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Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Origin of Love



John Cameron Mitchell singing Origin of Love
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I love musicals. Scott didn't care for them. 

Except.

We both liked the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

I was obsessed with Hedwig after my two roommates, two men, two best friends and lovers, who I lived with when I was in my mid twenties introduced me to Hedwig and the Angry Inch when I was in my early thirties. We were a threesome for a few years, except, for, well you know.  One rainy, stormy night, they did try to seduce me into their bed one time and I let them know clearly I was not interested. 

I played the movie and music Hedwig and the Angry Inch over and over. Over thirty friends and family sang one of the songs "Wig in a Box" at my thirty-sixth birthday party including my before mentioned roommates. I paid for and invited my parents to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at a theatre in San Francisco when it played live several years ago, later finding out, Scott was at the same performance. We didn't know each other, of course, back then.

My favorite song from Hedwig is the "Origin of Love".

The Origin of Love is inspired by a speech given by playwright Aristophanes. He tells the story of how long, long ago, humans were composed of two people stuck back to back, with two faces and eight limbs. Male-Male couples came from the sun, Female-Female humans from the Earth and Male-Female couples from the Moon.  The Gods grew angry and cut them apart. For the rest of time, the story continues, we search for our other half, until we find them and are made whole again.

My favorite version of the song is John Cameron Mitchell in full drag singing in the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Movie. 

This one is a bit more tame, for sure.









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