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Brobusters [Aug. 5th, 2016|11:28 pm]
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Some filks just have to be written at once when you come up with the idea. Here's Brobusters, ttto the Ghostbusters theme song. Free to any good home, since I'm pretty sure I can't do it well.

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(Yes, I did like the new Ghostbusters.)
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Fighting Agaku [Jul. 22nd, 2016|02:06 pm]
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This is another filk in need of further polishing, it's in sort of singable state, especially if I get a backing track, but I sure would like the words to flow better in the verses.

For some while I have thought about basing a filk upon "Bohus bataljon", a merry Swedish march from 1940 with a great and fun text. (YouTube as song; Instrumental YouTube with the I17 military band.) While checking my bookshelf for more books to possibly write filks about I found Grunts by Mary Gentle, and I knew I had found the perfect match.

The choruses are usually sung twice with a whistle part between each repetition.

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Notes:

The zoological improbabilities are all directly from the original song. "On Canaan's happy shore" is a line from the song that lent its melody to "John Brown's Body", that lent its melody to a Swedish drinking song that is referenced in the same spot in the original text.
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Den klassiska framtid är vår… [Jul. 15th, 2016|03:03 pm]
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My fellow Swedish fan and sometime filker Rolf Strömgren posted the line "Den klassiska framtid är vår" when commenting on some 1950's-like speculation on future transportation published today. It immediately connected with my filking brain, as the fourth line of the classic Swedish student song (YouTube). It is also frequently parodied in Sweden.

Sjungom framtiden åter idag,
låtom oss fröjdas åt dåtidens vår!
Än äro hjärtat för atomen svag,
och den klassiska framtid är vår.
Inga bilar än
flyga högt över oss,
hoppet är vår vän,
vi dess löften tro,
när vi försöker besöka den stund,
där den eviga framtidstron gro,
där den eviga framtidstron gro!
RETRO!
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Two late silly filks [Jul. 10th, 2016|04:54 pm]
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Two rather silly filks inspired by reading Phoenix Ascendant by Ryk Spoor.

First one is rather silly, to the tune of the theme song from Pinky and the Brain. It also contains some spoilers for the books, but nothing major (especially if you have read the previous parts closely). It's probably rather nonsensical if you haven't read at least one of the books.

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The other one is even more silly, and based on Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones. I cannot vouch for its singability either. For an introduction to Poplock, see my earlier filk about him: Demon, Dragon, Phoenix, Toad.

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A Swedish take on Finncon 2016 [Jul. 7th, 2016|10:27 pm]
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I have long thought about going to a Finncon, but various factors have always been in the way. At Swecon last year in Linköping, Marianna Leikomaa sat beside me in the bar lobby on Saturday evening, and said that if I got to Finncon next year (ie this year), I'd need to get in touch with programming. "They're sitting right there", pointing to the couple in the chairs beside me. You can hardly make the hint any broader.

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Fia starta Malmöfandom [Jun. 26th, 2016|06:17 pm]
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At the recent Swecon, the recipient of the Alvar award was Fia Karlsson. I mentioned this, together with a short presentation of Fia in the con fanzine. However, I missed to mention her role in starting one of the more active Swedish fan groupings of late, and her thing for dill-flavoured potato chips.

So to rectify that, I had write a filk. It's based on, probably to no-one's surprise, a Bellman song: Fredmans sång 41, more commonly known by its opening line "Joachim uti Babylon", in turn based on the biblical story of Daniel.

Here's a YouTube, performed by none other than Povel Ramel, one of the most influential entertainers and artists in Sweden after World War Two. The jazz accompaniment cites lots of other Bellman songs.

Fia starta Malmöfandom
Hjälpte ock Lundafandom tu
||: Dillchips tag nu :||
Väl dessa smakom!
Vår Fia blev en genom populär fan,
Dillchipsen snart lika många fans vann
||: Våran Fia :||
För vår Fandom brann.

