by carl wilson

Book-Launch Memories: The Power of The Power of Love

A video of Final Fantasy's performance of Celine Dion's "The Power of Love" at my book launch last Wednesday surfaced on YouTube over the weekend. (If someone has video of the other performers out there, please let me know.) Too bad about the laughing, but that's entirely predictable of course. (See discussion of the "ironic cover" in my book - though this is by no means one, that's what people are trained to expect.) By the second half, ain't nobody laughing.

And here's a first-person account of the event. One small note: I actually said Louis Armstrong, not Ray Charles, as an example of someone whose ability to transcend taste categories seems unquestionable. I'll avoid reading too much into the switch-up: Ray does fine as an example.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:53 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (9)



Hi, Carl! I only just saw that you had linked back to my account of your event at the Gladstone earlier this month. Sorry I got the name wrong -- Ray Charles instead of Louis Armstrong! I debated changing the blog after I saw your correction, but then thought it would make your own comment look odd. (I need a better voice recorder so I don't have to rely on hasty notes.)

Anyway, it was a great time and I really enjoyed it. I hope your sales are going very well!

- Phyl

Posted by Phyl on January 30, 2008 5:05 PM



I'm surprised that nobody has talked about this clip and how it relates to the topics covered in "the book." Is this version of the song "good"? Better than Celion Dion's or Jennifer Rush's? If so, why? If not, why? I'd be interested to hear what people have to say.

Posted by Clay on January 21, 2008 9:58 AM



Hi Carl,

I took and uploaded the video of Owen performing that you have here, and I just wanted to let you know that I didn't have a good enough view to record any of the other performances (which is too bad as I enjoyed them). I believe that my roommate (whose blog you linked) may have gotten some photos of the other performers, but I'm not sure. I'll have them sent if they exist.

Thanks for a great night,

Posted by Liam on January 17, 2008 6:36 PM



The thing is, I still think of "The Power of Love" as a Jennifer Rush song, because I am old. When I hear it I always remember that video where her dorky boyfriend is being menaced by mobsters. Also, I think I've heard the Laura Branigan cover more than the Celine version. But I have to say that Owen hands all 3 of them their asses here. Thanks for posting this!

Posted by Nadia on January 17, 2008 3:08 PM



Thanks for the tips, everyone. I shall redouble my efforts.

Posted by Mike on January 17, 2008 12:54 PM



Tis a small book. Maybe you're not looking hard enough?

Posted by james brock on January 16, 2008 5:28 PM



Hi Mike

It should be available in (at the very least) Book Court in Brooklyn, Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn, St Marks Bookstore, and the big B&N; on Union Square - although it's possible they've sold out and haven't reordered yet...

Posted by David on January 16, 2008 12:15 PM



Hi Mike,

I can't tell you for sure, though I am doing a reading next week at Word Books in Greenpoint ( so I imagine they have books.

But the other thing that you can do - and this goes for any reader - is to go in and special-order the book from your favourite store.

I'd really appreciate it if you did, because it gives the store the message that maybe they should order a couple of other copies.

Some booksellers apparently have been hesitant to carry a book with a picture of Celine Dion on the cover, believing that their customers won't "get" it.

(Which is a fairly effective demonstration of the book's thesis in itself, though that's not particularly comforting.)

Posted by zoilus on January 16, 2008 11:58 AM



This is perhaps a silly question, but do you know of any particular bookshops in New York what have your book? I've been to several, big box and indie, and can't find it anywhere.

Posted by Mike on January 16, 2008 10:18 AM




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