Performers of Ancient IrelandDiodorus Siculus once said of ancient Ireland, "Among them are also to be found lyric poets whom they call Bards. These men sing to the accompaniment of instruments which are like lyres, and their songs may be either of praise or of obloquy" (James 163). Modern bards are different than ancient performers. Today the idea of a bard is typically anybody who performs and leaves a lasting impression. This can include singers, songwriters, actors, playwrights, instrumental players, poets, writers, and even journalists and people in news media. Ancient poets were more interested in teaching lessons than entertaining.Performers of Ancient Ireland11 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
The ancient poets and storytellers of Ireland influenced modern entertainment in many ways, including style, subject of common tales, and the way entertainers are treated in society.
Contrary to popular belief, bards weren't master-poets, nor were they held in high regard as Diodorus Siculus believed. Bards were low-class poets, uneducated in the "true path" of a poet. The filidh
DesperadoIn 1996, Deep Blue beat Kasparov, The Unabomber was arrested, and I was preparing to graduate high school and go on to Texas A&M when I received a phone call at three in the afternoon as my school was letting out. In the school office, my father told me what, at the time, was the worst news I had received in my young life: Jerry Carson had died.Desperado3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Jerry Carson was my oldest friend. To this day, I have no idea where he and my father met, only that they did and that one of my earliest memories was of Jerry Carson and myself watching some old Western movie on the couch on the fuzzy old TV in 1981. He'd drift in and out of my memories for the next decade, always reappearing eventually until that day in early May of 1996, when I found myself standing over his simple coffin at a funeral attended by all of sixteen people: me, my father, my girlfriend, two bartenders, the pastor, seven other positively ancient men, and a three-man detachment from the Red River Army Depot there for the salute.