MusicThatMadeWE #31: Mary Widow (Season 2 Finale)

1 hour, 35 minutes (audio only version)
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Released: October 1, 2022
Recorded: April 6, 2022

Actual rockstar, Boston’s Mary Widow is a true creature of the night, from performing with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, stripping in ridiculous and glorious costumes in burlesque shows, and recently completing the horror film MAIRZY DOATS. She goes into her catalog of musical memories, from playing Magenta in Rocky Horror, her dizzying adventure as backup cheerleader for Weird Al Yankovic, and icons like Bowie and Gene Kelly who influenced Mary as a triple threat.

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“Jump” by Van Halen

“Moses” from Singing in The Rain feat. Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly

“Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Show feat. Raul Esparza, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kristen Lee Kelly, and Dick Davett

“Oh, Donna Clara” by Max Raabe

“Emerge” by Fischerspooner

“Snip Snip (Suck-a-Thumb)” by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys; from Shockheaded Peter

“Smells Like Nirvana” by Weird Al Yankovic

“Magic Dance” by David Bowie; from Labyrinth

“Behave” by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

“Mairzy Doats” by the Pied Pipers

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MusicThatMadeWE #30: Oliver Swisskey

1 hour, 41 minutes (audio only version)
2 hours, 4 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: September 17, 2022
Recorded: July 20, 2022

Oliver Swisskey, known as the Boy Next Door… to the Brothel, hails from New Jersey and provides ten selections necessary to his development. Mr. Swisskey won the Silver Tusk Award for Most Marvelous Muppet in 2020.

Content notice: Child death discussed at approx the 48 minute mark for approximately 10 minutes.

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“Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych
Oliver says: “That was a song I sang every year in choir from 6th grade through senior year (of high s school.)… Aside from easily being my favorite Christmas carol, it’s just one that has been part of my creative life. I can’t escape it.”

“Dulcinea” from Man of La Mancha feat. Simon Gilbert
Oliver says: “This one is from the very first musical I ever saw… It holds a very very special place in my he art… My dad had it on and I kind of just sat down and watched it. My friends will joke that when I watch musicals, I tend to gravitate towards the ballad or the love song to a groaning degree. I love love.”

“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back” by Backstreet Boys
Oliver says: “This is my bonding with my older sister moment. She is three years older than me… and she was just a big old Backstreet Boys nut… This was just kind of one where the video is great [and] the music is great… Whenever I hear Backstreet Boys, it’s that kid nostalgia of hanging out with my sister and things being more simple.”

“Stop” by Spice Girls
Oliver says: “There were so many [Spice Girls] songs to choose [from]… The thing about this song… is that it has a bouncy sounding retro feel, but being very modern. I love hearing this…It is iconic and I love [SpiceWorld] so much.”

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by Johnny Mathis
Oliver says: “One of the first queer movies I ever saw was Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. The thing is, I remember easily watching this at around 5, 6, or 7 [years old.] I remember being little and watching this movie…My absolute favorite song from it was Johnny Mathis’ ‘Hold Me, Throw Me, Kiss Me.’ It is still a song that I go to [when I have] romantic thoughts… But I will always just remember me and [my sister] Shannon quoting the movie to each other here and there. And of course not realizing some of the things we were saying… ‘Sometimes it just takes a fairy.'”

“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
Oliver says: “My older sister got pregnant and had my niece, Kaylie, and during the course of my high school years the baby’s father was not a reliable person so my sister lived home with me and my family and we all kind of had a hand in raising Kaylie. After I graduated, one morning, Kaylie passed away at home. A Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child, the older equivalent of SIDS, so no real explanation besides that… This song is special to me because it was one of the first songs that Kaylie would react to. She would hear it and start dancing. I debated putting it on the list because it’s such a bummer to listen to, but the bad parts are just as formative as the good parts.”

“If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot, feat. Robert Goulet
Oliver says: “For all the talk we had of theatre earlier, I didn’t really get into it until high school. And the first musical we did was Camelot. And the thing with this show, is that it started me doing Renaissance fairs because the person who was the stage manager did the now defunct New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom… From there it kind of went to doing the show, to that summer volunteering [at the Renaissance Faire[], to then the next year doing fighting, and that eventually brought me all the way up to this year… It is my favorite song of the show.”

