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posted Friday, November 26, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 48

A Dyke About town: Taj Mahal a consummate performer
by Mercy Moosemuzzle- SGN Contributing Writer

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal's performance at Jazz Alley November 19 made Mercy and Cuteness very happy. Taj had on his big smile of competence, a Hawaiian shirt, and a fedora. Mahal's guitar work was smart, his keyboards funky. His band - Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith on drums - grinned happily throughout the night. It was clear the whole band was in synch and having a good time.

He opened with the upbeat 'Linda Lou.' 'Ella Mae' continued that pace. 'I'm Moving to the Country' did as well. Then he slowed down, and 'Going to Waimea' moved slinkily. 'I Love You Gal' picked up the speed. 'Little Brown Dog' was Cuteness' favorite song. 'Freight Train' was Mercy's.

Taj lost his voice after that, and could only sing hoarsely. Cuteness wasn't very impressed with some drunk calling out, 'Is that a Quaalude? I want some!' as Mahal squeezed some lemon in his hot water. Taj had said, 'The second set is always a wild card.' Mercy thinks performers get used to being harassed, but agreed that it was sad.

Taj finished the night with instrumentals: 'Love Me Pretty Baby' and 'Like a Circle Round the Sun.' Cuteness thought the nice guitar work was a good thing that came out of Mahal's hoarseness.

Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets
Mercy enjoyed the new collection of Lesbian erotica, Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets, edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seamen. Moonlight Serenade by Collette Moody was a fun historical story, accurately set in the '40s. Lesley Davis' The Twelfth Rose entertains with anonymous messages in an office. A True Story (Whether You Believe it or Not) by Leslea Newman is an involving tale about sex with a stranger.

Meghan O'Brien's Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is an engaging story about a romance between closeted navy personnel. Boiled Peas by Clifford Henderson has fun with a handy woman and her client. Better than Fiction is an enjoyable story using a dildo. Hooked on Quack by Ali Vali has fun in a duck blind.

Carson Tate's Privileged and Confidential puts a lawyer in an awkward position. Return to Me by VK Powell involves us in a long apparently non-mutual crush. Julia Canon's Masquerade has fun with a butch who wants to flip.

Saturday Night at the Dew Drop Inn by Yolanda Wallace has a nice bluesy feeling to it. Andrews and Austin's Madam Broussard has a nice twist. Jackson Leigh's Box Full of Surprises romances a turkey baster.

Constant Companion by KT Thompson is a good portrait of a long-distance call in a long-term relationship. C.J. Harte's Crossing Over Jordan is a fun coming-out story. Sentimental Fool by Clara Nipper does well with a 12-year-old point of view.

Shea Godfrey's 47 Cheval Blanc is an entertaining art theft tale. Meeting my Match by Kim Baldwin takes matchmaking to a surprising extreme. Lea Santos' Lies that Bind is an unexpected match between a makeup artist and a scientist.



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