[Bards] Bardic circle formats

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Mon Apr 17 10:51:41 PDT 2006

To pass, or not to pass...
I've noticed that the people who pass tend to be newcomers, who either aren't comfortable yet
performing themselves, or who don't yet know people well enough in the bardic community to call on
them to perform.  So I certainly have no problem giving them the option to pass.  However, when I
see people I know to be "established" opting to pass...then I might call them out for it. :)

HL Alden Drake

--- Colin MacNachtan <dcm at mccr.org> wrote:

> --On Sunday, April 16, 2006 16:01:39 -0500 Gerald Norris
> <jerryn at houston.rr.com> wrote:
> > I've noticed , during a triple-p bardic, that there are far too many
> > people who pass.  I'm not sure whether it's that they're uncomfortable
> > with actually requesting someone to perform, or they just don't want to
> > have to make a decision.  Either way, the next circle I host I'm going to
> > try the pick/play format out.  Unless someone beats me to it, in which
> > case, please let me know how it turns out.
> As a newcomer to the bardic arts I'm still very much in learning mode, but
> I also see an issue with not allowing people to pass.  I hosted my first
> circle at Bryn Gwlad Baronial last fall as a triple-p.  More than half of
> the circle did not consider themselves bards and passed as the token came
> to them.  As the evening progressed, however, several of them felt enough
> part of the circle to find a song or story to share.  If there had been
> more pressure to perform I suspect a number of them would have left instead.
> Colin MacNachtan

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