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Sam J. Lundwall, Music, and Science Fiction [Dec. 30th, 2017|11:36 pm]
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The latest issue of my Swedish-language fanzine "I stället för papper" contained an article and discography about Swedish sf fan, publisher, author, translator et c Sam J. Lundwall. I think some of you filkers would appreciate it too, so here's a translation to English.

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Holy Aura [Dec. 14th, 2017|12:13 pm]
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I found out that I had written another filk song based on Princess Holy Aura, which I had managed to forget. This one is to the classic Swedish Christmas song Lusse Lelle (Youtube).

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While traditionally connected to the Swedish Lucia tradition, the original song pre-dates the connection of Saint Lucy with the Swedish tradition of lussinatta (Lussi Night), and instead connects with the tradition of youngsters visiting farms to ask for food and drink on 13 December.

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Will That Is Eternal [Dec. 12th, 2017|09:33 am]
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I wrote this one over two years ago, but Princess Holy Aura, the book it's based on wasn't published until last Tuesday. The song really should have several more verses if it is to cover all the main characters (despite Cecilia Eng's advice on songwriting), but I only got around to write the first three.

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The Filk of Joe Hill: Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay [Nov. 19th, 2017|04:54 pm]
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On November 19th 1915, Joe Hill was murdered by the State of Utah for the crime of filking.

While listening through a few more of Joe Hill's songs and trying to decide on this year's Joe Hill filk, I decided to read a bit on the history of Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, and promptly fell down a rabbit hole of high-class St. Louis bordellos, early ragtime music, and minstrel shows. Given the continuing discussion about appropriation and racism within science fiction my choice became simple: just write the history of the song, but there was no way to include it all.

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My previously posted Joe Hill filks: 2014, 2015, 2016.

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The Printer Spool [Nov. 9th, 2017|08:43 am]
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A friend of mine fought for a long time with the new university printer system, and told of his woes of Facebook. Given my sometime experiences as a sysadmin myself, I immediately latched onto the CUPS system, resulting in "The Printer Spool", ttto Auld Lang Syne. It later turned out the issue wasn't CUPS- or driver-related, but rather about documentation.

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Alien [Oct. 21st, 2017|10:42 am]
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Another quick new Swedish filk, but one that isn't only an instafilk. It's based on Främling (YouTube), the #1 Swedish hit during the 80's. The LP sold more than one million copies, and is still the best-selling album ever in Sweden. As comparison, for platinum a record needs to sell 40,000 copies here.

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ETA: Made a change for better scansion

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Jorden har en extramåne [Oct. 17th, 2017|08:29 pm]
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I've been bad about posting my filks here lately, most have been put on Facebook, if that, but this one deserves a more permanent place. NASA recently discovered the asteroid 2016 HO3 that is in a stable loop around the earth for a couple of centuries. In effect, a second tiny moon, though NASA calls it a quasi-satellite. It's not even a hundred meters in size.

It's to the tune of Ted and Kenneth Gärdestad's song Jag vill ha en egen måne ("I want a moon of my own", YouTube), that I have filked once before, as Det där är då ingen måne.

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Oboe [Oct. 4th, 2017|11:16 pm]
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In an association chain in the kitchen I somehow managed to cram together "Oh boy" (Youtube) by Peps Persson with the oboe. About half an hour later this was the result:

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You Lift Me Up [Sep. 26th, 2017|10:00 am]
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My friend Mark posted a variant of the strong people don't put others down image featuring Darth Vader over on Facebook. The line "they lift them up", Darth Vader, and the song You Raise Me Up (YouTube) by Rolf Løfland and Brendan Graham meshed together and resulted in this filk.

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ETA: some linguistic improvements, thanks to [personal profile] patoadam.

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Worldcon 75—A Slightly Different Perspective [Aug. 18th, 2017|11:28 pm]
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Apart from Fantastika 2016 (where I edited the con newsletter), I have only had light duties at most cons I've been to recently. At Worldcon 75 I was the Area Head of childrens' programming. To make matters worse, my co-Area Head (and wife) [personal profile] thette had been battling exhaustion due to work for the year before the con, and busted her knee the Friday before the con started, so she had to strictly ration her work.

I'm not even that good with kids, especially when they are excited and in a group. Luckily, I had some excellent staffers, who did most of the work with keeping the kids happy, while I did most of the behind-the-scenes jobs. So this report is dedicated to Silja Lampela, Mia-Pia Asomäki, Katherine Catchpole, Marie Engfors, and Therese Norén, my excellent staffers. (Technically Katherine was "only" a volunteer, but as she joined our security briefing, I thought it simplest to just declare her a staffer as well.)

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Tänk om jag hade ljussabel [Aug. 3rd, 2017|06:17 pm]
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A discussion about light sabers in a Facebook group for Swedish sf fans led to the following quickly written filk, based on "Tänk om jag hade en sabel" (Youtube from 1965 by Cornelis Vreeswijk. Don't expect any high quality here—this was written on a lark—but it is fully singable.

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

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

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

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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).

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

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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"

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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