“O nata lux'” from Lux Aeterna, by Morten Lauridsen
Oliver says: “I consider myself very lucky that the select choir I was in in high school… We got to perform at Carnegie Hall three times… It was such an undertaking and such a fun thing to look back on. I can’t help but smile every time I think back to being on stage in the hall for the first time looking out and seeing the whole thing. First time we did this we actually did the piece that I chose, called Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. To me the piece has always been haunting. It just has this tone to it… It just seems ethereal. And it’s one that my brain will always go back to when I think of stepping off that stage for the first time and just the awe of the moment.”

“Blood On My Hands” by The Used
Oliver says: “This one is actually at the beginning of my burlesque career… I did this for [an event called] Vixens and Villains… Up until that point I had been a stagehand… And as a huge Batman nerd I told myself I have to submit something… So I came up with the idea of doing The Red Hood… And I was riding in a car with my cousin and his girlfriend and this song came up… And after it was over I asked them to play it again. So yeah, I sent it to you and look where I am now.”

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
Oliver says: “This one is also a little bittersweet, but also a reaffirmation of why I do burlesque, my queerness, a lot of different things just molding into one. This was right after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando… and we had a show at Rockbar. I remember being there and it was such a somber atmosphere… The show was fun, but there was also this tone of darkness. We closed out the show with ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Whitney Houston and I remember singing my heart out… looking around and thinking ‘We will get through this.’ It was such a feeling of family and togetherness and solidarity… It was such a good memory to replace the horror that came before.”

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MusicThatMadeWE #29: Juicy D. Light

1 hour, 6 minutes (audio only version)
1 hour, 33 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: September 3, 2022
Recorded: March 16, 2022

Juicy D. Light is the performance artist, burlesque dancer, and speaker out of Oakland, CA. Providing a glimpse into her eclectic inspirations, Juicy selected 10 songs that mean the world to her.

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“Golden” by Jill Scott
Juicy says: “This song is me feeling myself. Coming into my own, starting to breathe life into this big body. And seeing another big black woman sing about that was just inspiring to me…It’s the kind of song that if I hear it once, I want to hear it one more time.”

“Chains/Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness
Juicy says: “Sounds of Blackness had become really big in the 90s and I had just moved into my own apartment in San Francisco… In Sacramento I was really alienated. To put it as gently as I can, I was surrounded by whiteness. I hadn’t found my tribe, I hadn’t found my blerds, I hadn’t found my Black theater people, all my circles were very very white… So I moved to San Francisco… and started meeting people like me. And at that time there was also a resurgence in Black pride and African pride… This song to me reminds me of that time and coming into my Blackness and feeling solid in it.”

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt
Juicy says: “I was having my first really bad breakup and I heard this song [and just thought] ‘That’s exactly right.’ … it was the song where I just acquiesced that if [they don’t love me] there is nothing I can do. Besides sit here and pine, and cry, and eat Ben and Jerry’s Super New York Fudge Chunk… But as we have all learned from our first breakups, it was the best thing that could have happened. Because it led me to Oakland and my life here and who I ended up becoming–who was the person he was afraid of me becoming in the first place.”

“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Juicy says: “Same breakup, and the first one is the hardest… you’re young, it’s the first time you put yourself out there like that, you think you’ll never love again… You think nobody will ever understand you and you are full of failings… At the time there was a Virgin Megastore, where you could go in and listen to an entire album…and I would just go in and blast this song and cry and dance in the aisle and all that kind of stuff. I think the whole album is lovely and she takes us through the breakup.”

“One” by Metallica
Juicy says: “There is a lot of rock in my life that I love… I had a friend; we would go places and he always wanted to listen to his music and I loved it. It was a break from the music I listened to all the time. So I just kept going down that path of listening to hard rock and really grew to appreciate it a lot… He started me off with Metallica and this is one of the songs that got me because I love anything that tells a story.”

“Forever Young” by Juicy D. Light
Juicy says: “I love this song! This was high school. There is just something kind of whimsical and sad which is what teenage girls do… For me its just a very sweet song; this is connected to those
memories of just discovering theatre… A very sweet discovery time in high school for me.”

