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Poop Eyrie [Aug. 19th, 2019|12:49 am]
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The space exploration panels at Dublin 2019 turned out to have a specific theme, and when Saturday's filk circle ended up with three new songs written during the con, I could do no worse. These two elements combined to this filk sacrilege, which caused [personal profile] bedlamhouse to call me a very very bad person.

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Two Good Omens filks [Jun. 27th, 2019|06:47 pm]
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Continued discussion with [personal profile] thette yesterday about Good Omens and Common Metre led to the following two songs being written, usable with any CM melody.

Ineffable Husbands

My husbands were ineffable
and camp it was their sign
They went through fire without fear
convinced that this is fine

A sword it is a useful tool
to lighten up the way
to slay the lion chasing you
and rebel, as they say

The International Express Man

He was unarmed, but touch'd by none
as he walk'd through the room
he pass'd the strife and pass'd the guns
and brought the sword of doom

He tugg'd the sleeve of Sable's arm
and ask'd for his receipt
and Famine he turn'd on his charm
receiving scales so neat

By river Uck a sinking swan
is given Chalky's stare
And the brave delivery man
the crown gave in his care

Now nearly finish'd with the route
a message still was key
"I love you" written he walk'd out
Said simply "Come and See"

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The Justice League Moustache [Jun. 25th, 2019|02:55 pm]
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It should be readily apparent that the most famous song involving a moustache should be rewritten to cover the most famous moustache in Hollywood, or perhaps the most famous absence of a moustache.

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The original version is the French "Les Moustaches", written by Gérard Gustin and Maurice Tézé, and presented by Sacha Distel (Youtube). However, I encountered the song in Swedish translation at Club Sunkit, a club specialising in strange, obscure, and forgotten music. Several Swedish bands in the late 60s and early 70s covered the song, and Sunkit gave the song a renaissance in the early 2000s with the cover by Thore Callmars Orkester (Youtube). And the moustache in this song is of course Henry Cavill's one in the Justice League movie.

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It Hurts [Jun. 11th, 2019|11:10 pm]
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Well, that didn't take long.

Because of course Crowley of Good Omens needs a Eurovision Song Contest filk, here is the English version of "Jag är ond", though it's not really a translation, more a new and separate filking of the "It Hurts" (Youtube), performed by Lena Ph at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest.

Nobody but me, could know the way I feelCollapse )

Yes, the chorus has only changed a single line.

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Jag är ond [Jun. 11th, 2019|08:24 pm]
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[personal profile] thette has fallen hard for Good Omens, and is currently re-watching it with our daughter. Then hearing it in the background combined with Lena Philipsson's Swedish entry to the 2004 Eurovison Song Contest: Det gör ont (Youtube).

Lets see if I can scare up an English version later on, she says it deserves to be spread more.

Och alla omkring dom märker ingentingCollapse )

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The Holly and the Ivy [Jun. 11th, 2019|12:31 pm]
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I discovered the English carol "The Holly and the Ivy" thanks to Heather Dale's album Perpetual Gift. The similar phonetics with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy then had a natural outcome after a dive into various fan wikis.

The Holly and the Ivy, Are both from Arkham goneCollapse )

Note that my set of lyrics fit poorly with Heather's way of singing at times, other versions are easier to follow along with, if you don't already know the tune. And if you want to sing "Harley" instead of "Holly", feel free to go ahead.

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/81234.html. Please comment there.

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Sam och Dean, välkomna [Apr. 30th, 2019|06:09 pm]
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Another filk written for one of [personal profile] thette's fandoms, in this case Supernatural, that I apparently never came around to post here. On the other hand, it is entirely fitting for today, as the base song, Sköna maj, välkommen (Youtube) is a classic piece during the Swedish Walpurgis night celebration.

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Song from Utanmyra [Apr. 12th, 2019|06:29 pm]
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I haven't written much lately, and those songs I did write were a bit varied in quality or were quite narrow in their topics. But here is an English translation of a Swedish folk song and jazz standard: Visa från Utanmyra (notation), with modern lyrics by Björn Lindroth, written in 1963 and most famously recorded by Monica Zetterlund (Youtube).

Content warning: the song is about rape and rape culture.

Only one time I saw that manCollapse )

Right now my translation has focused on faithfulness to the original, and I'd be happy to receive comments, both on singability and the appropriateness of some of the lyrics.

The tune itself is known from the 18th century, as Olof von Dalin wrote a set of lyrics to the tune then. That one is wholly unrelated to Lindroth's text.

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/80862.html. Please comment there.

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A Flower and a Hufflepuff, presented [Jan. 15th, 2019|07:45 am]
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The marvellous Moss Bliss presented my "A Flower and a Hufflepuff" at the recent GAFilk, and it was recorded!



