[Bards] Year-Long Challenge for all Ansteorran Bards

Yes, That Seafox seafox at gypsyheir.com
Fri Jan 9 12:59:00 PST 2015

I was thinking on a similar note. Something like this -- at least one (or
maybe more) of the points have to be in a different performance form than
the rest of the points gained. 
That brings up the question of what a performance form is. The classic
bardic forms are poetry, song, and story. Does instrumental music also
deserve entrance into the list? What about duet or ensemble performance of
something? Improvisation? And are there other forms that fit into the
umbrella of bardic that aren't normally considered to be so, like foolery or
acrobatics or dramatic presentation? 

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> To: Jay Rudin; Ansteorran Bardic list
> Subject: Re: [Bards] Year-Long Challenge for all Ansteorran Bards
> I think this sounds like it could be a good experience for many. I
> think for the purposes of a kingdom challenge,  using "I don't / my
> persona doesn't do this" as a reason why requirements are not to your
> liking ignores the fact that this was listed as a "challenge". This
> should challenge everyone to go outside their realm of comfort and try
> something new! At some point, everyone should try their hand at writing
> something themselves, or recognizing another composers excellence by
> performing their works, or challenge themselves to perform a period
> piece for the first time. Let's find more ways to challenge ourselves
> and other to before more well-rounded and open minded performers. How
> about another criteria such as "perform in a genre you do not usually
> perform in" or something to encourage more people to explore other
> types of entertainment!
> Lady Aibhilin
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jan 8, 2015, at 10:19 AM, Jay Rudin <rudin at peoplepc.com> wrote:
> >
> > During my time as Premier Bard, I will hold a nearly year-long
> competition. It will start on February 1st, to give me time to get the
> rules down.
> >
> > Here is my initial idea:
> >
> > To qualify, you must show that you can meet several standards, so
> qualification will take time. I'll put together a sheet or ticket on
> which you can get signatures showing that you have fulfilled all
> requirements. This way, nobody qualifies the first week of February and
> then coasts for the year.
> >
> > Here are some initial ideas for qualifications. Please offer
> suggestion for how many qualifications should be needed, what ideas
> I've left off, which ones are too hard, or too easy.
> >
> > 1. Perform in three of Ansteorra's regions, or two regions and out of
> kingdom.
> > 2. Perform a piece you've written yourself.
> > 3. Perform a piece about Ansteorra or Ansteorrans.
> > 4. Perform a piece written by some other Ansteorran bard.
> > 5. Perform a period or period-style piece.
> > 6. Perform in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
> > 7. Entertain a countess. (I'm not judging it; she has to sign that
> she found you entertaining.)
> >
> > I'd provide a small prize for everyone who qualifies, and then have a
> final challenge or competition near the end of the year - either at
> Tournament of Champions or Eisteddfod.
> >
> > Any ideas? Any problems with it? Does this look like a fun challenge?
> We have the rest to January to iron it out.
> >
> > Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
> > Premeier Bard of Ansteorra
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