February 10th, 2013

fo' shizzle, rifftrax

I'm going to TrekTrax Atlanta!

  • Current Music
    "Days are Short" by Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie concert in Princeton

I really need to get "God of Blunder" finished tonight, so a full report on today's Arlo Guthrie concert at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will have to wait. Short version: this was the best of the five Arlo concerts I've seen in my life (once as a kid in Central Park, once at Carnegie Hall in college, once in 2008 in Patchogue, again at Carnegie Hall last Thanksgiving, and today). This is not to say the other four were bad, they were excellent, but Arlo was just on today. Great stories, great musicianship, great songs, including several of my favorites. Arlo is so well known for his rambling stories and his excellent voice, people forget that he's also a superb musician -- one of the most talented guitarists you'll ever see, and an excellent pianist and harmonica player. His guitar work was particularly stellar today.

The set had a lot of his father's songs, continuing the celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday that started last summer and will continue into this spring, though it was less Woody-intensive than the Thanksgiving show.

Here's the full set list:
    "Oklahoma Hills"
    "Pretty Boy Floyd"
    "St. James Infirmary"
    "Haleiwa Farewell (Haleiwa Blues)"
    "When a Soldier Makes it Home"
    "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)"
    "1913 Massacre"
    "I Hear You Sing Again"
    "Do Re Mi"


    "Coming Into Los Angeles"
    "Alabama Bound"
    "Mooses Come Walking"
    "Old Shep"/"Me and My Goose"
    "St. Louis Tickle"
    "City of New Orleans"
    "Highway in the Wind"
    "This Land is Your Land"

    Encore: "My Peace"

Okay, back to writing....
  • Current Music
    "St. James Infirmary" by Arlo Guthrie

my MystiCon schedule

I will be a guest at MystiCon 2013 two weekends from now -- the 22nd to 24th of February in Roanoke, Virginia -- and I now have my schedule:

7-8pm: "Beyond the Blank Page," w/David Blalock, Alexandra Christian, Mechelle Fox, Leona Wisoker, and Allen Wold (Boardroom 1)
11pm-midnight: "13 Cylons, 11 Doctors, 7 Horcruxes, & a Hockey Mask: Resurrection & Regeneration in SF, Fantasy, & Horror," w/Steve Dorning, London Knight, Dr. James Prego, and Steven Shrewsbury (Ballroom E)

10-11am: "POW! SMASH! BONK! Writing Fight Scenes and More," w/Mike D'Ambrosio, Emmy Jackson, Stuart Jaffe, Bill Rockwell, and A.J. Scudiere (Room 438)
5-6pm: "Box Office Boxing: DC vs. Marvel in the Movie Theatre," w/Tony Finkelstein, C.J. Henderson, Peter Prellwitz, "The Bruce" Scholl, and Travis Surber (Ballroom E)
6-7pm: reading, w/John L. French (Room 533)
9-11pm: "Iron Author," w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jason Cordova, Greg Eatroff, Emmy Jackson, Stuart Jaffe, A.J. Kurtz, KT Pinto, Tony Ruggiero, and A.J. Scudiere (Room 438)

11am-noon: "CSI in Fantasy & Sci-Fi Settings," w/John L. French, Steve Long, Laina Martin, Dr. James Prego, and Travis Surber (Boardroom 1)
12-1pm: autographing, w/James Maxey (signing table)

See some of you there, I hope!
  • Current Music
    "This Land is Your Land" by Arlo Guthrie