My Buddy music video

My Buddy

My Buddy is featured on the soundtrack for the Mating Season episode of the TV series SHADOWLANDS. The song features vocalists Marc Devigne and Michael Daniel Murphy in the first male duet recording of the classic song that was popular during WWII.

Producer Charlie David, music director Michael Daniel Murphy and singer Marc Devigne share their thoughts below during the recording session for the classic 1922 song ‘My Buddy’ which was recorded at Trouble Maker Studios in Montreal in December 2017.

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CHARLIE DAVID: The Mating Season episode of Shadowlands takes place right after the second World War, so I was looking for music that really evoked that era. So we have some early Rockabilly, but when I came across this song called “My Buddy,” I was really excited. “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, and it’s been covered by many, many famous artists, from Frank Sinatra, his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, Doris Day, Chet Baker, Bobby Darin, et cetera. 

It’s a very unique song because it’s a love song and yet the term of endearment is “my buddy,” which is kind of a unique term to use from a man to a woman or a woman to a man, so to me there was an immediate gay undertone to it.

MARC DEVIGNE:  It’s actually pretty special. This song is quite special due to the history that it has. I think it kind of had a resurgence in the ’50s but actually was written quite some time before that.

And now to be bringing it back today, it’s kind of interesting, and that’s why we wanted to take this song and, yes, kind of pay homage to the time period when it was first written and when it was relevant, but bring it back, still paying homage to that, but with a bit of a twist and our own maybe current take on it.

CHARLIE DAVID: Michael Daniel Murphy is the music director for the song, and so he’s really pulled together this team of artists and musicians and the engineer to create the song today. To me, it’s so exciting to come into the studio and record music live.

Generally, for music in film and television, we often license tracks from musicians because that’s just a more inexpensive way to do it, but there’s something that’s very magical about bring artists together and creating something live.

MICHAEL DANIEL MURPHY: When we arrived in the studio, I knew we were going to do the piano and the bass together at the same time because they play well together and we thought it would save time, and especially if there’s no metronome or a drum, it’s just nicer to have that kind of feel as a rhythm session of piano and base together, but to have the vocals at the same time today, and together, was a really nice surprise.

I thought it would be more complicated to organize, but actually, our sound engineer Fred, said it would be really straight forward. But I’m glad to have done it because I think it’s going to be hard to go back now and record in other ways because it’s so real. I miss that aspect, actually. That’s what I love about old recordings. There’s life to them, you know.

 I listened to a lot of versions, first of all, and the approach to arranging song is Charlie also sent us an idea of what the scene was about, so that was really important to me, and yeah, I just thought simplicity in terms of even our scheduling, our time.  So we were like, “Okay, let’s simplify.” I play the piano. So let’s do piano. We’ll figure out the arrangement with the voices.

The first time I actually heard this song was Chet Baker playing the trumpet, and I just felt like I wanted something like that … Especially with the war theme, and the romance between these men, or this whole duet aspect, I thought it would be nice to bring a trumpet into it, because I think it really creates kind of a classic vintage feel, but also specific to that era, and it’s a beautiful instrument.

So we used the flugelhorn, piano, and upright bass.  Without having a full percussion ensemble or little drum kit, we’d have a bass to give it some life there, because I think there’s a slow dance that happens at this moment, so we wanted the rhythm to be right for this kind of romantic scene.

CHARLIE DAVID: In terms of the lyrics of the song, they are unique in that this was written in 1922, and we have lines like, “Nights are long since you went away, I think about you all through the day, my buddy.”

To me, hearing those words today, it’s hard to imagine them as not being some type of relationship. Certainly a very special friendship.

MARC DEVIGNE:  Well, strangely enough for me, I had never heard this song, so when I first heard it when Charlie gave me the song to listen to, I thought it was quite clear … I mean possibly, because today listening to these lyrics of a man saying “my buddy,” it came off a bit strange. I remember even getting on the phone with him, and being like, “Was this clear to everyone else?”

It really does sound, again, taking it in our modern day, that it’s words of affection towards someone else. Now, there are a lot of artists that have covered it. Doris Day has covered it. And coming from a woman, it was just a different feel. So it is interesting. I don’t quite know the answer to that, whether some people sang it … Millions and millions of people have heard this song, and whatever way they interpreted it … I’m curious, actually, whether their interpretation was back then as it is now, because I played this song for quite a few people and they were like, “Well, sounds pretty clear to me what it means now.”

But again, back then where possibly being gay and stuff like that was very taboo, and not something you would hear on radio and media and stuff like that, so whether there was an undercurrent of that or whether it just went right over people’s heads and it wasn’t even the message, I’m not quite sure. But the relevance of today I think, for me, when it first hit me, it really sounded quite clear, especially when a man sang it, so, yeah.

CHARLIE DAVID:  “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, which is almost 100 years ago, so I think it’s pretty cool what we’re doing today, to be in Montreal, in a recording studio, a bunch of artists coming together to bring this story back to life, one more time. I mean, it’s been recorded over and over because it is a classic.

There’s something special about this song that rings true for people, that touches people, and so I can only imagine what the original writers would think if they knew that a century later, in Montreal, a bunch of Canadians have gotten together to record this song for a TV show.   I’m excited to share the history and music with our friends and audience for Shadowlands.

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MY BUDDY lyrics by Gus Kahn music by Walter Donaldson (1922)

Nights are long since you went away
I think about you all through the day
My buddy, my buddy, no buddy quite so true
 
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand
Just long to know that you understand
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you
 
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand
Just long to know that you understand
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you
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TOP 5 GAY MOVIE MUSICALS

gay musicals - waiting in the wings -Blake Peyrot

ONCE UPON A TIME GAY MOVIE MUSICALS WERE JUST MUSICALS

Aren’t all movie musicals  gay movie musicals?  Does the very fact that it’s a musical make it gay?  Depends who you ask but in our books there’s definitely a distinction.  There are fans of musicals and fans of gay movies and when a film successfully collides these two worlds, you get super niche and super kitsch Gay Movie Musicals!

