[Bards] Re:Bardic and Performing Arts

Jenn Forsyth swcfolksinger at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 11 16:25:37 PDT 2006

Well said Maggie!
  I agree with you on the performance side at GW XIV. I too, had more fun firewalking, though its still a hard venue for me to get used to. 
  I am hoping that their Excellencies Loch Sollier have started a trend. Their version of "Attack Bardic" was repeated at Stargate's Yule, and was well received. 
  Finnacan is right - We all know each other. We know the strengths and weaknesses of our fellow bards. I know I learn every time I hear you all perform - and I am thankful for it. Many have been there to give me a kick ummm I mean nudge when I need it. That helps us... though I am not certian if it really encourages as much as it could. I can tell you that I was disappointed at not seeing more bardic classes offered at GW. Then again, outside of the recent Bardic Collegium (SP. - sorry) I don't often see bardic taught... and lord knows their is a rainbow of topics....
  Just something else to chew on...
  Bard of Stargate

Genie Barrett <maggie.gene at justinanimator.com> wrote:
  At 02:25 AM 4/11/2006, Scott Barrett wrote:

  If one of my responsibilities as a storyteller is to speak truth to power, I will say this. I want the landed nobles and the current royals (Their Majesties and Their Highnesses) to invite performers to entertain them in intimate settings, not in the middle of court. We tend to follow the banners lifted by our nobles, so I say we convince them to host circles and shows. I wanna see the King (better yet, the Queen) at Gulf War host an Ansteorran 'Revel of Roses' or 'Minstrelfest', with formal invites to the other royals and performers of the various kingdoms for a grand night of entertainment. If we can't strive for the war point, we can at least honor and entertain those who can with one heck of a show every year.

Well... there went an hour of my life.
Hear, hear, Finnacan.  I agree.  More informal/non-competition performances, and separate the music from the static arts.  I, too find it a bit... well I wouldn't call it pointless, but something close, to compete against someone's pottery or embroidered glove.

On that note, I did sing at the A&S competition at Gulf Wars last year.  There were only four or five of us after the formal bardic performances ended.  We sang for two hours, trading off between us.  It was fun, hard, and educational.  My voice was shot in the end.  I wondered if anyone could hear me at times, knew they were hearing me at others.  I will say, that I had more fun fire-walking than I did there.  Somehow, fire-walking felt more "real,"  more comfortable.  I hope to go to the war next year, but I don't know if I will compete in the A&S with song.

I will say, that the most fun I have had in a long time, was the feast at the Tourney of the Loch.  There, the baron invited bards to perform while people ate.  We were in a small hall, and I had the incredible and unusual experience of realizing that most, if not all, of the people in that room were actually hearing me.  I have never seen so many eyes at an SCA event when I was performing.  Wonderful!  That's what I call living MY dream.

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