May 11th, 2008


Arlo concert (long version)

He not only did "Alice's Restaurant," he also did "St. James Infirmary" (a song I've been collecting versions of lately), "Coming Into Los Angeles," "The Motorcycle Song" (with the verses), "City of New Orleans" (big shock), and "This Land is Your Land," among many others.

The show was at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, which is a two-hour drive from where I live. I had a very nice dinner at the Brick House Brewery with peterdavidblog and puppetmaker40 (best line of dinner was the latter to the former: "You just told Keith DeCandido that he's silly"). Then I went to the show, which was introduced by a member of the theatre's board of directors, who has a lot of fans in Patchogue. John Platt, a DJ from WFUV, then said a few words and introduced Arlo.

The audience was a broad range of people, but most were my age or older. It was also nice to be somewhere where I didn't have the longest hair among the men -- in fact, I wasn't even close...... *chuckle*

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The show was simply magnificent, all I could've hoped for, and more. If Arlo comes to your town, do yourself a favor and go see him. There's a schedule on his web site at
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alien spotlight

JK Woodward is my artist

Since editor Andrew Steven Harris has let the cat out of the bag on the Trek BBS, I can now say that the artist on my Star Trek: Alien Spotlight II comic book featuring the Klingons will be JK Woodward. Best known for his work illustrating Peter David's Fallen Angel, JK is a fantastic artist. The icon in this post is from his artwork for Klingons: Four Thousand Throats... (it's an illustration of Kang). He's only done four pages so far, but they are beyond amazing. I can't wait to see the rest of it....
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more stuff on the Arlo concert that I forgot to post last night....

By way of introduction to "The Motorcycle Song," Arlo was talking about his own motorcycle, which he hasn't taken out in ages. He's on the road most of the time, and when he has been around, the weather's sucked. Then last summer he had some time off, and finally took the thing out, only to have his kids point out that the license plates had expired.

His wife, though, let him keep the motorcycle in the living room -- which is the sign of a keeper wife right there, he said -- and that led him to the story of another man who kept his bike in the living room, constantly working on it, tweaking it, trying to make it perfect. When he was done, he started it up right there in the living room, but the clutch wasn't open (or something -- I don't remember exactly, and I don't know shit from motorcycles) and the bike went out of control, with him holding the handlebars, zooming around the house, tearing it up, and crashing through the living room wall and out into the street. His wife called the paramedics, who took him to the hospital, and the wife, while waiting, cleaned up the house, including cleaning up all the oil-stained stuff in the living room, and dumped it in the toilet. The guy got home, arms in casts, tired and frustrated, and he went to the bathroom and lit a cigarette....

The same paramedics came to get him the second time, since now his ass was on fire in addition to everything else, and apparently the paramedics were laughing so hard they dropped him and broke something else.

"This song is for that guy," Arlo said, and then went into "The Motorcycle Song."

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Great great show....
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Mittens's peonies!

The peonies that grow over where we buried Mittens are blooming, and they're the size of Cleveland....

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    "This Land is Your Land" by Odetta & Arlo Guthrie