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Monday, March 12, 2012

Bagpipes

Murray has a new toy! It arrived today... miniature bagpipes for in house.

Now he can finally practice without four frantic cats and one distressed wife - especially the wife is grateful that the pipes can no longer be heard at 5 miles distance (which, imho, is the best distance for such an instrument, shhhh, don't tell Mur I said so).

This is Mur fully dressed with his regular pipes. As a sidenote, here is a tidbit of information about this article. At the time that picture was taken, Murray  was pipe major of the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band. He had no idea his picture was used in a US inflight magazine (Delta Airline). A friend of his happened to travel to Michigan and picked up the magazine. Of all the millions of bagpipers, naturally they picked his handsome face! Also, the article mentions Robert Burns, who is Murray great-granduncle.


Truly, they are meant to be played outside. In fact, they are dangerous for the hearing, as Miss Toronto kindly demonstrates:


But see below how our little Atrus has no trouble with the new pipes:


Do they have to look this grumpy when they play?


I promise I'll post a video soon, I took one but Mur made me not post it... and I can sort of see why. He has not played for over six years, so he needs to practice a little before it's youtubeable... But I'll nag him, don't worry! He has played solo for Her Royal Highness Queen Elisabeth and Prince Philip, so he better get back in shape soon!

7 comments:

  1. That is sooo coool! :) I love the picture with his full outfit: very impressive.
    Very curious for the video... (I'll play it for the cats here, I let you know what they think ;)

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    1. Poor cats :P
      Murray just told me the Scots bonnet (dat ding op z'n hoofd) is made of ostrich feathers... I had no idea! It is soft and fluffy though and much lighter than you'd think :)

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  2. ik vind het gaaf als mensen een eigen instrument bespelen, maar een doedelzak...???? Ahum... nee doe maar geen video geloof ik....

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    1. Hahaha! Voor onze Nederlandse oren is het inderdaad wennen (kattengejank) maar de mensen hier vinden het prachtig! Volgens mij is de doedelzak hier nog populairder dan in Schotland. Die video komt er wel hoor :P maar ik zal er duidelijk bij zetten dat het openen ervan op eigen risico komt :D

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  3. Hoi. Oh ik hou van de muziek van doedelzak. Ik vind het wel wat hebben hoor, die muziek, vind het prachtig. Ik krijg altijd kippevel als er op een begrafenis gespeeld wordt. Dus ik ga zeker luisteren hoor :).

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    1. Het zal nog wel even duren, Mur is druk bezig met het leggen van een houten vloer :) Ik vind 1 doedelzak nog wel mooi, zeker zo'n "kamermodel" maar zo'n hele reeks op een rij... daar krijg ik ook kippevel van (maar dan anders) :D

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  4. als het op je begrafenis gespeeld wordt.... prima.... dan hoor je het toch niet meer......

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