[Bards] What's your Favorite Piece?
antigonus at lycos.com
Wed Jun 4 03:09:18 PDT 2003
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DATE: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 03:12:38
From: Fitzmorgan at aol.com
To: bards at ansteorra.org
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> Time for a new topic.
> What is your favorite song or poem that you have written, and why is
>it your favorite?
> What is your favorite piece that another SCA bard has written and why
>is that your favorite? If you cannot just pick one try to keep it to 5 or
Is THIS what you think of at this hour? I understand how "Spike, the Attack Muse" can hit at odd hours, though. ;) (That's actually a reference made by a bard this past Kingdom Competition).
Anyway, once again you have hit on a great topic, and I intend to respond to your poetry-writing post as well.
My favorite of my own pieces? I think it may be THE SABLE STAR ALONE -- because of the impact that my first coronation had upon me, which was the inspiration for the piece. There is a tremendous amount of emotion in that piece for me, compounded with the feelings I have for the song from which the tune comes -- THE BURDEN OF THE CROWN. In my opinion, it may be the greatest piece I've ever written. There are also pieces of mine that I love dearly, but I don't think that they effect me emotionally as strongly as that one does.
As for my favorite piece by another SCA bard, I am torn. When I was taken as an apprentice to Master Robin, I was charged with learning a piece that I had heard before, but had never performed -- THE STRANGEST DREAM by Master Ioseph of Locksley. Since then, it has become very dear to me. I will also never forget the first time I ever heard VIVAT! THE DREAM -- it moved me to tears. From what I have been told, it was written by a Trimaran bard (nobody's perfect ;) and have taken a point to welcome newcommers to the Society with it. There are a couple of pieces by Elanor O'Ruark that move me, as well -- her SONG OF THE SEA WOLVES is very good, and I have to say that the new one she wrote for her term as Bard of the Steppes (the title escapes me now) is nothing short of a true credit to her as a bard and to the barony whose title bardship she holds. Ask her to perform it some time -- it's really good.
Well, there are my two shillings-worth. I'll bow out of the circle now, and let another bard have a chance.
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