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Sumer nights [Jul. 26th, 2017|09:13 am]

My honorary nephew Alex had posted the meme with an opossum going "Summer lovin', happened so fast; summer lovin', he scream at own ass" over on Facebook. For some reason, I put "Sumer" in there. This was the result.

Naturally based on Summer Nights from Grease.

Sumer lovin', we did well meshCollapse )

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/73984.html. Please comment there.


Steve (filk) [Jul. 23rd, 2017|06:54 pm]

It was a while since I last posted a filk song here. I haven't quit writing them, but most songs lately have been very situational or little more than fragments. But I finished this one today, named "Steve" after Steve Rogers (in Captain America: The First Avenger) and Steve Trevor (in Wonder Woman). Because, even if the films are very different in tone and message, and the two characters are dissimilar, the two Steves manage to hit the same points in roughly the same order:

  • Played by an actor named Chris (Evans and Pine, respectively)
  • Gets stuck far away from the fighting
  • Gets together with a dark-haired beauty, who helps him
  • Enlists the aid of a small band of companions, in a bar
  • Drives a motorbike through the woods
  • Flies of in an aircraft loaded with weapons of mass destruction in the end

It is based on the song "Balladen om den kaxiga myran" (YouTube) by Stefan Demert.

Jag uppstämma vill min lyraCollapse )

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/73928.html. Please comment there.


Wayward Daughters [Jul. 2nd, 2017|12:17 am]

My wife has been a fan of Supernatural for several years now, and has been very excited by the noises of the Wayward Daughters spinoff.

With the strong themes of family, justice, and feminism that I get from her corner of Supernatural fandom, it meshed with Battle Cry of Freedom and also with "There Is Power in a Union" by Billy Bragg (YouTube). I've stolen liberally from both of them.

Wayward DaughtersCollapse )

Note 1: Line 3.3 was originally "like our brothers gone before", referring to Sam and Dean. My wife asked me to change it.

Note 2: "There Is Power in a Union" by Billy Bragg is to the tune of "Battle Cry of Freedom", and should not be confused with "There Is Power in a Union" by Joe Hill, which was written in 1913 and to the tune of "There Is Power in the Blood", and which I've also filked as "There Is Power in a Fandom" (yes, I've had the idea to do a filk of Bragg's song for a while now).

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/73680.html. Please comment there.


Drums Are Banned in Sweden [Jun. 20th, 2017|10:59 pm]

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-sixCollapse )

ETA: switched out line 2.2 from "or calling day was at end from the headman on his perch" to "or signalling the end of day, struck with a stick of birch"

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/73259.html. Please comment there.


Kontur (Swecon) 2017 [May. 29th, 2017|05:58 pm]
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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 följerCollapse )

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Toby the (spoiler) [May. 22nd, 2017|12:23 pm]

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.

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Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/72780.html. Please comment there.


She's Got a Bear [May. 20th, 2017|11:49 pm]

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 conCollapse )

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/72541.html. Please comment there.


The origins of Mary O'Meara [May. 12th, 2017|02:30 pm]
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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'MearaCollapse )

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/72234.html. Please comment there.


Be Weird [Apr. 21st, 2017|01:06 pm]

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 wayCollapse )

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/71992.html. Please comment there.


PSA [Apr. 6th, 2017|10:14 pm]
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).

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/71843.html. Please comment there.


(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2017|03:39 pm]

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.
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Bokbacillen [Apr. 4th, 2017|01:30 pm]

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.

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Husalven går utan strumpor och skor [Apr. 4th, 2017|10:40 am]

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 skorCollapse )

(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.)

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/70178.html. Please comment there.


Da Boyz Iz Back In Town [Apr. 4th, 2017|10:31 am]

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.

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(no subject) [Mar. 23rd, 2017|03:47 pm]
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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Twenty Core SF Books Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves [Mar. 4th, 2017|08:55 am]

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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The Dream-Weaver's Song [Feb. 11th, 2017|10:40 am]

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 (tagmeth).

Gerridon a man of pride was heCollapse )

On the original song and the legendCollapse )
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Quoi de Neuf [Feb. 7th, 2017|11:42 am]
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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 againCollapse )

Overall, I very much liked the con and am very happy I went, despite the hassles and extra costs.
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Take Me Home, Fury Road [Feb. 1st, 2017|01:12 pm]

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 RoadCollapse )

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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Balroys och Balrogers hål [Jan. 25th, 2017|11:54 am]

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 hålCollapse )

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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