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.
|#1||The Cape Stays Clean @philkmills||
|#2||The Briefest of Times||
|#3||My Name is NOT Juliet @ekunyi||
|#4||I Want a Magical Object!||
|#5||Can't Help Telling a Story||
|#6||A Boto For Me||
|#7||Why Did It Fall Apart?||
|#8||I Need a Brownie||
|#9||Don’t Remind Me of Dementia||
|#10||Grazing in the Grass||
|#11||The Most Honest Person I Know||
|#12||For the Love of Masha||
|#13||I'm losing things @siebass||
|#14||A Gonnagle of the Nac Mac Feegles||
|#15||I’m Losing Things||
Thanks so much for listening to "Snow." I haven't ever really done any filk other than this trio of songs. I'll have to look into those cons. Reading your bio it looks like you have a lot of experience in this area so I really appreciate your kind comment!! 😀
Thanks for reading the goofy scientific limerick. Its the last bit of weak knowledge retained from a once active engineering mind
Watch Them With Me! was great fun to make, as were all of my collabs with @cindyrella. I haven't yet performed exclusively for children. I'm not sure I should, even. I'm an unreliable judge of what's appropriate material.
When kids are around, I always ask the parent what's cool, and (so far) I get some version of my philosophy (from when I helped to raise my daughter: "You can hear it, as long as you don't say it."
Yes! My boots are extremely comfortable 😊 Thanks for the comment!
Jane, thank you so much for your kind words on my songs 😀
Thanks for commenting on Natta, Deer Hunter (a skirmish), and especially your comments on Gimme a Straw. It's sometimes surprising to me how people live parallel lives, with so little awareness of important differences.
Thank you for your kind words on "Barbra" I wasn't sure how I felt about that one until I started recording.
I still have that robe! I last wore it to our company's Halloween party a couple of years ago. It's made from a scrap of theater curtain my daughter scavenged, and as you can imagine it's pretty heavy.
I would just like to say:
1. Not all songs are written from the songwriter's point of view.
2. Not all songs are about someone other than the songwriter.
3. I have absolutely no recollection of what I was wearing when we first met, but you are no doubt right.
4. My fashion sense has improved markedly since then, although I don't really claim credit, since I now work for a company that makes menswear.
5. The fashionable shirts don't help all that much.
Hi Jane, my comment back was semi-serious, no offense taken at all over your original comment, it was an interesting one, and even insightful.
I'm weird?? Me? Balderdash. Evidence is required. I'm status quo incarnate! I'm like a bean burrito! A bean burrito in a blanket, boots, and balaclava!
I'm like a healthy alternative to death!
Anyway, have a beautiful day. I hope you find 8 bucks you forgot you left in a jacket pocket.
Thanks for your kind comment on Remembering Lorax. Her passing has hit the Outdoor School community very hard. One man asked his wife if a family destination wedding in Mexico could be postponed so he could attend the April memorial, which of course was NOT going to happen. Another had missed the notification and when he heard someone mention the memorial, he burst into tears right there in the hallway. One of the people organizing the memorial received the song demo on his e-mail and had to pull off the freeway crying. I've had positive response from all of the people working on the memorial, so I'm hoping it will bring many people comfort at the tree planting ceremony. Thank you again!
Thanks for commenting on Hubris. We're on the same page about these types.
Thanks for your perspective on my "Sidetracked" song, I feel much better about my life now!
Music is now posted for Touch Not the Cat and other songs 😀
I like weirdly inspired songs, too 😀 I never did see Northern Exposure.
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated!
Thanks for your comment on Hay-on-Wye and Stay Alive! I did google Hay-on-Wye to see how many booksellers were listed currently, and they do still seem to be doing fine. As for authorities lying, it broke my heart watching the folks in the twin tower who made it safely to ground level early in, only to be told all was safe and (following the instructions of authorities) returned to work on floors above the next impact. Sometimes it's just better to leave while you can, and not wait for officials to tell you to go.
Thanks for your kind comment on Open! Glad you enjoyed it. Val does such an amazing job!
Thanks for your kind comment about Possession Blues. I agree that there needs to be more blues - I'm just working out a reasonable measure of time before i do another..
Thanks for your comments Jane! Looking forward to digging through your creations and yes zataar is one of my favorite subject matters and hummus is my eternal muse! I'm planning more oud songs too 💖
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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.