Okay, I know. I should have gotten some sleep last night or actually eaten lunch today but it feels like I can't rest until some of this stuff is done so just call me crazy. (I also have to do some major work on the Northwatch tonight and for the next couple of nights so I couldn't dawdle too much and real work to do during the days).
Bardic Madness has really, really become one of my favourite events of all time. Someone asked me this morning what it was (he is really new to the Society). My description to him was:Bardic Madness is a day of song, story, poem & music--done as challenges but not competitions.
The challenge is to enter.
They each have a theme--but themes can be stretched.It's considered a "Bardic Safe Zone" because no one is expected to be perfect. Newcomers are welcomed. No harsh criticism, much less any criticism, is allowed.
This just scratches the surface but it is a decent general description. It was conceived of mostly by Master Owen Alun over 20 years ago--this past weekend was the 20th event in Northshield to bear the name--and has inspired similar events in the Midrealm and Calontir.
This past weekend was no exception but one of the guidelines was stretched a bit. Hosted by the Barony of Windhaven in De Pere, WI, we returned to where the first one was 20 years ago (okay, not the exact site but the general geographical area). The day was definitely filled with songs, stories, poems, music and fun all loosely themed around circles, cycles, returning, roundness, remembrance, and coming home. Performances by bards of two kingdoms who were either well seasoned, brand new to the bardic arts, or somewhere in between. Laughter, tears, and Wuv, Twoooo Wuv were the sub-themes for the day. Yea, we had a break for some excellent classes and even a short Royal Court (I'll leave the reporting of that to the heralds or Astrid) and since we were in Windhaven food, food and more food. (YES, we HAVE eaten!!!) There Majesties did open up their challenge for as a bit of a compeition and had a beautiful harp they wanted to present to someone. I am SO glad it wasn't my desision because those that answered their call to the challenge all came well equipped to either tug at our heartstrings or make us laugh or tap our feet or all of the above.
My view of the day with the still camera can be found at: http://nsgallery.melm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=134304
but there will be some videos coming when I have time to upload them. I have reviewed them all and most of them are very good. Which means I have about 60 videos to upload from the event and the post-revel (8 gbs of video!) Hopefully by the end of next weekend I can get them all posted. Until then, check out http://www.youtube.com/shavasue
for others and keep watching that space since I doubt I can post everything at once so I'll do it as I have time. Definitely to watch for are some videos from the post-revel that include bards of Northshield & the Midrealm singing the iconic anthems of AEthelmaerc (Scarlet) and Ealdormere (Rise) and the full version of Row Men Row as soon as I figure out how to shave 34 seconds off the video so it will fit on youtube. :D
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