Queer Ears for Straight Guys
Straight men have long held a fascination for some gay men (and vice versa). There are those gay men who want to emulate straight men, while there are others who just want to seduce them. Whatever the case may be, plenty of gay men also have an ear for the music created by straight men.
An example of this is Joe Henry, brother-in-law of Madonna, and co-writer of her hit song “Don’t Tell Me“, who colors his dark, contemporary, smoky cabaret numbers with jazz-tinged brass on Tiny Voices (Anti-). With the aid of Don Byron and Ron Miles, Henry’s intimate songs radiate like a shuttered room touched by sunlight.
Extracts from an article by Gregg Shapiro