Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Michael Callen: The Healing Power of Love

Michael Callen was, for a very long time, the longest living person with HIV/AIDS.  The Safe Sex program was his brain child, and along with this song, co-written with Marsha Melamet, together co-wrote "Love Don't Need a Reason" with Peter Allen. This is before the virus ravaged his body.
His book "Surviving AIDS" was great help to me during my time as "buddy" and "caregiver" as I was burning out quickly.  Michael was crazy, wild, outspoken, insatiable, and a genius. I still miss him terribly.

And so it goes.


  1. Thanks for sharing that. I had not heard it. Powerful.
    I have frequently thought of late, that we will not, cannot lose the battles for equality, against AIDS, etc. because we have the music.

  2. Michael had quite a vocal range. I remember when he sang "Glitter and be Gay" from Candide in a cabaret and brought the house down.

    A lot of people miss him. thank for posting this.


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