“Why Not” by The Manhattan Transfer
Juicy says: “I was in color guard…we were all really into Manhattan Transfer. And then one of our
favorite troupes did a really amazing number to this song…this is really just a fun, showtuney, jazzy ass song that I thought about [when making this list.]”

“Smokin'” by Boston
Juicy says: “I threw this in because I really love Boston. I really love classic rock. Classic rock is one of my favorite genres. Boston was always a band that I thought ‘Boy, I bet you partying with them would be fun.’ They just seem like a fun party band. This is just one of those songs I really enjoy.”

“Baby Got Back” by Ph8
Juicy says: “I remember wanting to do something that would be fat positive in the case of Rubenesque Burlesque, my troupe. Something that was fun and fat positive, but something that wasn’t expected of us. So I went on the hunt and somehow Baby Got Back crossed me and I went ‘Oh that’s a great choice’ but I didn’t want to use the Sir Mix-A-Lot version because that’s what they are expecting. That’s why I chose the music I chose when I was running Rubenesque Burlesque; I didn’t want to choose what would be expected… This is the number that we did at Burlycon that got us on the map; it got people to know who we were.”

“September” by Earth, Wind &Fire
Juicy says: “I was a little girl and they were just amazing to me…I think this is the quintessential Earth, Wind & Fire song. They were just joyful and Afrofuturist before such a thing as Afrofuturism…they were all of that in a time where I was discovering Star Trek and the thing that Star Trek did particularly for Black people…was that we were included in the future. We would survive to see the future. Because until then, sci-fi was just white, white, white. Earth, Wind & Fire represented all that and joy and hope.”

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MusicThatMadeWE #28: Doll Body

1 hour, 37 minutes (audio only version)
1 hour, 57 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: August 20, 2022
Recorded: May 31, 2022

Doll Body shares the music that brought her to the various stages in NYC.

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In this edition of the Music That Made WE, Viktor gets to talk to Doll Body, a regular of the New York burlesque and drag scene and co-producer of High Concepts, a 420 based cabaret.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner
Doll Body says: “It’s an amazing song first of all and it’s an early memory song from before I had a consciousness of music… I remember my mom singing it a lot and just around the house you would hear ‘ What’s love got to do with it!’ It was her earworm.”

“Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
Doll Body says: “Conversely, my mother did not like this artist, so this was my rebellion…This song was 1995 in a big way…Mariah…is one of my favorite ever divas. Today, tomorrow, yesterday.”

“Spice Up Your Life” by Spice Girls
Doll Body says: “This was the first time I had gotten tween mania for something. It was my first concert… I remember this dictating my entire tween realm… Spice Up Your Life in particular is not a love song. It says love authentically, live loudly, all the people of the world.”

“Dancing In the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
Doll Body says: “I consider him now my father. He is an amazing poet…He has been a staple in my home and my mom would talk about his band as if she knew them. ‘Oh just listen to Clarence closing it out on a saxophone.’ “

“Existentialism on Prom Night” by Straylight Run
Doll Body says: “I chose this to represent all my deep emo and punk rock leanings of 2001 -2005 when I was in highschool… a boy I had a crush on was the original person who hipped me to them… it’s very bleeding, very cathartic, very cut myself open on the floor…it’s just very high school dramatisms where music is life and I would blast this song in my PT cruiser while speeding.”

“That Time” by Regina Spektor
Doll Body says: “I liked her earlier stuff and I don’t know if it was me or her or both of us, but this is such a gritty minimalist song.. and I was thinking the other day how impactful it is. There is a line about walking on Delancey Street and I play this song whenever I’m walking [there] and imagine dead pigeons.”

“12:51” by The Strokes
Doll Body says: “A music reviewer once said of The Strokes: ‘They don’t understand your pain, but they will make it feel better.’ That’s my only intro.”

“Because the Night” by Patti Smith
Doll Body says: “It’s such a great song. It’s energizing and empowering. And I love Patti Smith as the quiet New York trash poet that she is.”

“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Doll Body says: “I don’t have many love songs on my list, but this is a very heartbreaking one…You asked me what was on my walls and in college every year is a new dorm so I got to refine and edit it by collaging my walls. I had a picture of Karen O on my desk where she was upside down kind of
pouring beer in her mouth while singing and she was just hanging upside down, mouth open, while I wrote my papers.”

