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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

"Are you musical?"


When I first came out in the 1970's in Austin, Texas, there was a circle of older gays who knew 
the ropes and had code words and phrases for all sorts of situations.  One of those was the phrase 
"Are you musical?" to which an affirmative response indicated one was gay.  If a new guy came 
into a mixed setting, someone would always ask, "Is he musical?"  This predictably led to some misunderstandings such as when a handsome straight trombone player from Oklahoma City 
answered "yes" at a dinner party and had to fight off advances from half a dozen middle aged 
and older queens.  Anyway, today we go musical, starting with a hunk at a piano who looks
 like he doesn't know a thing about music, but might be "musical."

 

10 comments:

  1. I would not mind playing a duet with him. This photo has a sort of "candid" air about it, like he was waiting to do some posing and was just tinkering on the piano until he was called on to pose.

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    1. He did a whole series that day, some with the piano, some without.

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  2. Je lui proposerais volontiers un autre instrument pour qui joue dessus...
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    I would gladly offer him another instrument for who plays on it ...

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    1. From the looks of these comments, there's a queue forming. At least you're near the front, Albert, lol.

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  3. Hi like the pianist whether he plays or not. Like to sit on his Lap while he plays
    My Man pr something like that~ Mike P.

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  4. As someone who cannot play a note but definitely is “musical”, I fear I might have missed out when asked that question, until one of those middle aged and older queens enlightened me!

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  5. He looks like Sonny Bono practising on his baby grand. Who guessed he was singing about his piano?

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    1. He does look like Sonny, but I don't think Mr. Bono was built quite like that.

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