I’ve been home for a few hours after performing this evening at The Out Far Bazaar at SupperClubSF.  Swankety Swank and an awesome crew of many of our featured designers were featured in A Swankety Swank Fashion Faerie Tale penned by Yours Truly!  I got to perform two lip syncs to start the show and then I narrated in between fierce fashion runway moments by some of the most innovative handcrafted clothing artists in the Bay Area!  Everyone who modeled brought their best runway character for the fairy tale, bursting with creative energy as they worked the catwalk!  Many folks who saw the performance asked me to reveal the names and bands of the songs to which I performed and I thought this would make a great Living the Lyrics post.  I also think it would be fun to share the fairy tale that I wrote up for the event, even though it might lose something in translation from live performance to blog post.  The songs alone are worth sharing.  I will post the script and music relatively soon (hopefully with some pictures–mayhap a video?).
For now, here are the two songs I performed back to back last night.
The Book of Love song has been a favorite of mine for years.  In fact, Book of Love is in the deepest core of my heart thanks to encountering “Boy” and “I Touch Roses” during adolescence.  I learned about them the same year that I found Classic X-Men #3 on a comics spinner rack in a Kroger grocery store.  They are my favorite band ever.  No matter how bad a mood I am in, they make me smile.  Without fail.
The stellastarr* song is much more recent, perhaps it came to my notice a year and a half ago.  I wanted to perform in dandy circus ringmaster drag, so it was important that the songs feature male vocalists.I first heard a stellastarr* song last year when I worked at the Wak Shack Salon and we let our musical enjoyment be dictated by the whims of Pandora.  So, I guess that this shows that sometimes that can work out okay.  I like the Love and Longing song because I think it speaks of heartache and loss, but also to the nature of compromise within a relationship.  It’s hopeful in a strangely passive way.  Your mileage may vary.

Woyaya by Book of Love

Play song from iLike.com

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within.
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.
yes we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya
woyayadiyaya, woyaya,woyayadiyaya,woyaya, woyaydiyaya,woyaya,woyayadiyaya.

Love and Longing by stellastarr*

Goodnight,
Tomorrow morning isn’t far.
I will be interesting
When you’re alone and feeling bored.
I watched a city cry,
I thought I lost you in the fall.
I thought of everything…
I cannot lose you anymore.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will…

Stay the night.
I’m just the trouble that you need,
I’m just a year away
From when the future swallows me.
And when you’re left behind
It takes a lifetime to be seen.
’cause something happened here,
Somehow we’re younger in our dreams.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words

And I will stay.

You’re different
And all the rest are the same
Oh, you’re different
And all the rest are the same
Stay the same.

Now something happened here
It’s not a worthless cause
And I said so I can,
So I can stay…I’m drowning in the rain.

Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.

So, whatcha think?  Did you like the songs?  Are you already familiar with Book of Love and want to share your secret love for them?  Know other stellastarr* songs that you think are totally more awesome than Love and Longing?  Holla at me in the comments!