[Bards] topic for discussion

Gerald Norris jerryn at houston.rr.com
Wed Dec 13 12:11:59 PST 2006

Re: local is local.

So.  Only local bards should enter local events?  Seems a shame, especially
if a bard is visiting.

Since most landed nobility tend to move about in more than local circles, I
would think that, with the foreknowledge that an entering bard is not local,
and would try to make local events, real-life notwithstanding, I can't see a
problem with non-local entries into titled positions.

If I'm entering a competition for a distant barony, I try to talk with the
landed nobility and explain my situation.  I try to make the events for that
area when finances/opportunity allow, sometimes alone, sometimes with
family.  I tend to try to hold only one title position at a time, but that's
a personal preference; I treat those for whom I'm a champion as patrons, and
so I avoid the difficulty of having more than one set of patrons at an event
and having to "choose" between them.  It is how I play the game.  Your
mileage may vary.

In any case, I've got another topic I want to bring up, but I'd like to see
this one explored a bit further.

In service to the dream with a song in my heart, I am,
HL Gerald of Leesville
A bard of Stargate 

-----Original Message-----
From: bards-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org
[mailto:bards-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Charles O Floinn
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 12:45 PM
To: Alden Drake; Ansteorran Bardic list
Subject: Re: [Bards] topic for discussion

I look at a local championship as being just that, local.  I have competed
for Steppes knowing I was just going to gain experience and not win, and I
have sung for the heralds at Bordermarch Melees to give them the experience.
But, since I live in Rosenfeld, how could I possibly represent Wiesenfeuer
or Bordermarch for instance by becoming their titled bard?  Would I have to
travel to every event the Baron and Baroness attend so I can perform my
duties properly?  I cannot afford that.  Winning a titled bard position just
so I can say I have is cheap to me and in my opinion cheapens the entire
competition.  And yes, I used the word duties.  These competitions are to
fill an office of honor and duty.  But give me an event that carries only
the knowledge that I now hold the golden can opener of bardic hospitality
(the winner is given the honor of opening any brown bottle waved before
them) and I will sing or tell a story there with gusto (and a wink or two
for the pretty ladies).

Charles O Floinn
Deputy Chatelaine,
Shire of Rosenfeld,
Kingdom of Ansteorra, SCA

-----Original Message-----
From: bards-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org
[mailto:bards-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Alden Drake
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 10:47 AM
To: bards at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Bards] topic for discussion

When it comes to local championships, I seldom see bards return to compete
where they've won a championship in the past.  On the other hand, I often
see people return to compete in martial championships that they have won
before.  In most venues, it's common that people don't compete when they are
the outgoing champion, so I'm not addressing that case here.

I'd like to know people's thoughts on this topic.  Why do you, or don't you,
compete in local championships you have won in the past?  What pros & cons
do you think this practice imparts on the bardic community?

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