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    Oh well, if we're just jumping in, then

    I rather thought we might wait until the rules were announced and all that before posting, but what the hey. If the rules turn out it has to be something new, not based on someone else's copyrighted material that we could reasonably record and call original, and that it has to work in a photo of a concrete sphere, a pair of green hands, and an exploding pigeon, I'll just write something new within the 72 hour limit.

    (That was a reference to Ceramic GM, for those of you who missed that)

    So, while we're using up the pre-existing filks before the judges or voting mechanism are announced, here's one I like to think of as "The Earworm of ABBA":

    You're in the mood to kill
    And when you need a thrill . . .
    You are a big thri-kreen
    leaping, fleet and extremely mean.
    Big Thri-kreen,
    Eat my liver, then you eat my spleen, oh yeah,
    You can breed
    You can thrive,
    Living in group minded hive
    Oh ohhh
    Watch me squirm,
    Watch me scream,
    Fleeing the big thri kreen . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sialia View Post
    I rather thought we might wait until the rules were announced and all that before posting, but what the hey. If the rules turn out it has to be something new, not based on someone else's copyrighted material that we could reasonably record and call original, and that it has to work in a photo of a concrete sphere, a pair of green hands, and an exploding pigeon, I'll just write something new within the 72 hour limit.
    song parodies are protected speech, so they don't fall under copyright protection (danny, back me up)

    That doesn't mean the contest can't require fully original songs, vs. parodies. But there's not a copyright problem to avoid.

    Generally, in the FILK genre, it's mostly parodies (like Wierd Al, and the Great LukeSki for instance tend to do a lot of).

    I know from experience, I can write and record an original song (music and lyrics) in about a day, assuming access to a decent home recording studio. That doesn't mean it's good, but it has 3-4 verses, a chorus, a bridge, solo, and 4 tracks (drums, bass, guitar, vox).

    It's a lot easier doing a parody, because the music's written, the lyrics are framed to fit within the music, all you have to do is replace the words.

    It's a lot harder writing an original song about dungeons and dragons, without making it sound stupid. A few bands pull it off, but it's not an easy subject without making it a joke song.

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    song parodies are protected speech, so they don't fall under copyright protection (danny, back me up)
    Yup, or Weird Al Yankovic would be going to jail for a very, very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanefan View Post
    It's "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton.

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    Now that you say it, it's obvious. And now I can't hear the original version in my head.

    It's ruined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janx View Post
    I know from experience, I can write and record an original song (music and lyrics) in about a day, assuming access to a decent home recording studio. That doesn't mean it's good, but it has 3-4 verses, a chorus, a bridge, solo, and 4 tracks (drums, bass, guitar, vox).
    Same here, though all the various non-vocal bits would be done by keyboard were I flying solo.
    Quote Originally Posted by Janx
    It's a lot easier doing a parody, because the music's written, the lyrics are framed to fit within the music, all you have to do is replace the words.
    I find the opposite is true: it's way easier to play my own stuff than to try and play someone else's.
    Quote Originally Posted by Janx
    It's a lot harder writing an original song about dungeons and dragons, without making it sound stupid. A few bands pull it off, but it's not an easy subject without making it a joke song.
    So the obvious plan B is to do a joke song that's good enough everyone forgets it's a joke...

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    With apologies to Jimi. (Manic Depression)


    Dungeons & Dragons is touching my soul
    I know what I want but I just don't know
    How to, go about gettin' it
    Minis, sweet minis,
    Held in my fingers, fingers
    Dungeons & Dragons is catchin' my soul

    DM so weary, the sweet cause in vain
    You make world, we break worlds
    It's all the same
    When it's, when it's over, gamer
    Missing, not critting
    I wish I could express, express, express
    Dungeons & Dragons is a frustrating mess

    Well, I think I'll go let myself out,
    And go on home
    All the way home
    Really ain't no use in me hanging around
    In your kinda game

    Missing, not critting
    I wish I could express, express, express
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    I have an addiction...and I cannot find any chapters of Filkaholics Anonymous. Ehhh- I'd probably turn their 12 Steps into a D&D-themed Munchkin/Roll-player checklist.
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    Calling StephenAC! Man, that guy can write fantasy songs like no one's business. I'll also point out that @Sagiro wrote, composed and performed a freakin' 10 song musical based on my campaign. I'll check with him to see if bits are okay to post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janx View Post
    song parodies are protected speech, so they don't fall under copyright protection (danny, back me up)

    That doesn't mean the contest can't require fully original songs, vs. parodies. But there's not a copyright problem to avoid.

    Generally, in the FILK genre, it's mostly parodies (like Wierd Al, and the Great LukeSki for instance tend to do a lot of).

    I know from experience, I can write and record an original song (music and lyrics) in about a day, assuming access to a decent home recording studio. That doesn't mean it's good, but it has 3-4 verses, a chorus, a bridge, solo, and 4 tracks (drums, bass, guitar, vox).

    It's a lot easier doing a parody, because the music's written, the lyrics are framed to fit within the music, all you have to do is replace the words.

    It's a lot harder writing an original song about dungeons and dragons, without making it sound stupid. A few bands pull it off, but it's not an easy subject without making it a joke song.
    We could do two categories.

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    Two categories is good.

    How do we judge it? open voting or a panel?

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    Black . . . Black . . . Black

    Black is the Color of My True Love's Scales.
    Her neck is longer than others' tails.
    The sharpest teeth, and her strongest claws--
    I love the fumes from each breath she draws.

    Black is the color of my true love's ponds.
    She langourous lurks beneath dampened fronds,
    And lies in wait as a rotting log,
    The sleekest that's e'er roamed swamp or bog.

    Piles of platinum are in her hoard,
    And gold and silver are likewise stored,
    And I'll stalk her with cunning and malevolence
    For my love for them is likewise intense.

    (Folk melody, more or less. I seem to have recalled a different verse structure than the version below, but then folk music is like that) Just go with the melody from the first verse and repeat. For those who don't know it already: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFApa21pH0U"]Black is the colour of my true loves.... - YouTube[/ame])
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