Influences: Filk, folk, rock, some jazz and blues. Talis Kimberley, S. J. Tucker, Judith Hayman, Michelle Dockery, Seanan McGuire, Mary Crowell, Jeff Bohnhoff, Cat Faber, Leslie Hudson, Twotonic, Tim and Annie Walker, Karan, Devin Melanson and many more filkers. Also Jame Keelaghan, Al Stewart, Show of Hands and many other folksingers.
Farmer since 2011, initially just to listen and comment. 2017 will be the first year I'm actually going to try for 14. (Edit as of Feb 13: due to bad sciatica pain lately, that now seems quite unlikely).
Involved in filk (the fan music of fantasy and science fiction) since 2003. CoChair FilKONtario 23. Married to Phil Mills who is an active filk songwriter and FAWMer.
Part of monthly filk song circles in the Greater Toronto area, at various fan conventions and people's homes wherever I travel on business.
In my other life, I'm a leadership consultant to community benefit organizations including charities, nonprofits, associations and governments.
|#1||Pure Evil @philkmills||
|#4||Blood Prophet @philkmills||
|#5||Mason Jars and Old Paint||
|#6||I'd Rather Smell||
|#7||Ibn Battuta (demo up) @philkmills||
|#8||I'd Rather Smell @tootoobee||
|#9||The Red-Eyed Boar (DEMO UP) @philkmills||
Jane: thx for the kind words re: Unicorn and Space Circus. Am enjoying Pure Evil (!) and the rest. "Long time SF fan": I plead guilty. I didn't realize we had written a filk song until it was too late! Have a great Spring. Bill from WdeS
John Gordon, VERY complimentary, thanks for that.
Thanks so much for yout lovely comment about "Cailleach Beara"! Sometime this coming weekend I hope to have a chance to listen (belatedly) to the other Pantheon songs. 😀
I hope you will soon be able to travel to the States again to see your friends. Maybe we should all go - flood them with tourist visa applications, be friendly visitors, make friends with all the lovely people there and show the rest that the people of the world are colourful and easy to get on with. 😁
Oh, I want a cat who wants to make the trains run on time!! It was my formerly feral ragdoll kitty that I was thinking of for the song. He can turn on a dime. At least Nikki, the lynx, generally gave me warning he was heading towards crazyiness.
Thank you for listening to my songs, and I so appreciate your comments! 😀
Thanks for the kind words about Northern Lights!
Aaaw, you make me blush! Looking forward to meeting you here again next year! 😀
I'm thinking of America every day and hope and pray that many people will become as aware of history and its lessons as you are, so you can turn this dangerous tide. Stay strong!
hi jane, thank you so much for your valuable comment on "One Day You'll Understand." The answer to "maybe not close at hand" is that the narrator originally was addressing "my son," and understanding would require the son to experience the difficulties of life... I think I changed it to "my friend" because it was a bit painful, but now I might change it back. Thanks!
Anyone who's an Al Stewart fan is a friend of mine! Hi from Wisconsin.
Hi Jane, I've "finished" a demo. Not really happy with it yet, too much reverb, timing is not always right neither are the notes but I'm running out out time. I'd need to practice this singing a lot more. Hope you like it, bit unFAWMy style 😀 http://files.fawmers.com/FAWM_17/toot...
Thank you for your comment on I couldn't hear the music. I appreciate it 😀
Thanks for you comment Jane!
Thank you for leaving so many lovely comments on my songs 😁 😁 I don't know of any filk Facebook groups! I should find them and join them, because it's technically a bit chunk of what I do and I'd love to be more of a part of the community!! Are there any you'd recommend?
I'm likely to release the Grimm Brothers songs later in the year once they've been polished up. They were intended for a Sci-Fi con I'm booked to perform at that's doing a Grimm Brothers theme for this year 😀
Thank you for all the encouraging comments 😀
That is cool you met your spouse the same way! Thanks.
Hi Jane, had a look at your lyrics, they're nice! But Angry Man should probably be sung by a man and Mason Jars and Old Paint rather by you 😀 Should I go for the Alchemy? Or send you some music to sing to?
