“ Lady, long have I loved you
I will have you for my wife
I will stay upon your shoreland
though it robs me of my life.”
I just wanted to apologize for the long, long delay in syncing our Tumblr posts and responding to folks. I work at an immigration legal nonprofit in the US, and as anyone following current US politics can probably guess, that’s been requiring rather a lot of my energy recently. I’ll be trying to get back to folks who’ve messaged us on WordPress over the next few days.
The Brain Mod
I personally have…no idea. I use Soundcloud, but I haven’t tried putting up a parody. Does anyone out there know?
We didn’t have a donation system before, but your question prompted me to set one up! If you want to help us keep filkyeahfilk.com hosted, you can now donate at http://ko-fi.com/filkyeahfilk.
If you want to donate in something other than Ko-fi units of $3, you can message me off of anon or through the contact form on our site, and I can get in touch with my Paypal information. [Since it displays my actual name, I’m not comfortable posting a Paypal link online for the entire world to see.]
Keeping the site online costs me about $100 per year, so if folks wanted to help offset that, I would be incredibly grateful. Thanks for asking! <3
-The brain mod
Hey everyone, we hopefully won’t be going anywhere, but with Tumblr currently hurtling towards its LiveJournal-style doom, this is a good time to remind you that we have this entire blog cross-posted at filkyeahfilk.com.
I own and independently host the site, so even if Tumblr goes, we’ll be around as long as I can keep paying the hosting fees. This weekend I also made sure that we have our own backups of any files that were originally hosted at Tumblr, so the music and images we’ve gathered should stick around regardless of what happens.
The brain mod
Dorothy just wanted something that she could believe in,
A gray dustbowl girl in a life she was better off leavin’.
She made her escape, went from gray into green,
And she could have got clear, and she could have got clean,
But she chose to be good and go back to the gray Kansas sky
Where color’s a fable and freedom’s a fairy tale lie.
Alice got lost, and I guess that we really can’t blame her;
They say she got tangled and tied in the lies that became her.
They say she went mad, and she never complained,
For there’s peace of a kind in a life unconstrained.
She gives Cheshire kisses, she’s easy with white rabbit smiles,
And she’ll never be free, but she’s won herself safe for a while.
Susan and Lucy were queens, and they ruled well and proudly.
They honored their land and their lord, rang the bells long and loudly.
They never once asked to return to their lives
To be children and chattel and mothers and wives,
But the land cast them out in a lesson that only one learned;
And one queen said ‘I am not a toy’, and she never returned.
Mandy’s a pirate, and Mia weaves silk shrouds for faeries,
And Deborah will pour you red wine pressed from sweet poisoned berries.
Kate poses riddles and Mary plays tricks,
While Kaia builds towers from brambles and sticks,
And the rules that we live by are simple and clear:
Be wicked and lovely and don’t live in fear
Dorothy, Alice and Wendy and Jane,
Susan and Lucy, we’re calling your names,
All the Lost Girls who came out of the rain
And chose to go back on the shelf.
Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree
You have to break rules if you want to break free.
So do as you like
we’re determined to be
Wicked girls saving ourselves.
For we will be wicked and we will be fair
And they’ll call us such names, and we really won’t care,
So go, tell your Wendys, your Susans, your Janes,
There’s a place they can go if they’re tired of chains,
And our roads may be golden, or broken, or lost,
But we’ll walk on them willingly, knowing the cost
We won’t take our place on the shelves.
It’s better to fly and it’s better to die
Say the wicked girls saving ourselves.
This is breathtaking.
Hi! Sorry if this is a stupid question, but do you think poetry could be considered filk too? Because I wanna try writing some filk stuff, but I’m terrible with music, and even changing the lyrics of already existing songs so that it still works with the music seems like a bit too big challenge to me (especially in English, since it’s not my first language), but I can write poems. Not very good poems, I have to admit that, but poems anyway.
Definitely! I’ve heard a few people read poetry at filk events. Sometimes it’s a song they don’t feel confident enough to sing but want to share anyway, and sometimes because they found or wrote a very filkish poem that was never intended to be sung.
Go forth! Write things!! And there’s always a chance that someone else will be able to set something you write to music later!
today (friday aug 4 2017), bandcamp is donating 100% of their proceeds to the transgender law center [link: x].
this applies to all proceeds, regardless of whether or not the artist is trans themselves, but you should still take this opportunity to support trans artists – here’s the transgender tag [x], here’s the trans tag [x], and here’s the transcore tag [x], if you wanna look around. or you can go by my (impeccable) taste! i suggest picking up
- together not together by winter sisters [x]
- god forbid anyone look me in the eye by two steps on the water [x]
- the magic fountain LP by the magic fountain [x]
- soft hits by ashby and the oceanns [x]
- uncertain transitions by wren, like the bird [x]
- girl particular by bella trout [x]
- VEIL by lich [x]
- body trauma by naive sense[x]
- undertaker by disemballerina[x]
- as i am by mya byrne
- GLITTER BOMB by EEKUM SEEKUM
- from rotting fantasylands by lauren bousfield
- the long lost art of getting lost by a stick and a stone [x]
It’s a good day to stock up on some Alexander James Adams!
I just noticed we got 25 NEW FOLLOWERS in the past WEEK which is huge for a pretty small blog, especially considering…we haven’t posted much at all recently. So welcome, I’ve loaded the queue for a while in all of your honor, here’s hoping we can keep it up!
Feel free to bother us with “why haven’t you posted x yet” or “do you know any songs about y!” Sometimes we need to be poked.
Hey friends! A few of my wild Life Things have calmed down and also I have at least temporarily won my battle with technology, so I’m going to get back to having regular virtual folksings again!
For those not familiar, I stream myself singing folk and filk songs. Everyone is welcome to listen, make requests, and sing along! I work primarily from Rise Up Singing and Rise Again for folk songs (songlists here and here). My filk collection is a little more eclectic–lots of Leslie Fish and Julia Ecklar as well as some of my own stuff. If you have something you want to hear and aren’t sure if I know it, drop me a message! Given enough notice, I can probably learn it.
I’m planning to start this Sunday, July 9th, at 2pm and go until my voice and/or fingers give out.
(that’s 2pm central time, for the record)