For Story X, Michael Blume discusses his song “How High” off of his debut EP When I Get It Right and what it means to be ‘catching up on love.’ Growing up as a gay man in our heteronormative society, he didn’t have the same opportunities for love and relationships that his straight peers had. In Part 1, Michael takes us up to his high school years and how he felt he didn’t belong to the world of traditional romantic relationships. It drove him to even reject the word “gay” and everything it implied. He challenges societal norms of gender, sex and masculinity in his explicit yet genuine voice. Does wanting to have sex with a woman make you a man? Who decided what a man should dress and look like?
I would be sitting with all the girls, not because I had a crush on any of them but because I was just the faggot sitting with all the girls and those were my girls.
We have to respect what makes people feel good.
He tells his side of the story with complete honesty, backed with logic and intelligence. What I found the most surprising is that as a straight man, I was still able to relate to his words. There is a lot of focus on how our society and media tells women what they should look like but a similar standard exists for men. Even men are put under constant pressure to have and attain characteristics that our culture deems to be “manly.” I hope his story helps people see that if we can look at things from a different perspective, everyone will realize that we’re not so different after all.