I had a great time teaching “Songwriting to Tell a Story” on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out for it. For those of you who missed it, the recording is up on my YouTube channel:
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.
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.)
(Here’s a plug for an online class I’m teaching tomorrow. You can check in on the Facebook event if you like, or just show up.)
Join Drake Oranwood, Queen’s Bard of the East Kingdom, for this online class.
How do you play authentic Elizabethan lute music if your instrument is a modern guitar? The good news is the instruments are very closely related. Learn about the history and evolution of the lute, how to tune and play your guitar as if it were a lute, how to interpret lute tablature, how to find authentic period composers, songs, and arrangements. The skills are highly transferable, and while lute music has a different feel and sound, the rewards for your investment of time and effort are great. Suitable for all experience levels.
To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/jqn-qaey-zem
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 904-406-7294 and enter this PIN: 606 553 732#
To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/jqn-qaey-zem?hs=5
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.