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I Hereby Declare This Rufus Wainwright Month

I just realized today that I’ve got just a bit more than a month to go before the Rufus Wainwright show at the Horseshoe Casino on October 17, and I’m feeling pretty geeked about it.  Everybody who knows me how much I love Rufus, plus October is my favorite month, plus I’m really jonesing for a good session of video poker.  I’ve been toiling away on one of those posts that might take a few days, so in the meantime I decided I would post some nugget about Rufus every day from now through October 15.  That way I can be assured of marking my blogatorial territory on a consistent basis, as well as building up everyone’s anticipation for the show (clearly the greatest event of the century).

My first offering is a video clip of a 12-year-old Rufus performing ‘I’m a Runnin’, from the 1988 film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller.  This earned him a 1989 Genie Award nomination for Best Original Song, quite an honor for someone who probably wasn’t even shaving yet.

Feeling about Rufus as I do and knowing something about his life in the years that immediately followed, I find it both extremely touching and mesmerizing to watch him at this point in his life.  He had a swagger and a knowingness beyond what I would expect from a 12-year-old, and he exuded talent and charisma, but when you look back at him from the present you know this already-stunning boy had struggles ahead of him that he couldn’t dream of.  Fortunately for us, raw talent, sheer determination and sublimination saved the day, and the rest of the story is still being written.

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