I’ll always associate Proud with “Queer As Folk”, the TV show.
It is a nice coincidence that I write about this song in the week I’ve just finished binge watching “Queer As Folk”, the American series. I watched and enjoyed the original run from 2000 to 2005. However, it was only this second time around that I’ve come to appreciate the cultural and, in a way, the historical significance of the show. Before 2000, no TV show had ever addressed so openly the issues of the gay community in any city, USA. For the first time, many young gay people saw themselves mirrored in real characters that captured with precision the reality of their lives.
Proud * – Heather Small… Who can forget those decadent parties at Babylon? Or the sleaziness of Liberty Baths?
Getting to Know You – Julie Andrews, Children’s Chorus, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye * – Michael Feinstein … I can see him waking up in the middle of the night in his lover’s arms, dressing up, stealing one last kiss, and hurrying up back home to his wife.
Kim’s Charleston – Tammy Amerson, Elaine Stritch
The Best Thing That Ever Happened – Alexander Gemignani, Claybourne Elder
Brotherhood of Man – Nick Jonas, Rob Bartlett, Ellen Harvey … I had the chance to see the show in early 2012, and being from the school of “If-you’re-under-35-I-may-not-know-who-you-are”, I wasn’t entirely sure I knew who Nick Jonas was.