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bardic teaching

Online class: New Bard’s Road Map

Greetings all,

I’ll be teaching “The New Bard’s Road Map” online this coming Sunday afternoon (3-4:30 pm Eastern). Please check it out, and let me know if you’re thinking of attending (via the Facebook event page).

Cheers, Drake

Description: A how-to primer for new or aspiring bards. Developing a repertoire, finding performance opportunities, seeking mentors and patrons, gaining visibility, becoming part of the bardic community.

To join the Google Meet video meeting, click this link.
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 806-410-3532 and enter this PIN: 656 359 101#
To view more phone numbers, click this link.

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recording

Sneak peek offer!

My beloved music family,

In a little over two weeks, my first album, Hidden Gold, will have its five year anniversary. It was a milestone for me.

I have been working on a full remix and remaster of the most popular track from the album, “Tam Lin of the Elves”, brought to life with the help of the incomparable Heather Dale. I always loved the song, but my inexperience as a mixing engineer shows on the original release, and much of the beauty and delicacy of her vocals got a little buried in the mix.

I’m excited to announce that on Saturday June 20, the anniversary date, the 2020 Remaster will be available everywhere you find music, and you’ve never heard the song like this before. So I’m making a special limited time offer…

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bardic inclusion

Reflections

There are issues that have been on my mind a lot for the last few years, and these issues have been thrust to the fore this past week. Some of what I have been grappling with:

  • What does it mean to be a real ally?
  • How can I see past my own privilege to better understand the lived experience of people who have been marginalized?
  • What does it mean to truly include others whose experience is different from mine?
  • How do systems of power set marginalized people and groups against each other?
  • How often do I step heedlessly, blind to my privilege, and the systems of power that make my life easier and others’ harder?
  • What might it cost me to champion real inclusion, to challenge systems of power and privilege? Opportunities? My self image? People I thought were my friends?
  • How can we make people safe if we don’t confront those in positions of power who show through their words and actions that they are seek to maintain the status quo balance of power? What’s at risk if we keep appeasing them?
  • And what will our shared society look like if we don’t find a way to make these changes? Is it really sustainable?

My newest song, “Hold the Door Open”, was my attempt to distill these questions into a narrative my community might recognize. Some of you have heard it (I started performing it not that long ago). But it’s more relevant this week than ever.

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general SCA

Settling in for the marathon

As of this weekend, I have been Queen’s Bard of the East for a full three months–a quarter of the year that champions are supposed to serve. I continue to be honored and deeply humbled at this opportunity, and recognize the good fortune and privilege that allowed me to compete and to serve. With that said, I need to level with you about something:

This position does not look like it did on the brochure.

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SCAatHome video

#SCAatHome: Blackbird (Beatles cover)

I’ve been quiet, right? Too quiet. Sharing my first guitar piece, been working on for a little over a month. I’m starting to work on some of my stuff too. #SCAatHome

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songwriting teaching video

Recording: Songwriting to Tell a Story

I had a great time teaching “Songwriting to Tell a Story” on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out for it. For those of you who missed it, the recording is up on my YouTube channel:

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bardic SCAatHome video

#SCAatHome: Plant Your Feet w/ Dave Lambert

At last weekend’s East Kingdom Ethereal Court on YouTube, a lovely video was shown of the court attendants preparing from home, in garb. As it happened, the music that accompanied that video was a work in progress recording of my song “Plant Your Feet”, with my friend Dave Lambert on guitar, and Bird the Bard on horn and whistle. It was a last minute replacement song (funny story), and worked quite nicely.

As it happens, Dave and I were already working on a remote collaboration performance of the song for #SCAatHome when that occurred, so I held onto this video for a few days. (Dave has been doing some amazing music while social distancing—you should check out his YouTube channel.)

Since I’ve heard some warm feedback on the roughly half of the song that was included in that video, I figured it was a good time to share out this take on the full length piece. Enjoy.

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SCAatHome video

The Lusty Month of May (#SCAatHome)

I have at times been accused of being “too Broadway” for the SCA. Since yesterday was May Day, the official start of Anno Societatis 55 (the 55th year of the SCA calendar), and today is gorgeous out…

I wanted to make sure everyone understands what it really looks like when I sing Broadway (in this case, Lerner & Lowe’s Camelot). I’m no Julie Andrews, but every first of May I’m tempted to sing this, so it’s just time.

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SCA SCAatHome video

Kingdom Dance-off: Eye of the Tiger (East)

For those who don’t know, the kingdoms of the SCA have been creating videos of each populace dancing to popular songs as a way to stay connected and keep our spirits up during this time of being stuck at home.

The East Kingdom just brought it. This is my kingdom. East is the Beast.

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SCAatHome songwriting teaching

I’m teaching songwriting this Sunday (#SCAatHome)

Friends,

I’ll be teaching my “Songwriting to Tell a Story” class this coming Sunday from 4-5:30 pm EDT.

Class description: Principles and guidelines for constructing tight, compelling, original songs that capture (and hold) an audience. The focus is on lyrics, song and story structure. How is writing a good lyric different from writing a good poem? Create a singable story that is entertaining, engaging, and will hold the attention of a SCAdian audience, who enjoy period material, but still prefer a song that runs 5 minutes or under.

While the class is focused on creating folk music in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the principles are universal. Open to all.

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/pyb-jvpi-yqr
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 806-410-3532 and enter this PIN: 656 359 101#
To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/pyb-jvpi-yqr?hs=5

(Feel free to check-in on the Facebook event page to let me know if you’re interested.)

Cheers, Drake