My songs are written to entertain an SCA audience, to promote the shared vision of honour and chivalric deeds common to us all. If my songs can add to that feeling, so much the better. Therefore, I publish them for free use within the restrictions on this document. Please read it before downloading. It will help you to understand my philosophy to see why I put these minimal restrictions on publication.
First, I am a "working" bard, not just an armchair lyricist. While I have written about two dozen songs, I probably know the lyrics to almost one hundred. It is my firm belief that one cannot properly perform a song from a songbook. I never use them in performance, save in the very rare instance of a request for a piece particulary appropriate to the moment. To me, performing a song from a book means that you do not value it enough to learn it. While some bards have gone so far as to request that their works never be written down, I am not so strident. Rather I do not want them performed from a book, though it doesn't bother me if you learn them from a printed page. So, Rule Number 1: If you download these songs, do not print them in fonts larger than 10 point.
Publication: While I do not collect them myself, I admit the value of SCA songbooks. If you are compiling one for personal use, go ahead and include these works, as long as you follow rule number one. If you are planning to make multiple copies or offer the work for sale to benefit an SCA branch or charity, please contact me for permission. I will request that Rule Number one be printed that the bottom of each page, and that you send me a copy of the songbook. If you wish permission to include my works in your "for-sale" songbook, please contact me at email@example.com.
Rule Number One: As the author of this work does not wish this piece sung from a lyrics-sheet, please do not print it in a font larger than 10 point. Please ensure that this statement accompanies all copies of these lyrics that you make.
Rule Number Two: See Rule Number One
Andrixos Seljukroctonis, OP OL
mka Steve Boyd, aka the Calontir Trim Guy
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