Hi Jane. Thanks for your comment. 😀
I'll have a look, at the moment, I'm having a mid FAWM depression ("everything I do just sucks!"...) Guess I wouldn't want to "destroy" too thoughtful lyrics 😉
Thank you for your feedback on "Are you out there?"
Please tell me what FILK means?
The rest of the baboons weren't interested in participating in my "Hilarious Strategic Plan" 😀
Thanks for listening!
Thank you for commenting on my Breakfast song! No, no true story behind it 😀 Just came to me when I saw what somehow rhymes to breakfast (sexist, selfish etc).
Jane, I'm not in a hurry and have other ideas I'm working on as well, just take your time to write lyrics.
Exactly!!! The kind of lyrics that Karlos wrote are the kind I dream about... Beautiful and abstract, yet speaking to me so strongly. I was very thrilled with what he brought to the song. 😀 Thank you very much for listening!! 😀
p.s. - the kind I dream about, but have 0% chance of ever writing!
I would like to thank you so much for your lovely, supportive comment!
Hi Jane, sorry I was absorbed by songwriting... thank you for your comment on Sleep Won't Come!
I'll do the next pairs for the Random Collab tomorrow. Should we collab or should I put both of us in the big bowl? I don't have a particular style just limitations 😀
Thanks, Jane, for your encouraging comment on Smoldering Coals. Humans are paradoxical beings, I need to remember, and the dark is always there, along with the light. A boon for songwriting 😁
Janeg! Yes, I will get you a clean copy of lyrics and chords. Harold Stein just bought copies of all my albums. In the filk circles, I"m known as BriarRose McDougal - I wrote Walmart Wedding and it's starting to journey around. You are quite welcome to any of my lyrics or songs for filk purposes. Just make sure everyone knows who wrote it 😉
Thanks for your comments on my Are You Out There. How do I tell which ones are filkers?
Thanks for the comment Jane! I'm not 100% sure about the Merrill yet, but it's not out of the question.
Thanks so much for your kind words...
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Ripples and Ponds, and I'm so sorry to just now be getting back to you! School has been ridiculous. o. O But anyway, I'm glad you liked the story; it was one that wove itself into my head, and I felt as if I had to tell it. Melodies are always hard for me, so it's good to hear you thought it was interesting! I'll keep all those unexpected twists in mind for the future. Anyway, I hope to catch up on what I've missed in the next few days, so expect comments! Thanks again! <3
Well, shellfish not being obviously cuddly is a big part of why I chose that rhyme - sometimes when somebody is, for instance, a crabby person, you wouldn't think to cuddle them - but maybe they need cuddles the most? 😀 Thanks for your comment
Thanks for your comment...I can't take credit for that lyric, though. That's what was written on the protest sign that caused me to write the song. 😁
Thank you for stopping on my song and leaving such a lovely comment!! The thing that most surprised me about the stones in the original Little Red Riding hood is that it was Little Red Riding Hood herself that filled the wolf with them and thus was the actual murderer!!
Hi, Jane! Yay, Jane!
Hi Jane! We can haz songs?
Hi Jane, thank you very much for your kind comment on my song, Without You.
Hi Jane, it's Rachel, Janet's teacher! I'm doing this thing!
Could very well be, Jane. Thanks for listening!
Haha, maybe he did write it. And, yes, his followers probably only pay attention to the second word, lol. Thank you for the comment, Jane! I look forward to your first!
Heya! Welcome back! 😀
Hello lady in purple! Have a productive FAWM, Jane. You can do it!
Hi Jane! Great to see you back again. Go for 14! I will be cheering you on to the finish line! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Hi, thanks for the welcome! I do read a lot of fantasy (and some sci-fi), but haven't ever done anything mixing fantasy and music together. I'll keep an eye out for it on FAWM though and give it a listen!
There you are! 😁 Filker up! And have a great FAWM.
Oh hi there 😁
And.... You're gona lovit