[Ansteorra] OT - Crash Space?

Dana Busenbark danab-steppes at earthlink.net
Sun Mar 27 17:58:32 PDT 2011

I have been to feasts recently where musicians have been playing wonderful background music. (Usually the fantastic Merry Musicians from Moonshadowe. Thanks!) This certainly enhanced the atmosphere of the meal and was much appreciated by myself and my table mates.

However, I have also been to feasts where the captive audience was taken advantage of and stories were told, songs were sung, and so on, with a shushing every few seconds. I am not talking about a few short toasts to battlefield bravery or the like, but long stories, followed by long songs, followed by long toasts, followed by another song, until the meal was over. This did NOT add to the ambiance of a meal, and was really rude on the part of whomever decided to make the bards stand up and invade our meal.

I am not a bard, but I have been told that part of the training is to be able to gauge what your audience wants. If your audience has to be shushed, then they obviously don't want to listen at that moment. Whether it's a hat, a crat, or the bard themselves that are the cause of these mealtime invasions, please keep it brief. (Unless you're feasting with Trimaris, in which case, invade away!)

My two tuppence.

-Rose the Obnoxious

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.  -Walt Streightif

--- On Fri, 3/25/11, Genie Barrett <maggegene at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Genie Barrett <maggegene at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] why bardic at feast?
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Friday, March 25, 2011, 11:38 AM

I have sung as background noise before.  I enjoyed it, as I didn't
have to make sure that I was clear to the back of the room.  I could
just enjoy the music.  The problem comes when someone else wants to
hear, and shushes those around them.


On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM, Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Eve wrote: And let's face it, learning an instrument is harder than singing, at
> the very least because you have to buy the instrument while vocal chords are
> free."
> "
> I would disagree.  While everyone (generally) has a voice, there's quite a
> difference between a trained and an untrained singing voice.  Having had both
> voice training and instrument training (sax, guitar, harp), I found the vocal
> training to be just as challenging in every regard except one.  A voice is much
> easier to carry around with you. :)
> Alden
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