Sunday, September 24, 2006

Performance Art

The little city of Elmira, New York has a rather large, visible gay community. Despite being a very conservative area, the city is largely gay-friendly for those who want to be homeowners and wage-earners. It was startling at first, but one gets used to it quickly, especially when the nice fellows next door are also good neighbors, and your coworker and her girlfriend are sweet and lots of fun. I should mention that gays here behave themselves in public, same as everyone else.

Last night I enjoyed a gay revue here in town with some coworkers. All procedes benefited local HIV education. By the way, I can't tell you how relieving it is not to lose friends and acquaintances to AIDS. The late 80's and 90's were wrenching times, when coworkers and around-town acquaintances would sort of just disappear forever. We must be doing something right.

I'm a fan of our local Drag Kings, but not so much of the Queens. Don't ask me; it's complicated. The music was way too loud for the size of the place: it messed with my hearing, so I kept zoning out, and itched to leave.

I greatly prefer a real performance, and the lip-synching leaves me dissatisfied. I'd rather hear the person sing it than sync it. I'm trying to understand why it's synched and not sung. Is there a history to this?

This is not to say that the performers weren't entertaining. They were well over the top, and some were amazing ringers. When they spoke to us, a few had very pleasant voices. Elucidate, someone?

pb
Little Pond

1 comment:

tom said...

(If I understand the question...) I wish I knew, it's not my specialty.

But the movie "Connie and Carla" seemed to suggest that lip synching was necessary because no one could actually sing in the other sex's voice.