[SCA-AE] musical atmosphere (wasRe: bardic discussion continued)
F. Page Steinhardt
sunshadow at twcny.rr.com
Wed Jan 24 17:47:59 EST 2007
As a musician, I remember wistfully 10-15 years ago, when fireside
circles were largely entertained by those of the melodic,vocal,
harmonic, and bardic persuasions. Yes there were the occaisional drums:
bodhrans, tamborines, small bongoes, and the occaisional doumbek, often
played as rythmic accompaniment to the musicians, and "atmosphere" for
the bardic tales. Yes, there were some dancers, and as the intoxication
levels increased, so too the number of dancers. Late at night by the
lake the melodic arts would be gently replaced by the heartbeat of the
bog as the melodic players and bards spun down.
Lately it seems that as soon as a fire is properly going, 15 or 20
doumbeks materialise. There are some people who are extremely talented
in the middle eastern rythmic arts, and there are some quite talented
middle eastern dancers, but the cultural shift has IMHO kind of pushed
out the more traditional forms of music, much as Rap and Hip-Hop have
pushed the more melodic forms of music out of the pop culture.
Stephnie Retkofsky wrote:
> Bardic circle at The Bears Event is in the works. Bards are more than
> welcome as there are people in Stormsport wanting to learn more music
> as well.
> On 1/24/07, Justin Lymner <justin.lymner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> and other plug.... of course we are having bardic at Seven Deadlies the
>> weekend before in Delftwood.
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