“Suspended In Gaffa” by Kate Bush
Doll Body says: “This song really has just been the last three years where I feel like things have been
witchier and self investigative. Kate Bush is such a weirdo who I think is bewitching everyone through her music. I’ve felt very suspended in Gaffa. That’s just been the way.”

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MusicThatMadeWE #27: Esmerelda May

2 hour, 30 minutes (audio only version)
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Released: August 20, 2022
Recorded: May 31, 2022

Doll Body shares the music that brought her to the various stages in NYC.

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Today on the Music that Made We, Viktor chats with Esmerelda May, member of White Elephant Burlesque and producer of Cosplay Burlesque and KPop That Pastie. Esmerelda won the Silver Tusk in 2022 for Video Vanguard.

“Objection (Tango)” by Shakira
Esmerelda says: “This was the first Spanish song I got to know. My mom is from Ecuador. She was from one of those generations that was raised to be American. You hid your culture because you wanted to fit in. You didn’t want to be different. So I didn’t have a lot of that growing up…I heard it when my mom listened to it, the typical Saturday morning Spanish music while she cleaned the house. So even though it is the English version, it kind of introduced me to Spanish music. It was my gateway into that.”

“Numb” by Linkin Park
Esmerelda says: “This was really when I started to find my own place of tumbling into goth, emo, alternative. Which is what I’ve always liked, but I wanted to fit in so bad (with other kids). And I had a super girly phase where I don’t remember this, but my mom told me I would refuse to wear pants…. I wanted to be Barbie, and then did a total 180 and refused to shop in the female clothing
section of stores….I started exploring more of what I liked and going towards this. This is where I started to find who I am now.”

“For Good” from the Wicked Broadway cast recording featuring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel
Esmerelda says: “In highschool I auditioned for the school play and we did Wizard of Oz and I was Auntie Em. I’m a mediocre singer for a tiny town in New Jersey. I was fine enough to get tiny singing
parts in the alto version…but I started to realize I really like musical theater. I’ve always loved musicals. My mom loved musicals so I always grew up around them and they always created a sense
of joy for me…Theater is such a huge part of my life, it’s why I got into burlesque….This song has
a special place in my heart because I was not the most well behaved kid, I got into a lot of
trouble… and I sang this with a girl I got into a literal fist fight with during a production of
Oliver…and then we became very close friends… This play is very important to me and this song was a turning point in my life because I sang this and I decided I’m going to college for theatre.”

“Moonlight Densetsu” from the Sailor Moon Soundtrack
Esmerelda says: “Sailor Moon was something I found when I was very young. I didn’t have cable when I was growing up. I had a nightmare, I woke up at 4 in the morning…and my mom pulled me into her bedroom where I couldn’t fall back asleep. And my mom turned on the television…she said just find something to entertain yourself…and while flicking through the channels this theme song
was playing and I just thought ‘ooo pretty cartoon!’ My mom told me I got real quiet and was glued to the television….this was the first anime I ever experienced….I will love it until the end of time.”

“Miss Kiss Kiss Bang” by Alex Swings, Oscar Sings
Esmerelda says: “This was my first real burlesque number because it was the one I put thought into. I wanted to do something a bit geeky and fun because I didn’t really now how to not portray a character. I did theater at this point for a couple years, I knew how to play parts, but I didn’t really know who I was. So I thought it would be fun to play with the idea of Clue. The first time I did it, I did it as Ms. Scarlet, but I have since developed it into my own adaptation. I remember finding EuroVision on YouTube, and watching it and falling in love with this song and figuring out what I would do as a performer. And it’s still in my rotation today 12 years later.”

“Born To Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi
Esmerelda says: “This is actually my and my husband’s song. It is not the typical slow romantic dancey song because that’s just not us. He is also a performer who I met in college for theater. I was
joking one time and I was trying to be sappy and cute. which we are now, but back when we were finding each other we definitely were not. And I said we don’t have a song that so stupid, let’s listen to the radio and find something romantic and vomity and make it our song. And he said no… and then a couple of days later he said listen to this, this is us. And the words of it are definitely how our relationship works…this song just makes me happy and makes me think about my adorable equally queer husband.”

