Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Joan Baez

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 25, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Joan Baez, queer music

Here bisexual folk musician Joan Baez with "Diamonds and Rust":


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And Joan on hanging out with the boys and aging, after the jump.

I imagine hanging out with Dylan and the Beatles felt like intruding on a boys' club. "Yeah, it did. So I'd make tea." She laughs. "And I would dry Dylan's sweaty vests. I mean, I'm telling you, it took some years to get healthy." Does she get a kick out of the fact that she has aged a thousand times better than him?

"Oh, poor boy!" ejects Big Joan. Her daughter cackles and says diplomatically, "I just get pleasure out of the fact that I'm ageing well."


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I wasn't aware that Joan Baez was part of the family, so to speak.
She certainly looks and sounds fine after all these years. On these notes, I'll just have to pull out "blessed are....." and listen to it this evening.

I wasn't aware that Joan Baez was part of the family, so to speak.
She certainly looks and sounds fine after all these years. On these notes, I'll just have to pull out "blessed are....." and listen to it this evening. One of the finest albums I know of.

My favourite of hers has always been "An Honest Lullaby".

Although I'm my son's biological father - and that feels a little bit weirder every day - it's my song, and always was, from the day I first heard it.

I didn't have a girlhood, and I was on the football field rather than cheerleading. I missed a lot that most take for granted.

But in later life, I got the most important thing. Not motherhood, but as close to it as my weird biology would allow.

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=KmGPq2FO4ck

My son's just turned 7, and every time I take him to school, with his guitar slung over his shoulder and his money for chess club, I watch him as he smiles and waves bye-bye to Zeddie, and count my blessings.

And now after transition, I truly can sing him an honest lullaby.

SNL recently aired the original Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by the late George Carlin. Joan Baez was a musical guest (along with Billy Preston, performing separately) and it was great to re-hear Beaz perform Seventeen and In the Winter.

Even then, aging seemed to be a concern for her. I'm so glad that her winters have turned out to be warm.