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Climb That Mountain (1999)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

They climbed that mountain because it was there.

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The Love’s Already Gone (1995)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I’m used to poor accommodations / Boxcar floors and Greyhound stations
Anywhere I hang my hat / I’m happy to call home

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Perfectly Modular Male (1995) (NSFW)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Fiction, Gender, Songs

This song, is of course, about packing—using a prosthetic device as a phallus. It’s something every FTM knows about. The song is influenced by a book by science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein—The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In it, the protagonist uses a variety of prosthetic arms, depending upon need. He has a social arm with fingers and simulated a skin, an arm for manipulation of small objects, and an arm designed for brute power. So—why limit oneself to a single packie?

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I Recognize the Body (1981)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I was impressed when I learned Jimmy Buffett had written a song called “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw?” Everyone, I thought, should write a song like that.

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Time Isn’t Easing the Pain (1984)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

When I wrote this song I was living in a basement in Nashville. No, I wasn’t there to break into country music. I was in grad school at Vanderbilt University.

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Don’t Take No Wooden Nickels (In the Jukebox of Your Life ) (1978)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

No free lunch, no free ride…

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Love is Fine (1997)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Find someone you really like, I double-dare you

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Resting Place (2003)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I love gospel music— not that I’m particularly religious. I just like the music, and, often, the message.

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One Half of the Song (2002)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I’ve collaborated on songs only rarely, but I often think about the amazing music that comes out of lyricist/composer teams like Elton John and Bernie Taupin or George and Ira Gershwin or John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Out of those thoughts, somehow, came this song.

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Let’s Overthrow the Government (2000)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Words and Music ©2000, 2013 by Dallas Denny Source: Denny, Dallas. (2000)....

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Winnebago Woman (1978)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Let’s all Winnebago down!

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Baby Blew Away (1986)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Just another song about mourning a lost love.

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Drunk on the Beach (1994)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

That song has no redeeming social value. In my defense, I have been only drunk once in my life, and it wasn’t on a beach.

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Something Unfinished (1987)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” was an influence on this song. Here, too, old flames meet in a grocery store.

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Grands (1992)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I never knew my grandfathers, so I indulge in a bit of wishful thinking here, perhaps.

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Tonight She’s Got Some Plans of Her Own (1988)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Just another song of loneliness and despair.

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Too Much Month (At the End of Our Money) (1995)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

This is pretty much the story of my life.

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Townes (1986)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

The late Townes Van Zandt was a terrific storyteller. In the 1980s I saw him perform many times, often with fellow singer-songwriter Guy Clark. More often than not, Townes would be so messed up he couldn’t remember the words to his songs. He would tell long rambling tales, start to play, stop, and then talk some more. He thought all the audience was his friend, and indeed it was. No one was ever rude. Except me, perhaps, for writing this song.

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Cajun Queen (2001)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

She got a look can cut a man in two / A degree in law from L.S.U…

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Sherman (1998)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I’ve often wondered what Sherman might have privately thought about his march to the sea. Here, I speculate about that.

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An American in Paris (1993)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

Jimmy Buffett once wrote a song about an American who went to Paris. His protagonist made little of the experience. Mine did.

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All You Have to Do is Say Goodbye (1995)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Fiction, Songs

I don’t know how this song came about. I just picked up my guitar one day and there it was.

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Once a Year (Gender Conference) (2000)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in A/V, Fiction, Gender, Songs

I wrote this song about the trans conference Southern Comfort, which takes place every fall in Atlanta. It was a transformative event for me and continues to be for others. I’m happy to have been a part in its formation in 1990.

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The Pine Lake Song (1999)

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Americana, Songs

Atlanta long ago grew around Pine Lake, making the once far-out community enviably close in. The lake and its wetlands are federally-protected wetlands and the lake, which was dredged in 2011, is healthy and beautiful. The land and wetlands are all public park land. The city retains its girl scout camp look and feel, and residents know and are friends with one another.

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AEGIS Online News (Some Single Posts, 1997)

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Computers, Gender, Online

Below are single posts that were distributed by AEGIS Online News. Some may be...

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AEGIS Online News (Some Single Posts, 1995-1996)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Gender, Online

In May, 1995, when I was Executive Director of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service, I compiled and transmitted what I believe was the first transgender-specific online news feed. It was called AEGIS Online News. The News initially went out to several hundred AEGIS members and other subscribers as a plain text file over the fledgling internet.

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Gender Dysphoria Update (1995)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, Editing & Layout, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

AEGIS distributed thousands of copies this excellent article by Blaine Beemer. I was responsible for layout and editing.

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Two Communities (1995)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Gender, Newsletters

©1995, 2013 by Dallas Denny Source: Denny, Dallas. (1995, August). Two...

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Transsexualism: Religious Aspects (1978)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, Erickson Foundation, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

In the 1970s the Erickson Educational Foundation produced a series of booklets about transsexualism. Rights eventually came to my nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service, and, in the early 1990s, we reprinted and distributed this and some of the other booklets.

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Beginning Year Number Nine in Chronic 1A (1987)

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Developmental Disabilities, Fiction, Magazines, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, Tales from Chronic 1A

I used to want to ask Johnson how to con­trol things, how to control even my arms and legs, but he would have only laughed. Johnson is convinced I’ve gone the same place as Hewlitt, that we have both surpassed the need for our bodies, that if he is dedicated enough he might someday be like us. Besides, he would have said, had I been able to ask, how was he to know I wasn’t a spy, sitting immobile in my wheelchair for eight years in order to trick him into revealing his methods?

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