The Tribe
(Children of the Fall)

by Mary S Van Deusen

(Elfquest filk, sung by Julia Ecklar)

Original c.1988-1995; remastered September 2005

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I started listening to filk in Star Trek, and fell completely in love with Julia Ecklar. She wrote a lot of her own material, and her voice is amazing. Her songs were thoughtful and ranged across all moods. At one point, her friends got together and BOUGHT HER a backup band to do a "real" album, Divine Intervention. For me, it's just an amazing album. My husband is so compelled by it that he used to want to use the same song OVER and OVER and OVER again. Gareth Thomas, Blake of Blake's 7, was a fan of hers, and he once listened to her and cried at a convention. I have a vague memory that she was a coroner - something strange, anyway. She is also an incredible writer and had - I think it was 2 - Star Trek pro novels published. I had her up to my room at a con once to see her songs to music videos. A really nice lady. Elfquest is another amazing album of hers. It ranges across all of these moods from angry to tremendously sad to manic. One of my favorites is a 3some song from the POV of the man who loves the girl, but she is "bound" to someone she can't stand. By the rules of that universe, she has to go off with that man to have a child, but the man who loves her, and whom she loves, can't understand how his love wouldn't be bound to him. But he loves her enough to wait for her to come back to him. Julia just does this incredibly thoughtful material.

I tend to get tired of the same old clips. So the longer I stay working in a fandom, the more I try to push into episodes I haven't used. I also like to try new philosophical thoughts. I want to make new points in a song, and try to find songs that say something different about the characters than I've already said. This song is more the wild side of men who would put themselves into that danger for the sheer joy of the danger - a quality I think is real in that profession. I make "sets" of songs in my head for various reasons. The simplest is that they make good background music. But one of the sets I tend to make is a philosophical set, where each song brings out a different aspect of characters or the show. This tends to be more obvious in other fandoms with more characters, though you'll notice I do more Cowley here than you'd expect. That's partly philosophical - the Gambler, for example. In Star Trek and B7, I use the ship as a character. In Due South, I use songs about the dog. I think I'm just trying to avoid terminal boredom. The reason I like music videos is that they're a challenge. They're a box that constrains you, and the fun is to push the edges of the box as hard as you can to try to do something different in the same old box. Movie scripts, by the way, have exactly that same box-like effect. I've only written 3, all agented, but it was the box that attracted me to them - that and the need for such incredible control while you write a script. A novel, by contrast, is more self indulgent.

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