My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who came out to support me at the West Hollywood Book Fair yesterday. I met a wonderful guy from Florida who has read my novel, Songs for the New Depression, a staggering FOUR TIMES! Wow. How humbling to think that something I’ve created has had such an impact on someone so many miles away!
I appreciated the opportunity to be on the gay fiction panel, along with wonderful writer Nöel Alumit (author of Letters to Montgomery Clift), Eduardo Santiago (Tomorrow They Will Kiss) and George Snyder (On the Wings of Affection). Lots of fun!
Coming up next, I’ll be appearing at this year’s Palm Springs Pride Author’s Village, brought to you by Q Trading Co, on Sunday November 4th, from 1PM-2PM. Come visit as I sign books and answer your questions. Hope to see you there!
Having first cast Michael Vaccaro in a play 20 years ago, in which he was riveting, I’m pleased that our friendship has survived the many years since. Michael has gone on to build up indie cred by starring in such movies as Todd Verow’s Deleted Scenes and the upcoming The Endless Possibility of Sky. His roots, though, are in theater, and he has performed in countless shows, both in New York and Los Angeles. He won a MAC award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer, and his first CD, Archangel, was a big success. Now he is back with a second CD, Wait for Him, which was inspired by his husband, Antonio Vaccaro, who passed away in 2009.
Q & A: Michael Vaccaro
Congratulations on your new CD, Wait for Him. What led you to make it?
As you know, my husband, Antonio, died in December 2009 at 38 years old. After about a year of grieving, it seemed that people were tired of me talking about him, but I wasn’t ready to stop. So, I had to find some creative way to funnel all those emotions into something tangible. A book, maybe? A screenplay?
Then I realized I could sing songs about him, for him, inspired by him, and as a memorial to him. Having this CD means that I have something to give to people, and then they get to experience him, too. I get to share him, and I don’t have to be the only person responsible for keeping his memory alive. He becomes bigger than just my memory of him.
The CD is a testament to how much we loved each other, and what a huge and important part of my life he was and continues to be. My hope is that maybe people can be inspired by the idea that a great love like the one we shared is still possible. And, hopefully, I’ve created something beautiful out of tragedy.
Tell me about the title of the album.
In 2004, I found a poem called “Wait for Him.” It was so beautiful that I printed it out and kept it in my wallet, but I never knew the name of the author. On my first date with Antonio, in 2009, he mentioned that he liked poetry, and I pulled the poem out of my wallet, gave it to him, and told him it was my favorite poem. He took the small, crumbled up bit of paper, read the poem, looked up at me and said, “I wrote this.” I was instantly in love. (more…)
I’m taking this week off from writing, so I thought I’d treat you all to this inspired comedy from Lois Bromfield. During my L.A. days, though I don’t consider myself a “bar person”, I went to the clubs almost every night for 4 years straight. West Hollywood’s Revolver had a comedy night, and this video was one of their staples. It never fails to make me laugh. Enjoy!
2 – Replace the Country Western dance tent with bull-dyke oil wrestling.
3 – More frothy fruit drinks, served in coconut and pineapple shells.
5 – Open the dog park to all wearing dog collars. (more…)