By Jeanne Lieberman
“I am yours, you are mine no matter what you are”
Vivian Bond burst upon the community house stage amidst a barrage of cheers and
applause, a trans-genre tall blond in a feminine, flowy, floral ensemble of
kimono and pajama pants over a clingy top that clearly outlines her breasts.
Mx Bond was accompanied by director and pianist Matt Ray, and
barefoot and stylishly cropped guitarist NathAnn Carrera contrasted by starkly
attired violinist Claudia Chopek.
down a list of recent performances V was “excited to bring a show that no one
has seen before”.
interspersed the seemingly extemporaneous evening with sometimes revealing,
sometimes cynical remarks in a gravelly baritone. ““Estrogen
will give you titties, but it won’t change your voice”.
evening’s theme was dedicated to the 1960’s mellow style of Los Angeles’ Laurel
Canyon referencing Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins (‘Conversation”) but soon departed
from their style with
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, V’s
anti-assimilationist anthem” followed by Jim Morrison’s “Love
Somewhere in there the comment was interjected “I was tired of everybody
staring at me…misogyny and homophobia – but neither of them was wrong…I just
need to show up – nothing I like better than to hear ‘Hello, Goddess’ ”.
The Mamas and the Papas’ “Twelve Thirty” and Sill’s “The Kiss” prompted
V to reminisce about a first affair with a young boy, which began with an
“unintended” kiss, who died of AIDS, and somehow segued into a glimpse of her
early life as a victim of child molestation, an occurrence which V viewed as
rampant because no one would talk about it.
Stevie Nicks’ “Planets of the Universe,” in a moving, quiet duet
with the guitarist, was followed by Judy Collins inspired Crosby, Stills, and
Nash’s “Judy Blue Eyes”. Mx Bond reflected “You don’t have to like everything
that you do, but sometimes its beneficial to be good at it”,
Ronee Blakley’s “She Lays It on the Line” (“She sees me through
with those special words we all need to hear: I believe in you”) prompted…”even
if sometimes you can’t believe in yourself”.
Aluminum’s song about a break up “Tripping over Boxes” (“I don’t
wanna see you as you’re leaving”) triggered additional remarks.
Mx Bond boldly stated that “I’ve had sex with every gender, some
who I didn’t know what gender they are” and a possible Tran’s anthem: “I am
yours, you are mine, no matter what you are”
V concluded the show saying “I keep coming back because I love
you” to the delight of the4 crowd.
Stills, & Nash’s “I Used to Be a King” and a song about murder, “Pretty
Polly”, added little to the program except emphasizing V’s decidedly
Newlyweds Steven Evans and David Klonkowski, who traveled from Texas
to be married on the beach at Cherry Grove, that morning, backstage with
performer Justin Vivian Bond, photo by James Bowman