Frank Hayes Disease

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A disease affecting filkers first noticed in Frank Hayes. Its primary symptom is the forgetting of song lyrics while performing. The recommended treatment and preventive is having the lyrics in front of the performer.

Hayes wrote:

By 1983 or so, my ability to forget had reached legendary status. Some filkers claimed they got temporary amnesia just from sitting in the same room as me. On one amazing (but true) occasion, Heather Alexander borrowed a guitar, not knowing it was mine — and promptly forgot a song she had known for years.

See Fannish Ailments.



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