The Making of “We Are the East”

So…I went rather quiet for the past month. (Had to find a new day job, couldn’t be helped. Happily, it didn’t take long, but it required some focus.) Now it’s time to get ready for Pennsic, and as Jessa and I race to do that, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on Sing for the East in a little more depth.

My Laurel, Mistress Zsof, has invited me to do more in-depth blogs about what I am learning as I continue to explore bardic. I realize that the sorts of entries she is talking about are usually more A&S focused (meaning, on period and period-inspired works, like “I asked of thee a boon”). At the moment, though, my most recent project was an album, and my entry on that collection was an original kingdom anthem. I learned a great deal putting the track for “We Are the East” together, and applied a number of lessons I learned about music recording and production from my solo album Hidden Gold.

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Bardcast Episode: The East Kingdom!

The much-loved Knowne World Bardcast has returned, with an episode featuring music from Sing for the East! Check out the podcast, available in your podcasting app right now!

Sing for the East: Acknowledgements

I didn’t get the opportunity to post my #WordFameWednesday yesterday, so here goes:

When a big project comes to fruition, it’s vital to acknowledge the people who made it happen. Sing for the East is in many ways the biggest SCA project I have had the privilege to participate in, and required the talent, time, and love of more than two dozen artists and dear friends. Continue reading

#WordFameWednesday: Linette de Gallardon

For #WordFameWednesday, I want to recognize Mistress Linette de Gallardon, who created the original Sing for the East songbook 13 years ago (and is hard at work on Volume 2). Linette’s has dedicated considerable effort to collecting and sharing the creative output of our East Kingdom bards. The new album, which comes out this weekend, would never have existed without her vision, and her guidance was essential in selecting the songs to include in this recorded collection. (In our haste to get the first rush order out for SRWC, this debt was overlooked, but this oversight has since been corrected for the next batch of CDs.)

Linette’s voice and caring deserve to be heard. This has earned her the distinction of reigning Winter Nights champion (and three-time Royal Bard), and her beautiful vocals on “Pennsic Farewell”, as well as on other songs in the collection, will be a piece of the East Kingdom’s legacy. For all these gifts to us, we salute her. VIVAT!

The Last Brick

maxresdefaultThere’s a brick-breaking game called “Nervous Brickdown” whose final level was called “The Last Brick”. The very last brick you have to break in the whole game comes to life and duels you in a shoot-out for several screens before it finally succumbs and you win.
Right now, in theory, Arden of Icomb and Aneleda Falconbridge have in their possession the final mastered track for this album, and the complete album art for the cover, the liner notes, and the CD surface (respectively). At some point this evening, I should receive these files.
This is the last brick. Yes, there will be a bit of review tomorrow over the art, proofreading, listening and seeing if there’s any final tinkering to do with any of the mixes or the levels, but basically, IN THEORY, tonight a year of creative work and collaboration comes to its conclusion, and over the weekend we’ll be putting in the order for the first batch of CD’s to ship, so it will arrive in time for Southern Region War Camp next weekend.
I’m kind of vibrating right now. It’s a good nervous vibration. THISCLOSE.