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It's hard to remember now just how I discovered Romanovsky & Phillips, but I would venture to say I read about them in the Blade newspaper sometime in the mid-to late-80s. What I know for sure is that when I did, it was life changing. I was just coming out and attending SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League). At this point in my life I had never seen another gay man play the guitar before, and than I saw Ron Romanovsky. Now, I knew what I always wanted to do was actually possible. I didn't think gay men even played guitar!! Wow! I found myself some real life role models. Out and proud, creating music, recording and touring. Yes!!! This is what I always wanted to do, but didn't think it was possible.

I was just a teenager then, but I went to every R&P show I could when they came to the Washington, DC area. I even traveled to Norfolk, VA once to see a show. Off the top of my head, I can remember attending shows at GW University, a PFLAG conference, and my favorite show was when they played the venerated folk club, the Birchmere, in Alexandria, VA. There were so many more shows, but I remember the Birchmere opening set so well, as that was a special place to me. I marveled at the brilliance of This Is Our Opening Song! I studied how Ron and Paul interacted with the audience. The seamless on-stage banter, and how they incorporated ballads along with humorous songs. I watched every single note Ron played on the guitar. I was obsessed.

After so many R&P concerts, and growing up a bit, I found the courage to put together a small folk group and we called ourselves Diamond Rose. We played regularly at Food For Thought in Washington, DC and covered several R&P songs like, The Prince Charming Tango, Homophobia, Must've Been Drunk and Love Is All It Takes To Make A Family to name a few. I'm not sure I would have ever had the confidence to pursue my own music career and be myself, if it weren't for Ron & Paul.

Fast forward all these years and I have recorded nine solo albums of music and have traveled this country and Canada playing music for folks. All the while being out and proud, just like my heroes, Ron & Paul. So, thank you Ron and Paul for paving and showing me the way. Your music still has a place of honor in my home and I have shared you with my husband of fourteen years. Maybe it's time for a long overdue reunion of Romanovsky and Phillips? Hey! I personally know a great opening act....

Steven Gellman

Fans are encouraged to add their memories via email to randpstories[at]gmail[dot]com

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