Bob Gordon, Baritone

"I love making good music with good men."

When were you born? Let’s skip this one!

Where did you grow up? Philadelphia mainly, and then college in Maine and Madrid, Spain.

When did you move to Tucson? 2011

What brought you to Tucson? After 35 years in Columbus, my partner, Steve, and I wanted to get away from those long, cold, gray Midwestern winters. We love the mountains, the sun, and the low desert humidity.

What do you do for a living? I’m a retired Spanish teacher/professor.

How long have you been with Reveille? This is my 3rd season.

What motivated you to join?  I sang for many years with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and loved it. I checked Reveille out before we moved.

What keeps you coming back? I love making good music with good men. Also, learning the music and choreography is a stretch for me, which keeps me young.

How are things different at Reveille from other choruses you sang with? Reveille is smaller, so we all have to pitch in more. The upside is that I feel more invested here. So this year I’m Baritone section leader, and I’m helping with the PR and Marketing Committee and the Travel Sub-Committee.

What is your fondest Reveille memory so far? Wearing both a tutu and a grass skirt in the 2011 holiday concert!

What do you like to do for fun (besides Reveille)? Spend time with my partner and friends, movies, cook, travel, read, entertain.

What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson? Any of the canyon trails, like Pima or Finger Rock.

Besides choral music, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to?  Classic rock, show tunes, classical.

What's your biggest regret?  Not figuring out that I was gay until I was almost 30. The positive side of that is that I have 3 wonderful kids and 7 grandkids from an early marriage.

What really pisses you off? Homophobes.

What's your best asset? I’m really organized.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would put less pressure on myself to “get things done,” and relax more. It would also be nice to have a great voice!

If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be? Getting married….to a woman.

If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change  the way you live (besides making a nice donation to Reveille)? It would be great not to have to think about whether I have enough money. I’d give a lot to my children, and also to various charities.

Any parting words you’d care to share? I think I’m a pretty lucky man.