Even if the people who know and love you forbid you to take up the bagpipes, surely there can be no objection to one's owning a bagpipe case.
A couple of days ago, my chum, Rich Quinnell, who is Editor in Chief of Electronic Products, sent me an email with a link to this video saying "Here's proof that robotics development has gone too far!"
In this video we see a robot (in the loosest sense of the word) playing Scotland the Brave on a set of electronic bagpipes. I donít think I'm even going to try explaining this one to my dear old mother. She already thinks my engineer friends are a trifle suspect, and this video would do nothing to ease her fears.
A Scotsman called Jimmy plays in a bagpipe marching band. One Saturday, the band plays all afternoon, marching up and down the high street.
At the end of the day, Jimmy and his friends retire to the pub to enjoy a few refreshing beers. Suddenly, Jimmy leaps to his feet and races out of the bar shouting: "Oh no -- I left my bagpipes on the back seat of my car where anyone can see them!"
He returns a few minutes later with his head hanging low. It's obvious that he reached the car too late. Even though he had locked the car's doors, someone had broken in and dumped three more sets of bagpipes in there!
But we digress... I actually like the sound of the Scottish bagpipes. I've occasionally toyed with the idea of learning to play them, but -- for some unknown reason -- my family and friends seem to be less than enthusiastic. Even my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) has fallen somewhat short on the encouragement front.
The next best thing to playing an instrument yourself is listening to someone who actually knows what they are doing play. I'm a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Pipers (I can hear you saying "Well Duh! Who isn't?") with their enthusiastic renditions of popular classics on bagpipes and drums.
More recently, I became aware of a really interesting band of Scottish drummers and bagpipes called Clanadonia. Check out this video. Things really start rocking around the 2:40 mark.
Quite apart from anything else, you have to give their costumes top marks for authenticity. I donít know why, but once the members of Clanadonia get rolling, I find the pounding of the drums coupled with the nasal sound of the bagpipes' unique harmonics to be hypnotizing. (If you are as enthused as I, then click here, here, here, and here to see more Clanadonia videos.)
Even if the people who know and love me do forbid me to take up the bagpipes myself, surely there can be no objection to my owning a Bagpipe Backpack Case.
(Source: Piper's Choice)
I'm sure I'd find it useful for carrying various things hither and thither (I could use it as a gym bag, for example), with the added advantage that I could casually leave it lying around and, should anyone be prompted to ask, I could truthfully answer "Why Yes, that is my Bagpipe Backpack Case," without any real danger of them requesting a demonstration of my bagpipe playing prowess.
I think we have arrived at a cunning plan; indeed, a plan so cunning we could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel. What could possibly go wrong?
@Don J: Maybe the bagpipe was a failed Irish Uilleann pipe which they gave to the Scots as a joke.
I believe the Scots got the full war pipes from the Spanish, so unlikely. (And the Scots and the Irish switched places way back, in a period when which was which is a matter of learned dispute now, and best just to call the lot Celts.)
I love the pipes in either flavor, but I have seen some (unintentionally) hilarious efforts to combine them in pop music contexts.
OTOH, you have folks like the late black jazz musician Rufus Harley, whose instruments were pipes and flute, so anything is possible:
@Max Maxfield: My dad was in the Reconnaissance unit of the 15th Scottish Highlanders in WWII. He used to say that before a battle the pipers would play for 24 hours -- and after that you'd be ready to fight anybody LOL.
Remember the movie The Longest Day about the D-Day invasion of Normandy? One of the sequences features Peter Lawford as Lord Lovat, a Scottish officer whose commando unit is tasked with holding a bridge in territory contested with the Germans, relieving an airborne unit who first secured it. He has his piper along, and periodically calls which selection he wants played, appropriate to the circumstances.
I ran across an interview a while back with the chap who had been the real Lovat's piper. His memories were mostly praying he wouldn't become a target and playing whatever came into his head because Lovat was a bit busy to be calling specific tunes.
Hi Max: I am an actual bagpipe playing engineer with an actual bagpipe back pack that holds actual pipes. You should give them a try. Find a band that instructs or a private tutor. Then you can brag that, for fun, you play an instrument that is akin to blowing up a car tire pressure-wise. Only the manliest of men and womanliest of women dare to play!
My dad was in the Reconnaissance unit of the 15th Scottish Highlanders in WWII. He used to say that before a battle the pipers would play for 24 hours -- and after that you'd be ready to fight anybody LOL.