The following songs are included on Rain on the Sand
In Smaug's Lament the dragon narrates his encounter with Bilbo
and the adventures that follow.
There are any number of songs that
celebrate the joy of a person being selected
to go off into space, leaving everything and
everyone behind. Frozen April looks at
it a bit differently.
Burning Ages is the second song that
I've written in my attempt to tell a full
length story in songs. This may take some time.
Powders and Signs
Powders and Signs is part of an experiment where I attempt to
tell an original story using songs to advance the plot.
Sometimes I imagine that there's music in
everything. Differences suggests that
you just have to be attuned to it to find it
in nature, or aliens, or that filker on the
other side of the room.
Southbound is based on an idea that
had been kicking around in my head for a
year and a half: What if there were sensitive
Orcs who were upset and dismayed about the
management of the Mordor forces? I think it
works better up-tempo than in its earlier,
Cheerin' For Chess
While trying to learn the guitar part for
Seanan McGuire's Maybe It's Crazy, I
came up with the idea of Cheerin' For
Chess. What if highschool had been the
kind of place where guys like the one in her
song were the most popular?
I insist that Universal Follower is a joke rather than
a plea for help. When I started going to house filks (Summer,
2004), I was nervous that songs I wanted to try would be seen as
misfits compared to what others were singing. I'm over that now.
I was walking to the grocery store one day when I got a mental
image of two people in a sick room, one in bed and the other
beside it. The result was, I'll Remember.
Tea At Four
Though I'll probably write more songs from The Hobbit,
I see Tea At Four as being sequentially last: Bilbo
contemplates the outcome of his adventure, getting it mostly
Trout is another of those ideas that arrived while I
was working on something totally different. But I have had a
long-time feeling that the displays of live "food" in
stores and restaurants was a bit grotesque.
One Dawn is about the three trolls in The Hobbit.
Probably the stupidest critters in all literature.... A Tolkien
moment: I thought that I would never see a monster dumber
than a tree.
The Heart of the Mountain
Thorin gets a moment to apologise for his tunnel-vision (Oh,
bad! The song's not like that, I promise.) in The Heart of the
Insubstantially Yours is a song about a ghost who
seriously cannot take a hint. It tends to cause arguments about
which character is the victim.
Melkor's Blues explores the idea that all of
Middle-Earth's problems might have been avoided if Melkor had
been allowed to keep a pet. (When Randy Hoffman heard it, he
called it Sympathy for the Morgoth, which I also like.)
I Don't Think They've Noticed
While I was filling in time by doing a bit of guitar practice,
the last line of I Don't Think They've Noticed's chorus
arrived with no warning. It turned into speculation on the nature
of life and death. Riiiight!