“You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing” by Halestorm
Esmerelda says: “I’ve performed to a lot of Halestorm before and this song I did as- a one off….but the song is called You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing and I have been called a bitch my entire life. And if somebody tries to hurt me with it I’m going to embrace it. I’m very loud, in your face and opinionated….I’m not afraid to call people out when I think they are being wrong morally.”

“Save Your Story” by Citizen Soldier
Esmerelda says: “This is an artist I stumbled across on Tik Tok…I hit a weird mental road…. I definitely started questioning a lot of things about me as a person, as a performer, both professionally and personally….I was going through the motions and didn’t realize how much I was going through the motions. I was disassociating with reality… This artist is a very mentally aware person and a lot of his songs are about mental health… and he helped me to take that breath and stop….this song made me cry….it helped me to keep going.”

“Voices” and “God’s Menu” by Stray Kids
Esmerelda says: “The reason I picked these two songs is because they are both by the same
artists….they definitely got me through 2020 on… the song Voices came up as a suggestion on youtube and I watched it and the lyrics very much spoke to me and then I started researching them…God’s Menu is the song that made them very popular and more well known…it spearheaded them to fame…this was the first time I felt I had fallen into a fandom…Voices got me into them and God’s Menu convinced me to do KPop That Pastie.”

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MusicThatMadeWE #26: Teasy Roosevelt

2 hours, 19 minutes  (audio only version)
2 hours, 40 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: July 23, 2022
Recorded: March 5, 2022

Hail to the chief of Americana nerdlesque, it’s Teasy Roosevelt out of upstate New York. Coming of their win for Fashion Geek 2022 at the Silver Tusk Awards, this Albany Pop Culture Provocateur walks us through the songs that were too much for the parents, just in time for the talent show, and led to a great career in nerdlesque. Hold onto your seats for up to the date Tony! Toni! Toné! updates. #godbreastamerica

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Based in Albany, NY, Teasy Roosevelt produces A Guide to Titstory, a burlesque show focused on American historical figures and events along with being part of the Pop Culture Provocateurs, a nerdy troupe also based in the Capital District. At the beginning of 2022, Teasy won a Silver Tusk for Fashion Geek and has also been voted Best Burlesque in Albany in 2018.

“The Last Unicorn” by America
Teasy says: “I chose songs that sort of shaped me as the person I am today through childhood. My brother and I watched this movie consistently over and over again. We were allowed to rent a video on Friday nights for the weekend and we would go to the video store and my mom would be like look at these (other) videos and we would say ‘Nope! We want The Last Unicorn.’”

“Nowhere Man” by The Beatles
Teasy says: “Yellow Submarine was another VHS tape…The Yellow Submarine is perfect for kids because it has all those elements of weirdness, colors, flying things. The movie is ultimately bizarre and when I found out as an older millennial that The Beatles didn’t do the voices for the film it crushed my heart.”

Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
Teasy says: “When I first heard En Vogue I was in the car and we were driving to my aunt’s house and I was just enamored with their voices….it was very intense and just awesome for me to hear these women really sing.”

“The Right Stuff-” by New Kids On The Block
Teasy says: “If you were a young girl growing up (in the 80s) this was it. Obviously I don’t really identify as a young girl now….but they were the boy band of the day….everybody was obsessed with them, so I figured I probably should be too.”

“All That Jazz” from the 1997 Chicago cast recording featuring Bebe Neuwirth
Teasy says: “I love musicals. I’ll even listen to the bad ones. All That Jazz became my audition song when (my highschool’s musical theater show) was going to be a musical review…and the person who directed the musical was like ‘Okay…’ because it’s very suggestive…I fucking killed it and I remember my grandfather came to the show and he was so proud that I did this…it was really like a first burlesque act.”

“Basket Case” by Green Day
Teasy says: “This is when I started getting into my punk phase. My friend Crystal at one point gave me a mixtape of songs and on it were bands like Operation I’ve, Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones. That mixtape definitely changed the trajectory of music I was listening to. She wrote on the mix tape ‘Listen to all the music.’ And I listened to every single track…Punk started to get popular when the mid 90’s hit and all these bands started to get famous and one of those was Green Day…Green Day was the first concert where I was loud and being myself and getting all my energy out.”

“Someday I Suppose” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Teasy says: “I became very obsessed with the band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. So obsessed that I basically followed them around the northeast…I ended up going to school in Boston and they were the Boston band. If you lived there and didn’t like them, there was something wrong with you…I love this song so much and I was so in love with them as a band.”

