"Someday, she'll walk out my door...I guess that's what doors are for."
(All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to Casa Ruby, an organization (started by Ruby Jad Corado) in Washington, D.C. for marginalized LGBTQ youth.)
The story of Bruz Fletcher (whose birthday would have been today, March 12th) is one not often told, but it deserves to be heard. An openly gay songwriter in the 20s and 30s, Bruz built up a reputation as a dynamic performer and composer, penning classic songs that celebrated open queerness and gender expression during a time where being visible coincided with unavoidable societal outcast.
In the 21st century, this message could not be more relevant, given recent political tensions and a stronger presence of anti-LGBTQ sentiments worldwide. Although terminology and political nuances in queer communities have changed since the early 20th century (i.e. even in Bruz's songs his vocabulary, typically from an autobiographical perspective, is sometimes outdated), the message is the same: visibility is not violence (despite what certain politicians may try to say) and anything we can do to protect the lives of the entire spectrum of gender expression and sexuality is a step in the right direction towards equality. In other words: don’t let anyone fucking kill you or your friends with bigotry or fear.
This compilation of covers comes from the heart as a tribute to Bruz’s music. His unique union of melodrama with seemingly autobiographical storytelling was the impetus for starting this label in the first place (named after his song “Drunk With Love”), so we are definitely indebted to his songwriting.
We hope after listening to this compilation you see the light in classics like “Spring in Manhattan” as well.
released March 12, 2017
With help from:
Danny Young: speaking (Track 1)
Luke Norris: clarinet (Track 2)
Jane Bryant: backup vocals/drums (Track 4)
Justin Pulver: backup vocals/guitar (Track 4)
Ben Opatut: drums (Track 7)
Joseph Vita: vocals/keyboard (Track 7)
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