1708RE: [SCA_BARDS] Moosiness
- Jan 2, 2002You will ever be able to convince me that pandering to the lowest commen
denominator will somehow elevate minds and values.
If I hear a bard perform this kind of material, I would be repulsed and
would probubly leave. So would many others. I would definatly lose respect
for the bard that would cater to such poor taste. Alienating all those with
'honor and chivalry' would mean all you had left in your audience would be
those who considered this style to be in 'good fun'.
Active participation obviously implies approval of such behaviour. If a
bard chooses to wallow in that kind of muck, then it only confirms the
audiences' sensabilties. The bard looses all ground to elevate their
attitudes. Permanatly, I'm afraid, to whomever remembers them performing
The best and really only way of inspiring chivalric and honorable behaviour
is to be an example yourself. Walking the walk means zero tolerance to
material that encourages sexism, rasicm, and other low minded thinking.
>From: "Stephen Melvin" <Rathflaed@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: RE: [SCA_BARDS] Moosiness
>Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 00:40:20
> >are supposed to be the guides in these forms of entertainment, and others
> >will take thier cues from us.>Sometimes though, we can start at a place
>like the Moose Song, and take them
>all the way to a period piece about honor and chivalry. Maybe even in a
>different language. :) Sometimes you have to meet them where they are at,
>in order to take them somewhere else. It may be sad, but I have found it
>There is no challenge in merely performing for a group that already has
>honor, chivalry and class. If you can find the "lower born" (medievally
>speaking), and make them desire to act like nobles, well then you have
>accomplished something. You won't always be able to do it, there are
>camps/households you won't get past: "Hi, I'm a bard..." before they run
>out. But if you can...
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