Valdemar’s Song (The Baron and the Minstrel of the Hall) – by Efenwealt Wystle

“So much of life in the SCA is centered around interactions between teachers and students. We all have so much to learn from each other, and none of us has all the answers. Though we all walk different paths on our quests, they all point to the same place. That place is made up of the very best qualities and talents within each of us. Learning to find that and forgive each other’s imperfections is what brings us all closer to our Dream.”

“Valdemar’s Song (The Baron and the Minstrel of the Hall),” by Efenwealt Wystle.  Valdemar, in this case, is an SCA persona, not the Lackey novels.
This song…it’s beautiful, and inspiring, and oddly sad.


“Ukulele,” a song about very serious musician problems, to the tune of “Hallelujah”
full disclosure, I found this song on Facebook at 3 AM, I don’t know if it’ll hold up in daylight
…but I’m pretty sure it will
I am incredibly disappointed that’s it not actually performed with a ukulele, though.  What’s up with that.

Cards-Against-Humanity-themed filk circle: bad idea, or worst idea? (Filk-themed Cards Against Humanity: better bad idea, or even worse worst idea?)








oh god

I can think of a couple of ways this could go

either you play CAH normally but every round somebody has to find or improvise a song based on the winning card, or


(winning card: “Another fucking rendition of ‘Banned From Argo’.”

ahahahahaha oh god the urge to make up more cards

this could be so very terrible

… are you by any chance coming to OVFF this year

other cards: “requesting ‘horse tamer’s daughter’ after somebody just finished singing ‘ice and fire’”

“the guy who ALWAYS sings (for a given definition of the word) ‘tomorrow i leave for battle’”

“trying to sing ‘wanderlust’ after your voice already died”

“march of cambreadth at 1AM”

“post-apocalyptic leslie fish”

(…oh god I just imagined leslie fish in Mad Max Fury Road and my brain is broken)

If I ever write a Mad Max Fury Road fic, there’s an excellent chance that Leslie fish is getting tuckerized as one of the Vuvalini.

The anti-Doof Warrior. (With black powder and alcohol.)

but anyway, Filkers Against Humanity.

(With apologies, so far, to Josh and Lisa.)


*already editing*

“another filk of that same Billy Joel tune”
“settling for a word that sort of rhymes”
“Weird Al Yankovic”

this is extremely important

Filk is the music of SF fandom. Its subject matter ranges from “a detailed deconstruction of a weighty Asimov tome in 27 verses” to “stuff my cat did to my yarn last Friday.” There are a lot of puns. Some of the songs are completely original; others are parodies. A few are parodies of parodies. Then there are the parodies of parodies of parodies. I could go on.

Kari Maaren (x)

Not My Job: Actor Oscar Isaac On Folk Music Vs. Filk Music

so this is a thing that happened

Not My Job: Actor Oscar Isaac On Folk Music Vs. Filk Music

Playback – Andrew Ross


to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire
filk lyrics by Andrew Ross

Mary Shelley, HG Wells, people meeting at hotels
Rudyard Kipling, people singing ditties at the bar
Gilbert, Sullivan, rounds of Young Man Mulligan
Poul and Karen Anderson, songs in Key of R

Martha Keller, Tolkein, songs of worlds as yet unseen
TH White’s Arthurians, Frederick Pohl’s Futurians
Tom Lehrer, Mondegreens, Slan Shacks, fanzines
Music circles, Reprints, Jacobs has a misprint!

We shouted “MacIntyre!”
It’s our cry of battle for the Old Dun Cattle
We shouted “MacIntyre!”
And we haven’t parted since the circle started

Amazing Stories Annuals, Pelz’s Filksong Manuals
Dr. Demento tunes, Callahan’s Crosstime Saloons
Hope Eyrie, Leslie Fish, bounced potatoes off the dish
Robert Aspirin, Gwen Zak, Dawson’s Christian, Captain Jack

Off Centaur, Teri Lee, making love in zero-G
Filthy Pierre, Longcor, black market Tullamore
Juanita Coulson, Red Lions, badges marked with Dandelions
Dorsai have a Fan Club! Jello in the bathtub!

Don’t set the cat on fire
It will only fight it if you try to light it
Don’t set the cat on fire
And we haven’t parted since the circle started

Peter Beagle, Consonance, chili cursed with sentience
HOPSFA, NESFA, ConChord, and the Pegasus Award
PFNEN, Ose, Amway, Talk Like a Pirate Day
Dandelion Digitals, Julia Ecklar and the gulls

Bob Laurent, Asimov, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
Rocky Horror Muppet Shows, Frank Hayes feeling indisposed
Bill Sutton DIY, Marischiello goodbye
Challenger! Final tour! What else must we all endure?

We saw the sky on fire
While the world was staring, we were Jordin Karing
We saw the sky on fire
And we haven’t parted since the circle started

Kathy Mar, Next Gen, Tullamore is back again
Steve Macdonald, Elfquest, Interfilk funds a guest
Tom Smith, 307 Ale, Lee Gold, Heather Dale
Phoenyx, Keepers of the Flame, Filkontario’s Hall of Fame

Echo’s Children, Bab-5, need a fool to feed the drive
Hamlet done by John Woo, Marilisa Valtazanou
GaFilk, Urban Tapestry, lives rich in fantasy
Airwalls down at Orycon! Firebells at Baycon!

We didn’t start a fire
We were all but deafened, and began Kanefin’
We didn’t start a fire
And we haven’t parted since the circle started

Blake Hodgetts, Proteins, Vixy, Tony, Thirteen
Stone Dragons, Moxie, Zander, Heather into Alexander
Bill and Gretchen, dead mouse, alligators in the house
ConFlikt, Judi Filksign, Tragedy at East Hill Mine

Mary Crowell, Faerieworlds, brony boys and Wicked Girls
Britain’s Talis Kimberly, Seanan’s Kellis-Amberlee
Doubleclicks! Browncoats! Cats! FuMP! Toy Boat!
Release the Cello! Sasquon! Thor! Pass another Tullamore!

We didn’t start the choir
It’s been so cathartic for the longest bardic
We didn’t start the choir
But when our turns have gone, it will still go on and on until the dawn…

Added to the Music Masterlist



Tons of you have been helping build up the Masterlist of Songs Inspired by Tolkien – thank you so much to everyone who’s sent in links to new songs! I’ve still got lots more to add (including all of The Tolkien Ensemble, yikes), but here’s the songs that were recently added:

Remember, if you’ve got more to add, please let me know – and include a link with your suggestion!!! (otherwise it will not be added)

Likely of interest to my followers!

And mine, though they’re probably more or less the same people.