Valentine’s Day, Illustrated

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 5 years since my friend Yan Herbe messaged me to politely ask if he could draw me. He’s crafted well over a hundred awesome works since then! He often draws Dirk and me as angels or devils, and always creates special ones for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day. I’ve been meaning to post all of his drawings in one place… but for now — to celebrate the day — here are all of his Valentine ones.

Thank you, Yan… I’m honored to be your friend. Thank you for each and every thing you do.

New Holiday Classical Caber: “Ding Dong Merrily on High” (Video)

Dirk, Meatball, and I have a special holiday treat for you guys. Here’s “Ding Dong Merrily on High” as arranged by my hubby (a.k.a. Jack Parton), performed at Spencerville SDA Church in Silver Spring, Maryland on December 22, 2018. Huge thanks to Spencerville Church for the recording!

Happy holidays, everyone. Peace on Earth, and good will toward all.

VIDEO: François Sagat’s “Magical” Condom PSA

Unlike what you often see in porn, condoms don’t just magically appear in real life. You have to know how to use them… and legendary Titan Man François Sagat shows you how in this magical PSA from the French LGBT news and lifestyle website Yagg. This video isn’t on their website anymore, but I saved a copy for you to enjoy.

On a personal note, I love François. He’s such a sweet guy, and incredibly creative. Too bad I only filmed that one scene with him. Hopefully I’ll shoot with him again one day!

“My, what a big horn Dirk has!” Live from the 2018 NYC Pride Parade

Last weekend, my hubby Dirk and I headed to New York Pride for two reasons: to host the popular Brüt party on Saturday night (photos coming soon), and so that Dirk could march with the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, NYC’s LGBTQ marching band! Dirk — who plays sousaphone and has been marching with LGBAC since 1999 — shot some really cool video from inside the band as they marched down 8th Avenue in the West Village:

I watched from the sidelines and shot some footage of the band as they went by (you can’t really see Dirk because he was on the opposite side of the street, unfortunately), as well as a tiny bit of his warmup before the parade:

Here are a few photos from the parade. His sousaphone, by the way, is named Audrey because she’s been known to eat people. (Technically I suppose she’s “Audrey 3.”) She’s the largest production model of sousaphone ever made, weighing in at 65 pounds. Carrying her is quite a workout… no wonder Dirk gets so sweaty!

By the way, I think I was invited to march with the band in next year’s pride parade, which happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the birth of the modern day pride movement. Hmmm… I’ve been known to do a little blowing myself. <grin>

Classical Caber: Dirk sings Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” in Providence, RI

Last Saturday, Dirk joined the Brown University Chorus in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, also known as the All-Night Vigil. Our friend Fred, the director of the chorus (which is comprised of Brown students), needed to supplement the ensemble with a basso profundo, and Dirk fit the bill perfectly. Not everybody can hit that low B♭! I only managed to capture a little bit of video (above), but you can really hear Dirk’s mellifluous bass at the very end of the clip.

Here are a few photos from the performance; I’ve highlighted Dirk with a yellow arrow.

Cleans up nicely, doesn’t he?