[Bards] Topic: Is the usage of performers in your area, and events in general, sufficient?

Michael Silverhands silverhands at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 25 10:11:42 PDT 2006

On Oct 25, 2006, at 11:52 AM, Jay Rudin wrote:

> Michael Silverhands wrote:
>> Thank you for that history, Your Grace! I apologize for not knowing
>> it. In light of this, I concede that most of my points were wrong,
>> except one: it *was* politics that killed the College. :-(
>> However, I stand by my opinion that the bards don't need a college,
>> household, or whatever in order to flourish.
> True -- the bards don't "need" a college.  And the fencers don't  
> need a
> legion and the peers don't need circles and the royal peers don't  
> need to be
> a "Royal Family" and the re-enactors don't need a kingdom and two  
> lovers
> don't need a marriage and like-minded Ansteorrans don't need  
> households and
> ...
> ... but enough.  People don't join together because they "need" to;  
> they
> join together because they want to.
>> They just need a venue
>> in which to perform, the desire to perform in it, and the heart to
>> illuminate us with their craft (even when some would prefer not to be
>> illuminated).
> True.  But the fact remains.  We had a greater abundance of bards  
> and bardic
> support when we had a college -- a system of people dedicated to  
> the bards
> (which we have now) and a structure that made it easier to do  
> (which we
> don't have now).
> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

I'm sold, Robin. I asked my questions to inspire discussion.  
Discussion has definitely occurred. :-)

With a 5-month-old to care for, I doubt we'll be traveling anytime  
soon (such as to Steppes), but -- like Amra -- I'll be with you in  
spirit. Maybe my brother-in-arms Alden will be able to be there for  
us both.

When it comes time to petition the Crown, I'll add my voice for what  
it's worth.


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