Recommendation: Kate Bornstein, “Tranny of Assisi”

Logan K. Young recommends…

Kate Bornstein, “Tranny of Assisi”
A song, a pic, a vid, a tweet…all from an icon!

I remember this tweet just like it was yesterday:

@katebornstein: “New song by me on YouTube: ‘Tranny of Assisi.’ Art by @relaxmammal, music by @Songify. http://t.co/GC8LskV #cute #pug #puggle #cats #dogs.”

With more than a few characters left in her seven score limit (not to mention the draconian firewalls at my nine-to-fiver), I almost didn’t click on that link. Known more for her staging than her singing, I thought it a bit unceremonious, too, for our most decorated “transgender warrior” to drop such a thing out of nowhere. Barely a minute long, perhaps Col. B. didn’t think it warranted any real shock ’n’ awe.

But boy-oh-lady-boy, did she ever undersell it.

Unlike many in the elder guard, Auntie Kate has always had her finger quite abreast on whatever it is the kids are up to nowadays. Produced entirely on a dollar store App(le) for geniuses on the go, this li’l ditty is a delightfully vocoded roll call of her many four-legged friends: a pug, a puggle, twothree kitties, and one shy, but friendly turtle.

Turns out, St. Francis of Assisi — founder of the Franciscan order, known mostly for receiving the stigmata himself — is also the patron saint of animals and the environment. (Raised Catholic, but molested Baptist, how was I to know?) Even more fascinating, Bornstein orchestrated this whole paean while on a plane to Ireland.

So, while the momma cat’s away from Twitter, mouse on over yourself…and just push play.

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Posted by on November 3rd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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