I am listening to a new album of songs written by Joss Whedon and folk singer/songwriter Shawnee Kilgore, who is the singer on all the tracks. Joss & Shawnee met online & started collaborating before ever meeting face to face! I had the pleasure of meeting Shawnee when she and her friend Daisy opened for my boyfriend’s band, The Claudia Malibu, in Easthampton MA recently.
So, she’s really lovely and sweet. And I am totally jealous of her that she gets to collaborate with Joss! And she gets to be his music crush. Here’s a video that Joss shot of Shawnee in Austin, TX where she lives:
The crazy thing is that before she met Joss online, she didn’t know who he was. She’d never watched Buffy or anything. So she and her boyfriend started watching and became fans.
When I met Shawnee I showed her my Buffy tattoo that you have to see the very last episode of the series to understand (the scythe.) She told me that she stopped watching Buffy after Season 3 because she was so devastated that Angel left! She couldn’t bear to go on. And that speaks to the power of Buffy. Anyway, I urged her to watch both Buffy and Angel together, alternating episodes in the order in which they were aired.
She told me that she wrote a song about Buffy and Angel, and later she actually emailed it to me! I would post it here but it’s an unreleased, private song. It was beautiful and sad though. And it has a lovely, off-kilter melody.
To sum up: If you like sweet-as-hell folk music, and you like Joss’ songwriting, the new album Back to Eden is sweet and awesome and very Jossy. And Shawnee Kilgore is an artist to watch. And she’ll hopefully be coming back to Luthier’s in Easthampton to play again. If she comes to your town check her out!
This is one of my very favorite episodes. Is Buffy just hallucinating all her friends and everything that has happened in Sunnydale, or is the mental hospital a hallucination? We are left never knowing for sure, but Buffy makes a choice, and she chooses her friends.
here’s a moving tribute to the Buffy/Giles relationship, created by KatrinDepp.
I’ve been bumming out about not going to San Diego Comic-Con again (I never go. It’s far away and I don’t fly, or have any money.) I feel somehow like Joss will care more about the fans he sees or meets in person than the invisible ones like myself who will never get to meet him. But this year he’s not going either, because he took the time to have knee surgery. Hurray! Now I don’t feel so left out. Me & Joss, we’re staying home this year. Having our own “comiccon”. I too am reading comics in bed.
It does make me sad though, thinking of Joss getting old & his body breaking down. I am so thankful to him for doing yoga!!! It will keep his body strong, healthy and limber for a while. So he can keep on making brilliant stuff to share with us! But he is mortal, and that’s what bums me out. I worry about him getting into a car crash etc.. If anything happened to Joss, I don’t know what I’d do. Except continue watching Buffy all the time just like I do now.
I don’t really know when “soon” is (I guess it means sometime this summer) but details are slowly emerging about Firefly Online, the new game for Browncoats. It will be available for Mac, PC, Android and iOS. Here’s a wee little preview.
The exciting part is that the original cast of Firefly will be reprising their roles doing the vocals for this game. I don’t know how much contact you have in the game with the regular cast, though. I don’t know too much. You get a ship, you deck out your ship, you hire a crew, you find jobs to buy food and fuel to keep you alive and in the air. It sounds like it will take a lot of time to play. That’s the bad part for me (I’m just starting to recover from a year-long “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” addiction.) The last thing I need is a new addiction, when I have other things to do.
But I probably will play it. I don’t really consider myself a “Browncoat” because as much as I loved Firefly, it’s Buffy that is my go-to Joss Whedon show. I suppose Firefly could have become my favorite show if it had lasted a few more seasons. But our love affair was brief and I don’t re-watch it all that often (I do watch Serenity a rather lot though.) Anyway, I’m more into Buffy and I don’t want a new addiction and I’m annoyed that this game is coming from Fox, who are the ones who canceled Firefly in the first place! But how will I be able to resist playing?
I have some important questions about the game in fact, that will likely only be answered upon its release. Will I be able to paint my ship purple? Can I choose “companion” as my vocation of choice, so I can fly around the ‘verse visiting my various clientele? Can I hire River Tam and Wash (yes, Wash will be in the game!!!!!!!!)? And what if the game’s too competitive and only die-hard gamers can “keep flying”? I can’t wait to find out. Coming soon.
The other night I sat at my computer from 9pm to 1am, taking part in a frenetic and difficult Buffy The Vampire Slayer quiz in the Buffy/Angel/Whedonverse group on Facebook. Some 50 people started the quiz and maybe 25 were still at it by the end.
It was aggravating and frustrating. I missed some questions just because I couldn’t reload the page fast enough, and I missed a couple others because I went too fast & made mistakes. All I wanted was to make it into the top ten. But it turned out they only posted the top three. But I got third place! Yay me!
Congratulations, me! This blog can now be found at the very easy-to-remember www.thejosswhedonfanclub.com. Now I will get accidental traffic from people looking for an actual Joss Whedon fan club! But I actually am an actual fan club, I just happen to have a membership of one (me.) I meet in private by myself and then report back on this blog.
My fantasy though is that one day Joss will be idly googling himself, and he’ll happen upon my page and leave a comment. Joss, if you want to send me gifts, I have a wishlist at Amazon.com. But the best gift you could ever give me is to come visit me! I’ll give you my home address once I’m sure it’s really you. La la la…
The big event of this week was Joss Whedon’s Napkinpalooza, wherein he added to the official Buffy canon with a scribbled drawing on a napkin, just because a fan on Twitter asked for more Buffy.
Then he went and did the same thing for Firefly.
The other thing I didn’t really bother to look into, but it had something to do with officially approving Marvel’s changing Thor into a woman. Don’t ask me. I don’t care much about Marvel and I’m just patiently waiting for Joss to be done with them. Joss does have some fans who are not into the Super Hero thing!!! Such as me. So I don’t really care what happens in the Marvelverse. They have lost me as of Guardians of the Galaxy. More on that later, maybe. Suffice it to say I think the movie really glorified guns & weaponry. Also, it was formulaic and shallow.