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Old 04-25-2018, 08:56 AM   #11
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Funerals are easy, I base everything on terrain and age of the mourners. The elderly may have canes or walkers trying to navigate hilly grass up and down or worse, across the side of a hill.

I don't do weddings anymore, too many stupid requests and time involved for not enough money. For example: The bride's 10 year old brother just started taking guitar lessons and they want me to play Danny Boy and Amazing Grace with him during the service. Nope, but here's the phone number for another piper.

And I have lost a gig or two in the past because I won't play Danny Boy... period.
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:36 AM   #12
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And I have lost a gig or two in the past because I won't play Danny Boy... period.
That's why I carry a tin whistle. If you hear me playing Danny Boy on the pipes, take my keys away, for I'm in no shape to drive. I've actually had to lead out a funeral procession playing Danny Boy on whistle. It's a weird feeling playing that on the march, but keep your feet going at a stately pace and it works.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:18 AM   #13
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That's why I carry a tin whistle. If you hear me playing Danny Boy on the pipes, take my keys away, for I'm in no shape to drive. I've actually had to lead out a funeral procession playing Danny Boy on whistle. It's a weird feeling playing that on the march, but keep your feet going at a stately pace and it works.
That's excellent. I guess if the family insisted on Danny Boy and the money was good I could lead the funeral procession on 5-string banjo.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:22 AM   #14
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I, too, scan the assemblage for elderly or those with obvious mobility challenges and pace myself accordingly, though I do try for a good, stately walk. Usually I needn't go far and, if sensible, I will peel off and stand aside for people to process past. That way they may reset their pace as needed. It's kind of a gut thing...
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:58 AM   #15
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I, too, scan the assemblage for elderly or those with obvious mobility challenges and pace myself accordingly, though I do try for a good, stately walk. Usually I needn't go far and, if sensible, I will peel off and stand aside for people to process past. That way they may reset their pace as needed. It's kind of a gut thing...
Good point. Out in the country here the cemeteries are small and the walk from vehicles to grave side is short, churches likewise. Up in the Chicago area some of the cemeteries are so big I needed a sketch or map to find the right grave site. I couldn't simply look for "the blue tent" there may be a half dozen of them on a particular day.
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