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Musical duo Romanovsky and Phillips
came to the Student Union Cabaret in
Chapel Hill on October 23. As always,
their songs left me feeling happy and
hopeful and a part of a large and
loving community. They sang songs from
their newest album. Emotional
Rollercoaster. as well as material from
two previous albums, I Thought You'd Be
Taller and Trouble in Paradise. But
though the songs came from different
albums, certain themes ran through all
First and foremost was unadulterated
pride in being gay. No one could have
left the concert without the message
that it is OK to be who they are. The
message came through in love songs like
"The Prince Charming Tango" and in
militant songs like "The Sodomy Song,"
an attack on the Hardwick vs. Georgia
Supreme Court Case.
Romanovsky and Phillips's passion for
gay rights is couched in their concern
for the human rights of ALL people,
regardless of race, age, gender, or
sexual orientation; their repertoire
include songs about battered women, a
tribute to older gay men and lesbians,
and a funny little anti-war pastiche of
the US Army recruitment commercials.
The Union Cabaret was a vast
improvement over Gerrard Hall and the
local churches where Romanovsky and
Phillips have performed in the past.
The intimate ambiance of the nightclub-
like setting was the perfect backdrop
to their piano and guitar arrangements-
-not to mention Paul's rhinestones.
Although the music and setting were
wonderful, the same cannot be said for
the banter between songs. Romanovsky
and Phillips, long a romantic as well
as professional couple, cut their
emotional ties several months ago. You
can imagine the witty cut downs two gay
ex-lovers can make. Now, certainly
their biting remarks were not serious,
and were only intended as humorous
segues, but who really wants to hear
two exes cut each other down between
songs which try to build the community
On the whole, the concert was a blast.
If for some silly reason you missed it,
then do your record collection a
tremendous favor and get a copy of any
of Romanovsky and Phillips's albums.