[Bards] New Question

Marie Adams marie.adams at visionoflove.net
Tue Jul 1 14:35:08 PDT 2003

I mostly perform stories and songs; I'm not too big on poems. I've been
singing in church since I was 5 years old, so I just about can't imagine
life without singing. I also used to tell my babysitters stories when I
was little, which they actually loved to hear! I discovered the bardic
arts 4 months after I joined
the SCA, and although it took some coaxing on the part of several people
to get me up on the stage that first time (I thought it would be extremely
different from all the other types of performance I'd done), it would take
a lot to keep me from one now.
I don't do very many pieces that I hear other people perform, partly
because I feel it might be overkill and partly because I've heard enough
excellent pieces from non-SCA sources, that I can use. I've written a
couple of original pieces, and plan to do more in the future. I love
pieces that either mesmerize the audience, or make them fall over laughing
(I am very much a ham, and all my friends know it). Although I have an
Italian persona, a lot of the pieces I started out performing were Irish,
which I think is funny.
Bardic is not so much something my persona would have done, as something
I've done my whole life, and is a huge part of me. It's one of my favorite
things about the SCA.
	Lady Serena Dominicci of Northkeep

On Mon, 30 Jun 2003, willow Taylor wrote:

> Dear fellow Bards
> I am a new question.  What do you perform in the SCA?
>  I have been a story teller for most of my life. When I was ten I set up
> a story telling booth next to my girl friend's lemonade booth and made as
> much money as she did. When I started in the SCA I wasn't a performer. I
> was an organizer and an autocrat. I didn't really start to build my
> persona until I was in Ansteorra. When I started to work on my historical
> persona I realized that entertainment is part of the role of a person in
> the  middle ages. Everybody did something. The gentle born were suppose
> to do more. People entertained themselves and it would of gotten really
> boring if everybody didn't perform . Who was that Saxon cleric who prayed
> to God to help him out because when the horn was passed to him he could
> not think of anything? As I advanced in the SCA I became a patron of the
> bardic arts. In history you will find many nobles who did things like
> that, Robert of Normandy and Richard the Lionhearted. They usually
> participated in the art form. So my performance are part of my living my
> persona.
> Willow de Wisp
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