I was referring to The Austin Lounge Lizards, one of my favorite bands. They played the Barns (TG's theater) on Saturday, and since TG knows how much I like them, he wangled me a good seat.
Yup, that's just one of the perks of being married to a guy who regularly works sixteen-hour days seeing that the show always goes on. All that showbiz glamor comes with a lot of sweat.
Since I like The Austin Lounge Lizards, you can safely bet they are:
(A) Musically talented.
(C) More than a little irreverent.
They are true masters of satire, taking aim at society, religion, and the government. Oh, and Texas. Yet they somehow manage not to come across as mean spirited.
Sometimes you just have to poke fun at big, serious stuff people like to fight about. Laughter is an excellent buffer.
Here's a music video of one of my favorites, called "Too Big to Fail," skewering our country's current economic woes:
No, they don't dress in barrels when they perform the song live, alas. But they all wear Hawaiian shirts, which is almost as cool.
Speaking of cool, when I took my seat in the audience, next to the wife of one of the band members, she said, "You must be Linda. I can't wait to read your book!"
Whoa! I about fell out of my chair.
TG has apparently been talking me up to all the artists who play the Barns, ever since Agent Extraordinaire, Michelle Wolfson, sold my books. The band member's wife recognized me by the pink in my hair. I got the same reaction from one of the band members I ran into during intermission.
It hit home, again, that OTHER PEOPLE, most of them total strangers, are going to be reading my books. As my agency sistah, Tawna Fenske, talks about here, this can be frightening to contemplate.
It's not that you don't know it all along. In theory. As an interesting concept. But every now and then it sinks into your gut...and squeezes tight.
It was weird because I'm always a teensy bit star-stuck to meet the performers (not being musically talented in the least myself, I am in awe of those who are), and here they seemed impressed with me. An extremely odd sensation, let me tell you. Of course, I
Once I gathered my wits, I decided it was pretty neat. Musicians read! (Something else I also knew in concept. I'd just never talked books with any of them before.) All kinds of people READ! I find this heartening. People reading represents a certain amount of job security (duh) for writers everywhere, which is not a bad thing.
So now TG has big marketing plans for In A Fix. He's going to send copies of it (once there are copies of it) on tour with some of the bands that play the Barns, with instructions to read it (if they want) and pass it along to their fans in other cities. So, at the very least, I know my book will get a tour, whether I get to travel with it or not.
Hmm. Word of mouth, set to music. I like it. :)