Christian Farelove

Melody Lucas, Charleston drag queen, during a photoshoot

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.” – Christian Farelove

This mantra perfectly encapsulates my next guest on this conversation series. Christian Farelove is an artist, entertainer, chef, activist, motivational speaker (or should be) all perfectly packaged into a hard-working, passionate human. Within his many pursuits, music is always there influencing his many creative outlets. Whether it’s his favorite song inspiring his next dish or favorite singer preparing him for his next drag show, music will always be included in his art.

On this episode of Disco Chats (hear the previous episode with Brooke Ryan here), we dive into Farelove’s passion for melodies and rhythms and the influence it has on his cooking and his alter-ego, Melody Lucas. He exercises extreme precision with his song choices, dance moves, and outfits; because of his thoughtful selections, it makes him stand out above his counterparts. During my research of Farelove, I came across this eight-minute video of his 2018 Charleston Pride performance to a Janet Jackson’s song medley and it provides an example of the kind of performer he is…a fucking great one.

Listen to our conversation below and learn more about the music that guides this soul on and off the stage. You can see Farelove live tomorrow, May 15, for the Black Girl Magic Showcase at El Jefe. If you’re not able to make the show, follow Christian or Melody on Instagram.

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Brooke Ryan

In an effort to get back to the roots of Disco Teepee, I’m starting a series where I can connect with people about music. I will investigate how music plays a role in their life and get inside people’s heads and hearts about their relationship with music.

My first guest, Brooke Ryan, is 1/3 of the morning show, Two Girls and A Guy on Mix 95.9. As a radio personality, her livelihood is dependent upon music. She’s been working in this industry for over 20 years and I turned the mic around on her to get down and dirty about radio and why she will forever be faithful to music that creates a sense of nostalgia.
Listen to our chat below and let me know what you think. What’s your relationship with music? We’ve all got a story to tell so let’s share it together.

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Fem Fit

Today is Valentine’s Day, and while everyone is making dinner reservations, shaving their legs, and scheming up romantic surprises I’m at the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I love love. But I’ve got a tropical trip planned with my best friend coming up within the next two weeks and mama needs to look snatched in a bikini. In order to stay on track, I’ve made a playlist comprised of some badass lady musicians. You cannot help but move when you hear the sounds of Lizzo, Janelle Monae, and Dorothy. So while some people may be celebrating their V-Day with popping champagne, I’ll be getting it poppin’ at the gym. Cheers, you lovebirds and gym rats.

On The Table

 

This past Thursday I joined Michael and Ian from the lifestyle blog, I Love That For You, for an evening to discuss all things Charleston in honor of Lowcountry On The Table. This region-wide event was held on October 4th to encourage small groups to discuss obstacles throughout your community. There were roughly 200 tables that were organized for this event in Charleston. However, I’m biased as I think our table was the best with a guest list packed with local heavy-hitters:

Michael Stettner and Ian Palacios, Lifestyle Bloggers, I Love That For You
Jai Jones, Food Blogger, JaiEats
Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing Communications, Lowcountry Local First
Adam Helms, Founder, GigDawg
Jude Shiflett, Muralist/Designer
Susannah Runkle, Resident Martha Stewart
Ali Holliday, Jill Of All Trades

The evening was filled with delicious food, great conversation, a warm surrounding, and of course, music. I created a playlist that would pair perfectly with the evening. I feel like standard dinner music can be too sleepy, so I went with tunes that were mellow enough to set the tone but carried a punch. Beach Tiger, Sigrid, Shovels & Rope, Will Hoge to name a few; after all, this a fun event, people.

Make sure you check out the playlist here.

Our conversations weaved between flooding, parking, responsible development, street art, and even more. However, the overarching theme among our discussions was how do we actually make a change. Is it holding our current government officials accountable? Do we need to attend more meetings and voice our concerns? Who should we run to when we need help? How do we push back when shit isn’t working?

As Charlestionias, I think these ongoing discussions can help bring attention to our concerns and can create a stronger community. Every city has its issues, but by bringing our problems “to the table” we can start working together rather than apart and, of course, with some good music.

 

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