I’m sorry I didn’t notice this until now, but famed filker Tom Smith (“Waking Up Jedi,” “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, many many more) had an accident during a concert some time ago and had to have surgery. He’s out and home now, but filkers don’t generally have really good health insurance and every little bit helps.
Tom has been a regular presence at zillions of cons across the nation, he produces new and hilarious songs every week or so (when he’s feeling better), and he even lets you have many of them for free at his site and in his weekly RSS feed. Such as, say, his song “I’m on Firefly.”
So some of his friends and fans have put together a tribute CD of covers of his songs, which you can download for any donation at all. There’s some great stuff here, not the least of which is Browncoat favorite Michelle Dockrey (and Tony Fabris) performing Tom’s award-winning “Rich Fantasy Lives.” I strongly urge you to send him anything you can and enjoy some great, funny, touching music.