of art. It's just mesmerizing . . .
When I think of modern-day pop music, I don't think it gets better then what was released in the 1980's. There were so many amazing songs released that I wonder if there was something in the water that people were drinking.
One song that stands out to me is Madonna's "Live To Tell". She gets most of her praise from her classic dance music, but she is highly underrated as a balladeer. In fact, many of her biggest hits were ballads.
This song is so incredibly poetic and has layer upon layer of meaning behind it. It's a miracle that pop radio even embraced it when it was released because not only is it over 5 minutes in length, but there is this sizable dramatic silence just before the bridge near the end. This song is its own quiet beautiful revolution.
It's LaLaLaLa, LaLaLaLaLa Gordita in the house!!!
Today I wanted to share my favorite video from an international gay icon. Kylie Minogue!!! This teeny tiny Australian force of nature has sold millions of albums worldwide and puts on an amazing live show!!
For whatever reason, she hasn't achieved the success and recognition here in the US that she's gotten in virtually every other corner of the earth, but that's okay. The gay loves her, and that's all that matters in the end.
The first time I saw this video, I think my knickers blushed. She's gorgeous, and this song kicks ass!!
This past Tuesday, July 19, my niece Elvia Geneva Sofia Ontiveros was born at 8:29 AM at the Centennial Women's Hospital here in Nashville, TN. For my younger sister Lloyda, this was a long nine months of weekly check-ups, regular shots, strict dieting, and a lot of bed rest. Due to the fact that my sister lost her first-born son to premature birth complications less than two years ago, many careful precautions were taken this time around. Periodically, my sister was admitted to the hospital several times to stay for long periods so they could monitor the low cervix that she had.
My family was in a celebratory mood after a very seemless delivery that took less than a half hour once she was ready to go. Sofia, weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. at birth, joins her six first cousins (five lively boys and one other princess girl) in the next generation of my little family.
I arrived at the hospital around 3:00 AM and became part of the little team (including the boyfriend/Dad Beto and our dear friend Maria) that helped my sister along that day. Since I had no desire to be in the delivery room during the actual birth, I stayed in the family waiting room to knit a baby blanket and to watch tv. For me, it was actually a very relaxing time.
The next couple of days involved lots of "ooooh-ing" and "aahhhh-ing", tons of photo-taking, and all-around merriment. It was like a scene from a movie as my family smiled and waved through the glass windows of the hospital nursery. She lay in a small row of other bundled-up wrinkly newbies.
I was not able to watch all of last season's American Idol (2011), but I can tell you from what I did see that it was the best season they had in a long time.
One performance in particular really stood out to me. Not only was it of one of the greatest piano ballads of all time, but to me, it exemplified all that American Idol ought to be--the pursuit of a vocalist who can interpret music, whether their own or someone else's, in ways that are transcendant.
"Candle In the Wind" is a glorious, mournful, and powerful piece of music. Elton John's original is a timeless classic, and contestant Lauren Alaina's rendition, with her gentle and lilting country voice, added an understated and vulnerable sweetness to its presence.
I love this performance. Oh, and I love that red piano too . . .
It's La Gordita on another wonderful Wednesday Gay Day.
Today, I'm in the mood to laugh.
Funny haha? Or funny queer? You decide . . .
With every passing day, the panoramic view of my life grows ever wider. I continue to meet amazing people, and there is no shortage of inspiration in the seemingly mundane qualities of my daily existence. Lessons continue to introduce themselves to me--some of them I've met before but needed re-acquainting while, on rare and magical occasions, others have opened new doors and given fresh insights.
I wanted to take some time on this post to reflect on the things I've learned and come to value in my life. Well, just two things basically.
Greetings from La Gordita!
It's that time of week again!!! Wednesday is Gay Day here at WPR.
Things have been hectic around here as we are getting ready to launch a new season of Oreo and Buttercup. Both of them will be my special guests next week on Gay Day.
Until then, I wanted to share something special!! Today, I wanted to celebrate all things Johnny Weir. In case you don't know who he is, he is a three-time US National Champion in figure skating and one of the best US male skaters of all time in my opinion.