"Hello, it's Lynda Carter."
An explosion booms to life followed by the sounds of trumpets as the Wonder Woman theme song blares in the back of my head. I envision a montage of the actress' greatest moments as the superheroine of the 1970s television series; it remains the only successful live-action portrayal of the almost 70-year-old comic book character. There's Lynda/Wonder Woman deflecting bullets with her bracelets, lifting cars with one hand and doing that great choreographed spin change that a generation got vertigo trying to emulate.
"I guess I called a little early."
Lynda Carter is probably really used to people "trekking out" (i.e. acting like a Trekkie meeting Shatner in your level of enthusiasm) over her iconic comic book role, but she has both a sense of humor and an appreciation of her fandom. In addition to the role that made her a household name, Carter is also known for post Wonder Woman roles in made-for-television films (her Rita Hayworth biopic is staggeringly glitzy) and a second career as a nightclub chanteuse, which is what brings her to San Francisco this week. Wednesday and Thursday evening, Carter will be singing some of her favorites at Yoshi's San Francisco, backed by her "All Star Band" and of course, telling stories from her Wonder Woman days and beyond. We recently spoke to Carter about her favorite music, what makes San Francisco audiences so receptive and just what it's like to see a 6'5" black man impersonating you.
KQED Pop: Where are you currently living as a singer? I feel like you're very hard to define as an artist, you draw from many genres.
Lynda Carter: People who come see me year after year say the same thing: they always get a different show. I never know where I'm living musically either. Half of every show is entirely new material. I don't like to limit myself with themes; songs for me are about storytelling, which then influences the arrangement. I'm lucky to have my All-Star Band -- there's very low turnover, sweetheart. They're all Hall of Fame musicians, Grammy winners. They're the musicians from the documentary that just won the Oscar: 20 Feet From Stardom. Those are my girls! I'm also introducing a song I wrote for my son since last time; I wrote a song for my daughter. My husband, I'm sure, is next.