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Thursday, December 21st, 2017
11:34 pm
Happy happy
Happy Birthday to Eric Coleman, my favorite @curmudgeon
Saturday, November 25th, 2017
9:15 am
Happy birthday to smac
Happy happy to @tarkrai !!!
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
3:20 pm
Jan magic bday
Dearest Jan of the magic fingers. Happy Birthday!
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
9:41 pm
Happy Birthday to Quadrivium!!! ...Late...because I don't LJ much and it hates me...
Here's hoping quadrivium had a most wondrous and happy birthday. And this is late because a) I don't LJ very much, and b) when I do, it fights me tooth and nail when I try to do something like post a Happy Birthday.

But Happy Happy and many more to you, most wondrous lady!
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
9:26 am
Happy bday to Eric
Happy happy to ericcoleman, my favorite curmudgeon
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
10:26 am
Happy Birthday, SMAC!
Happy Birthday to tarkrai! (It is to be hoped I eventually figure out how to use ttarkraihis service ... )
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
2:19 pm
Hey, Tarkrai

Happy, Happy!!!
Monday, March 17th, 2014
10:16 pm
Happy Birthday!
Hey Jan

Hope you have the finest of days!
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
10:29 pm
Back from OVFF
A quick OVFF babble

OK, back from OVFF. Thanks to Mark Ewbank who doubled his duties as an OVFF virgin to act as my seeing eye Mark all weekend. Getting there would have been a lot more complicated and a WHOLE lot more dangerous if I had to drive myself this year. Thanks Mark!

Getting reminded yet again of how many incredibly talented people I associate with in the world of Filk made being on the Pegasus ballot this year an even more incredible honor. It really was a no-kidding, believe-every-word, how-the-devil-did-I-get-here chance of a lifetime. Thanks to all who voted for 'Grandfather', and congratulations to all the winners. May that experience be one all of you get to share, because ALL the people I met this year at OVFF certainly have material that qualifies.

I get the most fun playing at the open filking. My goal has always been, and probably will always be, to add (in a positive way, of course) to the performance of the moment. Often, it's not possible (the performers are that good), but if you follow the 'Do No Harm' rule, it's a good feeling when it works out. Thanks to all who didn't throw large, heavy, or sharp objects if I was being overly additive.

So many folks. Cheshire Moon, Theresa--oh yeah, the skinny bearded guy she can't seem to shake--Toy Boat, SJ, Talis, Dave (great playing Dixie Chicken at the jam!), Barry, Sally--the list goes on. And on. You know who you are. And the OVFF crew--Kathy, Erica, Phil, and particularly Mark, Harold, and the sound crew. Amazing.

OK, so I'll start working on the next two CDs. Maybe by next year I'll have something new! You never know...

Great time. Thanks to all!

Gary "MoFilker" Hanak
Friday, July 5th, 2013
5:40 pm
Ohio Valley Filk Fest brainstorming poll
I have, for reasons many and varied and unknown to me, but hopefully of a positive sort, had some of my songs show up on the OVFF brainstorming poll. As many folks, particularly anyone not living in the St Louis area, are less than familiar with stuff I do, I have put the suggested tunes up on my website. You can hear what they sound like by going to www.mofilker.com and clicking on the OVFF brainstorming link. At least, you should be able to. One never knows with the internet...

Thanks to any and all who thought enough of them to get them in the poll!
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
5:36 pm
Happy happy
Have a happy birthday, however you need to do that from where you are...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
6:47 am
Happy birthday
Happy Birthday!!!
Saturday, April 7th, 2012
8:29 am
Once again, being a very intermittent user, this is late. Last post, I noted my website was up. Www.mofilker.com, for those of you who have forgotten. Yes, being Filk GoH at Duckon was great, though I fear my curse is still in effect--I understand things have gotten a little weird since I was there--but at least they are still in existence, so the curse is weakening. I hope.

Anyway, for those into contemporary music as well as Filk, I am forming a duo with an old friend, and we hope to be playing soon at a venue near you. Or somewhere. We are Not Wired Right, and our website (far more interesting than my personal one) is www.notwiredright.com. If you have a moment check it out. Hopefully, our performance schedule will start to fill up in the coming weeks.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
8:57 am
website now up and running
Greetings from the land of those who check in with Livejournal about once a month. Or so. Anyway, I finally have a website. Bit the bullet and hosted through a commercial provider, so my website has finally moved from my thumb drive to the v-world out there. It's not much at the moment, but I hope it will develop as time moves on. www.mofilker.com Should be an interesting experiment in clean living.

Bear in mind it's not created from a commercial web building program, so it won't look slick, or even mildly slippery. But it's mine, and it's fun to play around with.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
10:34 pm

I'm going to be a GoH!!!

Miracles do happen...

It turns out that janmagic has invited me to Duckon 20 to be the Filk GoH. (Thanks, Jan!!) I'm really excited! And if it weren't for the fact I'll probably be in Texas on a project for work, I'd love to go this year. But, that's life and employment.

