The countdown has begun: my new album, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, is available for pre-order already, which means that — in less than one month– it will be AVAILABLE to the world!!!
“But I can’t wait that long!” you cry. “Can’t I at least have a tiny tidbit to tide me over?”
Imagine dancing around to some Latin beats in your kitchen while popping basil in the pot, clinking glasses with friends to the strains of Frankie Knuckles’s final dance remix, and the next day speeding around the bend in your car to a smoldering rendition of Love Will Keep Us Together!!!
But you still need to wait for the real deal; the whole shebang; the big, life-altering BOOM of my musical extravaganza!!!!!!!!!
Waiting is something I’ve gotten quite good at over the course of my career. It isn’t a quality that seems to be held in much regard any more in our culture. Everything is so instantaneous these days. If the internet connection in my house slows down and I can’t get what I’m searching for in nano-seconds, I find myself going ballistic!
And yet, anticipation is one of life’s greatest emotional pleasures. (I don’t know if it won a Grammy, but it sure did some great things for Heinz ketchup!)
Sometimes we need to wait for things much longer than a few weeks. Sometimes we have to wait years. But I’ve learned something as I’ve built my costumes one sequin at a time: I’ve learned that all the stuff that happens while you’re waiting— all the stuff that you do to pass the time and keep the faith— is the GOOD STUFF!!!!!
I started work on “Trouble In Paradise” more than three years ago.
There are fans who have watched me choose which songs to sing and have followed all the steps involved in making a big album. They’ve watched me do show after show to perfect the songs and the dancing and the patter.
It’s almost here! We just need to wait another few weeks! So let’s all enjoy the wait.
Here’s what I’ll be doing:
- Preparing for my live shows (I’ll be in Philidephia September 14th and in NY September 16th (at the Cutting Room) and October 1st (at 54 Below)
- regrowing my nails (they got destroyed on the Reflections video shoot when I took off my fake nails)
- scouring NY’s garment district stores for boogle beads
- getting my gay PhD by reading Mel Torme’s entire oeuvre of non-fiction books
- searching for vintage go-go boots (if anyone sees some in size 7, send them my way!)
- sipping Mai Tai’s poolside while listening to Tito Puente!!
Much love as always,