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"The movies were speaking; the market was peaking.
  We lived off the fat of the land.
But the banquet was ending, a plague was descending,
  the day of the locusts at hand.
But down at the Bijou bitter gall became brandy,
 and humble pie turned into cotton candy."

"America was standing in bread lines,
Dillinger was stealing all the headlines,
 but down at the Bijou people said lines
     like Boop Boop Be-Doop, Boop Boop Be-Doop."

"Thru the dust bowl the black winds were wailing,
 the rivers were rising, Ohio was bailing,
 but little Shirley Temple always had clear sailing
     on board the good ship Lollipop."

"Andy Hardy never had to go hungry.
There was no bank panic at Tarzan's branch.
Il Duce and the Fuehrer couldn't have been obscurer
 on the Planet Mongo or the Melody Ranch."

I loved Matinee at the Bijou on PBS...

Not only was it fun, I discovered I prefer Hayes Commission Era films (the dialogue is made of awesome). They're a guilty pleasure. Where the heroes and heroines are as interesting as the villians...or, as Tom puts it in Rocket Ride:
"I want more than 'Action! and Special Effects!'
 I wanna think about what might happen next
 I want a hero -- not a weapon shop with pecs
 I want a heroine -- not the excuse for sex..."

One of my coworkers loves movies. All movies. Any movies. Even the ones that are so horrible she thinks they're stupid. She still loves them.


Yah, not so much ;)

What's the best movie you've seen in the past 12 months?

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List the names of up to ten bands you
a) least suspect your f-list has heard of BUT that
b) you actually actively listen to on a regular basis. This is not a “show how many obscure band you know of”. You have to have listened to them within the past two months to qualify.


I have to confess, I tend to listen to slightly obscure people. Okay, more than slightly. :) And far from mainstream.
I think the only band I've actually listened to in the past 2 months is Phoenyx. You know, the now-defunct band that did March of Cambreadth (not the new British band).

1) Leslie Fish (and the DeHorn Crew)
The grande dame herself. Anarchist, Wobbly, Author, Filker... Fish is breeding cats for intelligence and polydactylism. The DeHorn Crew (now defunct, I think) and Fish did the very first Filk Album: Folk Songs for Folks Who Ain't Even Been Yet. Sometimes, I think I should lock her and my knight in a room together and sit outside and listen to either the shouting or the plotting...*hee* Get some samples at FishSongs.

2) Jim Brannigan

Here's a folkie from across the pond -- lovely singing voice, lovely lilting accent. I found him waaaaaaaaay back when I could still access at work. He was bundled in with some other singers in a Celtic folk sample. I haven't been able to find his albums, but I keep trying... Take a listen at JimBrannigan on

3) Echo's Children
Here's a group! (also defunct) How I adore(d) their music. If there's a fandom about it, they've written a song. I knew them before their first album. It was... local. Both the performers (Cat and Callie) were from Eugene/Adiantum, and even went to Egil's a few times. These days, Cat (formerly known as Spaulding the Slayer the woman who used a sling and tennis balls) is married and living in Meridies and she doesn't SCA at all. Callie's up in Portland. Not sure what she's doing... You can get stuff at Echo'sChildren

4) Michael Longcor
He's also SCA -- you might know him as Duke Moonwulf of the Midrealm -- but I didn't know that for years. First song of his I ever heard was Pillar of Hell, from the post-Challenger days. Such a lovely, rumbly voice, he does sly humor and seething rage and sardonic truth-dealing. If "Jim Rockford" sang, he'd sing like Longcor. Plus? He's adorable :) Just sayin' .... You can get more at FireBird Arts and Music of MichealLongcor

5) Helen Reddy
Yes, I Am Woman. and no, I still can't hit those notes. She's the first singer I learned could do something besides sing -- I saw her in Pete's Dragon with my godparents and recognized her voice....

6) Jim Croce
Might as well mention Jim, too. I don't remember ever not knowing Jim Croce songs. My mom used to play him on 8-track :) Two years ago, I bought the 50th Anniversary set (2 CDs) and learned even more songs that I hadn't known. (I was very excited.) Croce was a storyteller, and I do love my stories....

7) Pat Humphries
Ooooo! Someone contemporary! I actually got turned on to Humphries by [ profile] murasaki99 , here on LJ. We were swapping music recommendations and after I pointed her to #10, she returned the favor and pointed me to Humphries. There's a flavor of 60s protest music (which I always liked) here, with modern topics. I wish Humphries would do some covers of other songs, just to hear her take on them.... Take a listen at Emma'sRevolution

8) Jason Mraz
I got turned on to Mr. A to Z by a coworker -- we occassionally do these music exchanges, and the rules are, if you like the tunes, you go and buy the album. The thing I love about Mraz's writing is that not only is he telling a story, he's playing games with language. He used the word "predicate" -- like the predicate of a sentence -- in a SONG! Music for language geeks. With a beat. *hee*

