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Legacy

by Michael Callen

Glorious, generous and full of goodness, love and light. A two-CD trip through a rainbow-colored imagination.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Love Worth Fighting For
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2. Redefine the Family
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3. Better in the Moonlight
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4. Six-thirty Sunday Morning/Right as the Rain
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5. Now
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6. Two Men Dance the Tango (feat. Tom Robinson)
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7. Glitter and Be Gay
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8. My Imagination
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9. Crazy World
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10. We've Had Enough
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11. No No
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12. Grade B Movie
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13. Warm As the Wind (feat. David Lasley)
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14. Kerosene Lantern
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15. Sometimes Not Often Enough
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16. They Are Falling All Around Me (with Cris Williamson, Holly Near
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17. Wish I Had a Dime
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18. Yes I'll Take My Chances
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19. Nothing Lasts Forever
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20. See Here
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21. Healing Power of Love
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22. Roundabout
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23. Street of Dreams
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24. Mother, Mother (feat. Cris Williamson & Tret Fure)
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25. Do Not Turn Away
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26. One More Lullaby
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27. Goodbye
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28. Smile
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29. Sacred
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If you had less than a year to live, what songs would YOU record?

That was the prospect facing singer, songwriter, author and AIDS activist Michael Callen, who, despite having achieved widespread notoriety as a co-inventor of safe(r) sex - a founder of the People With AIDS self-empowerment movement - a founder of community-based AIDS research - and a member of the world's most famous a cappella, gay male, politically aware group, THE FLIRTATIONS, wanted to be remembered as a singer.

LEGACY features such musical luminaries as Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Tom Robinson, Tret Fure, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Fred Hersch, John Bucchino and Steve Sandberg.

LEGACY was nominated for nine awards in six categories by the judges of the first annual Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards (the GLAMAS); it won four awards, including Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Group Recording and Best Choral Recording.

Michael's unique political and activist voice is memorialized in New York City's Chelsea District, where the former Community Health Project has been re-christened the Michael Callen-Audre Lourde Community Health Center.

His equally strong, serious, funny, and sometimes just plain stunning musical voice, also deserves to be heard.

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Rikk

Breathtaking Voice. An Album That Changed My Life!
If you have a love for beautiful musical arrangement, and a voice that is from the heavens, this CD will absolutely put you in a trance. The lyrics hit home and make you really think, and the poetic way in which every song is delivered is nothing less than perfection. There is not ONE bad track on this CD. This CD changed my life. It's magical.
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Erin Stevenson

Legacy
This is a very biased review, since I knew Michael in his last year of life. The album is a strong testament to the power of love and to the power of personal commitment to making this world of ours a more accepting and loving place to live. At the time of the album his lungs were seriously scarred from KS lesions, but you would never know it from some of the soaring passages that demanded his voice to touch the Heavens. This album captures the scope of his love of music from the blusey riffs of Nothing Lasts forever to the romantic Love Worth Fighting For. Do yourself a favor and get this album, it's noteworthy not just for its messages of hope, love, salvation and forgiveness, but for the enduring strength of passion if the face of certain death. It's a great tribute to Michael.
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Sooz W.

Exhilirating & Heartbreaking
This cd reminds us that, irrespective of today's callow acceptance of gays, the struggle for gay rights alongside those for People With AIDS should never be forgotten. Here Michael Callen sings with saucy joie de vivre on "Nothing Lasts Forever," instructs us to do the things we dream in "See Here," and reminds us of a time when AIDS patients died shunned and alone in "Do Not Turn Away." He wished to be remembered more as a singer than an activist; when you listen to this cd, you will understand why--he was blessed with a fabulous range, impeccable diction and superb phrasing.

The cd booklet includes interviews with those who knew Michael Callen, providing a picture of a man of unusual grit, clarity, wisdom and humor. Reading the booklet and listening to the cd at the same time will transport you to another time when we understood that time was precious.
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Eileen Howard

What can be bad???
Quiet, still, close to the heart. If you are not moved and lifted up, then you are not alive....
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