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January 18th, 2006
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ConFusion awaits
All my arrangements are in place for ConFusion, and it really seems like I'm going.  For some reason, it hasn't seemed very real to me (maybe it's that nothing seems very real to me in the mental state I'm in right now).  The dogs will be spending the weekend with their breeder; my next door neighbor who usually dog-sits is out of town, and I'm worried that poor Windy doesn't have enough hair left to spend the weekend without heat.  It will be interesting getting both dogs in the car, but I imagine I'll be able to work something out.

If anyone in LJ-land wants to do anything with me, speak up.  I expect to be stalking Heather for the weekend and generally attending filk.  I'm trying to avoid spending much money, which in particular means that I don't plan to eat restaurant meals by myself -- I'll supplement the con suite with what I bring in my cooler.  But I will let myself be dragged off to dinner by interesting people.

I've run through several obscure Cindy McQuillin songs that I'll be ready to sing -- they won't be highly polished arrangements, but I should know the tunes and not stumble too much on the lyrics.  Here's a partial list; if anyone has anything to say about these, speak up.

  • Ryan's Star

  • Three Sisters

  • Crimson and Crystal

  • Cold Dreams

  • Lament of a Dry Town Bride

  • Ballad of a Peacetime Soldier

  • Gilda and the Dragon

  • Fuel to Feed the Drive

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From:barbarakitten_t
Date:January 18th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
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oh, oh....i will see you there...come by my room party (heinleincentennial)
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From:trektone
Date:January 18th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
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I was tempted to ask when you were going to post the obscure songs. :)

Good for you! In my mind I can still hear Cindy singing all those you listed. I'd be particularly interested in your version of "Three Sisters" and "Cold Dreams."

I'm glad folks will continue to sing her songs.
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From:tigertoy
Date:January 18th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I was tempted to ask when you were going to post the obscure songs

I am confident that most people in the filk audience in the Midwest have never heard most of these. "Crimson and Crystal" isn't obscure, thanks to the version on Divine Intervention, but I don't think people will be singing along on any of the rest.

Really, I'm afraid that aside from "Black Davie's Ride" and the songs Art Warneke does, Cindy's songs are pretty much ignored in the midwest, at least in terms of what's sung at cons. I don't know how well her albums sell.
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From:trektone
Date:January 18th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Good to know. I do hope to get to a Confusion or Conclave before too long. I miss Zingerman's! Anyway, I'm sure Midwest filkcons are different, at least as far as Cindy-song recognition.
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From:tigertoy
Date:January 19th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
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We'd love to have you at some Midwest cons. Where are our personal teleporters, darn it? Now that we're living in the future, we're supposed to have them!
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From:billroper
Date:January 18th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I can probably cover Crimson and Crystal from memory.

I'm also considering seeing if catalana and I have time to work up Shadow Harper. Of course, I should probably mention that to her. :)
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From:tigertoy
Date:January 19th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
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I love "Shadow Harper", but I only sing the ghost's part, which I presume is the part you're planning to sing. I'd love to hear you and catalana cover it.

I know the tune to Crimson and Crystal and mostly know the words, but I don't have any feel for the tempo/rhythm/guitar style I want to use, so if you feel more ready to do it than that I certainly won't feel stepped on if you do it.
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