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2011-10-22 04:40 pm
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"Father's Words," or With Apologies to My Father and Three Weird Sisters

Brenda Sutton, of the filk group "Three Weird Sisters," wrote a song called "Mama's Hands." It's a pretty song about a woman who realizes that as she grows up, she starts to sound a lot like her mother--and maybe her mom was wiser than she thought as a teenager.

I was thinking one day about whether that song could be gender-swapped...and realized that it could, and what it would be. This came out.

I just now performed it on the main stage at OVFF, with Brenda and her husband Bill in the audience. They (along with most of the room) were in stitches.

“Father’s Words”
by Will “scifantasy” Frank
ttto: “Mama’s Hands” by Brenda Sutton

Today while commuting some moron cut me off... )
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2011-02-28 09:55 pm
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A Filktron Bomb, or Filkaboom

I came up with this a few weeks ago, and demonstrated it at yesterday's Jersey City housefilk...

I have developed what can only be described as the Neutron Bomb of Filk: it gets rid of all the people but leaves the building standing.

I would ask for forgiveness, but Leslie Fish is on record never forgiving, and Richard O'Brien probably doesn't care.

And if you know who both of those are, you'll get the joke... )
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2011-01-24 09:55 am
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"Celiac," or A Song for 'Song

I didn't spend all that much time at Arisia with [personal profile] shadesong this year; she was busy, I was busy, and that's the way things go. I'm given to understand that she continued the spread of the Gospel of the Y.T., though.

In one of the few times I did see her, Sunday or Monday, this popped into my head. I came up with the first verse, and she asked me (and [ profile] slipjig, but I don't know if he did) to run with it.

This is dedicated to everybody who has to ask, "is there gluten in this?"

by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel

Celiac... )
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2009-11-27 12:28 am
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"ADV (Now Funimation)," or In Lieu of Content...

...a new filk. This one came to me recently.

Quick backstory: in the last few years, the waning economy has caused some upheaval in the anime licensing and distribution industry, especially here in the US. A year or two back, Geneon Entertainment shut down its US operations entirely. They're still a major force in Japan, mind. Then, last month or so, A.D. Vision Entertainment, one of the first and biggest US operations for importing, licensing, and distributing anime, sold its assets to five other companies in a complicated deal that sounded like a switcheroo on its creditors (since the five buying companies were ones in which ADV's owners had stakes).

Most of the anime properties licensed by those two companies have seen their licenses bought by another company, Funimation Entertainment. If anybody can be said to be the big winner here, it's Funimation.

Hence, the song. "NGE," for the record, refers to the infamous anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which was one of ADV's first and biggest titles...but whose "rebuild" series has been licensed by, who else, Funimation.

"ADV (Now Funimation)"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by Nat Simon (original words by Jimmy Kennedy)

NGE is now Funimation's... )

In the coming days, expect more actual content (behind the normal friends lock, of course), including an expansion of something I said on Twitter:

"Perfect 10 Magazine is the zombie mine canary of copyright law. When it comes alive (files suit--it's sued Google and Visa), the law is bad."
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2009-08-30 11:01 pm

"Sixteen Hours," or Legal Filk #3...and Counting

I didn't post my first two legal filks, because they're frankly not very good, and were written more specifically for the NYU Law Revue, and didn't get used anyway.

But this one was written for me and the filkers. I realized last night that I didn't have anything recent for the housefilk today--and that the most recent thing I had, three months old, didn't work well for me to sing. So I dusted off an idea I'd been thinking about, started trying to write it...and it flowed very easily indeed.

"Sixteen Hours"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis (or George S. Davis)

Some people say a lawyer is a dirty snake... )

This went over pretty well at the housefilk, I must say.
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2009-05-25 05:09 pm

"Time-Traveling Blonde Girl," or Now With Pre-Approved Death Threat!

So, my friend Seanan McGuire has a song called "Pretty Little Dead Girl." It's an urban-legend tale about a '40s-era car-racing ghost, available on her album "Stars Fall Home."

Seanan is also a huge Doctor Who fan.

So, some time ago, when I misheard "It's the tale of Rose Marshall" as "it's the tale of Rose Tyler," I started planning this.

I tried performing this one at Baycon 2009, but it really needs production value, or at least an accompanist. Maybe if I had a karaoke version of the original...but in the meantime.

(I gave Seanan a copy of the lyrics at the con. She read a stanza before telling me she was going to kill me.)

