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A Little Bagpipe Music To Enjoy Throughout Your Day
Is that the bagpipes or is the cat stuck in the vacuum cleaner, again? Yes I have heard that question asked more than once while listening to the pipes playing. And it is not just the album I have heard. More than once I have been able to enjoy the bagpipes played live and / or in concert.
The first time I remember them was during a fireworks show. There was music that played before the show. Some years it was marching bands but one year there were bagpipes playing. It was an interesting offset to the lights and the sounds that the fireworks were making.
The second story and my favorite one was at our lake home. The neighbor would rent out his cottage and we never knew who the new neighbors would be or what interesting they would bring with them. One year there was an 18 wheeler parked in the open field behind the cottages. My main question was "How did they ever get that thing down here?" But that was a short lived question as the next morning brought something even more interesting. It was foggy on the lake and you couldn't see more than five feet in front of you. And because of the fog their was an gentle piece. When suddenly through the fog a low sound started to waif through. It took a few moments to realize that it was the sound of a loan bagpiper playing. The tune that he played cut through the fog. And even though you could not see him playing it did not matter as the music was worth more than the sight of its playing. And after all these years I still remember that song. It is the one that's listed first in the videos below. So when you get there I hope that you enjoy that song and know another reason why it is special to me.
The third story of the pipes was when I worked at a Renascence fair. Every day there would be a parade to open the fair. The place I was working was sort of off the main path. This meant that the parade did not go by us. Yes we could hear the music and the voices but we never got a chance to see the parade. Or more to the point hear the music as it passed by. Being the needy one I stepped forward and talked to the ones that led the parade, a lone bagpiper. He understood and agreed to alter the path of the parade that one day. And to make it even more special there was a group of six pipers that day. Not just the usual one. Needless to say I helped surprise the folks I worked with that day. It never happened again but sometimes just once is all you need.
The last story takes place every year on 9/11. There is a place just around the corner from us where a local group of pipers dressed to the teeth will be playing. I don't even have to be there to hear them play as we are that close. This may not seam like much of a story to share but knowing that they are volunteering their time means a great deal.
So you see its not always the music that is most important but the memories that the music brings back. And where I am working now its OK to have music playing. They're surprised to hear the pipes playing at different times throughout the week. (And just so you know this whole reviews written while listening to this album.
You have heard my side of the music. Now its your turn. Here are a few pieces of bagpipe music for you to listen to, to help you decide if this album is for you. Now the songs below are not performed by the same group as above but I still wanted to share the bagpipe music with you is some way shape or form.
Amazing Grace is the second song but gets top billing.
Scotland the Brave is the first track on the above album.
Flower of Scotland is the third.
I know that the bagpipes are not for everyone, but where do you stand?
I do realize that Bagpipe music is not for everyone. Neither is leaving a comment. But if you were here to check out the music please leave a note in passing Just to let me know what you are thinking about.