In case there are some of you that haven’t heard yet, an intrepid adventurer by the name of Gideon ap Stephen has taken upon himself to drag the bardic, and the larger SCA, community into the 21st century by launching a bardic podcast. The Knowne World Bardcast made its debut this week on SoundCloud (And should be available on iTunes and other podcasting outlets very soon). To my honor and delight, I was invited to be part of the panel discussion about building bardic community, which appears in the second half of the show. There is now internet radio for bards! This is a thing!
I just dropped Dave off at the train, and all the guitar work for “Hidden Gold” is complete. While there are still two more recording sessions to do with other people (one more instrumental day with Arden, and one more female vocalist for “Lady of the Rose”), this marks a major milestone for the project. Dave was the first person I asked to collaborate on this with me, and when he said yes, it gave me the courage to ask others. He has been my co-producer and my mentor. Most of what I know about how to record music I learned from him. I know Dave is excited to reach the goal line too (though not as much as his wife Kathleen–thank you, Kathleen! I could never have done this without your kindness and patience).
And now, back to life for today. There will be lots of mixing and editing to do this week, but not today.
This is long overdue, but other things kept getting in the way of posting it. Back at East Kingdom Twelfth Night in January, I transitioned teachers from Maistre Lucien de Pontivy of the East Kingdom to Mistress Zsof Tyzes of the Midrealm. I alluded to an exchange of gifts. I wrote a special piece as my farewell gift to Lucien, and I have been graciously permitted to share it.
So I don’t want to give the impression that I’m more “done” than I am, because there’s still a lot of cleanup left. But for two years, I’ve planned an album with 12 tracks on it. And today, for the first time, I’m looking at the listing on my iPhone. And it says “12 songs, 50 min”. (Of course the last one’s a poem, but the iPhone doesn’t know that.)
So Dave is here, for what should be our last full guitar session. He spent 6 hours this week recording “Can She Excuse My Wrongs” on his own (recording John Dowland’s exact lute part was, I know, exacting and exhausting, and Oh my lord were the results worth it!). Today we’re recording “Hidden Gold”, re-doing “Bastard’s Tale” (applying what we’ve learned over two years recoding together), and hopefully adding a little ornamentation to Don Levey’s work on “Lady of the Rose”.
UPDATE: Close. Didn’t get to “Lady of the Rose”, and didn’t get all the “Bastard’s Tale” tracks done. But I now have the main instrument for every song on this album recorded.
In two weeks, Arden will be here to record/rework those songs as well. Depending on whether we can get that done in one or two sessions, that should close out his work on the album as well.
(Had a minor panic this morning that my MacBook Air wasn’t recognizing the Saffire Pro interface, but I figured out I just needed to update my software since we’d upgraded the OS. Ever the drama, but we’re managing it so far.)
More on album progress in a later post.
As Maistre Lucien de Pontivy of the East Kingdom and Mistress Sofia “Zsof” Tyzes of the Midrealm have now announced, I concluded my year of study with Lucien and began study with Zsof this past Twelfth Night. We had a lovely private ceremony of sorts between the three of us, with family present. Gifts and kind words were exchanged, and there was much embracing. I am incredibly grateful for both of these opportunities, and very filled-up emotionally.
Once upon a time–later. We had plans for Dave to come and do guitar tracks for some other songs, but fate (or the Mother Nature) had other plans. Freezing rain has made the roads deadly throughout our area. So I couldn’t even pick Dave up from the train. It also means our friends are stuck here with us all day. We’ve all agreed to make the best of unexpected circumstances.
So, I get a special silver lining. Finnguala (Nuri Olsen), having done a beautiful job with her pub sing vocals on “My Thirst”, has been collaborating with me on other songs that I was hoping to get female vocals for. She has an exquisite voice that is perfect for a couple of these songs…I did not realize she also had background in a Capella harmonizing and recording.
We have recorded a full vocal for the young girl in “Call Me Will”, and we’re planning some harmonies for “Lady of the Rose”, if time permits. Given the freeze warning keeps getting extended out, that might happen too.
The serendipity that has fallen my way on this project continues to startle me and fill me with gratitude.