The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️🌈 chat with singer song writer, Donovan Holden. Donovan has a new album out entitled A Brighter Day. We chat about his circuitous route to this album, his history, coming out in LA, and finding love. Of course, we took lots of side quests in our interview, isn’t hat what we are known for? We always tell our interviewees that if we go off on a tangent, that is absolutely fine. 😉 Have a listen and enjoy.
About Donovan Holden
An Ohio native, Donovan Holden, began early on to write his own songs, in notebooks, vastly influence bu the radio tunes of the time: country, soul, rock n’ roll, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, and sacred music, which all seemingly co-existed together before the days of heavily formatted radio.
His family then moved permanently to Florida following his high school graduation.
Holden naturally became a product of the South Florida music scene. The blues-rock of Northern Florida and the Caribbean rhythms coming from SouthEast ‘Gold’ Coast permeated the air and created a unique musical perspective and sound for many of the musicians in the area. Waves forever crashing on the beach, and trains routinely clacking north and south were always ringing in their ears, and animating their movements.
The artist moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s with three musician friends and two dogs.
While his friends enrolled in music school and tried to find their footing on the local music scene, he immersed himself in the thriving gay community.
Shortly after the turn of the century, he met his husband. Together they dabble in a range of theater, film, music and publishing projects while keeping bread on the table with their healthcare careers.
In 2015, he finally completed his first album, An Ordinary Thing, utilizing songs and players that stretch from east coast to west before releasing his second collection, Accepting All Prayers, in 2017.
A Brighter Day is his latest collection of songs – twelve different takes on the human condition.
Songs of love, friendship, joy, pain, and hope. Songs about getting up every day and never giving up.
Digital downloads and streams are available on all major service platforms: Apple, Amazon, Tidal, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube.
In our second segment, we chat about our recent trip to Disneyland and Galaxy’s Edge as well as spoiler-free thoughts on Stranger Things Season 3. Keith has a rant about some Twitter drama and we have our complimentary insanity. You’re welcome. We also highlight recent articles posted to the tggeeks.com in the past week. As always we have our birthdays and we have the ever-popular feedback segment.
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- TG Geeks Episode 231
- Celebrating Five Years of TGGeeks.com
- TG Geeks Chat with Barbra and Bryant Dillon of Fanbase Press
- Ben’s Breakdown | Toy Story 4 is like a defective toy out of the box
- Dr. Zombie – Monster Family Physician #58
- Ben’s Breakdown | Stranger Things 3 is a slow horror ride in all things 80s.
- Ben’s “Gay” Book Breakdown | Breaking Tradition is a true guilty pleasure with a surprisingly strong message.
- Ben’s “Gay” Breakdown | On The Other Hand, Death is a tricky mystery with a noirish feel!
- News Sushi #72: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond
- Five Questions With… Steve Kopandy
- The Arkle Times Post Dispatch News – The Human Arkle on Twitter @arkle — Be sure to take a look at Arkle’s other venture: Arkle Studios presents Shameless Cash Grab
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