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Old 05-19-2019, 06:53 AM   #1
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I received a call from a woman about playing for a funeral. We agreed on the normal details including price etc. As we were ending the call she said, "I'll send you a list of songs to play." I gave her the speech about the chanter scale and the limited ability of that scale. She replied that I should be able to play these songs as they are by Celine Dion. I explained again the problems with popular music and the chanter scale. She then asked if I could play a couple of things by Bette Midler. After a longer conversation she started to get the idea.
First there is always the problem of people using the word "songs" which can from time to time mean trouble. Second is a none musician who does not understand musical scales and instruments.
The funeral is Monday and I am in hope that it will go well.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Dave Gallagher View Post

she said, "I'll send you a list of songs to play."
The funeral is Monday and I am in hope that it will go well.
HER: ...but,I thot you were going to play xxxx...

YOU ..but I just did....
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:16 AM   #3
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You need to get ahead of that right off the bat and list what tunes you deem appropriate!
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:24 AM   #4
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First, get paid!
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:33 AM   #5
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Ah, Dave,

This is not... and... un-fortunately... an un-common
experience.... (Sigh...)

So the more that we must do this... and we must...
then the better we become... at the polite giving of
the lesson... and then the better the knowledge...
of the people who call us.

Perhaps... "As the Old Chariot Rolls Along"... these
conversations shall become fewer in their number.
(We can only live in hope... :)



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Old 05-19-2019, 11:01 AM   #6
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I once had a woman call me to play for her father's funeral. She wanted As time goes by for the funeral. I told her I would have to see if it was possible and would call her back. I did work it out and got the job.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:00 PM   #7
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Good luck tomorrow, Dave. It's always a warning when people requests "songs by (insert name of recording artist)".

The weirdest request I ever got for a funeral:
The young lady who was hiring me to play for her Granny's funeral asked me to play "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead". I was hesitant ( Are you sure?) It turns out the Late granny was a huge fan of The Wizzard of OZ- even had ruby skiers, etc.

I got some sheet music and transposed it- yes it worked.
So, after playing before and after the Mass ( usual hymns, slow airs, etc.), I played people into the VFW hall for the collation. The grandaughter then asked me to play inside, so, after some farewell tunes, i played "Ding Dong, The witch is Dead", (standing by the exit , just in case). It went over well.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:07 AM   #8
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Quite common unfortunately...I once had a wedding client who requested that I play the entire set list of a World's CD.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:28 AM   #9
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These sort of requests are the reason I gave up doing 'gigs'. That and having to play utter tosh like 'Highland Cathedral' over and over

He who pays the piper and all that, so now no-one pays him and he can play what he wants.

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:55 AM   #10
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Indeed: if you don't like customer service, don't take piping gigs. It can be a pain to deal with impossibilities and misconceptions but it is important for us to remember what an utter mystery any musical instrument is to the layman.
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