What is Filk?

What is filk? To paraphrase Kay Shapero, ask four filkers and you'll get seven definitions. It's a certain style of music, about a certain kind of topic, sung by a certain kind of singer. And if you listen for a while, you're hooked.

Okay, but what is it?? Some excellent (and varying) definitions of filk are here:

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Last update October 17, 2004.