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Well, not anymore, but the Swedish Church Law of 1686 included the following statute:

Ingen Brudeskara må komma til Kyrckian, med Trummor, skiutande, och hwariehanda otienligit Buller; Skeer thet, tå skola sådane plichta efter Stadgan.


Basically, "no bridal group may come to the church with drums, shooting, and miscellanous unhealthy noise. If you do, you will get fined." I couldn't resist trying to set this peculiar piece of history to "Banned from Argo".

The Church of Sweden got its law in sixteen eighty-six )
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2017 års Swecon var tillbaka i Uppsala och på Clarion Hotell Gillet, platsen för Swecon 2012. Den hölls den 26-28 maj och hade drygt 320 deltagare på plats över de tre dagarna (endast en uppskattning på söndagens morgon). Hedersgäster var Siri Pettersen från Norge samt Kameron Hurley och Ann Leckie från USA. Dessutom hade de Saladin Ahmed som hedersgäst emeritus, då han hade fått lämna återbud några månader innan kongressen. Jämfört med 2012 så var vi färre deltagare men hade också betydligt större programytor att tillgå, så det var betydligt lättare och behagligare att vara på kongressen som deltagare: det var inte alls samma problem med trängsel, dålig luft och buller.

Fortsättning följer )
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While doing my Hugo reading I came upon the scene in Seanan McGuire's An Artificial Night where Toby is suffering from an arboreal mishap. It inspired the following, to the tune of Monty Python's Eric the Half a Bee.

Toby the (spoiler) )
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Given the position that Per Gessle has in Swedish music, I think it was inevitable that I'd filk one of his songs at some time. But I didn't expect it to be one of his English songs, and especially not The Look (Youtube) with Roxette.

Built on Finns chanting na-na-na-na in a bar in Helsinki, reported by a Swedish fan wearing a polar bear hat in her Facebook status. And no, I never imagine I will sing this one.

Walking through the con )
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Mary O'Meara is one of the classics of the filk genre. In Tomorrow's Songs Today, Gary McGath describes how Poul Anderson used the song in the 1967 novel World Without Stars and also its origin with the Norwegian song "Anna Lovinda", even if "Mary O'Meara" is usually sung using an original melody made by Anne Passovoy.

On Anna Lovinda: origin, versions, and similarity to Mary O'Meara )

Be Weird

Apr. 21st, 2017 01:06 pm
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My wife has been collecting t-shirts, following Supernatural and been active in Gishwhes for a couple of years now. When I was hanging up her t-shirt with the text "Be Weird" after washing it, the following came stuck in my head, ttto Go West by the Village People.

(Together) We will go our way )

PSA

Apr. 6th, 2017 10:14 pm
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I've now bit the bullet and disabled comments on crossposts to LiveJournal; all further comments must be made on DreamWidth.

I have no intention on shutting down my account on LiveJournal. But it will keep it easier to manage a single point of entry for comments, and will hopefully help in bringing a critical mass of people over to use the Dreamwidth site (not that I hold much hope, but one does what one can).
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Per [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll: Twenty Core Epic Fantasies Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves. Books I have are bold, books I've read are italics. Authors I have or read other works by get the same treatment.

Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok Banker
The Sword and the Satchel by Elizabeth Boyer
Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Genpei by Kara Dalkey
The Secret Country by Pamela Dean
The Door into Fire by Diane Duane
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott
Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
The Interior Life by Dorothy Heydt
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Night’s Master by Tanith Lee
Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Well-Favored Man by Elizabeth Willey
 
Just eight books read this time, and ten authors in total.

Bokbacillen

Apr. 4th, 2017 01:30 pm
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The last one of the backlog of new filks was the last finished, but it had been on the backburner for awhile. My friend and long-time Finnish fan Marianna Leikomaa wrote on Facebook that she had gone out to buy clothes, but returned home with two books instead.

Such a truly fannish thing has to be filked, and I quickly got a thematic fit in Jazzbacillen. It was originally written as the jazz tune The Preacher. Peter Himmelstrand wrote a set of lyrics about a girl being infected by jazz that were recorded by Siw Malmkvist and became a standard of Swedish pop music.

Min plånbok bränner av pengar )
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Another new filk of mine, this one a Harry Potter one. I've been exploring a bit of the Swedish nerdy music scene, and that led to listening to some of the songs by The Swedish Shortsnouts (Facebook link), a Swedish wizard rock band. What struck me was the way they had picked up some of the social and environmental awareness that is found in Swedish punk, but they hadn't picked up the slavery analogues with the house elves (or they had, but I missed it). That merged with Cornelis Vreeswijk's masterful song Somliga går med trasiga skor about walking with broken shoes.

Somliga går utan strumpor och skor )

(Cornelis did a version in Dutch as well, Waar ga ja heen, picking up some of the same themes as the Swedish lyrics but going in a different direction. And for those who recognise the melody, Cornelis apparently adapted the melody from The House Carpenter, though the lyrics has no relation.)
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I haven't posted much here, but I've still written a few new filk songs. First one was written very quickly after a comment over on the Girl Genius LJ feed, where Dimo, Oggie, Maxim, and Jenka turns up. This was the full result, though I haven't been able (or bothered) to put it in full Jägerspeek yet.

Da Boyz Iz Back In Town )
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Per [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll: Twenty Core Space Operas Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves. Books I have are bold, books I've read are italics. Authors I have or read other works by get the same treatment.

