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Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

by Taylor Mac

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about

This holiday album is dedicated to the memory of my drag mother, Mother Flawless Sabrina. What better way to celebrate the winter solstice than through motherhood? Especially drag motherhood. In ancient Roman times, gender-play was a key element of Saturnalia, a tradition that evolved out of the Neolithic harvest rituals accompanying the winter solstice. How can we ever thank the sun for life without knowing how to fully live? Look to the queens, Queen. Or as Mother Flawless would say, in her best Liza lisp, “Each one teach one.”

Flawless, as she was usually called, was anything but. She was a messy mother who shopped (or lifted) supplies from the hardware store more often than the cosmetic counter. She used plaster of Paris and duct tape to pull her face back and keep her wigs attached, hot glue to press on her Press-Ons, and I once watched her put eyeliner on with Magic Marker. Yet, she was a manifest-it-by-redefining-and-reimagining-social-dictates kind of gal. It wasn’t a perfectly painted face that earned her the title of “Flawless.” You’d realize this after two minutes of Sabrina’s smudged lipstick gift of the gab. She wasn’t interested in being the winning beauty queen. Her flawlessness was found through fostering artistic expression as a form of civics.

My time spent with Flawless lasted a little less than two years and yet, like the best mothers do for their children, she transformed me by inspiring me to transform myself. “You’re the boss, Apple Sauce,” was her advice to all her drag minions. She meant that it’s up to us to create the world we wish to live in. Since that’s the case, I declare this holiday season, and all future ones, a celebration of drag mothers. That’s the world I want to live in. And if you don’t have a drag mama...the spirit of Mother Flawless Sabrina is out there for the loving. We hope this album helps guide you to her.

credits

released November 13, 2020

THE HOLIDAY SAUCE BAND

TAYLOR MAC – Lead Vocals, Ukulele
MATT RAY - Piano, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Glockenspiel, Bells, Background Vocals
BERNICE “BOOM BOOM” BROOKS – Drums
STEFFANIE CHRISTI’AN –Vocals
THORNETTA DAVIS – Vocals
VIVA DECONCINI – Guitar
ANTOINE DRYE – Trumpet
GREG GLASSMAN – Trumpet
J. WALTER HAWKES – Trombone
MARIKA HUGHES – Cello
DANA LYN – Violin
GARY WANG – Bass

PRODUCED AND ARRANGED BY MATT RAY
Engineered and Mixed by Fernando Lodeiro
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, NYC, assisted by Chris Allgood

CD Design by Eric Baker
Artwork by Anastasia Durasova
Based on photography by Little Fang (cover) and Jeff Jackson (page 1)
Taylor Mac’s Costumes by Machine Dazzle
Make-up by Anastasia Durasova
Press Agent: Blake Zidell

Recorded at Atomic Sound NYC
Additional Engineering by Joe Reineke, Orbit Audio
“Christmas With Grandma” recorded by Jimin Brelsford

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Greg Backstrom, Robin Bowyer, Kristy Edmunds, Matt Gross,
Carole Shorenstein Hays, Brit Katke, Michael Kondziolka,
Josh LaBelle, Jack McLarnan, Abby McLoughlin,
Jeff Mousseau, M. A. Papper, Paul Ricciardi, Patt Scarlett,
Gilbert Sotomayor, Niegel Smith
and the performers and crew of Holiday Sauce Live,
Virtual Label: Peter Wright, John Allen, Miguel Gallego.

QUEER NATIVITY: (from left) LoVeLee Day, Timothy White Eagle,
Sister Rose Mary Chicken, Taylor Mac, Matt Ray, sidhe degreene,
Machine Dazzle, Tigger! Ferguson, Glenn Marla

Holiday Sauce was originally commissioned and produced
as a live performance event by Nature’s Darlings and Pomegranate Arts,
worldwide representative for Holiday Sauce and Taylor Mac.

FOR POMEGRANATE ARTS:
Linda Brumbach, Founder and Director
Alisa E. Regas, Managing Director Creative
Kaleb Kilkenny, Operations Consultant
Rachel Katwan, General Manager
Jeremy Lydic, Production Manager
Willa Folmar, Associate
pomegranatearts.com

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Linda Brumbach, Taylor Mac, Alisa E. Regas


Favorite Fruit will donate a portion of the proceeds from Holiday Sauce to
LGBT Asylum Task Force.

www.lgbtasylum.org

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Taylor Mac New York, New York

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer.

photo credits: Little Fang Photography

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