Archive for October, 2009

“Wally” by Aslyn

Posted in John's Reviews - books, movies, whatever  by John Brown on October 30th, 2009

My daughter was playing this song on her internet list. The tune and singer’s voice grabbed me. I downloaded it based on that. Then I really listened.

Oh, man.

I cannot tell you how much I love this song. I love the melody and phrasing, Aslyn’s voice. I love the lyrics. I love the true story behind them. Gracious Lord, this is what it’s all about.

This youtube is of a live performance. She gives a great into to the song. She tells how her grandfather Wally, who was in the Coast Guard when he young, met his wife Fae. They were married for 55 years. Then Aslyn tells how she found Wally, a few days after Grandma Fae died, sitting in his rocking chair holding a black and white picture of his wife, his eyes wet with tears. Fae had written on the picture: “to sweetest boy I’ve ever known.” You gotta listen to that intro. Then you have to get the Lemon Love album version of the song. It’s 99 cents on Amazon.

Here are the lyrics. I’ve added the little spoken part you get on the Lemon Love version that’s not in the live performance.

“Wally”

[Aslyn's grandfather]

Hello, I’m Wally. I’m the man that had the good fortune of one day of finding a companion that would live with me for more than 55 years. No man could have ever asked for a better wife, or better friend, than the one I found across the dance floor at the USO.

[Song begins]  

Dear Wally, I’m writing this letter sincerely.
To tell you you’re the “sweetest boy I’ve ever known.”
Remember that USO when we met.
You almost didnt go.
Well, me and your two sons are very glad you did.
Cause when your eyes found me I could hardly breathe.
I wanted you.
Glad you wanted me.

I never stopped falling in love with you, Wally.
From the first day I saw you
I was sailor-bound, I just knew.
You had me, I was yours.
We danced out on the floor.
And with each passing day.
I only loved you more.

That night was pure magic.
Who would have imagined.
It would become 55 loving wonderful years.
Your job was not all easy.
Those last years I could hardly speak.
But when I looked at you I knew nothing had changed.
And when I was leaving.
I could feel you hurting.
But then I saw those angels and I knew your love would want this for me.

I never stopped falling in love with you, Wally.
From the first day I saw you
I was sailor-bound, I just knew.
You had me, I was yours.
We danced out on the floor.
And with each passing day.
I only loved you more…more… more…more… more

So while you’re waiting
Know that I’m saying I love you
I love you………

I never stopped falling in love with you, Wally.
From the first day I saw you
I was sailor-bound, I just knew.
You had me, I was yours.
We danced out on the floor.
And with each passing day.
I only loved you

You had me, I was yours.
We danced out on the floor.
And with each passing day.
I only loved you more..

Dear Wally…

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Tour venues for Phoenix and Denver set

Posted in News - updates on books, events, appearances, etc.  by John Brown on October 26th, 2009

The three amigos (David Farland, Larry Correia, and I) have locked down venues for Phoenix and Denver.

Thursday,
November 19
7 pm – 9 pm
Meet public, discuss book, signing Scottsdale, AZ The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 947-2974
Saturday,
December 5
5 pm – 7 pm
Meet public, discuss book, signing Denver (Lone Tree), CO  Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
8374 South Willow Street
Lone Tree, CO   80124
(303) 706-9660

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More Deseret News

Posted in News - updates on books, events, appearances, etc.  by John Brown on October 24th, 2009
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Servant of a Dark God on Deseret News Bookmarks. The article, well, it’s more of a notice, is open for comments.

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Positive Review from James Maxey on Orson Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show

Posted in News - updates on books, events, appearances, etc.  by John Brown on October 22nd, 2009
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James Maxey is a writer I admire. For his work ethic. For the quality of his prose. For his imagination. His story “To Know All Things That Are In The Earth” is one of my favorites. So you can be sure I was pleased to find and read this today.

I will say, in utter candor, that Servant of a Dark God is a work that truly stands out from other fantasy books on the market. What makes this book work so well is that it’s a story about family first, and a fantasy adventure second. Full review.

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Kudos for Servant of a Dark God from author Mette Harrison

Posted in News - updates on books, events, appearances, etc.  by John Brown on October 22nd, 2009
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Mette Harrison is the author of Mira, Mirror, The Princess and the Hound and The Princess and the Bear (Orson Scott Card simply loves her work.) So she’s a great writer, but she is also someone who does not blurb books if she doesn’t like them. Heck, she has a hard time doing PR for her OWN work. So I was so very happy to see this review of  Servant of a Dark God.

John Brown’s book has all the great things about epic fantasy that I love. Full Review.

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Utah events this week

Posted in News - updates on books, events, appearances, etc.  by John Brown on October 20th, 2009
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Just a reminder. I’ll be meeting the public and chatting about my book in Utah this week. David Farland and Larry Correia will there as well. It’s a three-for-one deal.

Thursday,
October 22
6 pm – 8 pm
 Book signing and release party Logan, UT Borders
1050 N Main St.
Suite B-2
Logan, UT 84341
435-787-0678
Friday,
October 23
4 pm – 6 pm
Book signing and release party Orem, UT Barnes & Noble
330 East 1300 South
Orem, UT 84058
801-229-1611
Saturday,
October 24
12 pm – 2 pm
Book signing and release party Layton, UT Barnes & Noble
Layton Market Center
1780 North Woodland Park Drive
Layton, UT 84041
801-773-9973
Saturday,
October 24
3 pm – 5 pm
Book signing and release party West Jordan, UT Barnes & Noble
Jordan Landing
7157 Plaza Center Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084
801-282-1324

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