Paul Miller, Tenor II
Ever wonder during a Reveille concert, "Who are these guys up on that stage singing?" Well, we thought we'd introduce them to you one singer at a time. Paul Miller sings Tenor II and has been singing with Reveille for more years than he can remember. Paul holds a very important position in the chorus: Snack Coordinator.
When were you born? 34 of your Earth’s revolutions around your Sun have passed since I was made manifest
Where did you grow up? Miami, Florida.
When did you move to Tucson? Mil novecientos noventa y siete.
What brought you to Tucson? At 18 I wanted to attend college at the farthest place from home that wasn’t cold and had a good astronomy program. I really didn’t want my folks doing a surprise road trip on me. They did that to my sister and it didn’t work out well for her (she got caught livin’ wrong)
What do you do for a living? Parents who lose custody of their kids with CPS are allowed supervised visits with a Parent Aide, that’s me. I seem blessed with the pleasure of witnessing almost all of my cases heading towards reunification.
How long have you been with Reveille? I’ve never kept track. Long time.
What motivated you to join? My friend Ricky who got a personal invite from the, then, director (it’s no secret honey). Ricky asked me if I wanted to come with him and I was excited to join.
What keeps you coming back? The good looking butts and snacks.
Have things changed much since you joined? Kinda. I honestly think Reveille was a great organization, and social function that strove and succeeded in doing good things when I joined and I think it still is. I accept the atmosphere has changed for the better. At times I hear grumbles about the past that are in many ways justified; however, something good happened then to keep me, and many others, involved and helped us become what we are now
If you could pick any song for Reveille to sing what would it be? “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
What is your fondest Reveille memory so far? I don’t have a “fondest”. There are a great many meaningful memories I have that I feel can’t be graded from fondest to least. Of the ones that have had an impact on me include a powerful slave piece we once performed that had us stomping louder and louder and the final stomp which always made my heart gasp. Once Scott Schoen stated my energy keeps him motivated (just like his butt keeps me motivated). I’ve had some of the most sincere hugs from Reveille members, too many to name. Dennis Sipf bought me the very black pants I still wear today and made me cry in doing so. Michael Ratliff gave me a naughty underwear show once that he refuses to repeat. I time Ratliff, I’ll be waiting. I saw our director cry at a funeral while conducting. Jeff Bracker always thanked me for coordinating snacks and too many more to list.
When you were a little boy what did you dream of being when you grew up? Like Scrooge McDuck
When you’re not at work or singing with Reveille what do you like to do for fun? Play videogames, play any game with friends, feed my internet addiction (yes it includes porn, I have a fabulous butt collection, but I honestly to keep current with events and knowledge), eat, dance to house music, and continue with my never-ending quest to build the deep and meaningful bonds of love that sustain all that is worthwhile in life. . .with men who have nice butts.
What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson? Still waiting for Woody’s to come back.
What's your favorite movie? I am not a fan of superlatives like so because picking one diminishes the value of all the others I appreciate. Not unlike good memories. I DO have a favorite musical though, “Little Shop of Horrors”
Besides choral music (ha ha) what kind of music do you enjoy listening to? Mostly 80’s ballads.
What's your biggest regret? This is where I lie and say I have none. Get to know me for a topic this personal. I don’t fear sharing, I just prefer to share such things in the right moment with a person who has impressed upon me an honest interest. Some things you don’t just give away to anyone.
What really pisses you off? Sexual bigotry and the excuse / misunderstanding that it is the same as personal preference. I may prefer curly hair but I won’t kick a bald man out of the bed. This is an issue especially for LGBT Asians, blacks, gender queers and/or effeminate, transgender, bisexuals, disabled, small dicked, overweight and elderly. Homophobia we all have to fight and weather, but the dialogue within the gay community seems to marginalize all that aren’t well represented in the mainstream. It’s a damned bitter pill for many to swallow and we need to quit! I have a soapbox for a great many other issues as well, but that one is high up there.
What's your best asset? My body.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My mind
If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be? My journey is pretty special, I don’t know where I’d be without my struggles (the greatest of which were mine own design), so I cannot easily answer this.
If you could choose one person (any person living or dead) to spend an evening with who would that be? Nikola Tesla. ALL night long honey. . .
And who might he be? He was a Serbian American scientist and inventor-physicist born in the mid-1800’s. He invented alternating current that we still use today. And he was quite handsome I might add.
If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change about the way you live (besides donating tons of cash to Reveille)? My family would get to see me more.
Who do you admire the most? There you go again with superlatives. But I will name someone I admire and that is an ex-member, Tuan Vo. I’ve never met someone with a moral compass so unapologetic and fixed on due north.
Any parting words you’d care to share? I’m not parting, so, no ;-Þ