One of Us – Heather Dale & Mana Bijandgoodarz

‘Cause she was not the biggest fighter nor one to raise a fuss
But I remember being proud that she was one of us
And we might never stand together in the shield-wall side by side
But because of her I lift my sword with pride

“One of Us” by Heather Dale, with incredible ASL interpretation by Mana Bijandgoodarz.

This is part of a really cool project that Heather Dale is collaborating on with Deaf storytellers. For more videos from the series, check out Heather’s YouTube Channel.

Fille Du Roy – Heather Dale & Thurga Kanagasekarampillai

Nineteen young women asleep in their bunks
But one up on deck here with me
She’s watching the stars with the wind in hair
And she tells me her name is Marie
No stranger to laughter, no stranger to joy
And a spirit as wild as the sea
She’ll make a man happy in distant Quebec
But he won’t be a sailor like me

“Fille Du Roy” by Heather Dale, with heartfelt sign language interpretation by Thurga Kanagasekarampillai.

Here’s some historical context from Heather Dale’s note on the video:

Four hundred years ago, the colony [of Quebec] was thriving but pioneering families were few. The French King Louis XIV did something surprisingly progressive:  he offered to formally adopt any orphaned French young women of marriageable age (legally making them princesses), provided they were willing to travel to New France and marry whomever they wanted…  Over 700 brave young ladies took the plunge, and were treated with huge respect.

This is part of a really cool project that Heather Dale is collaborating on with Deaf storytellers. For more videos from the series, check out Heather’s YouTube Channel.

The Morrigan – Heather Dale & Tamyka Bullen

The Morrigan dreams old dreams of flight
The Morrigan sees with another sight
The Morrigan builds with flesh and bone
And The Morrigan fills an empty throne

“The Morrigan” by Heather Dale, with vibrant ASL interpretation by Tamyka Bullen.

This is part of a really cool project that Heather Dale is working on with a bunch of awesome Deaf storytellers. For more videos from the series, check out Heather’s YouTube Channel.

Medusa – Heather Dale & Mana Bijandgoodarz

Damn ‘em all – I create my own perfection
Damn ’em all in the face of their rejection
Damn ’em all – well, this dog will have its day
My garden’s full of pretty men who couldn’t stay away

“Medusa” by Heather Dale, with incredible sign language interpretation by Mana Bijandgoodarz.

This is part of a really neat project that Heather Dale is collaborating on with Deaf storytellers. For more videos from the series, check out Heather’s YouTube Channel.

Shoutout to Heather Dale

[image text: Is it maybe worth a shoutout to Heather Dale? She’s starting to post captioned ASL videos of some of her songs to her YouTube, and I just… sort of want to call attention to it somehow.]

Oh cool! I haven’t checked out her YouTube channel recently, so thanks for bringing it up!

So here’s a giant shoutout to Heather Dale, for helping to make filk more inclusive and accessible, and for bringing attention to some wonderful Deaf artists. Here’s her YouTube playlist with all her ASL videos, and it will be updating with more videos weekly.

Mordred’s Lullaby – Heather Dale

Guileless son, I’ll shape your belief
And you’ll always know that your father’s a thief
And you won’t understand the cause of your grief
But you’ll always follow the voices beneath

“Mordred’s Lullaby” by Heather Dale, a wonderfully creepy song from the point of view of Morgana le Fay.

Lyrics (and annotations!) available on Genius.

Golgotha -Heather Dale

I believe that justice is the same thing as the law
So I conform my opinion to whatever I’ve been told
I’ll admit that I just shrug, no I don’t dwell on it at all
When I hear how some unfortunate hound got thrown in with the wolves

‘Cause deep down I know that the innocent always go free
That there’s someone who’s watching the watchers — it doesn’t have to be me
It’s easy to trust that things are going as they should
As long as it’s no one I know getting nailed onto the wood.

A very politically relevant song from Heather Dale. Lyrics available here.

Come and Be Welcome – Heather Dale

Come from the forest and sit ‘round the fire
Come from the fields and enter our hall
Come drink from the guest-cup
Come join in our circle
Come and be welcome ye bards one and all.

“Come and Be Welcome,” by Em Holbert, sung by Heather Dale

I couldn’t find any original songs by Holbert sung by her, but according to a YouTube comment she’s planning an album for 2016, so that’s something to look forward to.

One of Us – Heather Dale

‘Cause she was not the biggest fighter nor one to raise a fuss
But I remember being proud that she was one of us
And we might never stand together in the shield-wall side by side
But because of her I lift my sword with pride

So Heather Dale recently put out a children’s album, which is basically a “my first filk” compilation, and this song seems to be here to encourage little girls to join the SCA and beat the crap out of people.

…needless to say, I approve

The Road to Santiago – Heather Dale

For one had come from Germany, and one from here in Spain,
And one from near the Bosporus where Constantine had reigned.
From every land they sallied forth, then ventured home again,
And found a road worth walking,
They found this road worth walking,
For all agreed their roads were much the same.

“The Road to Santiago” by Heather Dale.  I’ve been to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  Didn’t do the pilgrimage; I was in Spain with a youth orchestra and we were just being tourists.  But it’s a very nice cathedral.

Anyway, good song.  Very nice tune.  Lyrics available here.

The Maiden and the Selkie – Heather Dale

 ‘I have come in from the ocean
I have come in from the sea
And I’ll not go to the waves, love,
Lest ye come along with me.’

“The Maiden and the Selkie,” by Heather Dale

Since the only other selkie song is “The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry,” I’m not used to happy endings, but occasionally it seems to work out.

Lyrics available here