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.

Filk Stream This Sunday!!

dog-of-ulthar:

scribefindegil:

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)

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

filkyeahfilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.

The deadline for submitting to the Contata 8 songbook is April 30!  Want to have one of your songs appear in our songbook?  Now’s your chance.

“Um … what kind of song could I submit, if I wanted to do that?”

I’m glad you asked me that, random citizen!  It’s pretty simple really: the only major requirement is that it needs to be a song you wrote.  (Yes, you can submit on behalf of another songwriter, but only with their explicit permission and ideally only by their request.)

“What if it isn’t a new song?”

That’s totally fine; old songs are welcome.

“What if I only wrote the lyrics?”

That’s not only fine, that’s a fundamental filk subtype!  Just put somewhere in your submission the name of the original tune that your lyrics are meant to be sung to, and credit the original writer.  (If you mean that your song is a collaboration with somebody else, then you should submit it jointly with credit to both of you.)

“What if I wrote original music for it?”

If you want to include sheet music or chord notation of any kind, and/or a link to a sound file online, that’d be great!

“Does it have to be about something nerdy?”  

For broad values of ‘nerdy’ and even broader values of ‘have to’, you could say that.  If you’ve got any experience with filk, you may already know just how varied song topics get.  (If you don’t, you may want to check out a link roundup and sampler here.)

“Do I get a copy of the songbook if my song is in it?”

Why yes, you do!  All Contata attendees and all songbook contributors will get a digital copy of the songbook.  (Contata attendees will also have the option to buy a printed copy for $5.)

Any questions?  Our inbox is always open.

The window for submitting to the Contata 2017 Songbook has been reopened!

The new deadline is May 31, 2017.  Ten days left to submit a song!

Last chance to submit is tomorrow!

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.

The deadline for submitting to the Contata 8 songbook is April 30!  Want to have one of your songs appear in our songbook?  Now’s your chance.

“Um … what kind of song could I submit, if I wanted to do that?”

I’m glad you asked me that, random citizen!  It’s pretty simple really: the only major requirement is that it needs to be a song you wrote.  (Yes, you can submit on behalf of another songwriter, but only with their explicit permission and ideally only by their request.)

“What if it isn’t a new song?”

That’s totally fine; old songs are welcome.

“What if I only wrote the lyrics?”

That’s not only fine, that’s a fundamental filk subtype!  Just put somewhere in your submission the name of the original tune that your lyrics are meant to be sung to, and credit the original writer.  (If you mean that your song is a collaboration with somebody else, then you should submit it jointly with credit to both of you.)

“What if I wrote original music for it?”

If you want to include sheet music or chord notation of any kind, and/or a link to a sound file online, that’d be great!

“Does it have to be about something nerdy?”  

For broad values of ‘nerdy’ and even broader values of ‘have to’, you could say that.  If you’ve got any experience with filk, you may already know just how varied song topics get.  (If you don’t, you may want to check out a link roundup and sampler here.)

“Do I get a copy of the songbook if my song is in it?”

Why yes, you do!  All Contata attendees and all songbook contributors will get a digital copy of the songbook.  (Contata attendees will also have the option to buy a printed copy for $5.)

Any questions?  Our inbox is always open.

The window for submitting to the Contata 2017 Songbook has been reopened!

The new deadline is May 31, 2017.  Ten days left to submit a song!

Last chance to submit is tomorrow!

Programming announcement: Guest of Honor concert

contata-nefilk:

This year, Contata continues its proud tradition (on the principle that anything you do three times in a row is a tradition) of non-vocal guests!

2005: Guest of Honor Carla Ulbrich came down with laryngitis, so the GoH concert featured “Carla-oke” – audience members requested songs for Carla to play on her guitar while they sang.

2008: Toastmaster Tom Smith injured his leg only weeks before the convention, so the Toastmaster concert became a “sing Tom Smith covers” benefit concert to raise money for his medical bills and recovery.

2011: Guest of Honor Judi Miller, sign interpreter extraordinaire, performed with all her usual non-vocal brilliance during everybody else’s concerts – and also sang during her own show.  (No accidents or illness interfered.  We thought we might be onto something.)

2014: Guest of Honor Amy McNally, phenomenal fiddler, also sang some during her concert – but mostly played to beat the devil.  (We made notes.  Definitely a trend worth pursuing.)

