31 Days of Brannan – Day 6
Today’s playlist – JAY’S BEST MOVES!
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Okay first off – I FUCKING LOVE THIS VIDEO! When I am low, need an emotive shot in the arm, a boost of energy, a smile on my face, a happy moment in a dark world I play this little ditty of a video. And I am truly happier after I’ve watched it.
I was a fan when I first really started to listen to his work. I was enamored with his prose. He is hands down a brilliant writer. He is a major influence in how I write what I write. The way he juxtaposes imagery and words – weaving textures that are truly thought provoking yet completely hummable and singable is truly an amazing gift.
Now pair that with a voice that is crystal clear, and supported but an incredible amount of breath control (as a classically trained singer I am really impressed by the degree of control he has over his breathing). Jay is clearly a natural singer. It comes to him like breathing. Whereas we other poor slobs have to work at our craft to achieve the same level of control and mastery of our talents.
So why this video today?
Actually, I wanted to save it for the 31st – I may even replay it then anyway – but I’ve been pondering some of Jay’s recent posts in the Twitterverse. What I want to know is –
How fucking blind are the gay guys in NYC that someone hasn’t wooed this man into romantic oblivion yet?
I mean, am I missing something here? Just look at the video, or any of his videos for gods sake and you can tell he’s the whole package deal. Brilliant mind, looks that the camera just loves, and sexy as hell moves on the dance floor – what’s not to love?
Maybe he likes his solitude.
I spoke at length about this with a guy who I consider to be so close to me he’s like a brother to me. I turned him onto Jay’s music and he and I agree whole-heartedly, in fact, it was my friend who came up with the analogy – he said he’s kind of like the gay Mozart. Incredibly talented, almost genius in the quality of his work. That sort of quality can be hard to cope with. Maybe Jay does require a lot of down time to regroup and work through his next project as it takes form in his head. Pure speculation on our part and not idle words either. We talked at length about the lyrics of his songs. The choices he made in the production of them, why he chose what he chose to produce them. There was solid craftsmanship in them.
Eh, it’s all speculation on my part. What I do know is, with the public persona he’s projected on the internet and in social media, he’s got quite a thing going on. And it’s rather impressive in that his fans seem very devoted to his work and are extremely supportive.
I don’t believe for one minute that I am the only one who blogs about the quality of his work – not for a minute. I am sure that there are others out there doing their level best to get the word out about his tour and the inbound release of his newest project.
Anyway, I wasn’t trying to over think this. I wanted to let everyone enjoy Jay shaking his groove thang… and he shakes it so well.
I think I’m gonna watch it over again – I’m in need of a good smile.
The Always, Then & Now Tour…
Sidebar: I bought my Deluxe Package from Jay Brannan’s store for the tour he’s embarking on now. The cost of the deluxe package is $40 and you get quite a bit for it. There are other packages as well. But that isn’t why I did it. I did it because I truly feel indebted to this man of words and music. I am enriched by his musical musings and experiences. I am emboldened to discover that I am not alone in my dreams and fears. And for that I will always support him and do what I can to spread the word.
Please check out his site with links for his upcoming shows. I am definitely a late comer to the Brannan bandwagon whenever he pulls through my city. But now that I am going this year, I am making it a goal never to miss when he swings through town. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity as well. Also be sure to check out his web store at the following link.