Oh, it’s Sunday again already? That means it’s time for me to post a song on ukulele from this week’s service at my church in NYC. This is the first Sunday of Pride Month, so today’s music was chosen with that in mind. #BelovedAndProud was our theme.
The song I chose today was written by one of my favorite living songwriting duos — my friend Micah Bucey, who is also a minister at our church @revmicahbucey, and his good friend and songwriting partner, the extremely talented Nicholas Williams @nickycraig. I first saw them performing together (as The Gay Agenda) years ago, doing brilliant originals, mashups, and mini-musicals, and they are just delightful in character and out of it. #fangirl
I’ve heard their song “Stonewall Veteran Recalls the Battles” before and am always so moved by it. So I asked Nicholas and Micah today if I could take home the sheet music, arrange it on uke, and share it with you as my first #ukeforpride number this month, and they agreed. I hope they’ll forgive any mistakes I make.
Playing this, I’m thinking of the Stonewall veterans who rose up at that bar 50 years ago. I’m thinking of Stormé DeLarverie, who was a famous drag king and MC in the music hall circuit and — one legend says — may have been the first to throw a punch as she was arrested at Stonewall that night in 1969 [I recently listened to a great episode about her via @nancypodcast and #thenodpodcast]. I’m thinking of Mark Carson, killed in an anti-gay hate crime in our church’s neighborhood in 2013, which was a tragic inspiration for this song and an event that reminded us that homophobic violence is alive and well in our world. There’s more to say, but I’ll shut my mouth (though not literally) and let the song speak. 🏳️🌈❤️✌🏼