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, Vanessa Cardui, Twotonic, Annie Walker, Karan, Devin Melanson and many more filkers. Also Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, James Keelaghan, Al Stewart and many other folksingers.
FAWMer since 2011, initially just to listen and comment. Never have made it to 14 but every new song is a win and some have been done on stage.
Involved in filk (the fan music of fantasy and science fiction) since 2003. ZERO musical training or involvement prior to,that. 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 an Interim Executive and leadership services provider to community benefit organizations including charities, nonprofits, associations and governments.
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If Portland could figure out a way around the property tax implications, the Tiny Homes could be at least one solution of many for our homeless population...
Thanks for your comment on Tiny Home! They would be great for many of the homeless to avoid the cold and often violent streets. Unfortunately there is a definite percentage who are homeless due to mental illness and cannot deal with the rules of society. Sadly, they have a tendency to sabotage their own connections to shelter and housing.
Also Portland's attempt to subsidize and encourage homeowners to install tiny homes for the homeless, with the promise they would own the tiny structure after 5 years or so met with the fact that Oregon froze property taxes, I think in the '90s, and so if one makes any substantial changes to one's property, it triggers an insane jump in property taxes to current levels. Thus we cannot sell the current home and buy one exactly like it without getting slapped with a major tax hike, and I know of at least one person who made the mistake of subdividing their existing property and was hit with sticker shock on BOTH portions after they did it.
New music is up for Tiny Home 😀
Thank you! I was thinking about his educational songs but couldn't remember his name and was trying to look through old filk convention books and having no luck!
Demo is up on Lessons Learned and some other songs!! Working on More. Do you have contact info for Tim Griffin?
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Please note: I am away from the province for Valentines... so any gifts, or lack thereof, are not my responsibility 😉
Glad you found something worthy in my silly song.
Thanks for your comment on Touch Not the Cat! I sent it to Seanan and told her to let me know if I was mispronouncing Cait since the book showed something like Kay-th. I thought it was two syllables. She said it's pronounced Kate. I thought I'd have to re-write the scansion, but I think it works okay in the song as it stands.
I know what you mean. Being obligated to work while sick is an injustice (there are worse injustices, of course).
Thanks for the comment! This is my first FAWM and was worried about the 14-song goal, fearing a complete failure, but all the FAWMers are awesome! When it was pointed out that I had left my name on a song when I copied and pasted it, I figured -- WTF, I'm outed, so might as well own up and insert the CD cover....
Are there any bunny slippers songs? There should be 😀
Or, a moral zombie. (As he was a turncoat and spilled the beans about the zombie trickery.)
Thanks for your comment on bike ride - glad you enjoyed it. On our urban bike trails that run along creeks and through parks, I don't think horses are allowed, so our paths would not cross. It's odd to be in the middle of the city, traffic a block or two away, but it you're in the trees, along a little lake, embraced by nature.
Thanks for your comment on Indigo Eyes, there might be some comfort in it.
Oh they sure can! 😁
You can find a link in my profile.
Thank your for your comments on "...Mariana Trench" and "Troughs of Knowing Weeds". With Mariana, I think I need to namecheck a more recent animal friend than Flipper. And with Troughs, as much as his comments stung, I do ultimately prefer honesty (more tactful, tho'). I hope to play these for y'all sooner rather than later.
Thank you for your kind comments on our songs! I'm glad you liked them! 😀
I have to ask - Jeff has a follower to Lutefisk Zombie? Color me very intrigued. (Of course, it's filk - should I be surprised? 😀 )
Thank you for taking a look at my skirmish lyric about my move to Mexico. You’re right. I didn’t ask my cat, but he’s going to love it here in the town of eternal spring, where he can enjoy the outdoors nearly every day. He’s gonna have to trust me on that 😉🐈
Thank you for your praise of "This Is Salem". Phil wrote a great lyric, and it was an honour to bring music to it 😀
Hi Jane, good to see you here 😀
Great to see you back Jane!
Hi Jane, have a wonderful FAWM! 😀
Here’s to songs... lots of them 😀
Hiya! Happy FAWM. (used to be brrrse, now Pearl Manhattan) 😀
Hi Jane, I wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten about "One Who Walked Away From Omelas". I have a structure in mind but ideally I would want someone to work out the back-and-forth between the two characters.
I bet it wouldn't be kosher to try to slip it in as one of this year's submissions, would it? Probably not.