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The talent show, one of the last (and in my opinion) best events of Winterfest each year, occurred February 11, 2012. Twelve people stepped forward, sometimes alone or in pairs, to share music, poetry, filk songs, original works, and excerpts from books, for a total of 40 performances.

We all journeyed to tinychat.com/wfol for a second year, in order to facilitate an easy way to listen, and to perform, independent of the varied operating systems and devices we were connecting with. It worked wonderfully.

As always, please remember that these files are here for archival purposes only. Permission was given to share these. Permission is not given to copy them. Many of these performances are original works, entrusted with us in order to enjoy them. Downloading them to your iPod is fine. Downloading them in order to financially benefit from them is not permissible. Thank you for your understanding. :)

  1.   To break the ice, Ginger sang Part of Her World, a filk song made from a well-known song from The Little Mermaid, from Vincent's point of view. The lyrics are available here.

  2.   Noticing the lengthy pause in which we all waited for a new performer to step forward to take their turn, Ginger decided to offer Reflection, another filk song made from another well-known song from Disney's Mulan, this time from Catherine's point of view. The lyrics are available here.

  3.   Luna regaled us with her version of "Let It Snow", with different words, Winterfest.

  4.   Amber and Vicky, known collectively as The Fruitcakes (perhaps they'll tour soon), amazed us with Love Me Tender, with Vicky on guitar.

  5.   Vicky volunteered to go again, crooning as only she can a song made famous by the Carpenters, I Just Fall in Love Again.

  6.   Tim Rooch was happy to sing a well known Irish tune called Red Is the Rose.

  7.   Luna shared a poem, Like Magic, wherein a young Vincent asks Father why he can't go Above like the other children.

  8.   Laura amused us with an unusual adaptation of Shakespeare, The Othello Rap. Fo' shizzle.

  9.   Tim once again shared his talents, by reciting Oor Hamlet, as performed by Adam McNaughtan.

  10.   The Fruitcakes stepped away from their pizza long enough to share A Poor Man's Roses, as sung by Patsy Cline. Keep an ear out for the abrupt ending.

  11.   Ginger warbled Half a World Away. Many asked who'd originally sung the song. That'd be Secret Garden, a Norwegian-Irish group. Here are the lyrics.

  12.   Rusty was happy to recite Sonnet 11 by Pablo Neruda.

  13.   Luna found another song to sing, Someone Like You, a recent popular hit by Adele.

  14.   Ginger shared a new filk song using the tune "Only Hope", this song entitled O.P. (Obsessive-Pathetic) Hope, an ode to all B&B fans.

  15.   Marta echoed Luna's performance by also reciting Pablo Neruda's Sonnet 11, this time in Spanish.

  16.   Janet treated us to another work by Pablo Neruda, Sonnet 49.

  17.   Luna, musical fanatic, was happy to sing Popular from Wicked.

  18.   Ginger presented a duet that Vincent and Catherine might sing, Read to Me, based on a song by Mark Schultz. Lyrics are available here.

  19.   Luna, not to be outdone by all of Ginger's performances of Disney animated film songs, sang Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas.

  20.   Luna, continuing the Disney musical trend, offered When Does My Life Begin? from Tangled. Ginger thought outloud that that might be a good song from Vincent's point of view. Luna countered that Vincent's hair isn't that long.

  21.   Luna shared What Once Was Mine, again from Tangled, as we waited for Kellie to get set up for the next performance.

  22.   Luna and Kellie did an impromptu duet of For Good from Wicked. Isn't technology wonderful?

  23.   Luna and Kellie, who are avid Wicked fans, performed What Is This Feeling.

  24.   Claire made us squee with a spoken excerpt of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, in French.

  25.   Ginger, who holds the archives for previous years' Winterfests, offered a recording of Wayne speaking in "Vincent's Voice" for Shakespeare's Sonnet 29.

  26.   Wayne, who was actually at work, spoke through Ginger's connection via a recording, another work by Shakespeare, Sonnet 18.

  27.   Ginger shared one of her favorite past filks, Where've You Been, recounting Vincent's various trials in seeking Catherine.

  28.   Luna, not only a fan of musicals like Wicked but operatic pop groups like Queen, chose Somebody to Love to sing next.

  29.   Luna's next choice of music was I Want to Break Free, also by Queen.

  30.   Ginger shared last year's silly loud number, an ode to con virgins, I Kissed a Beast (and I Liked It), a filk based on a song by Katy Perry. Jamie Murray got a kick out of it when he heard it.

  31.   Julie sang a song by Bob Dylan, Shelter from the Storm.

  32.   Upon request, Ginger was happy to share another loud song from last year, Evacuate the Tunnels. More than a few people mentioned that they can't hear this song without thinking of the filked, altered lyrics.

  33.   Julia shared a song she'd sung to Dino, The Goodbye Song.

  34.   Claire sang a song I'm not familiar with.

  35.   Luna found another Queen song to sing, No One but You.

  36.   Kellie sang a song originally done by Cindy Morgan, How Could I Ask for More.

  37.   Luna changed things up by honoring a request, choosing Country Road to sing, in Japanese.

  38.   Kellie shared a song made popular by Mariah Carey, Hero.

  39.   Luna chose another song to sing in Japanese, Sekai No Yakusoku, from an anime movie called Howl's Moving Castle.

  40.   Luna ended the performances by singing again in Japanese the song My Neighbor Totoro.

As always, please remember that these files are here for archival purposes only. Permission was given to share these. Permission is not given to copy them. Many of these performances are original works, entrusted with us in order to enjoy them. Downloading them to your iPod is fine. Downloading them in order to financially benefit from them is not permissible. Thank you for your understanding. :)

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