A play about drag queens inspires this week’s song, originally conceived as a ballad for Cynthia’s theoretical drag king persona (a cross between Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Tommy Shelby, the lead character of the TV series Peaky Blinders) (or possibly, alternatively, simply a version of Jesus Christ as if he were indeed a woman in drag come back to the future to reveal that significant truth to the modern-day world) yet evolved mysteriously into a ballad for Cynthia’s theoretical drag queen persona, who is not-so-secretly underneath-it-all a “natural woman.”
In the wake of two extremely disheartening events (the defeat of the most promising - and not only because she’s the only - female presidential candidate in history by the most openly jingoistic, sexist, and racist person ever to be elected President of the United States; and the passing of brilliant poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen) Cynthia and Jeff scramble to find some rays of light in all the darkness: first by interviewing ward leader and political science professor Carol Jenkins, asking “how did this happen?” and also “what can we do now that it is happening?”; and second by offering up a song for the week that is all about finding light in the darkness, quoting the late great Mr. Cohen’s beloved phrase “there is a crack in everything - that’s how the light gets in."
Cynthia and Jeff spent the week working on Articles of Faith in a residency at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland. The intensive period proved very fruitful and culminated in two performances over the weekend. Meanwhile, Cynthia struggles with her English accent finding inspiration in the series "Poirot", based on the famed Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Returning to Philly at the end of the week, they are back home and take part in election day here in the "swing state" of Pennsylvania!
The Even hotel in Rockville is actually a little odd… and that’s where this week’s podcast is coming to you from. Even odder are the odds for ongoing battles between sports teams and presidential hopefuls. But the oddest odds of all may be Jeff’s odds for reinstating good credit at the word bank deep within the recesses of his mind, not to mention the odds of Cynthia treating her inner critics with patience and compassion… these unknowns hang in the balance along with the show Articles of Faith, as it is crafted piece by piece, day by day, leading up to the day it is scheduled to be presented to a live audience of possibly friendly strangers, mere days away from today…