THE NOT MUCH IS SACRED SONGBOOK: Parodies for Midwinter and Other Occasions

THE NOT MUCH IS SACRED SONGBOOK: Parodies for Midwinter and Other Occasions

by Patricia A Leslie

Paperback(Revised: Five Songs Added; Several Deleted. ed.)

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This collection of original, laugh-out-loud alternative lyrics is ideal for singing-along, from campfire gatherings to science fiction convention “filk circles”. It will delight anyone with a wry sense of humor and a liking for satirical parody. Ms. Leslie, a writer of speculative fantasy and herself a lifelong lover of comic songs – from Tom Lehrer to ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic to British Music Hall – consistently melds witty lines with accurate scansion. Part One comprises thirteen parodies for the Midwinter Season … rollicking send-ups of over-played holiday songs (‘The Pagan Drummer Person”, “Frosty The Pagan,” “Jolly Old Krampus”). There’s a carol for dogs, and one for vegans. Part Two largely relies for its tunes on the traditional and contemporary folk canon of Scotland, Ireland and England, with an occasional nod to Broadway … these nineteen very varied send-ups range from Scottish cuisine to paranormal romance, homeland security to Lord of The Rings, IKEA to Goths, earthquakes to cat lovers. No music to read, just fun lyrics (some a wee bit rude!). Most tunes are well-known within the folk canon; each song entry provides the name and composer (or other source) to which it fits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997113778
Publisher: Patricia A. Leslie
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Edition description: Revised: Five Songs Added; Several Deleted. ed.
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Patricia A. Leslie, great-great-granddaughter of a Scottish bagpiper at Queen Victoria's court, is primarily a fiction writer, in the field of speculative fantasy, which is how she got introduced to "filk" singing at fan conventions (although she started composing parodies to popular songs in childhood, and grew up enjoying the recordings of Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer). Starting about age twenty, she became immersed in traditional folk music of the British Isles, through an interest in Scottish and English country dance. More recently, she expanded her folk repertoire and her public-performance confidence, through workshops given by Irish musician Shay Black, at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse. Besides filk and folk songs, her literary output includes novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, and serious poetry.

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