A personal Queer Songbook by Jordan Tannahill
January 25, 2016
Rufus Wainwright’s April Fools
First stirrings of fabulousness. Immediate identification with a foppish crooner. Age 10.
Bjork’s Human Behaviour
The desire to unlock the inner weirdo inside. Permission to get freaky. First encountered music video at age 12, and watched Much Music for hours in the hopes it would play again.
Fiona Apple’s Paper Bag
Oh Fiona, you gave me a soundtrack to my moody, teenage longing. “I want him so bad oh it kills.” Age 14.
Joanna Newsom’s Cosmia
A song I appropriated as an anthem of unrequited queer love during my first major heartbreak in the first year of university. Luscious and baroque like young infatuation. Age 18.
Vampire Weekend’s Diplomat’s Son
The perfect song for when you, well, fall in love with a diplomat’s son… as it just so turns out (I did grow up in Ottawa after all). Age 23.
An anthem for the queers. New thresholds and frontiers. a song to play while painting the walls of Videofag. Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut? Age 25.
Jordan Tannahill is the 2016–2017 PuSh Festival Curator-in-residence.