This is the third video in my summer series, “An Elizabethan Afternoon”: Thomas Campion’s “I care not for these ladies”. (CW: The author compares women based on how “easy” versus “high maintenance” they are.)
I have a couple of new performance videos to share, from the amazing Journeymen’s Concert held on Saturday January 23 as part of the second Ethereal Bardic Symposium (the same event that included Neurodiversity Panel I shared the other day). Cerian Cantwr is posting the individual performances on his YouTube channel, and ultimately will be sharing out the complete concert (which, rumor has it, will be billed as The Concert that Started a War–but that’s a story for another day, and I promise I will touch on that soon).
The first performance I want to share is of Dowland’s “Can she excuse my wrongs?”, which I have been polishing up for the last several months for public performance, and shared once or twice at circles. (I know the virtual background looks really weird especially when it hides parts of the lute, but my office is full of packing boxes at the moment.) I hope you enjoy.
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Okay, YouTube has finished processing it. Here is the full concert (minus the vandalism) for those who wish to watch it. Enjoy!
For those of you who missed the live performance, I recorded another lute piece last weekend while I had the garb on. It’s “Ode to Birka”. (Content Warning: Catching a bug at a crowded event, played for humor. Too soon?)
Today’s video is a new performance of “Clear or cloudy” by John Dowland. (Yes, I did a bunch of recordings on Saturday while I had my garb on.) Stay safe.
Good evening. The lute pieces seem to be well-received (and they are giving me some thoughts about starting to transfer these skills back to guitar and learn how to accompany myself on SCA folk music). Here’s John Dowland’s “Come again sweet love”. Enjoy, and be safe.
Tonight’s #SCAatHome video is Thomas Campion’s “I care not for these ladies”, which I analyzed a little while back for the A&S Journey series.
Happy #EarlyMusicDay! People told me that I shouldn’t be worried whether my videos are perfect, as long as I share my art. Mission accomplished! Here is a new rendering of “What if a day?”
I’ve been shaking the rust off the other lute pieces in my repertoire, to get familiar once more with how to play them. (I hadn’t touched any but the one for about six months, because I knew that level of focus was what it would take play “What if a day” even as well as I managed to.)
And now I’m realizing how wonderful it feels to play these other pieces on Rosalind as opposed to the old backpacker guitar. I can do barre chords on this instrument so much more comfortably, which opens up new possibilities and makes some tricky passages much easier to play. (And having played around with a full lute, with an even thicker neck, I’m pretty sure that’s how these passages WERE played, because you can’t get your thumb around the base of that neck and there’s a whole extra string in the way.)
And the prospect of letting someone else do the singing while I play is kind of appealing. This is an important part of my persona exploration and my A&S groove, and I need to share it more.
This music is glorious. And my lute guitar is SO sexy.