[Bards] Kingdom Eisteddfod

jerryn@houston.rr.com jerryn at houston.rr.com
Wed Nov 1 10:48:27 PST 2006

Having read Robin's post, I think I finally get it.

The college is not JUST for people like we who have a passion for the 
performance, the song, the sonnet.  The college is also for the 
encouragement of those who might be interested; a fan to help the 
spark of bardic interest develop into a passion.

And if the college can do that (and Robin has at least ONE excellent 
argument for this; himself), then there's no reason NOT to do it.

While I'm of the same mind as Finnacan in that I can't see why anyone 
wouldn't want to do this, there are quite a few more that need help in 
getting past things like, "Do I introduce myself at a bardic 
competition?"  I personally keep forgetting that there are people out 
there WITH shame, and so I have skewed perspective of the world.  

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

----- Original Message -----
From: Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 12:40 pm
Subject: Re: [Bards] Kingdom Eisteddfod
To: Ansteorran Bardic list <bards at lists.ansteorra.org>

> I, on the other hand, have never known a College of Bards, and I 
> very much do consider myself a bard.  While I've never known a 
> College of Bards, I have known a fair number of well-known and 
> talented bards, who have inspired, encouraged, and educated me on 
> the bardic arts.  I have also had the pleasure to know very 
> supportive patrons of bardic arts (who are not bards themselves), 
> who have likewise encouraged me.
> While I encourage a more structured community for bards, I haven't 
> lacked for the want of one.  College or no, I'll continue to 
> strive to become a better bard.  Having a College might serve to 
> help me become a better bard faster.  I think it will also help me 
> become a better bardic teacher.
> Alden
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Jay Rudin rudin at ev1.net
> The year was 1981 or so, and he was Lord Robin of Gilwell.  The 
> College is why I'm a bard.  Without the College, I would be a 
> fencer and a fighter and a herald and lots of other things, but I 
> would not be a bard.  How many Robins have we missed because there 
> was no official group at events to welcome them in?

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