Dust by Elizabeth Bear
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
Hellflower by Rosemary Edghill

City of Diamond by Doris Egan
Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
The Starmen of Llyrdis by Leigh Brackett
The Myriad by R. M. Meluch
Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
Judgment Night by C.L. Moore
Vast by Linda Nagata
Dark Piper by Andre Norton
Becoming Alien by Rebecca Ore

Minisuka Pairētsu by Yūichi Sasamoto
Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott
Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr.
House of the Wolf by M.K. Wren

I obviously need to step up my reading of space operas!
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Per [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll; books I have are bold, books I have are bolded, books I've read are italics. Authors I have or read other works by get the same treatment.

A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh

Don't Bite the Sun by Tanith Lee
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh

Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Many Colored Land by Julian May
The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Warm Worlds and Otherwise by James Tiptree, Jr.

So I have 11/20 in my library and have read 7/20.
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I sat down with another go at The Kencyrath Tune, and finished another lyrics triplet. I also decided to change the title to "The Dream-Weaver's Song".

To the tune of Hårgalåten and based on the Kencyrath series by P.C. Hodgell ([livejournal.com profile] tagmeth).

Gerridon a man of pride was he )

On the original song and the legend )
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Late last year I decided to get over to Quoi de Neuf, the 29th annual British Filk Convention. It was my only decent chance to get to a filk con in 2017, and also fit with some not-booked days at university. Having decided this and notified the concom that I was coming, I set out to investigate how to get there.

There and back again )

Overall, I very much liked the con and am very happy I went, despite the hassles and extra costs.
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Not sure how it happened, but Mad Max: Fury Road and Take Me Home, Country Roads mashed themselves together in my head, leading to this.

Take Me Home, Fury Road )

Note that the scansion is a little bit different in that "The Green Place" will have an extra-long "Place" to make it fit to "West Virginia". "Painted in the sky / the tracks of old machines" refers back to the scene where they watch the sky, talking about satellites.
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The Swedish fan Peter Ekberg made a joke based on Tolkien and the classic Swedish TV show Macken, which led to me writing a filk based on the show's theme tune.

Balroys och Balrogers hål )

Another Swedish fan, Anna Gable Frimodig, proposed changing "Moria" to "ett djup" for better scansion, and it can also be used instead of "hål" in the verses as well, especially as it fits better with the Swedish Tolkien translations. No matter what, I recommend doing lots of practice before attempting to sing this.
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I am up to one hundred filk songs written now (depending a little on how one counts written, and how one defines filk; your definition of filk might give a lower amount). Not all of them are good (there are one or two that I'm fairly sure are utterly unsingable, at least by me), some are extremely obscure (like the songs based on not yet published books), some are hardly classifiable as filk, and some have not been published due to various reasons, but I think that's enough to do some statistics.

Topics )

Base Song Authors )

Base songs )

Language )

Chorus )

Chronology )

All my published filks can be found using the filk tag.
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Last update, I mentioned that I hadn't been writing many new filks. Since then, I've written three new ones, though two of them were spur-of-the-moment filks.

First one was mostly written as a lark, when a fellow fan in the Facebook group "F Is For Filker" complained about his gloves being stolen to the tune of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles, leading to a flurry of gloves-themed Beatles filk. This was my contribution, to the tune of "All You Need Is Love".

All You Need Is Gloves )

The second one was written after a fellow Swedish fan retold her encounter with a large spider in her bedroom, and the phrase "the spider's in the jar" had lodged itself in my brain. To the tune of "Whiskey in the Jar".

The Spider's in the Jar )

(Yes, she had improvised a flame thrower to kill a spider at an earlier date.)

The last one was a long time coming. I've followed PC Hodgell's ([livejournal.com profile] tagmeth) Kencyrath series for a while now. A while ago, I noted the similarities between the opening legend about Gerridon and Jamethiel and the Swedish Hårga legend, where the devil starts to play and makes all the youth of Hårga dance until they die. One of the most famous Swedish hambo tunes is associated with Hårga and the legend, but it took me a while to finish the lyrics. I'm thinking of maybe writing another set of verses as well, but the current lyrics covers the opening legend nicely.

The traditional tune of Hårgalåten (sometimes also spelled Horgalåten) has several sets of lyrics associated with it, but the most famous one was written by Lennart Hellsing. There are lots of Youtubes of this one, e.g.: Elina (including a basic English translation in the description); Åsa Jinder (instrumental jazz); Kebnekajse (progressive rock).

The Kencyrath Tune )
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I haven't been writing that many filks lately, partly because the main ideas I had never quite gelled, despite being very good in theory. But I got two new filks written this week.

First out was an instafilk with a single verse, riffing off Frank Hayes's "Never Set the Cat on Fire" (likely the second-most filked filk song of all times, unless one counts "The Real Old Time Religion"). It was written to console a fellow filker who found that they couldn't go to GAFilk due to bad weather, and after they had posted a picture of some of their cats by the fireplace.

Never Drive in Sleet or Snow )

The other one is in Swedish and based on the poem and song Flickorna i Småland. The poem was written in 1912 by Karl Williams and Fridolf Lundberg wrote the tune in 1913. It was largely unnoticed for 30 years, but then it became a hit in 1942 when Sven-Olof Sandberg recorded it, and in 1951 Delta Rhythm Boys made another recording that was a monster hit. It is still a popular song here, but nowadays mainly for reworks and reimaginings. To take but one example, my mother and aunt wrote new lyrics with the topic being my wife and myself, and sang them to us at our wedding party. Our daughter was also born in Ljungby, where the song was inspired and written.

Youtubes of some memorable versions: Margareta Kjellberg (1940, traditional); Delta Rhythm Boys (1951, jazz); Eddie Meduza (1996, rockabilly); Lena Philipsson and Charlotte Perrelli (2003, barely SFW); Gina Dirawi and Charlotte Perrelli (2016, show tune with new lyrics).

Fandom uti Finland )

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