Today is the birthday of my beautiful wife, Diane. In her honor, I thought I'd share a song I wrote way back in 1993, when we were on our honeymoon (well, one of our honeymoons, we had a few of them) in India. I think the song—which I eventually recorded for my CD, How Many Lifetimes?—is self-explanatory.
Happy Birthday to my sweet bride!
I just realized it was her birthday, not your anniversary. I think the word 'honeymoon' threw me off. Tell your wife to have a fantastic birthday.ReplyDelete
Well, a birthday is an anniversary, too, right? I just took it in the enthusiastic spirit you intended!Delete
Happy birthday, Ms. D!ReplyDelete
On her behalf: Thank you!Delete
That is a beautiful song. So much so that it moved me to finally (!) buy the CD. Been re-reading your Doctor Fate run while also following Paul Levitz's new series. They are both more spiritual than some takes on Fate. I won't say one is better than the other, because they really are as different from each other as they (taken together) are from the other takes on Fate. Anyway, blessings on you for being an agent of blessing for those of us who are graced to hear the Cosmic Song of which your work is a few wonderful joyous notes.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mike. Your kind words (and CD purchase!) are very much appreciated.Delete
DOCTOR FATE is a project that remains near and dear to my heart. I'd love to see the whole thing collected.
"I'd love to see the whole thing collected"Delete
How are things like collecting old runs decided? Will we have to wait for a Doctor Fate live-action movie or tv show before they even consider it?
Also happy birthday to Diane!
I really don't know how these decisions are made. I've seen work of mine that I'd hoped would vanish into the mists of time get collected and other work—along with FATE, I'd pick my two years on SPEC SPIDER-MAN with Sal Buscema—never get collected. Certainly a movie tie-in helps, but I don't think that's the whole process. What is the whole process? (Scratches head)Delete
And thanks for the "happy birthday"!
Happy birthday Mrs. D!!ReplyDelete
Mr. DeMatteis, I'm glad I found this blog. My mind ran to you, as I read some old JLI issues. Suffice it to say, one Google of "DeMatteis scripts" and here I am.
Welcome, Robert! And thanks for the birthday greetings!Delete
I hope your wife had a wonderful birthday, JMD. I suspect we readers owe her a debt of gratitude for giving you the kind of love and support that makes our favorite stories possible.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, David! She supports me and loves me and helps keep me sane. Well, as sane as a writer can be! : )ReplyDelete
I'm just saying, if you really want to cast off any character in comics that was inspired by or has a connection to another there will be almost none left. Comics are built on borrowing from established things, including the two most iconic characters.ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, and while we have your CD on the topic of discussion, what does "Margret turns on a dime mean?" I have never heard that used in reference to anything but cars.
Well, Margaret Craske, the inspiration for the song, was a dancer and so imagine a great dancer whirling on the stage, turning on a dime, so to speak.Delete
But the dance imagery (I realize now) also referred to how she lived her life.
Turning on a dime, leaping in the air, all in the service of God.
Here's her obituary from the NY Times: