[SCA-AE] Music in AEthelmearc
KaziBrionSCA at worldnet.att.net
Sun Jan 21 15:26:36 EST 2007
Lady Rosa Thorne wrote:
<<Upon moving back to Pennsylvania, I found AEthelmearc coming into its own
as the principality was in the final steps of becomming a kingdom in its own
right. The music just doesn't seem to be as prominent now.>>
These trends are cyclical. People move in and out of the Bardic community
as their jobs, changing family obligations, and changing interests allow.
That's normal. Compared to several years ago, we actually have more
mid-level performers than we did in the past. There was a time we had three
singers and that was it (more or less). No classes, no circles, nothing.
You caught Æthelmearc on an upswing, then.
There is a discussion on the AEBards list on this topic right now. My
personal pet theory is that we have really good storytellers and poets who
teach, and we don't have really good singers who teach. Thus, novices
interested in "doing something Bardic" will see who is teaching, and they
will adopt a particular style because that's whats being taught.
I took several vocal and performance classes, but they were all either at
Pennsic, or out-Kingdom. We have many gentles who have mundane vocal
training. I would like to ask them to consider passing down some of their
knowledge so the rest of us, who are not as musically adept, feel
comfortable singing in public. It took me a couple of years to get around
to singing, because storytelling seemed "lower-risk" to me. Even so, I am
but an average singer and wouldn't presume to teach singing to others.
We have Brion and Michael who regularly give storytelling and performance
classes. Is there anybody out there...who would do the same for emerging
"The Croaking Bard of BMDL"
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