Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Devaronian’s Tale,” Part 2

will: Friends, family, unindicted coconspirators, welcome back to Force Visions, and this week, where we once again return to a very much indicted (and, as we’ll learn, probably convicted in absentia) individual, who shares a love that I think we can all respect.

z: *surfaces, takes deep breath* Second concert of the season this Sunday and we’ve just launched an IndieGoGo campaign for our first album and I’m sorry if you get tired of that but I’ll kinda repeat that a few more times until the campaign ends in the second week of January aaaaaaanyway so that’s how it goes around here right now *dives back down again*

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Devaronian’s Tale,” Part 1

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the first part of our commentary on “Empire Blues: The Devaronian’s Tale,” wherein we get a quality antihero with an obsession, for a change.

In personal news: Last weekend’s concert went astoundingly well. I’m expecting the one coming up the Sunday after this one to go even better, with the extra rehearsal time. And there’ll be an associated Big Announcement as well. But all in its time. I’m taking the lead this week as well, because Will’s still on his first Actual Vacation (™) in quite a while, but he’ll be chiming in with commentary.

Oh, and he did get me a T-shirt as requested :D.

will: In Rebel Pilot Orange, no less.

The Actual Vacation (™) is over, or at least near enough–as I write this it’s Wednesday night Pacific Time, and we leave at oh-god-early Thursday morning Pacific time, so right now I’m doing my first pass of commentary, and then I’ll be sleeping, and Z will finish off her pass tomorrow, and I’ll finish tomorrow night from back in New York.

It was a wonderful vacation.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Lovers’ Tale,” Part 2

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the second part of our commentary about “The Lovers’ Tale,” wherein heheheheheheeee. Also, emoticons.

In personal news, this is concert week. Coming at the end of a foreshortened 12-week rehearsal season, with an additional postponed small ensemble concert smack in the middle of that, this is going to be… another interesting one. And I’m having rehearsal two out of three for this week tonight. So it’s a bit chaotic in these here parts, especially since:

will: As you read this, I should be just waking up in Seattle, for my first honest-to-all vacation in… a long time. Not a convention, not an office closure, not a get-together with twenty or so of my closest friends (and no, I’m not being sarcastic there). All of those are nice, of course, but this is me taking vacation days from my job and going to a city where I do have friends, who I will be seeing and staying with, but where the schedule consists of whatever my wife and I put on it. Dinners, movies, museums and points of touristy interest.

z: Get me a T-shirt that has some sort of Seattle theme. (No, really: I collect T-shirts from different places. Size small please. I’ll pay you at New Year’s.)

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Lovers’ Tale,” Part 1

will: Welcome back, and now that we’re free of what came before, we’re into something somewhat better–at least, something a bit more interesting. Barbara Hambly’s “Nightlily: The Lovers’ Tale” stars the two dark-skinned aliens we see canoodling in the cantina panning shot, and actually gives us something interesting with them! Oh frabjous day.

I didn’t mention it last week, but I spent this past weekend at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest outside Columbus, OH. Lovely time.

z: Myself, I’m enjoying the calm before the storm that is two weeks before concert time.

–hahahaha “calm” I slay myself. But I’m still enjoying it.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Bartender’s Tale,” Part 3

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the final section of our commentary about “The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein WHYYYYYYYY.

In personal news, in the last two weeks I have finished my … I have to think about this now… eighth arrangement (fourth collaborative arrangement) and third set of lyrics for someone else’s arrangement; concerts coming up the weekend after Hallowe’en and two weeks after that; life is hectic but good.

Which is nice, because I’ve this commentary to do, and WHYYYYYYY.

will: In other news, I finally picked up some of the books I’ve been meaning to get, including Zahn’s new Thrawn novel (which I’m already thinking might be what breaks the seal for us with the new canon, though I won’t predict how many years it’ll take to get there), and the new version of the Tales-style side-story anthology, From a Certain Point of View.

I’ve not started that one yet, but I am looking forward to it–they got some really good names writing stories there. The one thing I have heard, though, I’m not impressed by. I may have misheard, and there may be more to it, but…it sounds like whoever wrote Greedo found an even more cliched reason for Greedo to hate Han.

I’ll report back when I know for sure.

In the meantime, the WHYYYYYYY goes marching on.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Bartender’s Tale,” Part 2

will: Welcome back, gentlebeings, to Force Visions, and this week, part 2 of “The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein we get the sequence all over again.

I’m suddenly wondering whether we are doing ourselves a disservice doing all these stories in a row. Maybe we should have spaced them out against something else, so it isn’t one “Cantina Scene setup, scene, aftermath” sequence after another.

z: Well, at least in this one The Scene is brief.

Which is, frankly, about the only maybe semi-positive thing I can say about the rest of the story. Sorry.

will: In other news, my cat gave birth this week! About three weeks ago my wife and I found a pregnant cat on the street, and took her in, got her checked up, and have been waiting for her to give birth. And:


z: There needs to be a German word meaning “fluffcluster.”

Also, thank you for posting the news and the picture without my prompting. If you hadn’t, in a blog post that’s supposed to go live not five days after the birth too, I would have had to turn you in to the Interwebs Police.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Bartender’s Tale,” Part 1

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to our commentary on “Be Still My Heart: The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein I can’t avoid entering a certain line of discussion any more.

In personal news, the concert that was canceled midsummer because the venue’s AC died is back on, and it’s this Saturday–in the middle of the rehearsal period for the full orchestral fall season. This has in no way distracted us or made this hard to prepare for. No siree.

(But if you’re in the neighborhood: Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD, 7 pm on Saturday.)

will: Wish I could be there, but it’s quite likely I won’t even be making an appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend. This month is the busiest of the entire year for my job. But we fill in the off hours as we can, as we always do…

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