Re: [SCA_BARDS] new to the group
> I got addressed as a "Milord Bard" at my last event -- and while IMaybe that is where I lose the conversation....there are those in our area
> appreciated the accolade, I felt like I was wearing someone else's hat.
who are known as Bards (Mu'allim Rabah, Master Effenwealt, in some circles
even Breandan who doesn't have as much exposure though she lacks not an ounce
of their talent come to mind). But, anyone who performs is likely to be
addressed as "milord/milady bard" and few would bat an eye. The major
distinction comes in bardic competitions. Our Barony holds an estiffod each
year to chose a Baronial Bardic Champion. In the past, I went out of my
usual venue for at least one song, because I was told that, in Marinus, "a
bard is a singing bard." It wasn't until this year that our fair Baroness
made it very clear that she (as a storyteller) welcomed all to the bardic and
that singing was absolutely not required this year. I guess that makes a big
difference for me since I am more comfortable speaking than singing and I
have alot more of my own material to perform that way.
> But I've seen bards in the SCA. And I've seen Bards. And I am definitelyI know what you mean. I've seen both. Right now, I consider myself a Poet
> one of the former class, though I also am trying to become one of the
and a bard/troubaritz. Someday, I have hopes of becoming a Bard, but it is a
long time off. I was told by one of the Bards that one of my filk peices was
too disrespectful (that really surprised me considering some of the other
filks I've heard) since it was a tongue-in-cheek roasting of another Bard. I
was really disheartened until my friend pointed out that Mu'allim Rabah and
Master Effenwealt both had the reputation of really disrespectful songs early
in their carreers as bards. So, I don't perform the peice, but I keep it
fondly in my folder. Someday, maybe I'll enter it in a "that was then and
this is now" competition. It still is a good peice of filk. I've also done
some period filk where I change a song to a particular purpose while keeping
it period or add a new period verse to an existing song. I did that for
Revels last year and Dame Margaret Cameron reportedly told my sister that the
additions were flawless. If she had not been holding the original and the
"filk," she could not have known what was new and what was not.
- Ah Sigmund...you are a fine man indeed. I so hope to find myself in
a bardic circle with you one clear night.
> But above all, you have to be in this game for the love of it. Youhave to love
> what you do above and beyond the tempting gleam of the glass bauble.by
> Recognition by award or peerage is a great thing, but recognition
> audience is finer by far.-----
> Sigmund Malovich
> Wandering Juggler of Caid.