[Bards] Youth Bardic?

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 17 19:38:20 PDT 2007

I have a bardic student, who is still a minor, and I encourage her to learn pieces that are appropriate for her age and maturity.  If I ever question if a piece is appropriate for her, I will consult her mother.  She (my student) also happens to currently be the Youth Bardic Champion of Bordermarch. 

At least around the Stargate area, the circles I attend are generally mindful of young ears in the audience, and will reserve the more colorful pieces until they have gone to bed.  I'm pretty well known for some bawdy songs, and reserve said songs for my "Alden After Dark" set.  I usually reserve these until pretty late (10p-12a), depending on who is in the audience.  I've found that most of the parents who stay at circles late with their kids have no objection to colorful pieces.  The same generally holds true for parents, who know me, who let their kids stay late at circles without their supervision.  If I see kids at a circle I don't know, or whose parents I don't know, I'll hold off on singing the bawdy stuff.  A bard should always be mindful of their audience.  We are after all in the business of entertaining them, not just ourselves.  In the early hours of the circles, when kids are present, we are usually pretty good to encourage the kids to participate as well.  You
 want to talk about appropriate songs...you should hear 2-3 little boys sing "Beer Beer Beer (Charlie Mopps)".  I believe my response was, "Alrighty then!" heh

As far as other youth bardic venues goes, I've seen bardic classes taught in the past.  Hey!  Anyone want to teach some at Westgate Winter Collegium on August 4? (shameless plug and appeal to teachers)  I've also seen MoCs ask bards to come do bardic stuff for childrens' activities at events - those usually go over very well.


----- Original Message ----
From: Quill <darkphoenixbc at gmail.com>
To: bards at lists.ansteorra.org
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:09:08 PM
Subject: [Bards] Youth Bardic?

I was fortunate to have just reached the age of majority by the time I really started getting into SCA; however, being thus young I'm acutely aware of the difficulties in being an older youth (high school jr/sr) and trying to participate in events. 
Acquaintances just a few months younger than me have a hard time staying interested in SCA when they aren't allowed to really participate in half of what goes on; because of this I've taken an interest in the various "youth" activities available. 
Furthermore, my brothers, even at elementary and preschool ages, show a great deal of bardic spirit (of "awen", if you will) which I regularly nurture.
But I wonder now, is there an avenue for these talents to be expressed? I'll admit I haven't been at this long, and attended few Bardic anything, still from what I've seen I wouldn't want either babe present, personally. 
On the one hand, there IS a difference in appropriate entertainment for children and for adults. I mean, fun as it is to have two little voices scream MACINTYRE! from the back of the car on long journeys, neither I nor my parents are exactly thrilled that they can belt out drinking songs better than they know their ABC's... And there's a lot of subject matter in even our most common stories and songs which mightn't be deemed entirely suitable. On the other hand, there are different levels of tolerance in parents. Still, one should err on the side of caution... 
Propriety aside, kids just don't really care about sex and drinking. BUT, give them The Unicorn Song, or even Ring 'round The Rosy (black death = fun?) and they can go on for hours. and they haven't the stamina to sing the sun out of the sky and back again. 
I think I'm starting to digress. My point is, I want to know if there's any consideration for youth in Bardic? (And by youth I mean everyone from toddlers in T-tunics to guys like me who are standing on the edge of that sudden [voice] drop.) 
While we grownups have our fun drinking and crowing late into the night, what of the wee ones who start to drop before sunset? While the Bards are busy with their epic poems and randy rounds, have we no four-minute fairy tales and clever teaching rhymes for the bardlings? Isn't this an art we ought to encourage from early ages? 
Just curious.
(the apparently alliterative)
"On the outside Trelac blue,
but to kingdom I am true;
Azure is but armor for
the Sable soul and heart of Or!"
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