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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
S.J. Tucker and Alexander James Adams 
20th-Aug-2011 01:46 pm
I've been whiling away my time today in room D1, the concert corner. I've enjoyed S.J. Tucker, Alec Adams, and most of Tricky Pixie today. Sooj has an amazing, Tori Amos type voice (without the horrible phrasing), a huge grin, and incredible energy in her performances. I died a thousand times listening to her sing. (I can see where the band name came from, too. She's a stitch!) Alec Adams is quite the ham, with a cocksure stride and a holo-hero glint off of that smirk. His voice is deep and growly, and he has a cute patter about women. He calls them "goddesses" and says that he gets the last word in any argument: "Yes'm." He also has a great patter about the Fae version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia being "a redhead thing."

As a total aside from the music, I have to wander down the path of gender identity. Mr. Alexander Adams was, in my childhood, Miss Heather Alexander of Magic, Moondust, and Melancholy. I have known about the change for years, but never seen him until now. Stomping and striding around the stage, he is so happily masculine that, if I had no idea of history, the only possible giveaway would be his arm definition is odd. Also, his wife is still selling Heather Alexander albums and talks about his history without a blink. I'm so pleased for their happiness.

ETA: I got to talk to Alec at the vending booth while getting autographs. I mentioned seeing Heather in '99 at Balticon, and our conversation about the Shadow Stalker album, and how she thought it wasn't masculine enough. He told me that he found that interesting now, because he didn't realize what he needed until 2004 or so. At which point, as he put it, in a voice from a movie that is slipping my mind Princess Bride - "I had two albums to make, a video to shoot, Heather to kill, and Cory to frame for it. I was just exhausted!"

So cool.

21st-Aug-2011 08:14 am (UTC)
*SQUEE!* I do miss listening to Heather Alexander and haven't had a chance to hear Alec Adams yet.. Now, I'm also puzzled at how I missed seeing her in '99 at Balticon. *pout* You do make me curious which albums his wife is selling.. *sigh*
21st-Aug-2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I may be wrong about the year. His wife appeared to have all the Heather albums,as well as a video, and all the Alexander albums.
21st-Aug-2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Aha - found their website and am now plotting my purchases pending discovery of my CD collection which is in a box somewhere... Wheeeeeee... Glad you are enjoying WorldCon and loving your posts about authors and squeeness!!
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