Pennsic 43, part 2: Look at You!   Leave a comment

Time for the second of my 3-part reflections on this Pennsic War:  The individuals who earned my admiration and who I wish to praise and honor.  There are many, and this is a small sampling of those I remember best.  In some cases I may not remember full Scadian names, and I beg your indulgence.  In the interest of not slighting anyone, I will omit titles and trust no one takes offense.

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Posted August 15, 2014 by Eric Schrager in Pennsic

Pennsic 43, part 1: Look at Me!   Leave a comment

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When will I learn? they ask. How often must I do me harm? It must be fifty times, but still a fifth might be the charm…

Ah, the unseemly part of sharing about a major event as a performer: showing off.  (Not because I find it uncomfortable–sadly, I really really enjoy it.  But I know it’s uncouth to do in excess, especially in the SCA.  On the other hand, there’s a long history in period of boasting, so within certain limits it is considered acceptable.)  And so, like a cat laying dead mice at your feet, I give you the “Look at Me!” part of my Pennsic recollections: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 12, 2014 by Eric Schrager in bardic, Pennsic, SCA

Pennsic 43: Prologue   Leave a comment

It is Friday of War Week at the 43rd annual Pennsic War out here at Cooper’s Lake campground in Slippery Rock, PA. This evening, we will pack up our tent, head to a hotel for the night, and make the 6 hour drive home tomorrow. Some time in the next few days I will post about my experiences of this Pennsic in more detail. I intend to post in three parts. 

My teacher, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, has suggested to me there are three modes in which we celebrate achievements and merits in our lives. We move between them, and while no one is “better” than the others, a balance of time spent in the different modes is healthy. The modes are:

  1. Look at me!
  2. Look at you!
  3. Ain’t we sexy?

(My teacher is pretty awesome.) I will structure the posts to devote some attention to each of these.

Posted August 8, 2014 by Eric Schrager in Pennsic

Studio Day: “Call Me Will”   Leave a comment

I’m feeling momentum building on the album the last few months. Paul Butler (Arden of Icombe) just spent the afternoon with me, and we have now recorded most of the strings for “Call Me Will”. We also cleaned up the strings for “Tam Lin of the Elves” and “The Last Plantagenet”, something I’ve been looking forward to for months. (Squee.)

Posted July 13, 2014 by Eric Schrager in bardic, recording

New Demo: “Lady of the Rose”   Leave a comment

In preparation for my recording session with Don Levey, I got another GarageBand quickie demo together to build the song from–this time it’s “Lady of the Rose”.

Posted July 9, 2014 by Eric Schrager in mp3, recording

Studio Day: Special Guest Guitarist   Leave a comment

I’m pleased to report that Don Levey has lent his prodigious guitar talent to three tracks for the “Hidden Gold” album: “Call Me Will”, “The Name of the King”, and “Lady of the Rose”. Bit by bit, the project is moving forward.

Posted July 7, 2014 by Eric Schrager in recording

Start of summer check in   1 comment

Heading off for some much needed vacation (mundane, not all the wonderful camping events coming up the next two weeks, but still). Projects are proceeding apace. I have a new demo for “Lady of the Rose” that I’ll post when I get back. Also on returning I get some quality time with Don Levey (fellow bard, he of the guitar in my first YouTube video of “The Bastard’s Tale” in my living room), and we should be laying down tracks for maybe three more songs to move them forward.

Additionally, I’m pleased to report that my latest assignment is coming along. I’ve been instructed to pick up my guitar, shake the rust off it, and learn to accompany myself on John Dowland’s “Come Again”. (I’m playing only the top notes, not all the chords, but I’m playing a full contrapuntal rhythm which is tricky while singing.) As of today, I’m pleased to say I can sing and play the piece off book (I’m currently just singing the first verse…this is a one-verse arrangement), nearly at speed, although my fingers do stumble on some of the sixteenth-note runs. Still, it sounds like a song, and it’s been a long time since I actually tried to seriously play anything on guitar, let alone finger picking.

Posted June 27, 2014 by Eric Schrager in recording

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