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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
My friends (those I know and those I don’t yet):
If you wish to perform a song of mine on a livestream, in an online bardic circle, or in a video, know that you have my blessing and permission, as long as it isn’t for money, and you credit me as the author. (This was true prior to the current crisis, and will be true after it is over.)
Feel free to check the Bardic Work page for the full list.
Drake Oranwood, Queen’s Bard of the East
(Thanks to my friend Mistress Aife for modeling this offer.)
I closed out the online concert with a performance of my newest song, and one of my most ambitious, “Hold the Door Open”. In this performance, I basically got all the lyrics right, so it’s worth sharing. Stay safe. #SCAatHome
This is me, practicing guitar with Amyrillis (the summer/outdoor lute guitar). Yes, I’ve started taking guitar lessons. (Thank you, Phelippe, for introducing me to your brother in law Paul Hutchison!) In a few weeks, I plan to post videos accompanying myself. Stay tuned, and stay safe.
Today’s #SCAatHome video asks the question: how does a royal reign to secure a lasting legacy? To make sure “The Name of the King” endures?
Stay safe. Drake