[Ansteorra] Bardic At Feast

Robert G. Ferrell rgferrell at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 10:39:52 PDT 2011

On 3/25/2011 12:24 PM, Tina Michael wrote:
> A bard should know their audience and try not to offend. If the Crown or the
> Nobles want to hear and want the populace to shush they should shush. Being
> a performer who loves to show off on occasion I love it when people listen
> but I am not offended if they don't. It's kind of like renaissance Karaoke.
> If you are good, your audience will listen, if not, they will chat or, God
> forbid, get up and go to the loo.

That, in my experience, is the hallmark of a truly respected skald.
When Ragnar stood up and headed for an open space in the hall, for
example, everyone just shut up on their own--just in case he was
planning to perform something. No one ever had to ask the crowd to be quiet.


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