minstrel: period music/period sounding music

Laura McKinstry dalm at why.net
Tue Apr 22 15:32:10 PDT 1997

CONSORTMUS at aol.com wrote:

> I have read here lately about using this tune or that tune from
> contemporary
> sources,  and I'd like to ask, if I may, "why?"

I can only answer for myself, but here's my reasoning:

I listen to period music, love it, and learn the words to it, so I can
perform it as written.  I haven't yet found a song whose words were so
poor that I needed to change them (Except one song about a rose that
I've altered just slightly - typical Troubador rudeness regarding a
young woman's temporary beauty.)

Secondly, I've been writing songs for the SCA and desperately attempting
to achieve both a period melody AND an enjoyable one.  I've failed in my
two recent attempts - the latter of which I specifically wrote to a
slightly altered period melody.  It's STILL doesn't sound period (and my
brother is STILL waiting, for the past 16 years, for me to write a rock
song.  I just don't write that way.  I write folk songs, no matter how I
try to disguise them, no matter how much I listen to a genre of music.
You can't get blood out of a turnip.)

Third, a found a current pop song that with very little alteration is
both EXTREMELY period sounding and, for the vast majority of people,
unrecognizable as having derived from a non-period source.

Having been yanked from the Dream forcibly before, I have an extreme
reluctance to do the same to others by any accident on my part that
associates my music with something other than either SCA or ren/medieval
times - not that I'm belittling those who do.  Know your audience - if
they WANT filk, give it to them.  But for my part,  I've worked hard to
create music that nurtures the Dream.  I sincerely believe that, with
this song, I have finally, for the first time, succeeded.  The fact that
the original source of the music is not period is simply an odd

Ths response sounds a tad testy to me - my apologies, it isn't intended
that way.  I just really wish I COULD write a period melody!  I try
SOOOO hard!  (whimper).  Or a rock song.  My poor brother's career could
hinge on that song I'm incapable of writing.  Oh, woe is me. :)  Until
then, I'll just keep working with stuff that sounds period out of
intent, true periodness, or freak accident.

Laura McKinstry   aka Lark of Cire Freunlaven
Dallas, TX  Steppes, Ansteorra
           dalm at why.net
Verdant, a songbird rampant sinister Or
within an orle horny Or

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