James Bond GoldenEye Theme from GoldenEye N64
Teasy says: “GoldenEye N64 was the game of the 90s. It’s so nostalgic for me and it brings my brother and I together. With a competitive spirit that would result in fistfights, but even now that’s the only game we will play together.  It was one of the first video games we were actually allowed to play that was a shoot ’em up. We very much bonded over this game. And I put it on here because it’s just a fun memory.”

“Come On Eileen” by Save Ferris
Teasy says: “An excellent group who I haven’t heard in awhile….the lead singer was definitely one of those people who could sing and had my voice style and listening to her when going on auditions made me admire that. I would listen to this while driving all the time….and the CD got worn out by being played so fucking much.”

“Tonight Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins
Teasy says: “They are the most cinematic band I can think of in my opinion. Their albums are always so strong…I wanted to end on a cinematic note and Tonight Tonight…everything about it is chef’s kiss. I don’t think I need to say anything else because the song just explains itself. It is a great song.”

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MusicThatMadeWE #25: Beau Britches

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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MusicThatMadeWE #24: GiGi Holliday

2 hours, 11 minutes (audio only version)
2 hours, 31 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: June 4, 2022
Recorded: April 5, 2022

A glamorous showgirl with moves you must prepare yourself for, GiGi Holliday shares the music that brought her to our stages and continues to inspire her. Now residing in New York City, GiGi traces her start in Washington DC to touring to major stages all over the country, and what’s playing in her head.

The Music That Made WE is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne.

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On this edition of The Music That Made WE, Viktor talks to GiGi Holiday, a New York burlesque performer by way of D.C., owner of Gi Squared Productions, and winner of The 2022 Silver Tusk for Radical Radicalist.

“Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa
GiGi says: “I was born of a hip-hop era. And for the longest time we only saw men doing hip-hop. The male gaze very much throughout. And it’s the fact
that I saw three ladies that looked like they could be the ladies up the street wearing the same hair, same jackets. They look like they could be someone’s Auntie and they are rapping just as much as these guys… I don’t care what anyone says… I think Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It gets the party going.”

“It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
GiGi says: “It was the first rap song that I learned through and through because they kept playing it on MTV. And it has the sample of the Isley Brothers’ Footsteps in the Dark which is one of the songs I remember hearing in the car with my parents. Footsteps in the Dark has a great beat, and then you add this man repeatedly saying words over it creating another beat. And it’s also telling a story. I get very upset when people don’t consider rap part of the English language or they hate it and I’ve actually had people say to me ‘I don’t like rap music.’ and I’ve said ‘You don’t like the English language.'”

“Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West
GiGi says: “[Kanye] is very problematic, I am very aware of this. But I will say this: I am still a Godfearing woman… There is something to be said about how gospel music hit me different when I realized gospel music can be whatever you make it. [With this song] I really was like what is my gospel song because all my friends had their favorite gospel song. And I realized my song isn’t considered a gospel song, but it is a gospel song… Kanye West is a mess, but I feel like this is the one time God blessed him with this.”

“Green Light” by Beyoncé
GiGi says: “Let me tell you something: I love Beyoncé… I also believe that when everyone is gonna go right, I’m gonna go left. So I did not pick a traditional Beyoncé favorite… I chose a song that she rarely performs at concerts. I chose a song that you forgot exists and when you hear it, you are hype… Green Light by Beyoncé is my all time favorite Beyoncé song. It’s also telling a man to get the fuck out.”

“If Only You Knew” by Patti LaBelle
GiGi says: “This next artist I feel like is my mama’s
Beyoncé…This song is late nights with my mom… We would drive home, and that song would be on The Quiet Storm radio… and I would always wake up to my mother singing it. She has a beautiful voice and I just feel if like my mother wanted a life of entertainment, I just know she would have been a singer and she would have been with the Patti LaBelle.”

