About The Song
I wrote “Suck It! (A Gay Pride Anthem),” for LGBTQ+ people who need their spirits lifted. It’s a song inspired by my mom. I love her, and she tries her best, but like all moms, she’s not perfect. It really bugs me when we go out and she belittles LGBTQ+ people. Recently we went to eat, and one of the male workers was wearing lip stick. She couldn’t stop talking about how disgusting he was for doing so. I saw no problem with it, and was actually proud of him for being his authentic self. Something I wasn’t able to do for a long time. My mom also hates it when I wear short shorts or anything remotely feminine or that’s not conservative. So, the song is just letting her and others like her know that there isn’t anything wrong with me and that I will celebrate all my individualities, not just the one’s society is okay with. If they don’t like it, well, they’ll just have to deal with it. The last verse also invites them to be open minded so we can be allies and work towards a freer future.
King Blandon will debut his leading single “Suck It! (A Gay Pride Anthem) with a live performance on November 3rd at Palm Springs Pride at 2:50pm on the museum stage. The single officially debuted online for download and streaming November 1st.
Meet King Blandon
Hello, I’m Xander Kane, manager of King Blandon, a Palm Springs native. I met him during the lowest point in his life where suicide had become a toxic lover. I had noticed him in a night club because he was wearing a sparkly red sequenced jersey he designed with the phrase, “IDK & IDC,” on it. He looked lost and eventually sat down by himself with largely irritated eyes. I thought maybe he had one too many drinks, but no, he was completely sober, never had had a drink in his life, but was withholding tears.
Hardly able to speak from resisting to cry, he told me it was his 23rd birthday and felt completely unaccomplished because his life was heading in the opposite direction he wanted. He was miserably working as a substitute teacher, had given up on his creative endeavors, was still suffering from heartbreak, and didn’t know how to be happy. I told him he could always get a new job and his heart would heal with time. I was mostly interested in his art and why he had given up.
When I asked to learn more about his art, a gigantic smile spread across his face and he pulled out his phone. He went through his camera role and showed me illustrations of original characters he made up, how they came to be, their stories, and how he had written songs about them. And well, you couldn’t shut the guy up, but you wouldn’t have wanted to because his passion resonated and you could have felt it. It just made me confused because he clearly loved his work and I couldn’t understand why he wanted to give it up.
He told me that people weren’t responding to his music, which was how he was telling the stories he had created. He felt it was just time to move on and pursue a conventional career despite his distaste for one. I asked to hear one of his songs, and the problem was immediately obvious. His songs completely lacked a personal element and his charm which I had just connected with. I asked if he had written anything personal or from life experience and he had. The song wasn’t finished but I read the lyrics. It was like reading lyrics from two very different people. One who was distant and the other a personable, hopeful, and sweet naive soul. I advised him to stop writing songs about his characters and maybe write a book instead, but to keep writing songs from personal experience, because I thought he could write beautifully.
Fast forward about nine months and I ran into him again. He had recently started working as a go-go boy. He was infinitely more confident and owning who he was. On his breaks he told me about the hardships and trials he had to overcome to get to where he was. He told me a story of heart ache, feeling worthless, struggling with his identity, loosing himself, and what it took to rise from the ashes to come out triumphant. Most importantly, he had documented it all in poetry. I read a handful and became his biggest fan. I believed he needed to share his experiences with the world, especially young people like him who could learn from them.
One of my personal favorites was a song he titled, “Suck It! (A Gay Pride Anthem).” The song is the leading single off of a 10 track album. It will debut live on October 28th, at Hunter’s Night Club in Palm Springs. It’s just prior to Gay Pride there. The single is available for download and streaming November 1st, and future performances are currently being discussed, including one during the pride weekend in Palm Springs which kicks off November 2nd.