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Eddan, omtolkad [Dec. 23rd, 2018|10:46 am]
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För några månader sedan visade [personal profile] thette mig ett tumblr-inlägg kring Oden och Loke. Jag tyckte att dikten där saknade den äkta norröna knarrigheten, så jag skrev ett alternativ på ljodahattr.

Solen sken
skönt gyllene
dagen Tor föddes
På trottoaren
vid Taco Bell
där låg Loke

Nu har den lilla versen blivit översatt till engelska och isländska, blivit ristad i trä som runor, finns att köpa i illumination via Etsy och har närmare 300.000 interaktioner på Tumblr.

Men den första versen ledde till idén med att tolka Asarna i det moderna nattlivet, så nu har jag skrivit några till:

Vid Bifrosts bro
bor Heimdall
Gör Gjallarhornet redo
Hör gräset gro
Genom väggen
Tar gröna hissen

Iduns äpplen
Ökar i värde
Utav hennes omsorg
Om styrka och smak
Ser Asarna an:
Nu jäser det

Odens öga
Är i Mimers brunn:
Ser allt som sker
För vishet pant
Till Vaners gisslan
Då ser han dubbelt

Till Tryms gille
For Tor med Loke
Som bister brud och tärna
Fort och fast
Han fattade Mjölner
Och hammarn i huvet

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/80228.html. Please comment there.

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Properly describing fandoms [Dec. 16th, 2018|12:09 am]
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In order to describe different fandoms easily and succinctly, I propose the following terminology:

My fandom is passionate
Your fandom is enthusiastic
Their fandom is strident

My fandom is caring
Your fandom is supporting
Their fandom is toxic

My fandom is quirky
Your fandom is weird
Their fandom is freaky

My fandom is transformative
Your fandom use tropes
Their fandom does copyright piracy

My fandom is refined
Your fandom is small
Their fandom doesn't matter

My fandom is inclusive
Your fandom is large
Their fandom has sold out

My fandom is innovative
Your fandom is new
Their fandom is just a flash in the pan

My fandom has traditions
Your fandom is old
Their fandom is passé

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/80066.html. Please comment there.

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Hugo nominations [Dec. 14th, 2018|02:13 pm]
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Back when EPH was discussed for reworking the way Hugo nominations would work, I wrote Grokking E Pluribus Hugo. Back then, a meme ran around that it was better to nominate fewer works in one category in order to not dilute your voting power as a nominator, and it seems to still be running around among some people as they talk about their eligible works.

That is an incorrect assumption. As a voter and nominator for the Hugos, it is in your best interest to nominate as many works as you find worthy as you can.

I will illustrate it using two cases. The first is that if every single nominator in a Hugo category nominates only a single work, EPH will default back to a simple first past the post selection with six finalists—exactly the system that we had before EPH, but with much less input!

The second is more complex. Assume that an author has published two eligible works in a category: A and B. There are 500 people who are fans of the author and likes all they have written, but half of them like A a little better and half like B a little better. They would be happy if either turned up on the ballot, and really happy if both turned up. There are also 100 people who really like A but didn't care for B for some reason, or didn't get around to reading it yet.

We also assume that all other works on the ballots of these 600 people have been eliminated, or they only voted for the specific author. (Huge simplification, I know.)

Under the meme that one should not dilute the nomination, everyone of these 500 people who liked A and B will nominate either A or B, and we split it in half. Then A gets 350 nominators and 350 points, while B gets 250 nominator and 250 points. But if the 500 nominated both, then A gets 600 nominators and 350 points (500 / 2 + 100), while B gets 500 nominations and 250 points. And if B gets eliminated, then A has 600 nominators and 600 points.

Now, the points are used to select candidates for elimination, but the actual decision on which work is eliminated is done by the raw number of nominators. Looked at it that way, both A and B stand a much higher chance of not being eliminated if selected as a candidate for elimination, and if B is eliminated then A stands a much higher chance of becoming a finalist.

The general advice regarding Hugo nominations is thus: nominate all the worthy works that you would like to see on the final ballot!

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/79799.html. Please comment there.

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Three Legends of Tomorrow Filks [Dec. 11th, 2018|08:17 am]
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[personal profile] thette has been much more into TV series than books for a while now, and one of her favourites lately has been Legends of Tomorrow, which she appreciates partly through its sheer campiness. Then she showed me the ending of the season 3 finale with Beebo, leading to no less than three songs about that cuddly giant bear.

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That song didn't quite capture the sheer camp and silliness of the scene, so I wrote another one.

En vänlig nalles blåa fotCollapse )

But thette and I had recently talked about "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, which led to yet another one, more closely based on the Swedish parody "Brolin" by Spirella Girls (Youtube), about a woman whose husband ends up following the then football world championships rather than caring about her.

