1 hour, 27 minutes (audio only version)
1 hour, 55 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)
Released: July 9, 2022
Recorded: February 23, 2022
Crooner drag king Beau Britches recently transplanted from the New Jersey/NYC area to Houston. He and Viktor Devonne discuss the change in location, and the formative years through the soundtrack of his life–and kind of bending the rules along the way.
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On this episode of The Music That Made We, Viktor talks with Beau Britches, a drag king and singer who is a regular of White Elephant Burlesque and winner of the 2022 Silver Tusk Lanai Award.
“Close To You” by The Carpenters
Beau says: “This was the very first song I listened to on repeat. My mom would sing it to me every night before I went to bed. My mom was my best friend before she passed in 1997 so it was a big deal.”
“A Piece of Sky” by Barbra Streisand
Beau says: “[My stepfather]had a tape of the Yentl soundtrack. He loved it and would listen to it all the time. So I glamped on to it, with my little Walkman and my little cassette tape of Yentl that I would wear around the house while I did chores… there were a few times where I would attempt to sing songs on the soundtrack and my mom would tell me that doesn’t sound great….I would attempt to sing this song over and over again and I guess it got to the point where I almost nailed the really long note at the end so my mom said we got to get her in voice lessons.”
“I’m Going To Go Back There Someday” from The Muppet Movie
Beau says: “So I moved a lot as a kid. I learned different ways of saying goodbye to different people….There are people that I have left throughout my life and when I left New York this song was on repeat….Every single day I miss a piece of people who have either left through death or my leaving or their leaving…the phrase in this particular song ‘we can hold on to love with invisible strings.’ That part just stands out…I just want to hold on to love.”
“Magic Man” by Heart
Beau says: “My mom, along with being a classical violinist, also gave me a background in many musical genres. But, once I glamped on to lady rock…This is my go to song at karaoke and thank God my mom gave me a great background of all contemporary genres.”
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra / “Night and Day” by Ella Fitzgerald
Beau says: “Say what you will about Sinatra, but he knew how to control a room. Sinatra at The Sands is one of the greatest albums ever that you can listen to from beginning to end….The other artist is Ella’s Fitzgerald, voice like butter. I will never reach the level she’s at nor should I. She is in a
class of her own…I got to sing Night and Day at Jersey City Pride…It was just amazing to sing that in front of a group of folks and have them receive it well.”
“Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite
Beau says: “I love this song. It never fails….the minute it comes on everybody loves it. It was my first
time singing with a live band….I thought I was really cool (when) I’d sing this song.”
“In My Life” by The Beatles
Beau says: “The Beatles have always been pivotal in my life…When I reconnected with my biological
father we took him to the guitar exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. And it was nerve wracking to meet someone where you have a lot of their mannerisms and you look like them but you’ve never met them…He starts picking up a guitar and playing Blackbird by the Beatles and we start singing together…The one song I had to pick since I knew the Beatles were gonna be on this list was In My Life because of just everything….to have my biological father in my life again has been very fortunate. “
“Suzy” by Caravan Palace
Beau says: “I finally got to see this group perform right before the pandemic hit and it was a lifelong
dream. I saw them at Terminal 5 right above the stage. They were 10-20 feet away from me. It was incredible and I was dancing the whole time…I hope people will discover a new musical love as I did.”
“Vogue” by Madonna
Beau says: “Madonna has been really pivotal for three out of the four plus decades of my life. In the 80’s obviously we all wanted to be her…and then towards the end of high school is when Erotica came out… I convinced a very close group of friends to stay up until midnight and wait for that music video…She has always been a fixture in my life…I picked Madonna’s Vouge because that’s my favorite song of hers. Who doesn’t love it?”
“Happy All The Time” by Ani DiFranco
Beau says: “Everybody has hardships and things that happen throughout their life. Ani DiFranco has been throughout my life too, but in a different sense.. You have to be in a particular headspace. When I’m in that headspace I will listen to Ani for a few days at a time….I’m in a particular point in my life where this particular track holds true. We’ve all been through the worst three years of our lives and keeping that positive outlook… We can pull through things. And so I endeavor to just be happy all the time.”
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