Friday I wanted to do Jim Byrnes’s version of “Fire on the Bayou,” the song that will make you believe that “fire” and “bayou” rhyme. (Yay, Creole!) But there isn’t one on YouTube, so I “settled” for an amazing version by Trombone Shorty and Cyril Neville. But I still loves me some Jim Byrnes. As an actor, I first was introduced to him, as many genre fans were, on Highlander: The Series, where he played Joe Dawson, one of the Watchers. But Byrnes is also a superb blues musician — I was lucky enough to see him perform live at SyndiCon back in the 1990s — and here are two excellent live performances of his, the Robert Johnson classic “Crossroads” and the Doc Watson classic “Walk on Boy.”
As I write this, I’m sitting in a train that is hurtling eastward down on the tracks from Rochester toward Albany before veering southward toward NYC to take me home.
It was, as usual, a very good RocCon. The convention keeps growing, and it now takes up three floors of the Kodak Event Center. Despite being in the far-away third floor (along with the VIP guests, like Burt Ward and Nana Visitor and Jeremy Bulloch and Glenn Morshower and so on), I got great foot traffic at my table, plowing through a good chunk of my stock. I sold at least one of every book I brought except for my Command & Conquer novel (yes, I actually sold two each of my two Young Hercules books), and I also sold one of Wrenn’s bears and one of her pillows, plus lots more people admired her work and took her card.
I also finally — on my fourth trip to Rochester and after hearing locals rave about it regularly — made it to Dinosaur Barbecue, which has most excellent ribs and yummy sides and a great beer selection. Great place to have Saturday dinner after a long con weekend.
I’ve also dived back into A Furnace Sealed, which I’m hoping to get finished this month and finally turned in to WordFire Press. I also intend to spend this month finally getting out the Mermaid Precinct and “Baker’s Dozen” rewards that are do-able. And maybe finally getting the next Dead Kitchen Radio up.
I also have a big announcement about the Precinct series coming very soon now…..
My favorite version of this N’awlins classic is Jim Byrnes’s live version on I Turned My Nights Into Days, but Trombone Shorty kicks some ass with it (including a magnificent performance at the White House that you can find on PBS). Here’s a great version from this year’s Louisiana Music Factory JazzFest in April, with Cyril Neville joining Shorty for a rousing rendition of “Fire on the Bayou.”
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY!
For the full story of this amazing version of “Crazy Train” by a bunch of kids on xylophones, drums, and other percussion (plus bass and keyboards), click here.
I’m pleased to see that — with a couple days left in the Kickstarting period — Mine!: A Celebration of Freedom & Liberty for All Benefitting Planned Parenthood has met its funding goal of $50,000! This means that if you pledge, you’re guaranteed to get a comics anthology with work by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, Ann Nocenti, Trina Robbins, Mark Waid, and tons more, including me and Tom Daly doing a story about self-defense (we’re both black belts in the same discipline of karate, so this seems a natural).
I will be one of the guests at RocCon 2017 this weekend at the Kodak Event Center in Rochester, New York. I missed the con last year due to moving, but I’m back this year, with a table where I’ll be selling and signing stuff.
Here’s what I will have at the table for sure:
Aliens: Bug Hunt (with my story “Deep Background”)
Altered States of the Union (with my story “We Seceded Where Others Failed”)
Baker Street Irregulars Volume 1 (with my story “Identity”)
Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars
Icarus Volume 1
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet
SCPD: The Case of the Claw
Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War (with my story “The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned”)
The Star Trek novels Q & A, Klingon Empire: A Burning House, and A Time for War, a Time for Peace
The Supernatural novels Nevermore, Bone Key, and Heart of the Dragon
The Young Hercules novels Cheiron’s Warriors and The Ares Alliance
Plus I will have a selection of Geek Bears, Geek Cats, and Geek Pillows by WrennsCrafts.
Other guests at the show include actors Burt Ward, Nana Visitor, David Yost, Felix Silla, Jeremy Bulloch, Glenn Morshower, Chalet Brannan, Karan Ashley, and Carey S. Means; fellow author Lois H. Gresh; comic book creators Kurt Lehner, Pat Shand, Karl Slominski, Mark Sparacio, Nigel Carrington, Dan Curto, and Elizabeth Pritchard; and tons more.
Looking forward to seeing folks there!
There were two attempts at Wonder Woman in the 1970s, one with Cathy Lee Crosby and one with Lynda Carter, plus in 1984 the Salkinds spun off a Supergirl movie from the Christopher Reeve franchise. The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch takes a look at all three.
The basic plot of Supergirl is okay, but the details are a mess. Where is Argo City, exactly? How did it survive the destruction of Krypton? How do they know that Kal-El is on Earth, calling himself both Clark Kent and Superman? Why does Kara feel the need to enroll in a school? Even leaving the school aside, what’s the point of the Linda Lee identity? Why does she insist on being nice to Ethan when he’s a creep (even though he’s mostly a creep to her because he’s been magically roofied by Selena)? Why can’t Selena figure out that Linda Lee is Supergirl when she’s using her magic mirror to spy on her constantly, including at least two occasions when she changed from one to the other? How drunk was Peter O’Toole when he was acting in this, anyhow?