Which brings us to …

2017: Guest of Honor Bob Kanefsky, filk’s premiere parodist! … who very seldom sings in public.  So our GoH concert this year will be a Kanefsky Cabaret, or Kabarefsky, in which other filkers will sing Bob’s parodies on stage.

Interested in being a Kabarefsky performer?  Contact merav.hoffman(at)gmail(dot)com, or drop a note in our ask box!

Announcement: Song Contest Topic!

contata-nefilk:

The topic for Contata 2017′s song contest will be: “Socially Transmitted Earworm (or, I Got It From …)”

Entries must be new songs written since the end of last year’s NEFilk convention (i.e., after July 3rd, 2016). Songs set to original tunes and parodies of existing tunes are both acceptable.

All entries must be performed at the convention. If you cannot attend (or prefer not to perform), someone else may present your entry.

A copy of the lyrics should be provided at the time of performance for the use of our judges. Songs are judged on the quality of the lyrics and appropriateness to the topic, not on the quality of the performance.

Call for Volunteers

contata-nefilk:

The Contata Con Committee Needs YOU!

Any convention depends on a lot of hands to keep things running. This year at Contata, we’re calling for volunteers in advance so we can get a head start on scheduling, and so nobody has to spend too much time helping out before they get back to enjoying the con.

We need people to help out with:

  • Registration Desk – putting together and handing out registration packets, tracking materials for pre-registered members and selling at-the-door memberships
  • Ops – making and posting signage, going to places where people need help with things and helping them, hauling boxes and other items (but not at the cost of your back).
  • Security – short shifts checking to make sure people are wearing badges, staying out of restricted or locked areas, and abiding by the convention’s Code of Conduct
  • Con Suite – supervising the con suite so the staff can take much-needed down-time, preparing and arranging snacks, cleanup, assisting with a shopping run if needed.
  • Circles – We need people to anchor circles. To be in the circle, moderating, and making sure people get a turn to perform. To draw out shy people, encourage people to take turns and be courteous, and to occasionally perform, or prompt others to do so.

Volunteers will get a shiny badge sticker and our undying gratitude. Volunteers who commit to assisting by June 14 will also receive an acknowledgment in the program book (unless you prefer otherwise) and a small care package.

If you’d like to help out, head over to our signup questionnaire form over here! If the form gives you any trouble or if you have any questions, please reply to this post or drop by our ask box.

hello! if you don’t mind, would you know of any non-white filkers? thank you!

dog-of-ulthar:

Unfortunately not very many, but a few!  Sorry this took me like a week to get back to you; I had to consult with @animatedamerican and…I was avoiding my responsibilities, to be honest (yes, there’s a point at which tumblr messages count as “responsibilities,” somehow).

But I can point you towards Terence Chua, whose niche seems to be songs about Lovecraft to the tune of ABBA, and

Errol Elumir, half of Debs & Errol, Debbie Ohi, the flutist (and sometimes propsmaster) of Urban Tapestry, also a children’s book author, and Ariel “Abbie” Cinii, who I unfortunately can’t find any recordings of, so here’s her blog, but she did win a Pegasus Award and is also a writer.

I know there are more, because I’ve run into a few and not gotten their names, so if anyone knows any more please send suggestions!  Even if it’s just “hello I am not white and into filk but don’t really perform” because that’s still filking and I want people to make friends.

xpost from my mainblog because it’s relevant, and because there’s a much better chance of me tracking down more Filkers of Color over here

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.

Virtual Folksing

scribefindegil:

Tomorrow January 22nd–time tba but probably mid-to-late afternoon Central? My voice is a little scratchy so I need to give it time to warm up.

Tell your friends!

If you haven’t been involved in this in the past, what’ll happen is that @scribefindegil will post a link to a livestream when it goes online, and you can tune in a listen, sing along, and request songs.  She knows a ton of filk and folk and has an amazing voice, so I highly recommend it!

What I don’t see much of is kids in college or just out of college doing it. Maybe they’ve moved on to anime.

Frank Hayes, interviewed about filk music by Alanna Nash

This is hilarious to me (despite being one of the sad truths of Filk These Days), because on one hand I think the (to my mind, at this point artificial) divide between science fiction and anime actually has distanced older fans from younger ones, and on the other hand it recalls the joke that never gets old, pointing at any given thing and saying “is that anime”