Over 40 years ago, at the Toronto Worldcon in 1973, a young man joined the filk circle, sang a song, and vanished without a trace. The song was a lovely piece based on Arthur C. Clarke's story, "The Sentinel". Anne Passovoy was there and ended up reconstructing the song as best she could and adding it to her repertoire, noting that the song wasn't hers, but presumably was something written by the anonymous young man.
And that was where things rested until last weekend at Chambanacon, when Bill Rintz and Bill Furry pulled out a song at their concert.
It was almost, but not quite
the song that Anne had reconstructed. It was clearly
the song that Anne had heard. All of the bones matched.
And so, as it turned out, did the feathers. Because this song was on The Byrds 1968 album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers
, and titled "Space Odyssey".
So now we know where the song came from.
If you'd like to hear the original, click here