Amichai’s Top 50/15 I am what I am
I admit: It took me some time to watch Le Cage Aux Folles without self revulsion. Perhaps my own drag career (on hold) helped cultivate self love and acceptance for more faces of me, of us, and also laugh at it all.
At Lab/Shul today I’ll be revisiting my Bar Mitzvah, this Shabbat 37 years ago, and talk back to the Torah that abominates me, – and challenge this dogma, with love, yes, and a twist. So this song by Jerry Herman, that I learned to really love coz life aint worth a damm if I’m not what I am.
Four fav versions: The first is John Partridge – I Am What I Am (From La Cage Aux Folles) – UK TOUR 2017. + three other tops.
La Cage Aux Folles “I Am What I Am” Walter Charles 1985
George Hearn 1978
Shirley Bassey 1996
Thank you Rebetzin Hadassah, and Fussy Lo Mein for that photo shoot circa 2005.
Amichai’s Top 50: Soundtrack of my life. 4/20-6-8 2019/Passover-Shavuot 5779