Lawrence Dean wrote his first filk song in 1980. His songs have appeared in anthologies, convention songbooks, fanzines, and in his own songbook and CD, entitled Labyrinth of Shadows.
Lawrence helped create the Flying Filk Fund in 1988 to bring North American guests to British Filkcons. He was Guest of Honor at the UK Filkcon XIlophone in 1999, Featured Filk Guest at Confluence 2006 in Pittsburgh, and Interfilk Guest at Conflikt 2 in Seattle in 2009. He has won three Sam awards and been nominated for a Pegasus.
Lawrence has written over 135 songs, nearly half of which are Filk or Filk related. The rest are a mix of Folk, Country and Contemporary. His music has been performed and recorded by professional folksingers and fellow filkers across America, Canada, Australia and the UK.
His album, Labyrinth of Shadows, is available on Bandcamp.
Following Our Dreams (mp3)
Words and Music: Copyright ©2001 by Lawrence Dean
All over this world there are people who yearn
They read and collect all the books for their own
They are following the futureIf you would go where these devotees go
There's plenty of room for you there
Soon you could know all the thrills that they know
Imagine it too if you dare
For then you will find you've discovered a place
You are following the futureOnce you have chosen to step through that door
It's there that your heart will now dwell
Like so many others who've come there before
Including this singer as well
While all of our troubles just vanish away
We are following the future