I love my life! I am an adventure seeker and I never settle for mediocrity. My social calendar is constantly full yet I operate on “G time” so I am pretty relaxed en route to new adventures. I am open minded to experience the unknown and my success rate of good times is off the charts! (Thank you and please bring me more great times!). I carry my camera and take pictures as often as possible because if you don’t know me in real life, you’d think I was lying. If you know me in real life, you are a witness that these types of amazing things happen to me constantly. (Again, thank you and please bring me more great times!)
Picture the scene: It’s a very hot summer day in New York – June 24, 2012. It’s Gay Pride day. As you know, I am proud every day so I don’t really like to what the mainstream does. What I chose to do instead on Gay Pride day was to go down to Broadway and meet actor James Corden. I happened to see his acceptance speech on the Tony Awards and he seemed like a pretty cool guy so I decided to see for myself (primarily because I am extremely distrustful of most things that appear on TV these days). So there I am on Broadway, when all of a sudden, I see the Goddess of Pop – Kylie Minogue! She was super cool as usual and I professed my love for her before we parted ways. Love her! Thanks again Kylie. For those wondering, I also met James Corden. But that’s a story for another time…
Here’s why I love New York: On June 24, 2011, I was able to start the day off seeing Stephen Colbert and Jack White perform. In the evening, I saw the garage rock of Hanni El Khatib and in the wee hours of the morning, I saw 80s diva Jody Watley perform at the Grammercy Theater. Watley made a rare club appearance to a sparsely populated audience. I had never seen Jody Watley perform before so I was very excited to add her name to the illustrious list of performers I’ve had the pleasure of checking out in concert. She looked much thicker than I recall her being and she performed a very short set that included “Looking for a New Love,” “Real Love,” “Don’t You Want Me” and the very rarely performed “Still a Thrill.” I was the only person who attempted to meet her after the set was over, but unfortunately she didn’t even look in my direction when I tried to talk to her. You win some, you lose some.
I’ve seen Hanni El Khatib perform on both the East and West coasts and while there is often an East vs. West rivalry, one thing is sure – Hanni rocks hard in both places. Hanni El Khatib performed at New York’s Mercury Lounge on June 24, 2011. If his performance is a predictor of future success, he’s going to be huge. His music is garage rock that features elements of everything from pop to punk and even doo-wop! Hanni El Khatib is a two man band with Hanni on vocals and guitar and Nicky Fleming-Yaryan on drums. Hanni’s hour long set featured crowd favorites “Build. Destroy. Rebuild,” “Dead Wrong,” “You Rascal You,” and “Loved One.” He also played his cover of Funkadelic’s “I Got A Thing,” which can currently be heard in the new Just Do It campaign for Nike. It was really great seeing people singing along to the words of the songs and by the end of the show, the entire crowd had become a huge dance party/mosh pit. I highly recommend seeing Hanni El Khatib when he comes to your town. It was a really fun time. His debut album is set for release later this year and I am very excited to hear it. Rock and fuckin’ roll!
The scene at Stonewall in Greenwich Village on June 24, 2011
Gay marriage became legal in New York on June 24, 2011. Do you feel more free? Freedom sure looked a mob scene contained by barricades from my perspective as I passed the historic Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village en route to a concert after the news broke. Don’t get me wrong – I am very happy this “law” passed. However, I’ve never needed a “law” to dictate my happiness. Now when gay couples break up, they can go through the legal process and throw money down the toilet to reclaim their “freedom” just like straight people instead of just settling matters like grown ups. It doesn’t seem like progress to me. Maybe this is why I am (happily) single?
I’ll bet you never thought you’ve ever see the following video! Jack White and Stephen Colbert sang The Star Spangled Banner on June 24, 2011 at the Highline park in New York to promote Stephen Colbert’s new single (yes, that’s right) with The Black Belles entitled “Charlene (I’m Over You).” If there’s enough interest, I can post that video too. Leave comments if you’d like to see it. Also, bookmark According2g.com and check back daily because I do a lot of interesting things and I love to share them with you! In the video, please excuse the VERY rude press people who think that a press badge gives them the right to be completely clueless that other people exist on the planet. How American!