"Time-Traveling Blonde Girl"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Pretty Little Dead Girl" by Seanan McGuire

It's a very sad story... )
scifantasy: (Space Cowboy)
2008-12-12 03:34 pm

"I Meant To Do That, Vor Style," or The Hyperactive Git Strikes Again

Dedicated to the Bavarian Fire Drill Instructor, the Indy Ploy Player, the Galactic Champion of Making Shit Up.

(Seriously. A bunch of Vorkosigan songs, and an unrelated song called "I Meant To Do That"; how am I the first person to put this together?)

"I Meant To Do That, Vor Style"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "I Meant To Do That" by Echo's Children

My cousin is a genius and a fast-talking man... )

Really, it was the thought (from the Firefly Wild Mass Guessing page of TV Tropes) of Miles as the "deadly and unpredictable midget" that did it.

Or more accurately, the commentary line: "But I had to set it on fire for a very good reason that I will explain at length as soon as I have made it up, no, honestly, Simon/Gregor/Mother!"
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2008-11-30 11:34 pm

"Argo Banned," "Still Argo," and "Had Enough," or Filking In Triplicate

These are [ profile] voiceofkiki's fault. And a little bit of [ profile] sweetmusic_27's too. Oh, and I guess mine.

Here's how it is...Last week, VoK posted the following thought:

Still Alive: The new Banned from Argo?


I asked her to clarify: was this in the "everybody refilks it" sense, or the "creator is sick of it" sense? She confirmed the former.

That led to...

Argo Banned )


Still Argo )

In a comment, though, [ profile] sweetmusic_27 opined that she was getting kind of sick of the song. That, in turn, led to...

Had Enough )

(OK, technically, I wrote "Had Enough" first, then "Argo Banned," then "Still Argo." But it works better this way in the story.)

Just when I thought I wasn't going to have anything new for the Wit's End, if you'll excuse me, I need that brain for exams.
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2008-09-05 02:08 pm

Of Filk And Dementia, or I Really Should Know Better, But...

"Do you think I should chime in?"
"There's half a chance in hell the pro-Dementia crowd would listen to you."
"Which is a greater chance than some of the other people discussing it would have."
"Which almost says I have a responsibility."

And I take my responsibilities very seriously.

Everybody who has no interest in filk (or worse, because I know there are a couple of people, an active dislike), please skip this post.

Filk, Dementia, Community, And You )

Of course, the flip side of my responsibility is that I have it because some of the dementia artists consider me a friend...and after all this is said and done, I don't know if that won't change.
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2008-02-23 11:26 am

"Listen, Girls," or War Correspondence

It's like this. [ profile] cadhla is a good friend of [ profile] vixyish , and one day, Vixy gave Seanan an idea--which became the song Oh, Michelle. Yesterday, [ profile] hsifyppah raised the stakes by challenging Seanan with Dammit, Seanan. Seanan fired back at Brooke with Oh, Brooke, and Brooke backed off, pleading Oh, Seanan M. Watching from the sidelines, [ profile] tisonlyherself weighed in with Clever Brooke.

My turn.

Oh, Michelle/Seanan/Brooke/Dagain... )
scifantasy: (Space Cowboy)
2008-02-11 08:19 pm
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"Born Again Trek: Reborn," or Wishful Thinking

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... )
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2007-12-09 09:00 pm
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"Whatever Became Of Orson?", or Another Victim Of The Brain-Eater

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... )
scifantasy: (MC Geeky)
2007-12-05 11:28 am

"Beauty And The Geek," or Kinda Inevitable

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... )
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2007-08-10 10:02 pm
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"The Twelve Days Of Pirates," or Yo-Ho-Ho! Merry Pirates!

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.
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2007-07-28 12:48 am
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In Other Music, or Recording Complete

Incidentally, as promised, I've recorded Fugue For Hallows. It may be found at:

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2007-07-24 01:31 pm
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Watch For Falling Spoilers, or "Fugue For Hallows"

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.)
scifantasy: (Clue)
2007-05-30 01:25 pm
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"The Strikeout Of 2007," or Predictable, Really...

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.
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2007-02-24 04:22 pm
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Having The Audacity, or Coultonfilk In Full Audio

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.
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2007-01-30 05:38 pm
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Coultonfilk, or Re Your Booze

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... )
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2006-09-10 11:48 am
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"The Klezmer Connection," or Metafilk

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.