I am home safely from ConCertino as of a few hours ago.

It was a fun convention and I am sorry I was not able to get there on Friday evening. 

I had a nice surprise and was able to make someone else's weekend.

The nice surprise was that I was presented with a new floating interfilk item that is being passed along to members of the community.  (I tried getting it to two people whom I though deserved the chance and both sent it back to me.)  The pendent (made by Elise Mathenson (sp?)) and book are currently with me

As for making someone else's weekend, I somehow managed to win my 3rd quilt this year.  I have won previously the interfilk quilt at GaFilk, which I managed to win remotely with help from FilkFerengi and the quilt at FKO.  

After I won the quilt from GaFilk, I planned to do what I saw someone else  (confirmed @ ConCertino - Kathleen Sloan) did @ a GaFilk years ago.   Not keep the 2nd quilt, but give it away to someone else who had never won a quilt @ a filk convention before.  

The FKO quilt was sent home with Tim Griffin who really appreciated.   The ConCertino quilt ended up going home with Jane Sibley.

If I win MORE quilts in the future (and I really would like someone else to win!), I am going to continue to give them away to other people who have never won a quilt before (or received a quilt from someone at a filk convention.)

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I know a few people follow me on here.. .  Can someone point me to the method to backup LJ to Dreamwidth?   (I thought I did it the other day, but it did not seem to take.  (I want to import what was on LJ to DW,)

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NEFilk 2016 CD - bad copy

Just a heads up.  I have had a report of a bad copy of the NEFilk CD getting out to someone,  If you ended up with a bad copy of the disc, please let me know and I will replace it.

NEFilk 2016 CD.... Burning away...

Its that time of the year again for me....  Less than a week before the NEFilk convention and I am burning the NEFilk CD for the convention.

I will be posting the j-card information (which includes recordings of the 2017 guests for Contata 8 (NEFilk 27) over next weekend, after Conterpoint has started.)

16 songs from 3 different countries.   I was not able to get a memorial track for one person (and yes, I did try reaching the family but got not response. :( If they respond with permission, I will include their song in the 2017 CD.)

At least all of the permissions came in early this year.  (Reminder for next year - start earlier than mid May.)

Also, I want to publiclly thank filkferengi, fringefan, and otherdeb for their proofreading assistance, again this year.  Its always appreciated and the j-cards and CD labels would not be as good without their advice.  (And a lot more errors would make it into the final project.)

Update 12:40a Tuesday morning...
CDs are done.  (duplicated and labeled).  Onto the inserts tomorrow night, along with the digital upload and generation of download codes.  Assembly will be onsite by volunteers.  (See me friday morning if you would like to help put together 150 CDs for everyone.)

Lunacon 2016

Home from Lunacon.  It was good to get to a local convention for a change.  (I missed most of my regular conventions since OVFF 2015 and did call into Philcon.)   It was nice to see those who were there, but I did miss a few people whom I regularly see.

NEFilk 25/ConCertino 2015 CD - Journeys

Just to share the information that was on last week's CD release, here's a text version of the insert.

Also, incase it was not noticed, there was a bandcamp download code with the album, so that you can download your CD as mp3s.


ConCertino 2015

ConCertino 2015 Guests

Guests of Honor: Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt and Crystal Blum)
1. Partings – Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt and Crystal Blum)
2. Sommer im Herzen – Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt)
3. Weg nach Avalon – Summer and Fall (Crystal Blum)

Toastmaster: Rand Bellavia
4. Math – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)
5. Medieval Evil Knievel – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)
6. Spot the Cat – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)

Interfilk Guest: Kari Maaren
7. The Eagles Came and Carried Them Away – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)
8. The Chosen One – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)
9. 43 – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)

LinGuest: Mark Mandel
10. Thinking-Brain Dog – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel/Traditional)
11. Pousse-Café – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel/Talis Kimberley)
12. The Wolf Within – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel)

Conterpoint 2016 Guests

Guests of Honor: Bill and Brenda Sutton
13. Where's My Flying Car – Bill and Brenda Sutton (Bill and Brenda Sutton)

Toastmaster: Arlene "Callie" Hills
14. Where the Shadows Are – Echo's Children (Cat Faber, arrangement by Callie Hills and Cat Faber)

Interfilk Guest: Cliff McMurray
15. Clare's Dragoons – Cliff McMurray (Traditional)

In Memoriam

Roger Clendening II, Barigato Greenberg, Joe Bethancourt, Thomas S. "Thom" Gressman, Rick Helmich, Suzette Haden Elgin, Beatrice "Bunny" Hagerty, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Terry Pratchett

16. Where the Magic Hides – Barigato and LadyCat (Sandra Greenberg/Bari and Sandra Greenberg)
17. Second Star to the Right – Joe Bethancourt (W. J. Bethancourt III)
18. Send Him Home – Cat Faber (Cat Faber) in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett

Title – Performer(s) (Writer/Composer)

Unless stated, all tracks were recorded for this CD.

Tracks 1, 2 – Reprinted from the CD Into the Blue.
Track 3 – Reprinted from the CD Last Sunny Day.
Tracks 4, 5 – Reprinted from the album Nerdvana.
Track 6 – Reprinted from the CD Dave Lennon.
Tracks 7–9 – Recorded for this CD and engineered by Devin Melanson.
Tracks 10, 11 – Recorded at Philcon 2014 during open filk by Harold Stein.
Track 12 – Recorded at Philcon 2013 during open filk by Harold Stein.
Track 13 – Recorded at Detcon1 by Harold Stein.
Track 14 – Recording provided by Callie Hills.
Track 15 – Recording provided by Cliff McMurray.
Track 16 – Reprinted from the CD, Romancing the Filk.
Track 17 – Recorded live at Fencon 2011, by Jerrie Adkins.
Track 18 – Reprinted from Cat Faber's online songbook,

Ookla the Mok is Rand Bellavia and Adam English. Echo's Children is Callie Hills and Cat Faber.

All CDs mentioned above are available from most filk dealers or directly from the artists. Joe Bethancourt's CDs can be purchased from your local filk dealer or Random Factors

This CD was compiled, engineered and published by Harold Stein for ConCertino. Cover art by Jane Sibley.

This CD is dedicated to the memory of those whom we have lost in the past year. They are missed and not forgotten. May their names be added to the clacks.

All recordings used with permission of the performers and the publishers. Thank you to everyone for permission to use your songs on this album.

Filk.. and ConCertino 2015 CD

I just noticed, I never posted that the Filk History book I was encouraging everyone to support last fall was released in late January. (This makes it eligable for the 2016 Hugo award.)

The history book is available for free, here:

Also, madfilkentist has been updating the errata page with updates, the most recent correction or additional information was added June 5th.

As for the ConCertino 2015 CD, the CD is DONE!  Its been printed, labeled and duplicated.  I just have to get the audio (and cover graphic) onto bandcamp and generate the download codes for everyone.  This year, for the first time, I am including a download code with the CD-R, so people do not have to rip the CD.  (I have already done it for you.)  

Title is "Journeys".   I will be posting a song list (which includes the NEFilk 2016 guests) on Friday, AFTER registration opens at ConCertino.
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