In 1982, after the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, filker Julia Ecklar wrote a song called "Born Again Trek." In it, she cheered that she and Trekkies like her--first-generation fans who had been losing their faith in Star Trek after the show went off the air and the first movie was such a disaster--were "born again Trek fans," their faith restored by the brilliance of the second film.

I've heard many comparisons made between the state of Star Trek after the first film and the state of it today. A lot of people are hoping that the new movie will breathe fresh life into the franchise, the same way Wrath Of Khan did twenty-five-plus years ago.

So it seems only appropriate that I update Julia's anthem for a new generation.

"Born Again Trek: Reborn"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Born Again Trek" by Julia Ecklar

I was with... )
Soundtrack: Born Again Trek - Julia Ecklar - Balance
Velocity: hopeful
I wonder how many of you remember Orson Scott Card; he used to be an SF writer...

OK, enough Lehrer patter. Basically, for those of you who didn't know, Orson Scott Card, multiple-award-winning author of Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead, has in recent years written about how homosexuality is a sin and should be illegal, along with several other political/religious positions which, let's just say, don't endear him to the vast majority of SF fans. Many people have said much on the matter; two of my favorites are from Aerie of Queen Of Wands and Randy Milholland of Something Positive. Most responses, I think, fall into one of those two camps.

This song comes from the Aerie side: how did someone who wrote such fantastic work about tolerance and overcoming differences become a paranoid homophobe?

"Whatever Became Of Orson?"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Whatever Became Of Hubert?" by Tom Lehrer

Whatever became... )
Soundtrack: Ender's Game - Larry Warner - Prelude: Tomorrow's Promise
Velocity: thoughtful
05 December 2007 @ 11:28 am
I've been sitting on this one for months.

For those of you who don't know, which probably isn't many at this rate, I was a cast member on this season of Beauty And The Geek.

I'd been thinking through this filk from the time I first heard about the show, but it crystallized in the days following the first episode's airing. It's pretty short and to the point, and kind of sappy, but then, I did have a great time on the show.

I sang this at the OVFF Dead Dog filk on Sunday night. The convention as a whole knew I was on the show thanks largely to [ profile] filkertom and [ profile] partiallyclips inviting me up to sing "Rich Fantasy Lives" with them, so when I started, people realized where I was going to join in on the obvious line.

"Beauty And The Geek"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Beauty And The Beast" from the movie of the same name

Television show... )
Velocity: filky
Soundtrack: What else?
The board game Pirate's Cove has twelve rounds, referred to as days. When the [ profile] chez_turtle crowd realized this, it was inevitable...

"The Twelve Days Of Pirates"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank, Reuven [ profile] ryvex, [ profile] chelona, [ profile] xydexx, [ profile] rigelkitty, and [ profile] justpoet
ttto: "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," trad.

On the first day of pirates... )

I do not apologize.
Velocity: Arr!
Soundtrack: "The Twelve Days Of Pirates"
28 July 2007 @ 12:48 am
Incidentally, as promised, I've recorded Fugue For Hallows. It may be found at:

Velocity: filky
Soundtrack: Fugue For Hallows - Will "scifantasy" Frank - Downloaded
This one hit me on the drive from DC to New York, and I realized I had to do it before someone beat me to it. Nothing like being stuck in a car to force you to rhyme...

Spoilers for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

Fugue For Hallows )

(And yes, when I get back to DC and my computer, I'll consider recording it.)
Soundtrack: This, in my head
Velocity: filky
In honor of today's bonehead move by LiveJournal staff, as chronicled on [ profile] liz_marcs's LiveJournal, a filk.

"The Strikeout Of 2007"
by scifantasy
ttto: "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan (better known as "Onward, Christian Soldiers," lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould)
Spoken part patterned after "Casey At The Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Onward, Inn'cence Warriors, fighting your good fight,
Don't mind breaking eggs because they think they're right.
Consequence ignored with deniability;
They claim absolutely no responsibility.

Onward, Inn'cence Warriors, fighting your good fight,
Don't mind breaking eggs because they think they're right.

Six Apart is silent, won't explain their case,
Have the advertisers taken users' place?
Won't explain their actions, will not say a word.
Hiding behind legalese so they will not be heard.

Onward, Six Apart-ers, getting paranoid,
Bowing to this pressure, users they avoid.

Fandom Wank is busy, going to explode,
I bet JF's servers can't take this much load.
Older grudges settled, members all unite,
Each one of them could be wrong, but this just isn't right!

Onward, Fandom Wankers, mocking everyone.
Best way to stay sane is to try to have some fun.

Some are out there talking, like Lizabeth Marcs,
Trying to make fire from the smallest sparks.
All the rest of us should simply vote with cash,
Pulling out our funding, might the servers crash?

Onward, Journal users, though it drives us mad,
If we just do nothing, are we not as bad?

Oh, somewhere in this Internet the pings are flowing free,
The fic is written somewhere, and it's only fantasy
And somewhere fact and fiction are as stark as in and out
But there is no joy on LJ - the Abuse team has struck out.
Velocity: indignant
Soundtrack: Not Just A Soldier - Rikk - Fans!: Makin' 'em Sing
I finally found the time and recorded my Re Your Booze filk. The guitar tracks were provided by Geordie Keitt, who I met through [ profile] partiallyclips, and to whom I am very thankful.
Soundtrack: Re Your Booze - Will "scifantasy" Frank - Downloaded
Velocity: filky
30 January 2007 @ 05:38 pm
I've been sitting on this one for a day or two.

I came up with the central line of this one, appropriately enough, during a run to a VABC (Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control) store during MarsCon, but the scene I saw was one from my college days (all of last year)...

Imagine you and your roommates are putting together a small party. Nothing big or elaborate: a few friends, some food, drinks, music, a good time had by all. Then, a knock comes on the door, and there stand fifty frat boys with pleading looks...

As with my other filks, this one will eventually be recorded. But this time I'm going to wait until I have a novox recording of the music--a friend is providing that, and once he does, I'll record this...

All We Wanna Do... )
Soundtrack: Re Your Brains - Jonathan Coulton - Thing A Week II
Velocity: sober
10 September 2006 @ 11:48 am
At Dragon*Con this year, during his Friday night concert, [ profile] filkertom explained that his first Twenty-Four Hour Comics Day songwriting project was to solicit suggestions of two words and a musical style from his LiveJournal readers, and to write as many songs as possible.[1] One of the suggestions had been "Badger, Pajama," and Klezmer music, which Tom mentioned he'd had to look up, because he didn't know what it meant.[2] Later, during the open filk, [ profile] adrianna_r mentioned that Heather Alexander, a Celtic-style musician/filker, is very popular in Israel.

When I got back, I took a step back and realized that a lot of filk seems to be derived from that area of the world: the Brobdingnagian Bards, Heather Alexander, and Emerald Rose, to name three, are all steeped in Irish or Celtic traditions. I guess this is largely because folk music, from which filk comes, is heavy in that tradition too, but it still caught me off guard. As I thought about it, the first lyric, "Why are there so many/Filks about Ireland" popped into my head, and I ran with it.

This song isn't seriously decrying a problem in filk, just taking a thought I had and running it to its logical extreme. There may be a few terms you don't know, or references you can't identify, so if you have any questions, just ask.

The Klezmer Connection )

And, as a special treat (or possibly a special hell), I've recorded this one again:

[1] My contribution, by the way, was "Space squid," and the music style was rock-and-roll.
[2] If you don't know either, call it Eastern European Jewish jazz; at least, that's how I always hear it.
Velocity: filky
Soundtrack: The Klezmer Connection - Will "scifantasy" Frank - Downloade