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General Chatter - The Boozer / Re: Playlist
« on: Today at 12:48:13 PM »
I don't know Naruto at all but this pseudomedieval version of the theme is enjoyable:


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Poetry and Artistic Writing / Re: Jubal's poems
« on: Today at 11:39:02 AM »
The Lover's Cairn


The tower of stone stood watching,
       Am                             Em
There was ice on the darkling road,
                 Am                          Em
But there, a man in shining helm,
      F                         C
Yes, there, a man beneath the elm,
       F                           C
Stepped forth through the winter's cold.
              Am                        Em         Am

Alt chord set:


The tower of stone stood watching,
       C                             G
There was ice on the darkling road,
                 C                         G
But there, a man in shining helm,
      Am                         Em
Yes, there, a man beneath the elm,
       Am                           Em
Stepped forth through the winter's cold.
              Am                        Em         Am
The tower of stone stood watching,
There was ice on the darkling road,
But there, a man in shining helm,
Yes, there, a man beneath the elm,
Stepped forth through the winter's cold.

He'd a coat of shining ring-mail,
A bright sword hung at his side,
And there, up to the wall he'd call,
That there, the tower of stone should fall,
And he would claim his bride.

The tower of stone stood watching,
As the man his challenge roared,
And there, her face at the window,
Her hair like a veil of dark shadow,
And the young man's heart it soared.

He slew the guards at the gate-post,
He flew like a bird through the air,
Where there, a pillar cold as bone,
'midst elmwood beams held the tower's stone,
And his love was imprisoned there.

The castellan knew he was coming,
And thought him the maid to slay,
For envy rose within his heart,
That others loved where he could not,
Upon that bitterest day.

He smote her once with his spear-point,
Her hot blood ran at her breast,
But there, she'd a knife by her bedside,
A hidden blade for a stolen bride,
And stabbed him through the chest,

She dropped the knife in the chamber,
And her dress blooded and torn
And down she ran from the lamplight,
And down she ran to the cold night,
And called for her love and the morn

But he came up another staircase,
And saw the bloodied stains,
The castellan showed him the spear-head
And there, rags soaked in blood-red
And told him she was slain.

With a roar he set flames round him,
With a roar the pillar he smote
See there, fire glinting on his helm,
Yes, there, new cracks in stone and elm,
As it blackened his fine mail coat.

There's a pile of stones by the roadway,
A charred and blackened tomb,
And sometimes a white-haired lady,
A winter snow-haired lady,
An old and wistful lady,
Comes and weeps for her love and his doom.



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I've got my guitar back and have been noodling around on it - I've been attempting to do some sort folky composition of your moonlight silks poem. I'm not a professional or anything but I'll send it to you once I'm happy with it, see what you think.
Lovely! I've got my own tune for it too but I'm super interested/excited to see what you come up with :)

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: Today at 10:05:11 AM »
Species

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Poetry and Artistic Writing / Re: Jubal's poems
« on: Today at 10:00:39 AM »
My music tastes are reasonably broad and I think they all filter in a bit - a lot of it is just from listening to folk music from around the British isles, both modern practitioners and more traditional versions, and practising aping that style, of course. Jon Boden, Kris Drever, Nancy Kerr/James Fagan, Cara Dillon, Siobhan Miller, Alex Cumming/Nicola Beazley, Bellowhead, Show of Hands, and other such artists I guess would all be on the list there. My sister has done an album and toured along with her boyfriend, and I went to quite a lot of folk festivals between about 2011 and 2016, so I've got that sort of level of mild adjacency to the folk world.

On top of that, there's the extent to which this is in dialogue with filk and with bardic songs from videogames - I listen to Malukah and Alina Gingertail on the videogame music front, and Heather Dale's filky music is a pretty big influence there too. Adele McAllister does really nice covers of Tolkien's music, and his poetry is a clear lyrical influence for me (as probably are some other fantasy-poet writers, Ursula le Guin wrote some wonderful poems). And then there's the European modern sort-of-folky and sort of  pseudo/neo pagan music scene, groups like Faun for example, whose sound I quite like even if I have Many Questions about the aesthetics at times: Patty Gurdy also very worth mentioning there. I listen to soundtrack music quite a bit when working, it's harder to say how much influence that has but the works of people like Ean Grimm, the Fiechters, BrunuhVille, and Adrian von Ziegler are worth mentioning. And then there are all the other oddments, bits of sixties music, compilations of lute songs, random folk singers from other parts of the world I stumble upon, and some other singer songwriters - the songs of Pete Atkin & Clive James are way off this stuff in terms of sound and style, but some of my songwriting tendencies and my delight in oblique references definitely tie in with those.

I find that the most important thing anyway is to have a good idea-hook to write out from - once I have the plot or point of a song, much of the rest is just word juggling, especially if I'm doing it in a pretty standard folky style. My biggest sadness and regret with all my songs is seeing how good a quality of execution others manage with the instrumentation etc and knowing that a) I do not have the energy and time to learn five more instruments and spend many hours building up more instrumentals, and b) nobody particularly is likely to want to cover this stuff.

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:56:15 PM »
onomastics

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: July 01, 2020, 10:08:54 AM »
mythopoeic

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:14:20 PM »
morphological

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:26:18 PM »
butterfly

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General Chatter - The Boozer / Re: Cute and Wholesome Picture Thread
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:36:21 PM »
I use a Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90. It's a very nice little compact camera - not too big and heavy, decent automatic systems. I rarely if ever play around with settings much, I probably should do: generally I'm just reliant on getting fairly close to the animals.

Another walk, this time on the Donauinsel at the north end of the island:


Essex skipper. V similar to Small Skipper, but this has black antenna tips so is Essex.

Frog, probably pool frog though I can't tell pool and marsh frogs apart easily.

Silverwashed fritillary, one of the bigger butterflies around.

A great banded grayling, Brintesia circe: this was a new species for me. Very goth looks.

A Marbled White butterfly: these were very common & on the wing everywhere.

A nine spotted moth, also known as yellow-belted burnet. Not something I was v familiar with: very chic "modern household" looks somehow.

The nest of a penduline tit, probably the young have some time since fledged. These are really beautifully crafted hanging structures that the birds make. Sadly I didn't see any penduline tits whilst there, but it's nice to know they're around.

A self explanatory mute swan. There was a flock of about fifty on the side-stream of the Danube when I was there. Fifty birds isn't a big flock for most things, but fifty swans is an impressive looking flotilla.

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:17:31 PM »
Purple

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 02:36:18 PM »
Progenitor

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:42:28 AM »
Foundry

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 30, 2020, 09:36:49 AM »
Gander

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 29, 2020, 11:45:19 PM »
Ed

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Forum Games - The Beer Cellar! / Re: Word Association
« on: June 29, 2020, 09:48:08 PM »
Mashing

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