9) Heather Alexander/Alexander James Adams
I haven't actually heard Alec yet, but I've listened to Heather long enough, so I included them both. Both sides. Before and after. Cr*p -- I don't have the proper language for discussions like this. Anyway -- love the music. Heather was lead singer of Phoenyx (yes, the March of Cambreadth -- see above -- Phoenyx), before heading off to a solo career. And also, from what I understand, THE REASON (or would that be THE ROADBLOCK?) that they couldn't re-issue the Keepers of the Flame album. Which I find rather selfish and disgruntling. :P Anyway, get more info and links at HeatherLands

10) Tom Smith
Good ghod, how do I describe Tom? Pee-my-pants-funny and scratch-my-head-wierd and burst-into-tears-heartbreaking...Tom's done it all. I've hurt my knight's brain with Tom's I Want To Be Peter Lorre and made people cry with Tom's A Boy and His Frog. When Tom was injured last year, I bought every album he had, so he could pay his medical bills. Including his Superhero Musical Last Hero on Earth. (You should totally go listen to What If...). Find him on TomSmithOnline. And, oh -- you've been warned....
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19 years ago today

We miss you, Mr. Henson.

(music by [ profile] filkertom )
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This is the newsletter for the small music publisher Prometheus Music. (Any of you who have heard the music I listen to, or gotten those "Love Ya" CDs from me, will recognize some of these tunes.)

http://www.promethe us-music. com/catalog. html

TO TOUCH THE STARS is a collection of music about space, including the song that made Buzz Aldrin cry on national TV ("Fire in the Sky" by musician -- and JPL rocket scientist Dr. Jordin Kare); songs played to wake up shuttle astronauts (and the Mars Rovers), songs sung by kids' choruses and more.  Hey, if playing the second track can make the grocery boy rock out in the parking lot at Albertsons.. .? It's all good.

ROUNDWORM is a collection of parodies of songs you may or may not already know. If you know that familiar Heather Alexander song that goes "How Many of Them Can We Make Die" you'll just die for the Christmas parody sung from the P.O.V. of the reindeer ("Human aircraft -- hard to port!")
The Calvin-and-Hobbs "Something's Under the Bed" is hilarious, and any computer programmer will roll after listening to God Wrote in LISP. :)

Julia Ecklar's TRAVELLER albulm is *not* part of the sale.
But Julia's an incredible singer with an amazing set of pipes (all natural) that leaves microphones trembling and sound engineers throwing themselves across their boards like it's a live grenade.
I really recommend her DIVINE INTERVENTION album. (Yes, track 2 is about the film "Ladyhawke!" with Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfieffer and Matthew Broderick.)

And to not leave out the fourth album on the catalog, MY FAVORITE SINGS by Kathy Mar....
Merlin will creep you out -- almost as much as The Song of the Ripper (yeah, that Jack guy). Dirty Movie makes me giggle every time; and A Child's Song makes me weep. D*mn good stuff by someone with a beautiful voice and a lot of passion about her music.

Some awesome music by folks who just love to make music.

Newsletter text with linkies!! )
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It's like killing a fly with a laser cannon...

I've met Dr. Kare. I've even mauled one of his songs. :)
(Yes, he filks. AND he's a rocket scientist. And? He made Buzz Aldrin cry... )

My dad

Aug. 20th, 2008 08:22 am
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 My dad's birthday was August 3rd. He would have been 70 years old.
The original song that this is filked from is about Callie's dad. I was singing along with it and the last line popped out in this version instead. Then I had to write the rest.

I miss you, Poppa.


To the tune of “Mountain Man (My Father’s Legacies)”
Melody ©1998 by Arlene "Callie" Hills
(the mp3 samples page is down)

A forest of silos jut up from the valley,
around the next bend, hayfields shrouded in mist,
an old John Deere tractor in fields of sorghum,
I think of you often at moments like this.

The implement yards, they were always your touchstone,
you sought them out weekly with brand new ideas,
with pencil and paper, in an old beat-up farm cap
sketching your blueprints in places like these.

     Along with my hands and a fondness for power tools,
     a keen eye for crop yields no other eye sees,
     to make do, to tinker, you gave those gifts to me,
     I think of you often during projects like these.

At sunset, the silos on the ridge are black outlines
the barns are all lit up like red Christmas trees,
as tractors and balers drive in through the twilight
I think of you, Poppa, at moments like these.

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 Here’s a meme I saw on Slackermama a few weeks ago that looked fun:
  1. Put your iTunes/music player on “Shuffle”
  2. For each question, press the “Next” button to get your answer
  3. You MUST write down the THAT SONG no matter what. (aka NO CHEATING!)
  4. Pick out the part of the lyrics that affect you.

Velveteen (Kathy Mar)
I can only wish someone would know just how I feel
And love me when I'm shabby -- quite enough to make me real.
One of the heart-rending songs. A song for my childhood.

Creature of the Wood (Phoenyx/Heather Alexander/Alexander James Adams)
My song is pleasure and is pain
My song can drive a man insane.
I suppose we don't keep songs that don't speak to us somehow...


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