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posted Friday, January 13, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 02
A Dyke About Town: The remarkable Pearl Django
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A Dyke About Town: The remarkable Pearl Django

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Pearl Django
Reality joined Mercy for Pearl Django at Jazz Alley on January 3 so Cuteness could have a quiet night at home. Michael Gray's violin was phenomenal. The accordion by David Lange was outstanding. Troy Chapman's guitar was cool.

The group opened with the upbeat 'Systeme D,' featuring violin and accordion. Michael Gray announced the waltz 'Under Paris Skies,' with solos by Lange, Chapman, and himself. Reality chuckled and said, 'It looks like we are going to have an evening of Paris jazz. The accordion goes well with the strings.'

Gray said, 'Martin Taylor has come all the way from Scotland to be with us.' Mercy liked Taylor's amazing guitar work and stories told with a pleasing accent. The first song after Martin came onstage was an original of his about a café where Django Reinhardt liked to spend his time. 'Chez Fernand' was also fast and featured Taylor's guitar and accordion and violin.

Another composition of Martin's was 'Madame Haricot.' It was slow and sweet. A Reinhardt tune, 'Swing 48,' returned to the upbeat.

A tune Martin wrote for a TV show that required '30s music was named after the Seattle restaurant he was sitting in when he wrote it: 'Serafina.' It was slow and smooth.

The tune 'Smile' was written by Charlie Chaplin and was Michael Jackson's favorite. It returned to the upbeat and had solos by Taylor, Gray, and Lange. Reality said, 'That was a very French interpretation of that song.'

Also fast was 'Last Train to Hauteville,' written for a neighbor of Martin's who loved trains. His guitar was the focus, as well as violin and accordion.

Taylor did mellow solos of 'Mona Lisa' and 'Sweet Lorraine.' Gray joined him for a fast rendition of 'Jive at Five,' composed by Roy Phillippe. The band came back for one of their most famous songs, 'Besame Mucho,' featuring the guitar section.

Gray said, 'As far as I am concerned, every baby should be issued an accordion at birth. The world would be a better place.'

Martin did another slow original, 'La Touch.' 'Rue de Dinan' was fast. Fats Waller's 'Honeysuckle Rose' closed nicely with solos by everyone, including Rick Leppanen's funky bass.

The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories
Mercy has been getting wrapped up with The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories, edited by Margaret Reynolds. Cuteness gave it to her for Christmas.

Sarah Orne Jewett's 'Martha's Lady' was a leisurely 19th-century story. Renee Vivien's 'Prince Charming' had a fun twist. H.D.'s 'The Wise Sappho,' Djuna Barnes's 'Ladies Almanack,' Colette's 'Nuit Blanche,' Joan Nestle's 'Esther's Story,' and Ann Bannon's 'I am a Woman' were nice and erotic.

Dorothy Strachey's 'Olivia' and Rebecca Brown's 'Bread 'evoked boarding school crushes well. Monique Wittig's 'Les Guerilleres' and Margaret Atwood's 'Cold-blooded' were fun science fiction stories. Merril Mushroom's 'How to Engage in Courting Rituals 1950s Butch-style in the Bar' was right-on satire.

Jane Rule's 'His Nor Hers' was entertaining. Jewelle Gomez's 'Don't Explain' was a sad story set at the time Billie Holiday died. Dorothy Allison's 'Lesbian Appetite' mixed food and sex nicely.

Frances Gapper's 'The Secret of Sorrerby Rise' was a satisfying historical tale. Alison Bechdel's 'Serial Monogamy' was funny. Jeanette Winterson had a way with metaphor in 'The Poetics of Sex.'

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