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We Want Much More Captain Marvel [Dec. 6th, 2018|11:09 pm]
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Back in the 80s in Sweden, local music was lousy with earworms. One of middling ones was "Vi vill ha mera" (Youtube) by Kenneth and the Knutters.

Then [personal profile] kate_nepveu mentioned the catchphrase "higher further faster" for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, and how it left out the concluding "more". And the phrase and the song smashed together in my head.

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(In filk parlance, this can be viewed as a follower to "We Want Rey" by The PDX Broadsides.)

Crossposted from https://kjn.dreamwidth.org/79111.html. Please comment there.

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Uppå ett tak i Marseilles [Nov. 22nd, 2018|07:15 pm]
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I've got quite the backlog of filk songs written this year that I haven't posted (I'm sadly behind on a lot of fannish stuff). This is another example of what can be called a double-parody: Swedish comedy group Galenskaparna did a skit and a song based on Amsterdam by Jacques Brel, called "Under en filt i Madrid" (Youtube). Swedish acafan Jerry Määttä had posted a photo of himself on a roof in Marseilles, with the subtitle "Orakad och höjdrädd på ett tak i Marseilles". All that meshed together with Swedish fan history into this new filk.

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I Dreamed Last Night of Oracle [Nov. 19th, 2018|03:58 pm]
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On November 19th 1915, Joe Hill was murdered by the State of Utah for the crime of filking.

This year’s Joe Hill filk tribute showcases not a song by him, but a song about him: “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” (YouTube). It tells how a man is murdered but his ideals and example becomes much more powerful because of that. By being murdered, Joe Hill became the man that never died.

Earlier this year, I read up a bit of fridging, and the two patterns felt like they sort of complemented each other. And there are arguably two cases of fridging that are famous and can be said to encompass much of its spectrum. The first is Gwen Stacy. The second is Barbara Gordon.

But Barbara Gordon is the woman who walked out of the fridge…Collapse )

I dreamed last night of Oracle…Collapse )

There are lots of great versions of the original song. My favourite is the driving anger of Luke Kelly's version, but this one needed a woman's voice, thus Joan Baez's take on it.

My previously posted Joe Hill filks: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

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Anglemark at TAFF [Aug. 22nd, 2018|12:56 pm]
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I haven't been posting many new filks lately. Partly because they've been one-offs, partly because I'm holding their publication because of $REASONS. However, this year's TAFF delegate was my friend Johan Anglemark, and he described assisting previous year's TAFF delegate John Purcell busking for TAFF at Armadillocon. It melded with what has become my favourite old Swedish filk song, "Brev ifrån Andersson", that describes an old trufan assisting a neo to get started in fandom and publish their first fanzine. It is to the tune of "Rosa på bal" by Evert Taube (Youtube).

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Scifistin malja [Jul. 23rd, 2018|09:40 pm]
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Back at Finncon, I managed to secure two copies of the Finnish fannish songbook Scifistin malja, roughly "Science fiction toast". It was first published in 2003, and included songs that were sung at dinner parties organised by Tutka, the science fiction and fantasy club of Turku University. These dinner parties ("sittning" in Swedish and "sitsit" in Finnish) are a staple of Swedish and Finnish student life, where eating is combined with frequent singalongs and toasts.

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I will send over one of the copies, together with some other filk-related material from Sweden, to Interfilk for auctioning when I get back from traveling.

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Freezed Lightnin' [Jun. 5th, 2018|12:27 am]
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My family picks up new fandoms, and sometimes OTPs, with some regularity. Sometimes, these cause me to filk, despite not being into those fandoms at all (see: Peggy Carter, Huldas ponnyvisa (My Little Pony), Wayward Daughters). The most recent one was the Barry Allen-Leonard Snart OTP from Flash, which led to this, ttto "Greased Lightning".

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Note: this was written in less than fifteen minutes, and could surely need some adjusting runs.

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A Flower and a Hufflepuff [May. 9th, 2018|12:11 pm]
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For a very long while, I have tried to write a proper filk about the redshirt. I first had my eyes on Evert Taube's "Balladen om briggen 'Blue Bird' av Hull" in the Star Trek environment, but never could get a suitable scenario.

Then, a few days ago, the fate of Cedric Diggory and Dan Andersson's masterpiece "En spelmans jordafärd" (Youtube, and an English translation) met each other, and this was the result.

As the evening sun is shining on the tower of RavenclawCollapse )

There are some passages that could need future polishing and are slightly tricky to sing, but I think I've hit diminishing returns right now.

ETA: I found the notation for Dan Andersson's melody at a local library, and have fixed most of the scansion issues now.

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