Some people relate the skirl of the pipes to that of a cat (or a roomful) yowling after having its/their tails squashed under the rocker of a rocking chair. Not me. I love the sound. Maybe it’s just my Scottish heritage and its importance to me.
Shhh… don’t tell anyone but I have my own set of bagpipes and took piping lessons. Fortunately, for the neighbours my pipes are languishing in their box in the basement where the conditions keep them from drying out. I have to admit never being able to get the squeeze the bag, blow in the mouthpiece coordination down.
Did you know that the bagpipes have their own holiday? July 27 is Bagpipe Appreciation Day.
Have you heard of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers? I bet most of you haven’t. You can check them out here.
And here they are on YouTube performing their cover of Avicii’s Wake me Up among other tunes. Enjoy.
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my favourite song ever done with bagpipes: Amazing Grace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qjCEi0PB4M
I love it, too. And when it’s well done, it brings tears to my eyes. It’s a beautiful song.
Interesting blog Melanie !! True, never heard of Red Hot Chilli Pipers !!! I would love to hear u bowing bagpipe sometime !!
Like all instruments, when it’s played well it’s beautiful, but when it’s played badly … Nice post! 🙂
I agree with your wholeheartedly on that one, Natalie. That’s why my pipes remain in the basement.
I love the bagpipes. Most of the time, Americanized Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations send me running the opposite direction, but if there are pipers, I’m there. I just wish there was more demand for pipers to play around here besides once a year!
Wonderful post! Best wishes in your AtoZ Challenge!
Thanks for dropping by, Jim. I hope you’re enjoying my posts in the #AtoZChallenge. 🙂