The Bard’s Grove is a place to share stories, music, poetry, art, and ideas. This may be a medium about which our ancestors could never have conceived, but the goal is the same: To rise above this mean existence through the aforementioned story-telling arts. Distinctions between legend, myth, factual history, spiritual realms, and religious doctrines are unimportant here. Over the centuries, this title has been bestowed upon individuals of disparate practises. Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Taliesin, Lughar, Myrddin, Turlough O’Carolan and many others were known as bards of various sorts.
- Of Dragons and SlayingSome of your dragons turn out to be kittens, Some are there to guard you, Some dragons are none of your business, Some just need something to do. A dragon that now looks like the world’s end, May be one to become your best friend, And a dragon that seems a mountain of might, May … Continue reading Of Dragons and Slaying
- Covenant of LoveWhat is the significance of the texts of the Judeo-Christian religions to one who doesn’t consider them rules to be followed, or instructions for how to be good, or even the capital ‘W’ Words of God? What does ‘covenant’ mean in that situation? Does it even have meaning? It may be that this … Continue reading Covenant of Love
- Your first Scotch done rightIf learning to drink Scotch is on your to-do list, here are a few tips. First, if you’ve never had it, try some real cheap-ass blended Scotch Whisky (note the lack of ‘e’ in Whisky – this is important – Scotch is Whisky, not whiskey). Cutty Sark should do. It will be terrible, but you will respect the … Continue reading Your first Scotch done right
- A mountain of music theoryThere is a never-ending discussion about whether music theory might interfere with the natural art of making music. It tends to go like this: Self-taught-guitarist: I have played the blues for decades. I don’t need to understand theory; don’t need to learn to read music. I’m afraid theory would get in the way of my … Continue reading A mountain of music theory
- A story that bears recapitulatingC, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, but we don’t serve minors.” So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not … Continue reading A story that bears recapitulating