Anyway, hope to see lots of you in Chicago come 2011. Looking forward to it! I'll even be spending time on new material, that's how excited I am...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
7:58 pm
Upcoming gigs
And I finally have some! Ain't life grand?

At any rate, I'm back at Parrot's Bar and Grill for Friday Happy Hour. They've got me booked for the second Friday of each month from September to December, so if you've nothing better to do, come on out on one of them and say hi!

For those in the St Louis/St Charles area, Parrot's is at Jung Sta Rd and I-94 in St Charles. Far as I know, they still run Happy Hour from 5 to 8. So come on out. It'll be fun--or it should be, if I do my job correctly. (8-{D

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
8:23 pm
Once more at Parrot's
Hey all. Sorry to not have been at Duckon this year--hope it went well (and with janmagic involved, how could it not?).

For those in the St Louis/St Charles area, two things:

I'm doing another Happy Hour at Parrot's Bar and Grill, I-94 and Jung Sta Rd, in St Charles, MO, this Friday (June 26) from 5 to 8. If you're not busy, pop on by. This will probably be it till September--they told me they usually slow down in July and August. But you never know. Maybe I've impressed them enough with my stage presence to have them think about July or August. Or not.

Thing 2: We're having our second House Filk on July 11. If you're interested and/or want to know more about that, let me know. I'm keeping an email list for House Filk, and I can put you on it if you're interested (assumng you aren't, already).

Back to getting sets ready.


Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
9:59 am
Upcoming Filk Circle - St Louis House Filk
We of the long-suffering midwest filk community are going to try and establish a house filk happening. What it may become, how it may fare, is anybody's guess. But we're going to try.

The date we have decided upon is May 9, a Saturday. It will be at the home of one of our local filkers, because he wanted to do it and I have five cats in the house at present, precluding anyone with pet allergies from attending a meeting at my place. If you're interested in attending, email me at my livejournal contact email address. I will put you on my filk circle email group list (using my mundane email address, so don't be surprised when my address changes).

I have another actual paying gig on May 8, so I may not be in top form Saturday. But I'll be there, and I hope some of you will be there too. I will NOT be posting directions to the host's house (or any other personal info about the host, for that matter) over Livejournal, so if you want to attend, send me an email address. I'll send you the info.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
8:23 am
got a gig tomorrow, Friday, March 27
Playing my first paid, live-at-a-pub gig in twenty years tomorrow, Friday, March 27, for a happy hour (5 - 8) at Parrot's in St Charles.  Should be interesting.  Hope I remember which end of the guitar to hold...
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
10:04 am
It's over

I posted this as a response to a post by Joe Haldeman.  Decided if I'm going to post it there, I may as well post it here...
There are so many sides to everything.  Forget 'The Force'--life is like trying to get a definite answer to a question involving quantum mechanics.

The candidate I supported won, and for that I'm greatful.  I hope.  However, I have voted for many candidates who won, and, most of the time, it seemed as if there was little that would have been different in the long run had the other candidate won.  Promises made and forgotten, promises made never intended to be fulfilled, promises unfulfilled because too much was promised and it just couldn't be done--it seems that, most of the time, what you get is never what you hoped for, or what you were told and were expecting to get.

There is a lot awry in the world, and a lot awry here in the USA.  We have opted, in effect, to chuck the existing machine and bring in a whole new one in the belief that the existing machine had more to do with the way things are than the one we just voted in.  That may or may not be true--just as one point to ponder, those who read Orson Scott Card's open letter to the media have at least some cause for caution--but it seems we believe it enough to have decided to give a new order a try.

I believe we elected a team that had the best overall plan for our country over the next few years.  I don't for a minute believe they have the best plan for every single thing.  I expect mistakes will be made, but I hope they, unlike how the current team seemed to have operated, will realize when they have made a mistake and immediately take steps to rectify it. 

We have elected someone who has literally been part of two worlds, or three worlds, or even more.  He has an unparalled opportunity to continue with dissolving those artificial barriers to which we have continued to grant the reality of existence.  Continue, not complete, because there is probably far too much to do in the way of dissolving them completely for anyone to seriously think it can be done in a few years.  But our President-elect is in a marvelous position to act as a catalyst, and I hope he does so.

He's not going to have it all his way, and neither are we.  I think that, as a nation, we've been a little out of touch with reality lately.  We think we deserve what we've not earned yet, and we've paid for it with a credit crisis.  We think we know the best way for people to govern themselves, and we've paid for it with most of the world thinking we're arrogant, conceited, and obnoxious.  We take for granted our way of life is what everyone should strive for, without considering what would happen to the resources of the world if everyone lived as we did, and what our way of life is doing to the world ecology, now that other nations are starting to catch up to us.

On the other hand, we just completely changed the hands of power in this country with no rioting, military action, or harm coming to anyone.  So we must be doing something right.

We as Americans have always understood better than many that you get what you pay for.  We pay for it by working harder, by being open to new ideas, by refusing to have our imagination constained by anything.  It's our strength, it's behind the greatness of America--and I believe there is greatness here.  It's let us come this far, this fast, and, if we have elected whom we think we have, it will be what let's us move on to the next thing, whatever that may be.

The journey is half the fun.


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