From “Frigid,” an m/m GFY novelette:
Rusalka, Song from the Moon, Antonin Dvorak, 1901 (song starts about :55 in). Czech libretto by poet Jaroslav Kvapil, based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. Moon, stand still a while and tell me where is my dear. Illuminate him far away, and tell him who is waiting for him.
Night and Day, sung by Frank Sinatra (1957), written by Cole Porter (1932). Night and day, you are the one, Only you ‘neath the moon or under the sun…
Brigadoon, 1954, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Let the world grow cold around us, Let the heavens cry above! Brigadoon, Brigadoon, In thy valley, there’ll be love.
Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini (1904). Do you see it? He is coming! And I wait a long time, but I do not grow weary of the long wait.
Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club band (Lennon-McCartney) “fucked up by” the Bee Gees (according to Simon) and baby-faced Frampton (1978). Gotta love the French horns! And, just because, Aerosmith saving the movie with Come Together (as if Frampton could ever take Tyler down).
Liu’s aria from Turandot (at 2:15), Giacomo Puccini, 1926 (libretto by Simoni & Alfano). BDSM’s got nothin’ on opera:
My secret undeclared love,
so great that these tortures
are sweet to me
because I offer them
to my lord…
Bind me! Torture me!
Let me suffer every torment
as the supreme offering
of my love for him!
Songs featured in Comeback:
Young man (David Zaks) playing Liszt, Liebestraum No. 1 (Dreams of Love No. 1, 1850), “Hohe Liebe” (Exalted Love)
Young man (Jonathan Schiff) singing The Lass with the Delicate Air (1762)
The Beatles: Hey, Jude
More to come.