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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by globetrotter, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Van Veen

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    Went to school with the only bagpipe major in the US at the time. Also another guy who I think got the first masters in bagpipes, and went on to a doctoral program in Scotland. Pretty cool having a pipe band practicing on campus, if you're into that sort of thing. I might have joined if I had any free time.

    I never realized how freaking loud pipes are until I was behind a piper in a processional.
     
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    When we say 'my old man' that means (that person's) dad right?

    So when a guy is 'drilling his old lady'???
     
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    Do you even English?
     
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    Got my root canal finished ain't got no pain and the dentist said my roots are long [​IMG]
     
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    i used to surf at a spot where some dude would stand on the cliff and pipe for the sunset. i have no idea if he was any good or not but you could def hear it from the water.
     
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    I know where you went to school. Yeah, that major is one of the world's best, and if it's the kid I'm thinking of, he is damn good.

    Yeah, pipes were designed to be heard over the noise of warfare.
     
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    just Googled to find out which school has a bagpipe major

    huh
     
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    NERD school for NERDS.
     
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    i just always assumed he went to Veenderbilt
     
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    So back in the day when clans were chopping each other up with claymores to the rocking tunes of the pipers, would the pipers be spared if their clan got all chopped up? Or would they get chopped up too? Seems like a bit of a career liability.
     
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    also: were they kids like the drummers in the revolutionary army?
     
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    Q: Why do pipers walk when they play
    A:To get away from the noise
     
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    One of the many schools I went to. Been enrolled at 6 different universities in varying capacities. I was enrolled for at least 1 credit somewhere in each of the past 17 years. (I never actually thought of it that way. It's a little unnerving.) Hopefully, I'm done for life now (except for the loans).
     
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    Krelspeh Kreng doangnuts [​IMG]
     
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    It makes total sense given the founder.
     
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    I'm not sure about back then, but in WWI, they took such horrendous casualties that the UK army outlawed the practice. It was quite famously revived by Monty (Field Marshall Montgomery) on D-Day with the aforementioned Canuck, Bill Millin, being that piper. Can you imagine standing on the beach of Normandy, in the line of fire, playing the pipes to inspire the troops storming the beach?
     
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    My high school's mascot was the Highlander. I think we might've actually had a bagpipe player in the marching band. In any case, I heard "Scotland the Brave" being practiced most mornings during gym class. (Also, "Don't Call Me Al"--I have no idea why the marching band director loved that fucking song so much.)
     
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    So, there's more than one tradition in this vein too. The Youtube I put of Simon Fraser is from the post-45 ban. Basically, the English told the battle mad Scots, "Hey! If you join the Empire's army, we'll let you wear your kilt and play your pipes" which was very tempting as both were outlawed after the '45. So this is a very martial tradition of piping. Piobaireachd is the older tradition. It is a very structured form of music built on an initial iteration, the "grounding," and ever more complex iterations with stylized embellishments. One of the most famous, The Massacre At Glencoe, is a heinous moment of Scottish history and one where my clan was the victim. Probably the most famous piobaireachd is Lament for the Children. It was written about 1650 by a very famous piper that lost seven of eight sons to an epidemic on the Isle of Skye where they lived. Here is Bruce Gandy, a very famous piper, playing it:

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     
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