Gigs are done!! (Until the weekend)
This would no doubt be a bit more fun with pictures, but it might be that Someone forgot their camera today....
At any rate, home, done with gigs, total Zombie Brain! Nothing left, but I will give you what there is. Had a great day playing with Bedlam today, even tho it was 87 and humid, brutal to play in. I love it when I get a chance to play with them, full on rock, even outdoors today with no mics, amps or toys. I am going back next weekend to do it again. (Cabel, had a great time, everyone loves him, and he gets SO much attention in his costume.)
Joe Smith has been playing with Bedlam since I nipped off on other projects, and when the two of us meet up with violins, it's magic. We call it between us "Weaving" Joe is one of those, Fods, how to say it, he is one of those players that doesn't come along often. He can play circles around me, and I am not maligning my playing at all. He is simply, very, very good.
He is also my Ullieann Pipe Teacher, as of today. Had my first lesson. I wish you could have all heard it, everyone who did, dissolved into puddles of laughter. (WHO has their first Bag Pipe lesson in public, I ask you??? When I do things, I do them BIG!)
The sounds I made were truly quite hideous. I love it.
Pipes are hard. It's the only instrument I have ever come across that the first thing you do is to strap it to you with an array of leather straps and buckles. (Don't think the jokes didn't come quickly..) Your right arm works the bellows, and your left the bag, getting just exactly the right amount of air into and out of both, while your fingers play the notes on the chanter. One cannot, by the way see ones fingers, or the holes on the chanter.
My task this week is to play ONE note, steadily, without wavering. If I manage that, I move onto learning the finger positions for a scale.
Joe said today to me that if you cut open his heart and pulled it out, what you would hear would be Ullieann Pipes.
I have to say, I think the same is true for me.
Love and Pipes,