Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Mary Gauthier

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 28, 2007 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Mary Gauthier, queer music

Here's a totally awesome folk song, Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now":

And here's Mary, in her own words for AfterEllen.com, on why some queer celebs don't talk about their personal lives in interviews:

I think it's internalized homophobia, though I don't want to put labels on other people's struggles and beat them with that when they're already in pain. I'm not gonna do that. But I know for me there's been all kinds of internalized homophobia that I've had to deal with and the layers of it are astonishing. Even when it comes to being an over-achiever, it's like I gotta be better than to be equal. But that's bulls---, it's homophobia. You think of it as ambition or something, but there's a driving force behind it that doesn't feel like ambition. It feels like competition. There are lots of levels to that, it's a complex thing.


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Mary is really an amazing songwriter and performer, and I'm really grateful that I was turned on to her last year by my friend Joe Westmoreland. It's too bad it took until her fourth CD for me to hear of her! (I haven't felt so out-of-it since I got hip to Momus at about the 10 album point.) I'm looking forward to the new one too.

Check out the interview with her at Puremusic.com - she really works hard to polish her songs and is a real inspiration to me as a musician.