June 20th, 2005


Back from Peoria

Got back from Peoria in time for lunch.

About Jubilee:

Couldn't find the tent of SCA people playing music...I hope that just means I didn't look hard enough.

Wished that irpooh could have come along.

Had a good time hanging out with RST folks at Cheddars Saturday evening.

ExtendedStay Hotels have decently hard beds! Yay! (Limited cable TV choice, but barring major catastrophe, how much time does one spend in front of the TV on such trips?) That said, I caught the last part of an amazingly wretched eco-catastrophe flick. OK...all eco-catastrophe flicks are wretched, but this one stands out among that abysmal class for sheer idiocy. The Core, which I'm sure they dragged out of the closet because Hilary Swank was in it.

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Suffice it to say that The Core is down there with The Killer Shrews, source of that unforgettable line, "There is an extremely high content in the shrew's saliva."

Back to the fair: Owain Phyfe was excellent, as always. I did find a woman and her husband there with a very neat wheeled cart and a respectable complement of wind instrumnets. She's a high school music teacher, and had a group of her students, who have been playing together now for something over six months, performing along with her. They were pretty good.
  • Current Music
    "Quantas sabedes"

What if...

A friend edits a publication now in newspaper format, but eventually moving to magazine format: the Regional Renaissance Reporter.

I've finally written an article for it, and it will be interesting to see what happens.

The article starts with a Gedankenexperiment: suppose you went to a Renaissance fair where the people and the clothing came from the same era as the music you hear.

As you go through this hypothetical fair and hear songs commonly heard at Renaissance fairs, you see blatantly anachronistic people and clothing: Ben Franklin, Andrew Jackson, the plastic dress Twiggy made famous, WWI doughboys, Gibson girls, hippies, men in powder blue leisure suits, and so forth.

The point: driving home just how little that music has to do with the Renaissance.

The article then goes into why so many Renaissance fairs are sticklers for clothing, but don't give a hoot about the music. In passing, it deals with and debunks a lot of rationalizations and excuses I've seen posted on alt.fairs.renaissance.
  • Current Music
    Something actually from the Renaissance