Så är sakens sammanhang,
Med Alvarn vi Fia belöna,
||: Fandoms böna :||
Har nu dubbel rang.
Klinga med glasen, lät oss lefva väl!
Bygga vår fandom med båd hjerta och själ.
||: Och tag dillchips :||
Utan fejd och gräl.
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Come Forth Thou Fandom's Ghod [Jun. 23rd, 2016|06:41 pm]
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Finally finished (as much as they can ever be) one of my more long-running filk projects: "Come Forth Thou Fandom's Ghod", based on Carl Michael Bellman's Fredmans sång 32: Afton-Qväde, more commonly known by its opening line "Träd fram du Nattens Gud". (YouTube, one of many.)

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For those interested, you can find Martin Best's rendition of Paul Britten Austin's translation of Bellman's original text on YouTube.

Thanks to jophan and thnidu for linguistic advice and comments!
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Fantastika och Swecon 2016 [Jun. 22nd, 2016|06:53 am]
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Årets Swecon - Fantastika 2016 i Dieselverkstaden i Sickla - är tillända. Jag har skrivit gott om kongressrapporter på sistone och tidigare, både som arrangör (sällan) och som vanlig medlem (ofta). Men på den här kongressen var jag redaktör för kongressens nyhetsfanzine.

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Two Swedish Filks [Apr. 15th, 2016|11:50 pm]
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I haven't been as productive lately as I've been earlier, but now and then something new comes.

First we have a quickly improvised filk, "Det var neos på conen". Due to demands from Swedish fans, it's already up on the filkarchive server, since the original song is quite obscure and still very simple.

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(Basically, there are neos/paper/bheer at the con when we arrived, but they are SMOFs/fanzine/empty when we leave.)

The other one has been simmering for quite awhile, but I didn't sit down to write it until today. It picks up episodes and scenes from the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien, and sets them to the tune of Fredmans sång nr 64, "Fjäriln vingad syns på Haga" by Carl Michael Bellman (YouTube). Whole swathes of the staves made by Théoden och Éomer (in Swedish translation) are included, as well as some lines from the original song.

It's even more bizarre than it sounds like.

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ETA: A YouTube with the original in English translation, translated by Paul Britten Austin, and sung by Martin Best.
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Jag är en liten sf-fan [Mar. 26th, 2016|06:32 pm]
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I have a couple of ideas for long and ambitious filks lying around, but then thette walked by me and talked about the Swedish children's song "Jag är en liten undulat" ("I'm a small budgerigar", YouTube). That led to the following:

Jag är en liten sf-fan
som läser lite minsann
för dom jag bor hos
för dom jag bor hos
dom läser inte
Dom ser på film varenda dag
men det vill jag inte ha
för jag vill hellre
ja mycket hellre
läsa Heinlein och Russ

The melody is taken from "Med en liten tulipan" (text Sven Paddock, melody Jules Sylvain). Note that the version in the YouTube is in Norwegian – it's a popular song there as well.
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Det där är då ingen måne (filk) [Mar. 23rd, 2016|06:24 pm]
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One of the songs I've eyed almost since I started filking actively is Ted and Kenneth Gärdestad's song Jag vill ha en egen måne ("I want a moon of my own", YouTube), a song about lost love with a title that screams science fiction.

The direct inspiration was putting Obi-Wan Kenobi's classic quote "That's no moon… it's a space station!" from Star Wars in Swedish translation into the first opening lines of the chorus.

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A Ballad of the Interfilk Musicians [Mar. 19th, 2016|03:18 pm]
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A legendary Swedish poem and ballad is Frans G Bengtsson's En ballad om franske kungens spelmän ("A Ballad of the French King's Musicians") from 1923. Bengtsson himself described it as "scholarly but incomprehensible", which I guess has contributed to its popularity. According to tradition, it was written on a bet to include the word "transsubstantiate" in a poem.

The poem turned popular enough that it has two different melodies written for it: one by Gunnar Turesson (YouTube) and one by Per-Martin Hamberg, made famous by Karin Juel. I try to sing it to Hamberg's melody, though nowadays Turesson's melody is the most commonly used, and is the one I first heard. Apart from that, Evert Taube wrote his own parody of the ballad in En ballad om Frans G. Bengtssons spelmän (YouTube), with yet another melody, and I've incorporated references to his song as well.

