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Old 01-31-2015, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default A "perfect" result

Funeral this past Tuesday, and the pipes were smokin'. Piped the coffin into the stone church, and as I stepped in through the big, wooden, double-doors, the sound filled the whole space, sliding into every nook and cranny.

There is a very good pipe organ there, but it just cannot compete with a Highland bagpipe, sound-wise. The organist played very well, but he insisted on choosing what I think of a hurdy-gurdy kind of effect.

After the blessing I piped the mourners and deceased out to the waiting hearse to the traditional Flowers of the Forest.

As the mourners were going in I was at the door, waiting for the signal to start, and a couple came up to me as one does when welcoming a fellow Scot. "I am frae Gordonstoon", the elderly man said, to which I replied, "I am from Cape Town". We had a good laugh.

High A was ever so slightly flat, just enough to give me some leeway for temperature fluctuations inside and outside, and the MC Bb bass performed manfully, despite some initial reluctance to strike in when tuning up. My usual cane bass simply refused to sound in the cold and the wet, first time ever, so had to turn to the back-up. My sheepskin bag may be losing small amounts of air now after about two years, and probably needs a check-up.

The priest called a day later to say that the pipes were "perfect". Not often that one gets that kind of feedback. I remarked that no-one had ever called to thank me before, just sent an email, and then he mentioned that he had called to ask for a receipt ...
Noble and manly music invigorates the spirit, strengthens the wavering man, and incites him to great and worthy deeds. Homer.
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