Re: [SCA_BARDS] Filk Song Question
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From: Fayme Harper <GypsyProductions@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 2:04 PM
Subject: [SCA_BARDS] Filk Song Question
> What is the definition of a Filk song? Is it only a filk song if it
> is new words to existing music done as a spoof? Or are all modern
> novelty songs filk songs? If both words and music are new is it
> still a filk song? If not, what is it called? Are serious words to
> an old song (like a ballad for example) still called filk songs?
> Inquiring gypsies want to know. Gramercy, Sapphira of Alexandria
This has probably been answered already, but I'll put in my two pence.
Technically, a filk song is a song that are based on works of the
Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan community. That's about the closest you get to a
"category definition" -- some are parodies of popular songs, some are
original. However, the term "filk" has gotten assimilated by several other
crowds -- the SCAdians, computer folk, Neo-Pagans, BDSM, RPG and LRPG'ers,
and probably a few others.
Broadly speaking, "filk" (i.e. the act of putting new words so an existing
song) is a documentably period practice called "contrafactual" (sp?). A
classic example of contrafactual is Greensleeves, attributed as being
written by Henry VIII to an existing tune. An OOP example is our own
national anthem -- the music for the Star Spangled Banner was from a popular
tavern song. (And it makes sense, too -- I'd never even TRY to hit that high
note without a few sheets to the wind <g>.)
There's a lot longer answer at www.filk.com -- try the Filk 101 first, as
the filk FAQ is a bit dated.