Songs of the Seven (Blake's 7 filk tape)

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Filk Album
Album Title: Songs of the Seven
Producer:
Type:
Date: 1983
Medium: cassette
Fandom: Blake's 7
Performer(s): Linda Short
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External Links: Youtube
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Songs of the Seven is a filk tape of Blake's 7 filk songs written and sung by Linda Short.

It is NOT related to Songs of the Seven published by Xenon Press.

Contents

casette tape cover and insert
  • Children of Auron
  • I Never Wanted to Come!
  • Reflections of Me
  • Here's the Job for You
  • Franton's Song
  • Dreaming Again....
  • Last Words
  • Child of the Auronar
  • Vila's kids
  • Elegy

Reactions and Reviews

Generally folky in flavour, I enjoy this tape, although I prefer "Ditties from the Edge of the World", which is also by Linda Short."[1]
Linda Short’s first album, “Songs Of The Seven”, was all original music, but people complained because they couldn’t just sing them with the words, so she did another, “Ditties From the Edge of The World,” with existing tunes for her original words. There’s something very special - magical! - about sitting around late at night during a con, singing songs related to your passion, some about novels you’ve read, others about novels you might then decide to read as a result. [2]
Linda wrote, sang, played the guitar and actually produced a Tape Cassette of her songs entitled "Songs of the Seven." One of my favourites was 'Reflections of Me', about Avon and his view of Blake, another was 'Children of Auron', (Cally) and,' I Never Wanted to be a Hero', (Vila). I'm currently trying to transfer the cassette onto a computer...well, I'm not, daughter no. 2 is. Hopefully she can then save the music onto disc (which wasn't around back then!) Linda passed away several years ago, but I think she would be thrilled that B7 is still as avidly loved now as we all loved it back then. [3]

Practical notes first, the tape arrived safely, well packed in a padded envelope and the recording was clear. Linda has a fine natural singing voice and plays the guitar extremely well.

There are 10 songs with moods that range from the very funny to the very sad, and each shows perception and insight into B7 and the B7 characters. Not surprisingly, 3 of the 4 humourous songs centre on Vila; I particularly liked 'Dreaming Again' and 'Vila's Kids' but all the comic songs manage to put me in a good mood - even after thinking about the 4th series! They are light-hearted, cheerful and delightful. Far more sad and serious are 'Reflections of Me' and 'Last Words' - the first concerns Avon and the second Jenna, and deal with where their relationships with Blake led them. Probably the saddest song of the tape, 'Elegy', is about Gauda Prime, naturally it is a lament but for who and by who everyone must choose for themselves. Anyway, it's a beautiful song and even three years on brings back the desolation of the 'Blake' episode. Three of the songs are about the Auronar and they capture the 'feel' of Cally's people, the importance to them of 'the sharing mind' which non-telepaths (most of us) can't truly understand. There is a sadness in these songs too, but also hope as in both 'Child of The Auronar' and 'Franton's Song' the promise that the Children of Auron will return is remembered. Perhaps there is a possibility there for some next-generation stories?

Highly recommended, if you haven't heard the tape - do so as soon as possible. [4]
"SOT7 is all by one British female artist named Linda M. Short. Linda has a very lovely voice and plays fine guitar accompaniment. The album was done in 1983 and contains ten songs. Many songs are tender and/or melancholy - beautiful. Favorites include:

"Reflections of Me" - Avon sings to Blake (or his memory of Blake), pondering what it was which drew and held him to the "burly rebel".

Blake, I don't understand what you did
Or what was your hold over me
Why, when sometimes, I looked in your eyes
Did I see a reflection of me
You dragged me along, though I shouted, "You're wrong!"
And I fought you each step of the way
You gave me a choice, with a smile in your voice
For you knew, all the time, I'd stay
Blake, I don't understand what you did
Or what was your hold over me
Why, when sometimes, I looked in your eyes
Did I see a reflection of me
I'd laugh, and deride you, then fight at your side
Unsure of which part I should choose
Though it may not be true, being with you
Was like being every which way but loose
I don't understand what you did
Or what was your hold over me
Why, when sometimes, I looked in your eyes
Did I see a reflection of me
Now, your shadow's still here, though you're no longer near
And there's whispers that run round my head
Though I push them aside, they won't be denied, Blake
I'll never be free till you're dead
I don't understand what you did
_How_ could _you_ hold _me_
Why, whenever I looked in your eyes
Did I see a reflection of me

"Franton's Song" - Franton sings a lullaby to the Auronar clone children (remember episode "Children of Auron"?), probably post-GP. I love this song because it reminds me of a zine story I read once where a team of the firstborn clone children _know_ that GP has happened, and set out to find Avon, restore him to physical and mental health through Auron mind-healing techniques, then join him to help him bring down Servalan and the Federation once and for all.

