Wandering storytellers are known as troubadours, and they come by their sweet voices and their enchanting storytelling from a surprising ancestor.
On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.
[Video description: 56 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A figure in colorful and fanciful attire of a medieval style stands before a stone pond. Lying against the pond is a plain satchel or backpack. The figure plays a stringed instrument, like a mandolin, and sings with eyes closed. A few people are gathered around the pond, watching the singing figure. An old man with a pipe and cane, a young man with arms crossed, a woman with her child. In the background, a couple walks by in one direction. A man pulling a wagon walks in the other direction. In the far background are the buildings of this town or village. In the foreground are the shadowed silhouettes of other onlookers. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title flies in and flies out. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Her face showed no surprise. As the birds, hundreds upon thousands, perched upon the vast cauldron, the creator spoke. ‘You seek to steal what was meant for you to begin with.’ The creator’s brow grew dark and her gaze foreboding. ‘It is meant for you no longer,’ she said. And in her great rage, she tipped over the cauldron, breaking the seal and spilling the gift of song. The assembled birds scattered. They feared the creator’s wrath. But they suffered no wrath, no anger, no sorrow. The creator merely vanished in a flash of brilliant light.” Website URL displays at bottom & fades at end as a text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]
“When the lay was finished, the troubadour smiled and bowed. He blew a stray lock of his rosy hair out of his eyes and asked the gathered crowd, “What story would you hear? Tell me.”
The old man brought forth a coin to ask for a story.
The troubadour said, “No, no. I have set out no vessels for receiving gifts, as you can see. There is no cost excepting the time that you take to stand and listen, if you will.”
Story: “How the Troubadours Came To Be” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Troubadour” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
Music by TRG Banks
“Lake in the woods”
“The silver bus”
Music by Andy Ray*
“Medieval Theme 2 (Looped)”
“Medieval Theme 4 (Looped)”
Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Adventure Track #1 (looped)”
“Locations_Medieval Tavern Song”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by TRG Banks licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by TRG Banks at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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