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Song a Day Meme: Day 20

He was one of many artists introduced to me by the GALA adviser in 1989-1993 SUNY Oswego. Incredibly enough, by the time I met him, he had been living with AIDS for then-unheard-of ten years, and this without AZT treatments. I met him in his capacity as one of the founding members of The Flirtations. He was not one of the Flirts I skipped stones with, however; at the time he was not feeling well enough to take the hike required to get to lakefront.

Michael Callen's "Living in Wartime" is on his first album, Purple Heart, which is currently out-of-print. As far as I can tell, it does not show up on his partially-posthumous Legacy album. It can be found, however, on the still-in-print second Flirtations album, The Flirtations Live: Out on the Road. The song, written in the '80s when the US was not involved in N wars, is about the AIDS epidemic in a time when it was largely thought to be a "gay disease".


  • day 01 – your favorite song: "Shades of Gray" as performed by The Monkees.
  • day 02 – your least favorite song: "(She Was A) Hotel Detective" by TMBG.
  • day 03 - a song that makes you happy: Beethoven's 6th, 1st movement.
  • day 04 - a song that makes you sad: "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton.
  • day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone: "Trouble Me" by 10,000 Maniacs. (Ray Hall)
  • day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event: "The Throne Room" by John Williams. (Our wedding recessional)
  • day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere: "Blackstairs" by Clannad. (My uncle's house)
  • day 08 - a song that you know all the words to: "Irony" by Leah Zicari.
  • day 09 - a song that you can dance to: "Caribbean Blue" by Enya.
  • day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep: "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • day 11 - a song from your favorite band: "Perfect Time" by Maire (Moya) Brennan.
  • day 12 - a song from a band you hate: "Tequila" by The Ventures.
  • day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure: "Trigger Happy" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love: "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
  • day 15 - a song that describes you: "Eyes of Mercy" by October Project.
  • day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate: "Jerusalem" as performed by Anuna.
  • day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio: "When She Cries" by Restless Heart.
  • day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio: "Everything Possible" by Fred Small, with special note to the version as performed by The Flirtations.
  • day 19 - a song from your favorite album: "Epilogue (Finale)" from Les Miserables -- The Complete Symphonic Recording.
  • day 20 - a song that you listen to when you're angry: "Living in Wartime" by Michael Callen.

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