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Old 12-23-2018, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Help with Christmas Piping

This year I was asked if I would play some tunes at our churches annual “Sharing of Gifts”. Wheeling out some 19th Century Christmas Carols is fun, but I’ve done it before, so upon arrival at the scene I asked two very pleasant young ladies, aged two and four, if they would be my dancers. Why of course they would!

I played three short rhythmic tunes, they had a blast hopping around, and the entire meeting got up and clapped time for them and me!

My recommendation is that if you can get small volunteers they will not fail you, and neither had and complaints about tempo, rythem or tune selection.

Merry Christmas
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Help with Christmas Piping

What a creative idea!
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Old 12-28-2018, 05:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help with Christmas Piping

It might be worth pointing out that the origin of the word 'carol' relates to dancing to music —both singing and flute/pipe playing— so your performance was perhaps more appropriate than anyone may have realized at first:

carol (n.)
c. 1300, "joyful song," also a kind of dance in a ring, from Old French carole "kind of dance in a ring, round dance accompanied by singers," a word of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Medieval Latin choraula "a dance to the flute," from Latin choraules "flute-player," from Greek khoraules "flute player who accompanies the choral dance," from khoros "chorus" (see chorus) + aulein "to play the flute," from aulos "reed instrument" (see alveolus). OED writes that "a Celtic origin is out of the question." The meaning "Christmas hymn of joy" is attested from c. 1500. [ from https://www.etymonline.com/word/carol ]

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