The following songs were written in Atlanta, Los Angeles and on the road, and recorded in Koreatown with Garrison Starr.
Come with Me –
I wrote this song to honor my own past as a sex worker, and to bring love and caring to a profession that is often misunderstood and vilified. It’s what Mary Magdelene would have said to Jesus and vice versa.
Ron’s Got a DUI –
My favorite love song to all the gay men I have loved and now miss – for a generation of beautiful people we have lost to AIDS – it’s a tribute and an anthem to love and loss.
Moran and Miiri – I also wrote this song on my own, which is about Korean names and 60s immigration. I did some shows with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and his wife’s name is Miiri which is close to my Korean name Moran. This track was also produced in LA by Garrison Starr.
Daddy I Miss You –
A song for fathers, mine and everyone’s.
Georgia Sky –
My only true hate song, as complex and thunderous and overwhelming as love can be, so is hate.
Fat Pussy –
My fat pride anthem, which is a glorious and joyous celebration of my body and all female fatness – a love song to my fat.
Beautiful in L.A. –
I have always wanted to cover this song, by the amazing Garrison Starr, and she helped me to reinvent it with her stellar production. It’s got a real dark swing, bringing in the film noir history of LA into the light.
Anna Nicole –
This is a wonderful collaboration with Garrison Starr and it’s a requiem for Anna Nicole Smith that is as beautiful and quirky as she was. It’s my version of Candle in the wind, and about the archetype of someone who is too good for this world that exists in all of us.
Gentleman Jim – I wrote this one on my own when I was in Altanta and recorded with Garrison Starr in Los Angeles. Garrison produced the track. I wanted an old fashioned country track with lap steel and a rise then a descent in the melody. It’s kind of a longer 70s country fantasy song, something you could sing on Hee Haw.
Topaz – is by Edward Herda with my lyrics. I met a young sessions saxophone player in Austin named Topaz. He lived in a gold trailer and he was just perfectly a song in human form. Production again by Garrison Starr in Los Angeles.
I Wanna Kill My Rapist –
I wanted to have a song that expressed cathartic rage, with the purpose of murdering the memory of sexual abuse so it stops hurting the one who remembers. It’s an anthem to healing and the power of anger.
We So Worry –
I wrote this song with the wonderful artist Bitch for my parents, and they sing on it! They were extremely nervous, but they are also musicians and complete showbiz professionals so of course they did a great job. This was written and recorded in LA at Ben Lee’s studio
Margaret is set to make several tv appearances including Late Night with Seth Meyers and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on May 18 and The View on May 19. In addition, you can catch Margaret as special co-host on “Fashion Police” on E! throughout the 2016 season.
Margaret will also continue to tour with her ever evolving stand-up comedy show throughout 2016 where she typically performs a few songs at the end of her sets. She will continue to tackle difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor sharp insight. A pioneer amongst women in comedy, Margaret doesn’t take anything for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people who feel disenfranchised. The audience at my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a secure alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”
D.M. Atkins is an author of both non-fiction and fiction. An anthropologist, Atkins has edited several anthologies on LGBT topics, including Looking Queer, Lesbian Sex Scandals, and Bisexual Women in the 21st Century and is the former editor of both Locus and Shadows Of… magazines
Faewolf by D.M. Atkins & Chris Taylor is published by Circlet Press
Faewolves, like werewolves, can walk among men. What happens when Kiya White Cloud, a young gay college student in Santa Cruz, wants one of these men enough to risk his heart–and his life? A paranormal m/m erotic romance
and new from DM Atkins
Crossed Rose by D.M. Atkins
See at: http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/dma-1-000243/At a leather play party, Davey, a shy trans man, sees the woman of his dreams—Maria, the beautiful, brown-skinned woman in red. Davey wants her desperately enough to ask Papa, a stranger at the crossroads, for her heart. Papa’s instructions seem simple enough, but failing to follow them might cost Davey more than just his soul. (M/F, F/F/M)
Fiction is by D.M. Atkins at: http://www.amazon.com/D.-M.-Atkins/e/B002BT9B4Y
All non-fiction can be located under Dawn Atkins on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Atkins/e/B002BTJ49G