“A 24 Decade History of Popular Music”
St. Ann’s Warehouse
October 8-9, 2016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
After listening to Taylor Mac sing for 24 hours straight, maybe there was a reason why the tune that ran through my head for an hour after I stumbled out of St. Ann’s Warehouse was the early 1920’s hit, “After the Ball is Over.” I don’t even like that song. There were over 240 songs that the performance artist and gay icon sang in his 24-hour marathon, covering 24 decades of American music since the country’s founding. But at least one song had to bubble up; you can’t keep that many tunes in your mind at one time.
Photo: Taylor Mac in “A 24 Decade History of Popular Music.” © Martha Sherman