 

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The movie musical genre has been a part of America at the very beginning with the “talking pictures.” Since The Jazz Singer, (An American musical that was the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized sound), musicals have graced the big screen from the classics like Oklahoma and West Side Story.

 

Musicals eventually faded away, but are now coming back strong ever since the huge success of the movie, Chicago. Not only are movie musicals back on the big screen, television is jumping on board too with made-for-television live events like The Sound Of Music Live and Hairspray Live.

 

What about the independent film world? Why haven’t we seen a huge number of independent gay movie musicals? It seems the perfect market for a gay independent film. My guess is most independent films are made on a shoestring budget with minimal rehearsal. Not exactly the best ingredients for a musical.

 

When we watch a movie musical, we want great musical numbers with costumes, dancers, and orchestrations. In fact, we don’t just want it, we expect it! How can you sell us a musical without those elements?

 

I’ve watched some independent musicals that make me cringe as out-of-tune actors try lip-syncing to the worst karaoke tracks you’ve ever heard. It definitely makes me want to avoid independent movie musicals, but here are 5 reasons why we should give them another chance.

 

Without further ado, here’s our 5 BEST INDEPENDENT GAY MOVIE MUSICALS worthy of a watch. An interesting note, our favorite 2 independent gay movie musicals, CAMP and Waiting In The Wings: The Musical both have sequels in the works. Perhaps I’ll have to update this list to the Top 7 Independent Gay Movie Musicals soon!

 

#1 WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL (2014)

Plotline: A mix-up occurs between a hot stripper and a musical theatre geek from two very different online contests. Hilarity ensues as they realize that “to make it” they’re gonna have to learn some new tricks.

 

 

Thoughts: Was nervous heading into this film after reading the storyline, but ironically it works really well with the witty staging, musical numbers, and choreography. This film has a lot of heart and could easily be adapted to the stage. Just like one of our other favorite independent gay movie musicals, CAMP, this isn’t a movie with some gay characters but hits an audience outside just the gay market.

 

It was fun to see delightful cameos like Lee Meriwether, Sally Struthers, and Academy Award Winner, Shirley Jones. Shirley is known for classic musicals like Music Man and Okalahoma so to see her singing in this film was a definite highlight. Wonderful original music that range from songs like “Gays, Jews, And Girls Who Need Love,” and “I’m A Disney Whore.” A sequel is in the works. We definitely have this on our MUST WATCH list!

 

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Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Waiting in the Wings the Musical to discover how they brought this gay movie musical from stage to screen in this 10 episode series, Making the Musical.

 

Watch the gay movie musical Waiting in the Wings now on your favorite platform!

        

 

#2 CAMP (2003)

Plotline: After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

 

 

Thoughts: We love Todd Graff from writing and directing this original movie musical. While most of the songs were iconic songs from the Broadway stage, they all worked so well in this film. It has great numbers and is one of the best original gay comedies ever made. You certainly don’t have to be gay to enjoy this movie! Any teen that had musical theatre aspirations can relate to the characters in this film.

 

Stephen Sondheim’s appearance in the film is certainly one of the highlights. You also will see some stars-to-be including Anna Kendrick. We were excited to find out that 14 years later, there is finally a sequel in the works! We definitely have this on our MUST WATCH list!

 #3 THE BIG GAY MUSICAL (2009)

Plotline: Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em.” Their lives strangely mirror the characters they are playing.

 

 

Thoughts: It is obviously a gay comedy that focuses on the “gay plot” more than giving a lot of attention to the musical numbers. A great cast with established Broadway performers and with a cameo by porn star, Sean Paul Lockhart (a.k.a. Brent Corrigan).  Brent has made a few appearances in our films including Judas Kiss and I’m a Porn Star.  

 

If you like him in The Big Gay Musical then definitely worth exploring his other work.  This is a good film, but really designed for the a target gay audience, not the average musical theatre lover. The set design for the musical numbers were not impressive, but perhaps that was intentional. We loved the original music and especially the song “I Want To Be A Slut”. We wouldn’t say this is the best musical, but perfect for a person looking for a gay film with some musical numbers thrown in.

 #4 WERE THE WORLD MINE (2008)

Plotline: A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.

 

 

Thoughts: A film where Shakespeare meets musical theatre in a very gay way! This film has great direction and wonderful cinematography. This doesn’t just have some gay characters, but is truly a gay independent movie musical. Director, Tom Gustafson hit this one out of the ballpark! This is far from mainstream so wouldn’t invite granny over to watch it, but a great film.

 #5 NAKED BOYS SINGING (2007)

Plotline: Musical Review of gay experiences as told through song, stage choreography and full male nudity.

 

 

Thoughts: While this is the “movie” version, they pretty much just filmed the stage show. Certainly the men all showed a lot of skin, but that didn’t help make it more cinematic. An unusual choice for a film, but is certainly an independent gay movie musical. If you like shows filmed from the stage, this is the one for you!

 

Some of the casting choices were “interesting”, but Kevin Stea’s performance certainly was a highlight. There is no real storyline, but we definitely got to see full production numbers with a talented group of guys baring it all. Our favorite numbers include “Fight The Urge,” “Naked Maid”, and “Bris Of A Blis.”  Definitely not the film for everyone.

 

Ready to watch a gay movie musical?   Use code GayMovieMusical to get 25% off purchase or rental of Waiting in the Wings: The Musical on Vimeo now. 

 

 

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