Saturday at Conflikt started with the
buffet brunch. Unexciting; bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, french toast
(which I passed on because of its high glycemic index), potatoes (tasty,
but I only took a little), toasted baguette with some kind of warm dip,
pastries (passed on), and a few other breakfasty items I can't remember
now. The con had ordered what the hotel thought was enough bacon for the
number of people; they ran out. Filkers don't eat like "normal" people;
for anyone on a low-carb diet the bacon and eggs were about the only
things they could eat.
Every table had a couple of slips of paper with instafilk topics; ours
technological, (don't remember exactly) but I was feeling uninspired. The
conversation was great, though.
I skipped the role-playing singalong; putting the songs up on a screen
with a projector was a good idea, though. Came in afterward to set up for
recording the twofers. tibicina had the first slot; I had the
second. Sang "The Toolmakers" (at pocketnaomi's request) and
"The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of" (with cflute on flute).
Went pretty well; cflute noted that I still need to be capo 2
on "Toolmakers"; I was bottoming out. Plink, my little Vagabond travel
guitar, sounds awesome amplified. I'll definitely have to find
myself a small portable amp. Or hack a preamp together and use it with my
Skipped the songbook sing-along, and came back for the Interfilk guests'
"concert". Since Steven Joel isn't a performer, this consisted of a mix
of live and recorded performances by other people. Good to hear some of
those old tapes again.
Went with cflute, jenkitty, pocietnaomi, and tibicina to an early dinner in the
sooj and stealthcello's concert was wonderful. I
had no idea anyone made carbon-fiber cellos. The room, which would have
been fine for the expected 80 members, was packed; I ended up on the
right-hand end of the front row with cflute and her minions.
cflute's Toastmistress concert was next; I had a couple of
pieces in the last third, and took advantage of the setup interval to
tune. I sang "Cicero in the 21st Century" and "World Inside the Crystal"
(probably our strongest songs), and played guitar on Harold Groot's "In
Our Fathers' Footsteps" and (corrected:) Callie's "Circles of Music". We skipped
"Demon Lover" because Callie's voice was weakening by that point.
Added: cflute's complete set list here.
This was followed by tarkrai's GOH concert, which was his
usual high-energy amazingness. He ended by leading the group in "Many
Hearts, One Voice", adding Conflikt to the Worldream chorus.
I don't recall spening any time at all in the open filking; spent most of
the rest of the evening talking. I seem to do that more and more at filk
cons, and I'm OK with that. Ended the night in a long, deep, wide-ranging
conversation with pocketnaomi.