An Expression of Gratitude

I would like to take a moment to thank Mesterno Tyzes ‘Zsof’ Sofia for her years of guidance, wisdom, love, and support. She has never for one moment acted out of anything other than my best interest as her apprentice, and our mutual decision to seek out a new path forward for me comes from the same place. I am eternally grateful, and am proud to know I will always be part of her extended SCA family.

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An Announcement

This announcement went out to the appropriate lists this morning, so I am pleased to share it here:

Greetings from Mesterno Tyzes ‘Zsof’ Sofia, Master Toki Skáldagörvir and Master Peregrine the Illuminator;

Peregrine and Toki happily announce (with Zsof’s blessing) that we claim Drake Oranwood as our joint student.

In consultation with the three of us, Drake has made this decision to transition from being Zsof’s apprentice to being our joint student. The decision is made in part to bring his peer relationships closer to his home in the East Kingdom, and to take advantage of our strengths.

· Peregrine brings his knowledge of music research and composition, helping Drake advance his existing research and songwriting skills.

· Toki will bring his approach of working with “the whole student” – art, performance, helping Drake continually be the person he wants to be, work-life-hobby balance, and guidance along paths to further success.

· Both Peregrine and Toki will bring their strengths in storytelling, performance, and other topics, as well as their willingness to listen.

If you have praise for Drake, please tell Drake, and us, and the world.

If you have constructive criticism for Drake, please tell Drake, and tell Toki and/or Peregrine. We look forward to the conversations.

Laurels’ Prize Tourney: First Thoughts

I have been a performer in my blood for as far back as I can remember, to childhood. I have never really not enjoyed performing. The last several years have blessed me with opportunities to perform for loving, supportive, appreciative audiences, and more and more, alongside talented people I admire and adore. It is, really, always a thrill. (No, I’m not saying I’ve never tanked. Different kind of thrill.)

And yet, sprinkled through the joyous memories, including some extremely special ones, there are a small handful of moments that stand out, that were extraordinary. Days or nights where I felt a performance, and the audience, vibrating together in my chest, an electric excitement, when I felt something truly glorious was happening, and I was privileged to be in the eye of a storm, somehow miraculously safe and well.

Yesterday was one of those days. (Video courtesy of Baroness Arlyana van Wyck.)

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My Parting Gift to Lucien: “The Well”

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.

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Transitioning Teachers

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.

New Song: “Silverhair” (Ose’s Elevation)

As I indicated in my previous post, I had two performance opportunities at yesterday’s EK Bardic Championships (which were held alongside Novice Schola, a free event for to introduce newcomers to the SCA, its culture, and the sorts of classes that are offered at events). The second one involved an elevation (or induction) into the Order of the Laurel for Ose Silverhair, a part of our extended SCA “family”.

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