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Old 03-03-2015, 04:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Pairing with "Going Home"

I would stay in the same 'groove' or rhythmic feel.

Many of the tunes pipers write as 6/8 are written in 3/4 by everyone else, and really the two are the same as long as the underlying tempo is the same (beating once per bar in 3/4, twice per bar in 6/8).


Anyhow any tune in 3/4 or 6/8 with the same tempo would work.

Going Home, when I play it anyhow, lasts plenty long enough, usually. I play two parts. But any tune in the same groove works: Mist Covered Mountains, HYFRYDOL, anything.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:50 PM   #12
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"Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling" is just right for this, as long as you're comfortable with playing a high G#. "Slumber, My Darling" by Stephen Foster also works well, but also requires High G#. All three are 19th Century American tunes, if memory serves.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:50 PM   #13
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Skye Boat Song, Going Home, My Home, Morag of Dunvegan.

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Old 03-18-2015, 08:10 AM   #14
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I'm not sure what the right answer is, since it is the opening of a memorial park as opposed to a funeral, but I've always liked Amazing Grace followed by Going Home, walking away as you are playing the second part of Going Home. To me, Amazing Grace (or whatever slow air) sort of fills the role of mourning, while Going Home is slightly uplifting, and walking away as you play it symbolizes the spirit going to a better place.

I know pipers get tired of Amazing Grace. It has sort of become the Stairway to Heaven of pipe tunes. But the truth of the matter is it's a beautiful tune that sounds great on the pipes, and people like to hear it. Thats' not to say that all of the other recommendations aren't good too. Flowers of the Forest is another good one to consider. Mist Covered Mountains was already mentioned which is another of my favorites, as is Skye Boat Song.

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Old 03-21-2015, 09:39 AM   #15
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I've given some consideration to AG, as the park is being dedicated to the son of the people who designed/are building it, when he died in Iraq. There are the names of all service members in my state who passed, on the wall. It would be fitting to play, but, I think, if I do, it would be at the end of the ceremony. And, I may be roping another piper in, and I'm thinking that, for AG, we could do the echo, similar to you do with taps. One plays close, stops, the other plays farther away, and it fades.
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