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Play That Filky Music White Boy!

Most denizens of the Science Fiction Convention circuit are acquainted with "Filking" although, in the interest of fairness, it should be pointed out that the majority do not participate and more than a few flee in horror. If you are unfamiliar with the term, much less it's actual practice, start with this introductory article in the Wikipedia.

While I don't filk as much as I used to, I do have the distinction of having my filking reviewed in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. I don't know that it's a "first," but it's enough of a rarity that I feel very honored. Particularly since the reviewer was Algis Budrys!

Review from Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 1992

*Filk Review Update*

I've been reviewed again!  This time at Mr. Gadget's Blog site.  While attending his first Science Fiction Convention (ConQuest 38 over Memorial Day weekend 2007), Mr. Gadget blogs about his experiences, including encountering my novel Habeas Corpses in the dealers' room and attending my solo filk concert on the final afternoon of the Con.  It's a lengthy audio file/podcast and you can find most of my references about two-thirds of the way in, if you're the impatient type.  Here's the link: MrGadgets Almanac of Techie Wizardry & Travel Compendium.

Another podcast covering my writing and filking took place at FenCon IV later that year with Chris Merle for his Cubicle 17 Blog.  It was recorded in his room with a microphone and a laptop and I was fighting a cold and intense sleep deprivation at the time so I was inclined to babble.  Here's the link: http://www.escapefromcubicle17.com/2008/03/10/efc17-006-wm-mark-simmons/.

  I believe in performing the best material (that I am capable of) which means I have a mixed repertoire of other people's "stuff."

I do, however. include a little of my own material and, as people keep asking for the lyrics, here's a few links...

GODDARD PASSAGE

 

 

This is a caricature of me filking, done by my friend Mark Wallace, known in SCA circles as Master William Blackfox. Mark was a man of many talents and occasionally would join me on stage for a duet of Stan Rogers music with his penny-pipe. Sadly, Mark passed away in 1997. He is sorely missed.

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BEFORE THERE WAS FILK...

 

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