Audible Dreams

Years and years ago, when I went to my first con, there was something weird on the schedule—"filk." I didn’t get to attend that filk session, but when I did get a chance to go to one I learned that it’s a genre of music particular to fandom. I was intrigued by what I heard, but didn’t get a chance to learn much more about it for a few more years. Some of it is beautiful, more of it is funny, and its appeal is largely based on being a sort of big in-joke among people who are into science fiction and fantasy. I’m afraid Sam and I were guilty of leading minors into committing filk. After we explained filk to our kids, they came up with many Pokémon filk songs.

It’s been a few years since I last attended a housefilk, but generally speaking they are marvelous fun marked by good music and great company. I did attend GaFilk a few years back, and it was a wonderful relaxacon.

General Sites

  • The Virtual Filksing is a great way to find a variety of filk MP3s in one place. I’m particularly fond of Tech Support by Jeffrey Hitchin—every techie I know likes that one.
  • Interfilk


  • They don’t bill themselves as filkers, but a lot of The Four Bitchin’ Babes songs certainly fit right in. I’m Dyslexic and LAFF are two of my favorites.
  • To some extent Leslie Fish seems to be filk—everybody else does her songs and she’s certainly prolific!
  • I’ve heard that Weird Al Yankovic hates to be called a filker, for some reason. I think everyone has heard at least one of his songs at some point in time, so I wanted to point out that his songs are pretty good examples of filk.
  • Alec Alexander James is an amazing, prolific musician.
  • Kathy Mar
  • Mercedes Lackey has done many songs related to her Valdemar universe, as well as some unrelated filk. Apparently, when she writes the lyrics and Leslie Fish does the music for a song, it’s called a Leslac. That’s also the name of a troublesome bard in Lackey’s Tarma and Kethry stories. Feline American Princess is a Leslac, too, and it’s very funny—I just can’t figure out how Lackey channeled our late cat Shelley when she wrote it.
  • Urban Tapestry
  • I figure I would have liked "Rubenesque" for its lyrics no matter what I thought of The Duras Sisters—but I like them. "Ivanova’s Lament" was one of the first filk songs I ever encountered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top