“Harlem Nocturne (live)” by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers
GiGi says: “This [version] is done in the style of the official music of D.C.: Go Go Music…Funk music in D.C. is GoGo Music. There is rap, there’s gospel in it, there’s soul, there’s blues, and it’s just recently been allowed to be in the Folk Music Festival in Washington DC. It has now been officially
recognized as folk music… With this song being such a jazz standard and everyone and a burlesquer’s mama has danced to this, I made a note to make everything I do Black as fuck, and this to me is so Black because it’s so D.C. and it’s so me… And this is now my signature act with signature dance moves.”

“Encore” by Cheryl Lynn
GiGi says: “This is where I feel like I lean in to being a Black Auntie. This is when I knew the Black
Auntie life was for me… My mama would bring me to the parties, the cabarets they would be having… And they would all be dancing and I just remember this song was when the kids would be allowed to come out and dance because it was so catchy. It is such joy and every time I hear it, I realize I’m such a Black Auntie and I dance like one listening to it”

“Living All Alone” by Phyllis Hyman
GiGi says: “This artist is an unsung hero in soul and R&B, and even neosoul… This particular artist both my parents would play a lot before and after her untimely passing. I was the one who told my parents she committed suicide… and I remember… my parents being a little heartbroken… and from then on for months I just kept hearing Phyllis Hyman… I remember playing this song a lot during the pandemic because I heard Phyllis Hyman walking down the street and I just got zapped back into her magic and I forgot that this was one of the songs my mom loved playing. And her voice is just haunting.”

“That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra
GiGi says: “The only white person on my list is Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, singing a jazz standard that I love called That’s Life… I had a mint green Fiat I bought during my first round of being a full
time performer… and Fiat awarded me for year’s a free subscription to XM Radio. I ended up on the jazz standards [station] …and heard they played Frank Sinatra and all these other greats and I thought that would be a great way to get some burlesque music…This particular version got me through everything, this is another gospel song… but also this is a song of perseverance and hearing Frank Sinatra sing you can hear he has gone through a little bit of something… Those late nights of driving, he got me home.”

“A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway
GiGi says: “This one is a song that I’ve heard my parents play, a song that I’ve heard my sister play, a song that I’ve heard my auntie play, a song that I’ve heard every black elder around me play. A song that I’ve played for myself to heal; a beautiful song for every relationship that I have… I loved that song before I became a performer, and now it has so much meaning as I am a performer.”


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– Produced by Viktor Devonne, reigning Mr Hollywood Burlesque WEBurlesque Podcast Nework is the creation of Viktor Devonne. Podcast Network logo artwork by Logan Laveau, WEBurlesque the Podcast cover art photography by Atticus Stevenson. Incidental music via pixabay.com under fair use. Visit weburlesquepodcast.com for notes on this and every episode. Follow @weburlesque and @viktordevonne on just about every platform, and support the podcast via patreon.com/weburlesque or via Venmo @Viktor-Devonne. Don’t got the cash? Please follow, subscribe, and give 5 stars on every platform you can get your hands on. It really does help. All original material is owned by Viktor Devonne and White Elephant Burlesque Corporation; all other materials property of their respective copyright. No infringement, while likely, is intended.

MusicThatMadeWE #23: Anja Keister

1 hour, 41 minutes (audio only version)
2 hours, 16 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: May 21, 2022
Recorded: February 13, 2022

The New York Times called her the Sexiest Nerd in NYC, she’s won Silver Tusk Awards for Backstage Mom, Geek of All Media, and Makeup Maven. Anja Keister has shown grace and range on stages from The Invisible Man to Dolores Umbridge to the Virgin Mary to Cthulhu.

A natural 20 herself, she is the fearless leader of the great D20 Burlesque in New York City, and has been around North America as an ambassador of the geeky, the nerdy, and the sparkly.

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The New York Times called her the Sexiest Nerd in NYC, she’s won Silver Tusk Awards for Backstage Mom, Geek of All Media, and Makeup Maven. Anja Keister has shown grace and range on stages from The Invisible Man to Dolores Umbridge to the Virgin Mary to Cthulhu.

“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago
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“Wide Open Spaces” by The Chicks
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“Tank!” by SEATBELTS
Anja says:

“Both Hands” by Ani DiFranco
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“Breathe Me” by Sia
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“This Year” by the Mountain Goats
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“If You Call” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Anja says:

“Samson” by the Vitamin String Quartet
Anja says:

“The Seed (2.0)” by The Roots
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“Mamma Mia” by ABBA
Anja says:

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