Be still, my children, each and every one
Close your minds, and let the Dreamtime come
And as you slumber, softly, I will sing
To speed the morning and the daylight bring
This song I'll sing you oft times while you grow
For each and every child the truth must know
Must learn the story and remember well
So that in time to your own children tell
How evil men by evil woman led
Upon our lovely world, Death's seeds they spread
And how the People of the Sharing Mind
Shared every death of every Auronar
And how those whispers of a dying world
Within the mind of one lost Child were heard
And how she brought The Seven from the stars
To find five thousand, and see you all on Kaarn
So sleep, my children, and your blessings give
Unto The Seven who gave you chance to live
And ever keep their memory in your hearts
Safe within the Soul of Auronar
Be still, my children, each and every one
Close your minds and let the Dreamtime come
And as you slumber, softly, I will sing
To speed the morning and the daylight bring

"Last Words" - Avon's last thoughts before he pulls the trigger on GP are, of course, of Blake. Sigh.

It's easy to read all the data that shows on my screens
Easy to work it all out, to know what it means
There all around on the inside I'm stuck
I've run out of chances, run out of luck
Easy to see, this is the end, for me
I never imagined that it would all end this way
That I'd have to face this all on my own, so afraid
I'd clung to the hope that you and I
Would find someplace to live and to die
I hope you know the words I don't have time to say
Now as I wait for Eternity's knock at my door
I'm asking myself, what has it really been for
So much we have lost, so little we gained
Nothing we won without sorrow and pain
And yet, I don't think that anyone could have done more
So here with my fingers poised ready I'm waiting until
I can close both my eyes, blank out my mind, then I'll kill
Maybe I never quite shared all your dreams
But you gave me a glimpse of how good life should be
I hope you make it, but Blake, I don't think you will
I hope you make it, but Blake, I don't think you will

"Here's the Job for You" - The Six advertize for a "Blake" post Star One. Told from the point of view of someone who "interviewed" for Tarrant's job, and was turned down. Very peppy and funny song.

The other day my credit flow had nearly ebbed away
So I punched for the want-ads on the visual display
I was looking for employment, I'd give anything a try
When an entry in the "Spacer's" happened to catch my eye
Come and make our number up to 7, if you can
We've only got 6, we need another man
We've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
It said, "We need a leader for our galant little band
A Captain for our Starship that never needs to land
You must be brave, you must be good, honest, loyal, strong
We don't want any cowards, we've already got one
So, come and make our number up to 7, if you can
We've only got 6, we need another man
We've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
We really would appreciate a stubborn kind of man
Oblivious to danger, full of reckless plans
And it doesn't really matter if your schemes go up the spout
Cause we've a genius on board who'll always pull you out
So, come and make our number up to 7, if you can
We've only got 6, we need another man
We've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
So I went to the audition, sorry, interview, I mean
I polished up my high knee boots, made sure the (something) were clean
I tried to hide my accent, for it doesn't do at all
If you sound like a Jones Boy, (something something, apparent Welsh accent)
So, come and make the number up to 7, if you can
They've only got 6, they need another man
They've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
They looked me up, they looked me down, one gave me half a smile (Avon!)
The dark girl in the corner twirled her guns round all the while
And then I heard, inside my head, I'm sure of this, I'll swear
A little voice said, "He's no good! He hasn't got curly hair!"
Come and make the number up to 7, if you can
They've only got 6, they need another man
They've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
Quite despondent then, I wandered home, I really felt quite sad
Especially when I heard they chose a lusty English lad
I thought I'd missed my chance, look you, when I saw Series 3
But, by the end of Series 4, I was glad they hadn't picked me!
To come and make the number up to 7, if you can
We've only got 6, we need another man
We've got two men, two lovely girls and two computers, too
And if you can keep them all in line, well, here's the job for you!
Other songs are just as beautiful or just as fun. I like "Vila's Kids" - a post-GP happy ending story with everyone growing old together . . . Avon, Tarrant, Dayna, and Soolin amusing Vila's kids at a get-together. Fur flies when the kids loose Orac's key. Very cute.[5]

References

  1. Judith Proctor Blake's 7 filk tape reviews.
  2. FILK MUSIC - REMEMBER WHEN...? dated June 24, 2996.
  3. Space City 1985 B7 Convention post at the Horizon forum dated Nov 19, 211.
  4. from a fan in Horizon Newsletter #13 (January 1985)
  5. Sept 1993 review posted to the Virgule L mailing list.