Song of the Forgotten Sea
Some years back while developing the
History of BFS webpages, I came across a webpage on
Geocities that contained background information on the song and writer and a link to the song.
Due to various reasons that webpage at different times disappeared and then later reappear.
During one of the times it was gone, I located a cached copy of it which I preserved on this
webpage for posterity, it being a notable part of the history of the Barony of Forgotten Sea.
Recently I was contacted by a web-master
for Mike Nichols letting me know that new webpage
had been created for the information and link to the song. I have inserted below the text of that
webpage, so it can be noted that the requirements of the creator have been maintained.
[And thus replacing the text and link I did have here.]
The url for Mike Nichols' "The Shire of
Forgotten Sea" song webpage is:
The url for Mike Nichols entire website
The Shire of the Forgotten Sea
by Mike Nichols
When I first moved to Kansas City in 1976, I became one of the founding members of Kansas City's first chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), which was to be called the Shire of the Forgotten Sea. I adopted the persona of a 14th century Welsh bard, conveniently using my public Craft name (and pen name), Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin. (The name was also a bow to three of my favorite fantasy writers, Evangeline Walton, Katherine Kurtz, and Joy Chant.) It was also under that persona that I wrote the song "The Shire of the Forgotten Sea". I imagined myself as a bard wandering far from his beloved homeland and yearning for his eventual return there. Although conceived as a very personal statement, the song became something of an anthem in the early days of the Shire's (now Barony's) history. In the interests of SCA historians and lore-masters, I present it here:
The Shire of the Forgotten Sea
The sound quality is not the best, since I was working from a 23-year-old cassette tape source which had badly deteriorated. I was able to do some digital "restoration" but that process introduced some phasing anomalies, which were enhanced by the MP3 encoding. Still, it sounds a LOT better than the tape! And for historical purposes, it's not bad at all.
Permission is granted for the public performance of this song only as long as no lyrics or musical content is changed, credit is publicly given to the composer, and it is performed without cost to others, and is not part of a for-profit venue. Other performances of this song must be approved in writing by Mike Nichols
Permission is granted for the analog or digital reproduction of this song only as long as the content is essentially unchanged, the tape or file carries the composer's name, and it is transmitted and used without cost to others, and is not part of a for-profit collection. Other reproductions of this song must be approved in writing by Mike Nichols
Permission is granted for the written transcription of the music and/or lyrics to this song only as long as they are not changed, written credit is given to the composer, and it is transmitted and used without cost to others, and is not part of a for-profit collection. Other written transcriptions of this song must be approved in writing by Mike Nichols
Document Copyright © 1983 - 2009 by Mike
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Permission is given to re-publish this document only as long as no information is lost or changed, credit is given to the author, and it is provided or used without cost to others.
Other uses of this document must be approved in writing by Mike Nichols