Playlist for WorldWideWave 1 February: Australia Part Two

Here are the songs featured on tonight’s show:

Dannii Minogue – I Can’t Sleep At Night

Kylie Minogue – Better Than Today

See you next month! And in the meantime, mosey on over to JOYEurovision!


Playlist for WorldWideWave, 25 January: Australia

Songs from our own patch, as they used to say on Blue Heelers. Happy Australia Day.

Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky

Anthony Callea – Oh Oh Oh Oh

Riva featuring Dannii Minogue – Who Do You Love Now?

Natalie Imbruglia – Want (Live)

Ricki-Lee – Raining Diamonds

Next week, WorldWideWave begins a month of special shows highlighting “Difficult countries” for LGBT. Behind the smiles as they say…

Martin Luther King Jr. Post 2012: Being

Happy Birthday Dr. King

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At this time every year, I try to examine how we are going in achieving the late Dr. King’s dream. When I lived in New York, I was quite cynical (and evidence of my viewpoint is on full display in the archives of this corner of the internet), but resolutely optimistic.

Now, to be frank with you, I am more optimistic than cynical.

To some it may seem like living away from the US, I would forget about what Dr. King and Coretta Scott King envisioned, but I haven’t. In fact in all honesty, I’ve put in even more into perspective.

Within my grandfather’s life: He saw and felt his ex-slave father and himself endure the harsh brunt of Jim Crow in Mississippi, the subtle racism of the North, and his son serve twice in a desegregated military, which was not even a remote possibility when he was his age.

Within my mother’s life: She saw her home state of Virginia transformed from being a legally segregated state to being one of the first states to elect a Black governor in the 20th Century. She attended the March on Washington. She built one of the first companies to help make sure that the Civil Rights Act did live up to its promise of an America for all Americas. She saw her great great uncle, Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce, go from apocryphal family story to being the subject of  a New York Times Best-selling biography. She saw the first ever Black president of the United States elected.

Within my own life: I have seen that same Black president say that LGBT rights are worth fighting for and protecting Worldwide.

I can only wonder with great hope and great optimism what a beautiful world I will have the honour of seeing.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 18 January at 11pm AEDT/7am US EST. I have the honour to be a part of a programme on JOY94.9, WorldWideWave. While we’ve been fortunate to cover many countries on WorldWideWave, we will be covering the US for the first time ever. It is a homecoming for me, and it’s an emotional one. Privately, I have shed tears of nostalgia and tears of joy.

The ability to see yourself reflected in your own country is one that throughout my family’s life was one denied to them, and I, like many other LGBT Black Americans can say that now I see myself as being part of America, no matter where I am. For I am as proudly Black as I am proudly Gay. I am as proudly American as I am proudly Australian.  They are all part of me and I see myself as part of them. They all make me proud to be.

Playlist for WorldWideWave 11 January: Norway

Lars Vaular – Rett Opp Og Ned (live)

The official music video for “Rett Opp og Ned” is here. Warning: The video features intense imagery.

Annie – Chewing Gum

Superstars featuring Nora BrockstedtVoi Voi

Odd is being a bit skittish about his “Secret Love,”so here’s the original by Doris Day.

Röyksopp – Follow My Ruin

Odd Børre – Stress (a “redesigned” live version. Warning: strobe light effects at the beginning and end.)

Sondre Lerche (cousin to Lars Vaular) – Like Lazenby (live)

Next week: It’s a coming home for us at The Wave. Perhaps this might be a hint:

or this:

one final clue:

Playlist for World Wide Waves 28 December: The Netherlands

It wouldn’t be a Wednesday night/Thursday morning without some visual stimuli from W3, wouldn’t it?

(Wednesday nights on JOY 94.9 at 11pm AEDT)

From the land of William of Orange!
Sandra & Andres: Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat

Bløf – Alles Is Liefde

Gerard Joling – Ik Leef Mijn Droom

Gordon – Niemand Lacht Zoals Jij

Gerard Joling – Hou Je Morgen Nog Steeds Van Mij

Gordon – Echte Liefde

Gerard Joling – Shangri-La (as performed for Eurovision)

Ruth Jacott – Vrede (as performed for Eurovision)

Xandra – Colorado (as performed for Eurovision)

Ruth Jacott – Vrij Met Mij (look out for Ted Ballieu on Percussion!)

Ruth Jacott – Ik Ga Door

Bonus: Ruth Jacott & Edsilia Rombley – Uit Het Oog Niet Uit Mijn Hart

World Wide Waves will be back in 2012. Our first stop on 4 January: The Philippines.

World Wide Waves Playlist for 14 December: Israel

Curious about the songs played on tonight’s World Wide Waves Israel show? Here’s the (all-LGBT artist) playlist complete with visuals:

Dana International – Maganuna

The Young Professionals – 20 Seconds

Dana International – At The Lowest Part of Tel Aviv

Harel Skaat – Milim

Dana International – Ding Dong

Yehonathan – Turn On Your Lights

Ivri Lider – Striped Shirt

The Young Professionals – D.I.S.C.O (I love the Freddie Mercury-esque dancer)

Yehonathan – My Turn

Ivri Lider – Australian Traveler

My Other Side

2008 Pride March, St. Kilda, Victoria.

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Longtime readers of this little corner of the Internet may have noticed that I’ve been a bit cagey about some of my work recently. Well, I think it’s safe to say that I can let the proverbial cat a little bit out of the bag: I’ve been a member of the white collar crowd, quite unexpectedly, over the past year.

It has fortunately come to somewhat of a close recently, and it’s been quite a journey. A journey in more ways than one, as I will be talking about my life as an unexpected business traveller on JOY 94.9 this Christmas Eve at 12 noon. If you’re not in Melbourne, you can listen online via the website or via JOY’s smartphone app.

I’ll be talking how I’ve been treated nicely and not so nicely by airlines and customs officers (including US ones), why I gave in and finally flew a Middle Eastern airline (and regretted it), that lovely subject of profiling, why you should always keep your e-ticket on you (even at Disneyland Paris) and many other stories (including some hilarious ones from my late mother).

By the way, 12pm Saturday 24 December in Melbourne translates as:

10am Saturday 24 December Tokyo
1am Saturday 24 December GMT
8pm Friday 23 December New York (EST)
7pm Friday 23 December Milwaukee (CST)
5pm Friday 23 December Los Angeles (PST)

And remember there’s also World Wide Waves, the little late night LGBT Global news and views show that I co-present on JOY 94.9 every Wednesday night at 11pm Melbourne. I’m a little more strait-laced on The Wave, but only just a little.

Tune in!