WHAT THE HECK IS FILK MUSIC?*
by Nick Smith (of LA Filkharmonics)
Eventually, Filk songs wre written for just about every major science fiction or fantasy work. Some of them were actually good enough that people wanted to learn them, or just listen to them more than just at conventions. At that point, song books and recordings started being made.
Over the last decade, Filk Music has reached the point where there are entire Filk Music gatherings, conventions, recording companies, and publications. Filk Music includes song parodies, original songs, and slightly musical poetry. It’s a fun way to indulge in a little musical creativity, especially if you are a science fiction or fantasy fan as well as musically inclined. If you are only a fan, but not musical, you can still listen. Filk circles aren’t pushy about requiring you to play or sing. If you are only musical, but not a fan, no one will hold it against you. Remember, we’re in this thing for fun!