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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2016|09:09 pm]
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Every time I've sung "Acts of Creation" by catsittingstill at Nyfiket, I've left the place without the lyrics, since some other performer there has fallen in love with the song.
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Nyfiket, redux [Feb. 2nd, 2016|09:21 pm]
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I hadn't been at Nyfiket since Christmas and the trip to the USA, but last Tuesday I went back there. Hulda opted to stay home with thette, but as soon as I was to pay for my soup the guy manning the counter asked me if I had any more Joe Hill songs to sing. I had to tell him no, since I did Martin Q Larson's "Jag vill bo i rymden" and Nils Ferlin's "En valsmelodi" instead. A kid there that Hulda had played with there earlier also asked for her.

This week Hulda and I had a quick dinner at home before heading out again. After they had rigged the scene I opened with "Rymden är stor" (my translation of Chris Malme's "Space Is Big"), and Hulda immediately joined me on scene to do the actions. Then "Jag vill bo i rymden" again, since it had become a favourite of Hulda's friend. I rounded out the theme of the night with "Satellitsången". And just a minor flub in "Jag vill bo i rymden"!

Another singer (with guitar) had come along, so he went up and did three songs as well after me. And Hulda checked my songbook on the train home and wanted to sing "Ditt hem är fandom" as we walked from the station. She's starting to turn into quite the fan.

Note for next week: get to the library in Huskvarna and borrow their copy of Joe Hills sånger.
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Cthulhu (filk) [Jan. 22nd, 2016|09:30 am]
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Ever since I've discovered Terence Chua's marvelous ABBA-Cthulhu filks I've nurtured a plan to write something similar, especially since my previous idea turned out to be unworkable. Here it is, to the tune of ABBA's Chiquitita.

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Note that you have to sing Cthulhu using four syllables, but I don't view that as a trouble, given that Cthulhu's proper name is supposed to be unpronouncable anyway. Comments are of course welcome. I had completed this a while ago, but held off posting due to not being sure of some of the scansion, but I might as well open it up for critique and improvements.
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Don't Bite the Sun (filk) [Jan. 20th, 2016|10:32 pm]
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A while back, the Swedish TV show Så mycket bättre sent an episode centered on Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base. One of the songs that were re-worked there was The Sign, and it made me really listen to the lyrics of the song. Then I heard the phrase "Don't bite the sun", matching the rhythm of the song. Indeed, I found the song's theme and mood fits Tanith Lee's story very well.

For anyone interested in doing this one, I believe Lisa Nilsson's mostly acoustic version (in Swedish) can be a good alternative approach to the song's melody.

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NYEDFS and GAFilk, Part the Third [Jan. 14th, 2016|06:10 pm]
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Previous part

Like most days on this trip, I woke well before the alarm clock. I had intended to breakfast at Camellia grill at 7, return to the hotel to pack the last things, and then check out and walk to the Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans to get on the 9:30 Megabus to Atlanta and GAFilk.

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Thanks everyone for a lovely GAFilk! [Jan. 12th, 2016|11:46 am]
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Thanks everyone for helping make a lovely GAFilk 2016!

I'm currently at Heathrow and have started to work on a proper report. Let's see when I'll be able to finish it.
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NYEDFS and GAFilk, Part the Second [Jan. 7th, 2016|07:25 pm]
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Previous part

We had spent Sunday evening doing some basic planning for the stay and resting after the Social revelries. Monday morning we woke up reasonably early, at half eight. After I had turned in our laundry at Suds dem Duds we went in search of breakfast. After some walking, we found the Camellia Grill, which turned out to be a great place, and where we had our breakfasts for the rest of the stay here.

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NYEDFS and GAFilk, Part the First [Jan. 4th, 2016|02:29 pm]
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The plan was simple. Visit the New Year's Eve Darkfriend Social in New Orleans, meeting several of our American friends. We would have one and a half days of touristing in New Orleans before the actual social started on the afternoon of 30 December, and a further two days afterwards. Then Therese would fly home, and I would head to Atlanta for GAFilk, and fly back after that.

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