In April of 1991, Stevie Nicks dragged my ass into my first gay bar (The Gallery). Man, I was such a wreck. I mean, I’d known that I was a homo long before stepping foot into that bar. But, I had never publicly acknowledged my gayness to the world (yet alone in a gay bar)! Well, when I left that club and started heading home, I remember that I felt completely liberated! And, as we drew into summer, I found myself going to the gay clubs virtually every night of the week. Oh! How I remember that very night in the video bar, at the Hippo, when I first heard that haunting mandolin. The classic-defining-mandolin-a-playing of R.E.M.’s, “Losing My Religion” completely captivated the crowd, that night, as the video bar grew silent of chatter. Everyone was mesmerized:
Now, that’s some great lyrics, isn’t it?! Frankly, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Michael Stipe. But, he simply compared the song’s theme to “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. Stipe said, “It’s just a classic obsession pop song. I’ve always felt the best kinds of songs are the ones where anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, ‘Yeah, that’s me.” And that’s exactly what I did….put myself in it, and said, “That’s me!” Because, in my mind, this record was all about soul-searching. Something which I was doing a lot of, back in the early 90’s, when I was coming out. Anyways, listen to the below video, and then comment about your coming out song. I wanna know all about it!