Steve Savitzky at Baycon 2008

1 [ogg] [mp3] Rocket Rider's Prayer (Savitzky)
2 [ogg] [mp3] High Barratry (Savitzky/Trad.)
The company now known as The SCO Group was once called ``Caldera.'' I'd always wondered why it was named after a kind of gigantic crater...
3 [ogg] [mp3] The World Inside the Crystal (Savitzky)
My first serious computer song. You can always tell the programmers in the audience. They've been there, and they know.
4 [ogg] [mp3] The River (Savitzky)
5 [ogg] [mp3] The Merry Man and his Maid (Gilbert/Sullivan)
6 [ogg] [mp3] The Toolmakers (Savitzky)
7 [ogg] [mp3] Ferret Went A-Courtin' (Savitzky/Trad.)
8 [ogg] [mp3] The Owl and the Pussycat (Lear/Trad.)
9 [ogg] [mp3] Cryptographer's Anthem (Savitzky/Trad.)
10 [ogg] [mp3] The Little Computing Machine (Savitzky/Trad.)
A song of seduction, obsession, and madness. Written while listening to Golden Bough singing "The Black Velvet Band" and wishing I could afford an Apple ][.
11 [ogg] [mp3] The Programmer's Alphabet (Savitzky/Trad.)
My first computer song, based on various sailors' alphabets.
12 [ogg] [mp3] The Rambling Silver Rose (Savitzky)
Very loosely inspired by Cindy McQuillin's songs of spaceships, spaceport bars, and hard-drinking, independent-minded women.
13 [ogg] [mp3] The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of (Savitzky)
I wrote this for my father a few months before he died; he went to grad school with Isaac Asimov, and introduced me to folk music, computers and science fiction.
14 [ogg] [mp3] Keep the Dream Alive (Savitzky)
Written in 1986 shortly after the Challenger blew up on takeoff. Revised, unfortunately, for Columbia in 2003.
15 [ogg] [mp3] Ship of Stone (Simpson)
In my opinion the best filksong ever written. If one of the songs we're singing now is still being sung a thousand years from now, it will probably be this one.

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