Voice heralding: that was a blast!

So I’ve found a new thing that will be my next thing: voice heralding. Getting to be the MC for a bout at a tourney who announces the combatants, revs up the crowd, and announces the winner. It requires being comfortable as an upbeat shouty person who can project vocally, and have fun. A bit of bardic flair seems to be welcome.

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EK Novice Day

I’m excited about today’s East Kingdom Novice Day event, a tourney for novice fighters and fencers. I will be a novice too, trying my hand (or rather my throat) at list heralding for the first time. (For the unfamiliar, imagine the MC at a prize fight.) One more opportunity for the use of a bard’s skillset in service. 

Website Spring Cleaning

For those who care about such things (cricket, cricket), I wanted to mention some updates I’ve made on this website, some of which you may already have noticed. This is all about getting everything ready for the Hidden Gold release a week from tomorrow (!!!), and making sure that this site’s organization and look-and-feel are what I think it should be in the to-be-hoped-for event that there might be more traffic coming this way. In no particular order: Continue reading

Wars of the Roses 2015

Not for nothing Wars of the Roses is one of my very favorite events. Yesterday was filled with fun and opportunities to be of service. I taught my songwriting class to a lovely group of 8 students, my shift at gate was a joy, at court I got to watch several friends receive well-deserved awards, and the bardic competition was an absolute blast. Amidst all that, I got the chance to welcome a beloved friend to the East Kingdom, where I know she will thrive, and a few new (and very talented!) bards to our raucous community of performers. Then I got to end the day watching my son embrace his latest SCA passion, dancing (and even joined in for a couple. “Dad! It’s a scoring dance! You have to do it for House York!” “Oh, all right…”)

All that, and for once–NO RAIN. THIS is why Concordia is our adoptive home. This.

New Facebook Page

On your left right, you’ll notice there is now a widget for the Drake Oranwood Facebook page. Consider it war paint as we gear up to release the Hidden Gold album. All the cool kids are doing it. Continue reading

Welcome to the echo chamber :)

I have been quietly enjoying a trickle of acknowledgment that others have begun making their way here and browsing around.  The blog is getting followed by one or two other bloggers, and pages are getting “liked”.  The Facebook page I set up for Drake last year (quite prematurely, I soon realized, when what I really wanted at the time turned out to be this website) has been picking up a few “likes” here and there the past few weeks, and from people I don’t actually know.  Small confession: it makes me smile. But I’m sure many of you have the same experience.

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New Sonnet

We had a lengthy discussion on the Facebook group this week about whether we should abandon, de-emphasize, or clarify our use of the term “bard” in the SCA. I won’t rehash the discussion here, though I probably personalized it more than necessary. I will share, however, what I wrote when Isolde de Lengadoc challenged all of us to quit navel-gazing and pen to virtual paper and write a sonnet of our thoughts:

A fellowship I have, and hold it dear,
These kindred spirits lately have I found.
A fireside among these, ’tis sacred ground!
And yet, ’tis lately discord that I hear.

For we’re a motley group with several aims:
We’re singers? Writers? Hist’ry lovers? Fools?
Are we one clan or many? Have we rules?
And oft, I too get caught up in these games.

So long have I this life sojourned alone,
I dread the splint’ring of this merry band.
Whate’er the name, I know for sure I stand
In such a circle as I’ve never known.

Can we all stand together in our art?
Or shall we (with my soul) now fly apart?