Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Ever have one of those dreams after hearing a song or watching a movie. Yeah, Nightmare on My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince has been a favorite of mine for decades. But sometimes, after maybe watching a Freddy film and listening to that song...you drift off into sleep and....
Friday, March 15, 2013
Back in Ballad of the Emerald Bard: Making the Band - 5, I knew that Deeya, for the second time, would be called out to perform on stage. It was a wonderful opportunity to pull out a song from her early days as a video game character. The problem is, the song I had in mind was quite interlaced in that old video game's lore.
So, I set about rewriting it. As I rewrote the poem, I created a new city, a desert city named Cahsh Dynar, where there are sultans and the slave trade, giving the city a very ancient Arabian city, with a seedy side. This, in turn, brought out the character named The Masked Canary, and inspired parts four through six of Making the Band. It also allowed me to bring in a different version of Deeya's backstory and add a bit of mystery to her history. I truly love it when inspiration goes in a circle like that.
Either way, please enjoy this poem, out of the story's performance setting where you can judge it on its poetic merits.
Friday, March 8, 2013
As I've mentioned a few times before, Deeya was a character in a video game I once played. In that game, I had several bard friends, one of which played a 'red' bard, which was a great contrast to Deeya's 'green.' Once, the other player and I sat down and hashed out a duet for the two characters to perform together.
Karn'Al Jex'Ter is a direct homage to that character, though radically different. In the Ballad of the Emerald Bard: Making the Band - 3, Karn'Al and Deeya sing a duet. I rewrote the original duet to suit Karn'Al and Deeya, and wove it into the story in performance format. Here, though, is rewritten poem outside of the story for anyone who loves sheer poetry to enjoy.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Every great now and then, you come across a story, or a song, that truly sparks something in a child’s imagination. Something that starts you wondering about life, and the things in it, and all the mysteries that lie all around.
I remember when I was just six years old. My father owned a skating rink and listening to the song the Legend of the Wooley Swamp by the Charlie Daniel Band. I first heard it was the dark of night and I was in the record booth in the rink, one of Dad’s employees told me to listen to the song, it had just come out on a 45. I was 6, and the record booth was really dark.
Friday, September 7, 2012
(( In celebration of the 3rd part of Ballad of the Emerald Bard - Old Debts coming out tomorrow, I would like to share this older poem. I've often mentioned that Deeya was a character and I wrote poems for her to be songs. This is one such poem, and is kind of relevant to the story, Old Debts. Here I also include an actual performance with the emotes, so you can get an idea of what it was like to see Deeya perform live. Please enjoy, and if you want to see the story jump straight to the Ballad of the Emerald Bard Page with a Table of Contents to the whole story so far!)) ))