Bard: a poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition.
the soul of a poet: writer of poetry, versifier, rhymester, rhymer, sonneteer, lyricist, lyrist; laureate; literary bard; derogatory poetaster; historical troubadour, balladeer.
In medieval Gaelic and British culture a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities.
Originally a specific class of poet, contrasting with another class known as fili in Ireland and Highland Scotland, the term "bard", with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period, acquired generic meanings of an epic author/singer/narrator, comparable with the terms in other cultures (minstrel, skald, scop, rhapsode, udgatar, griot, ashik) or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is known as the Bard or the Bard of Avon. The musical and poetic traditions are most strongly perpetuated in Wales and elsewhere by the Gorsedd of bards and through the National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru).
Bards (who are not the same as the Irish 'filidh' or 'fili') were those who sang the songs recalling the tribal warriors' deeds of bravery as well as the genealogies and family histories of the ruling strata among Celtic societies.
released 22 October 2013
Acknowledgement of instrumentals used:
00:40 Onra- Still Broke
01:55 Elaquent- Child's Play
03:56 FLYamSAM- The Offbeat
06:16 Onra- I Wanna Go Back
09:12 Elaquent- Noir
11:58 Bullion- Get Familiar
All rhymes written and recorded by Jackson Whalan 2013
sampling a radio show that included an address to congress regarding Syria by Barack Obama
sampling recordings describing "the bard" by an anonymous source