[Bards] The Right Questions

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 8 08:10:21 PST 2006

Entering a bardic composition into a Static A&S competition and performing a bardic piece in a bardic competition are two different things, I agree.  What I was trying to point out is that both are valid venues for bards to partake of, if they choose.  I don't perform the compositions I enter in static A&S competitions.  I simply let it sit there on the page.  Ironically, the sonnet that won the Gate's Edge championship was also one of the pieces I performed in the same event's bardic championship, which I bard-farted on. :)

With regard to what Master Ihon was saying about Kingdom A&S ("I'd like to see more performace at Kingdom A&S.  For my part, I vow to do whatever I can to see that our art receives the same treatment and consideration as any other genre.  May even enter!"), I don't know that I would enter a performance piece in the Kingdom A&S Championship, because there is a comparable championship for performers - Eisteddfod.  However, I would participate in adding bardic to kingdom A&S events because bardic *is* part of the A&S community too.  There should be bardic classes at King's College, bardic feedback provided at Laurel's Prize Tourney, Bardic and performers representing out kingdom for the A&S point at Gulf Wars.  Bards should also sit in on A&S discussions, round tables, and similar venues.


----- Original Message ----
From: T'Star <bedlamandmayhem at gmail.com>
To: Ansteorran Bardic list <bards at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 8, 2006 9:41:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Bards] The Right Questions

However, depending on the country and the age of the piece in
question, what documentation actually survived or is readily available
in this country varries wildly.  Brittish styles in late period have
more documentation available in this country than Russian pieces from
the time of Saint Vladimir.  The point being the A&S side of things
doesn't take performance into consideration.  So the more we move to
that venue and away from things like circles and bardic specific
competitions, the more we loose from the thing that most defines
Bardic: the audience.  If we can do both, that would be ideal, but
swinging from one extreme all the way to the other isn't going to aid
the situation.


On 11/8/06, Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> I actually prefer putting together more documentation for bardic pieces that I enter into A&S competitions, as opposed to putting together documentation for bardic competitions.  My thinking on this is that static A&S judging should be weighed more on the research done for your entry, where bardic judging should be weighed more on the performance aspect.  I won a Gate's Edge A&S Championship in which I entered a sonnet that I wrote.  For 14 lines of poetry, I had four pages of documentation. :)
> Alden
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